Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Shooting centerfolds and putting together a magazine is halfway interesting, but the gameplay is nothing more than a third-rate "Sims" clone. [April 2005, p.114]
  2. Graphics are heavily influenced by "The Sims" but with fewer animations, while the repetitive gameplay makes playing the missions unlikely despite bosoms. The exposed pixels do not make up for a simplistic and tedious game - invest in the real thing instead. [GamesMaster]
  3. For a while, it is rather enjoyable to cruise by and experience the closest thing you’ll ever have to being anything like Hef, but you'll quickly long for deeper gameplay or a more real sense of progression. Use that $50 on 3 years’ worth of Playboy subscriptions instead.
  4. There's no challenge, and there's no variety. [Apr 2005, p.103]
  5. A lousy game through and through. Like “The Guy Game” it provides little more than a flimsy premise to hide the fact that all there is to do is see breasts on your Playstation 2. From both a game play and technical standpoint, this game is a mess.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 13, 2012
    This was far better than I expected it to be. It was interesting on seeing the inner workings of the Playboy empire. You know the business side. At its core it's really just a an average business game with rather tame sex & nudity. Overall: An OK game worth a quick go if you're curious. Full Review »
  2. Jun 10, 2012
    It's kinda good, but it's not that great either. You know that nobody wants to be like Hugh Hefner in a Playboy video game. It's more like a Leisure Suit Larry stripping party, but I'm still a fan of Playboy. Playboy Magazine, Playboy TV, even some former WWE Divas appeared on the covers and video game hotties like BloodRayne and Mortal Kombat's Mileena is kinda cool when they showed their funbags. And by the way, Hef's hair is grey (not black). Somebody please don't play "The Bunny Hop" song! I liked the idea of a Playboy video game, but I was disappointed on why this "Mansion" thing just wasn't the exact M-rated game I was hoping for. Both "BMX XXX" and "The Guy Game" were both messed up and tries to give the fans attention, but since the sales weren't any good, GameFly used to say in the tagline: "Never buy a bad game, again." Although sex in video games might be hella good like Mass Effect 2 and Saint's Row: The Third. But this sex in "Playboy: The Mansion" isn't for me, anymore! Full Review »