Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. A cleverly designed tongue-in-cheek conversion of the show for the main-stream-friendly price tag of $19.99. [Holiday 2006, p.112]
  2. 82
    It is easy to jump into, has some interesting plot points that will draw fans of the show in, and has high production values in several key spots that ensures they won't be turned off, like by poor voice actors or graphics glitches.
  3. With heavy representation from four basic soap-opera food groups (murder, sex, jealousy, and amnesia), the game is a pleasant surprise for those of us who were expecting something more, well, Wisteria Lame.
  4. It’s lacking in customization options, but there’s still a good deal of content to partake in. The episode-style campaign is an absolute pleasure and will no doubt please fans of the show.
  5. 70
    Without a doubt one of the most surprising games of the year. If you're a fan of the show or the Desperate Housewives television show then the game comes highly recommended.
  6. Overall, this is a pleasant surprise best suited to gaming newcomers and fans of the show.
  7. 65
    The fact that it's practically Sims 2 with Desperate Housewives textures, voice acting, and character likeness, hardly makes it appealing. The super-simple controls, drama-filled thematic scenes, and $19.99 price point may appeal to the casual gamer, but hardcore gamers should stray far away.
  8. Desperate Housewives isn't much of a game, but it does a pretty good job of telling an original, interactive soap opera story in the quirky tone of the hit show.
  9. 60
    Desperate Housewives: The Game is cheapened, slightly, by rampant product placement. Every time your character washes her hands or throws a dark load into the washer, you're exposed to the name of some corporate sponsor.
  10. The shallowness of the gameplay quickly starts to show through the cracks. [May 2007, p.69]
  11. The game does fill up the day, even if the experience isn't very satisfying. And at least you're not watching the show.
  12. This game has got it all: a contrived plot, bad voice acting, terrible dialogue, and loads of technical bugs. And let's not forget about the slew of obvious advertisements, which gives the impression that this should have been a "free-to-play" sponsored game, especially since it downloads real product coupons to your computer as you play.
  13. I slept with the mailman then insulted his performance. It had no affect on the game. I spent the first day in bra and panties, even while having lunch in someone else's home. No one noticed. I can only suggest you tune into something else instead.
  14. Not even the most jaded gamers are this desperate. [Jan. 2007, p.71]
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. IndreSss
    Aug 29, 2007
    10
    It's good game - nice voices, intresting.
  2. JoeW.
    Jan 4, 2007
    3
    This game was NOT what I expected. Advertisements, silly system requirements, and a wannabe Sim feel to it. And really, I installed The Sims This game was NOT what I expected. Advertisements, silly system requirements, and a wannabe Sim feel to it. And really, I installed The Sims 2 in my computer- very high-end graphics, and it was slow and very stuttery, when I have an HP pavilion that isn't even 3 years old. This game was not worth my money. Full Review »
  3. PRay
    Dec 30, 2006
    3
    Mearly have to do what the computer tells you to do, here there and back again. Boring, controlled game play that won't have you coming Mearly have to do what the computer tells you to do, here there and back again. Boring, controlled game play that won't have you coming back for more. Full Review »