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  • Summary: Now you can be Heff! Playboy: The Mansion blends state-of-the-art social simulation with traditional role-playing and empire-building gameplay. As Hugh Hefner, you build the Playboy mansion and magazine into a dynamic cultural icon and powerful brand. Rub shoulders with stunning women and stimulating celebrities as you pursue the ultimate Playboy lifestyle. Grow famous and gain exclusive access to the Playboy Archives, including footage of the world-famous Playboy Mansion. This is the ultimate lifestyle game, allowing the gamer to "Play Hef" and live the good life. The player is in charge of running the Playboy Empire and must put out a magazine each month. In order to generate content for the magazine, the Virtual Hef will throw incredible parties with celebrities and rockstars in tow. The social management of the parties will enable the player to acquire content for the magazine, including the unique, sexy Photo Shoot feature which the gamer will use to get his or her cover shot. With a broad depth of gameplay, and a simulation experience of the ultimate lifestyle, PTM lets a gamer Play Hef, build the dream and live the good life. [ARUSH] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Yes, it lacks certain features, but it shows potential. On the other hand, exactly this kind of simplicity makes it more accessible to everybody.
  2. Playboy: The Mansion isn't bad – nor is it as good as it could have been. Every time the sunshine wants to break through the clouds, the game comes to a dead halt, a sure sign of rushed development and reliance on a known license.
  3. It’s fun to play for a while, though it grows old quickly, and the only real urge to keep playing is to unlock historical Playboy covers and centerfolds.
  4. So overall, Mansion is not a bad game, but it is very unstable and it becomes repetitive as you put more time into it.
  5. 60
    What starts off so promising at first glance ends up being a pretty shallow experience. It seems everyone's heart was in the right place -- if only the game could have followed them there.
  6. Scores marks for trying to take "The Sims" on and adding new elements. Looses them again for bad implementation and general rough finish.
  7. The game plays a lot like "Sims 2" - just without the charm, animation, possibilities, freedom and, and ability to generate a desire to keep it installed. [Apr 2005, p.84]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Sep 16, 2013
    9
    This game is one of my guilty secrets every couple of years I install it again and have another go at managing the Playboy Empire. It's quite an entertaining management sim, if it had been an indie release I'm sure people here would be raving about it. Expand
  2. Anton
    Feb 4, 2005
    8
    Good game, like the sims... only better!
  3. JustinM.
    Feb 3, 2005
    5
    Not great, not terrible. sims clone, with topless chicks.
  4. JimmusMaximus
    Feb 14, 2005
    3
    Terribly dull. I don't know many people who want to BE Hugh Hefner. I would love to be in Hugh Hefner's position, however. At its best, this game is like a management simulation with bikini-clad bimbos. At its best, it's a weak attempt at seeing nude cyber-chicks. If you want more nudity, and more fun, just buy the Sims 2 and download a nudity texture. At least you won't need to waste hours and hours for a payoff. Collapse
  5. Nov 24, 2010
    2
    When I first encountered this game I was a little bit tired of the Simms and the fact of having naked chicks and been able to manage the Playboy empire from Hef's shoes seduced me at first, then I become unsatisfied because it was more than the same. The experience as a whole is lame. Not Recommended. Expand