• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: May 22, 2007
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  1. The witty dialogue, quirky character interactions, and thrill of pursuing totally hot babes are what make Brooktown High a thoroughly engrossing and entertaining sim. [July 2007, p.83]
  2. While I appreciated the Cliff’s Notes abbreviated style of gameplay, I still wish there had been more use of the school locations and more periods of interaction between the characters.
  3. Brooktown High is a place where you want to spend a good deal of time, but the barebones gameplay, repetition in conversations, and fact that most of your success relies on exploiting these elements sucks all the fun out of this dating game. [June 2007, p.117]
  4. We don’t get many dating games here in the states, which makes Brooktown High somewhat unique. Unfortunately, the slow pace and lack of opportunity to actually socialize with the other students makes this a game that does little to capitalize on that fact.
  5. All the depth of a "Saved by the Bell" special, but just as secretly satisfying. [June 2008, p.106]
  6. 60
    Brooktown High reinforces all the worst ideas about popularity and teenage love. The game's broad digs at school cliques don't say anything new.
  7. The severe shortage of things to do and an embarrassing lack of insight keep Brooktown High from being a fun or interesting look at high school life.
  8. Would I buy this game for myself and continue playing it? No. You couldn't catch me dead. It's not that it's a terrible game, it's just not addictive, interesting, or rewarding.
  9. It doesn’t matter how many times you play the game, every character you encounter seems to say the same thing.
  10. There’s not enough gameplay and too much repetition in this high school game … perhaps in that way it’s too much like the real thing.
  11. 55
    Helpful Hint Backbone, next time spent less time finding videos of geysers and drills and more time fleshing out your characters and dialogue.
  12. 52
    Though it may sound perverted, a dating game where you never even see anyone hold hands is missing the boat entirely.
  13. Brooktown has obvious charm and we do hope for a sequel, but it's going to need to hit the books hard before we'll give it a passing grade.
  14. If you are looking for some quirky fun or something for your tween who giggles at words like fanny and likes teen idols and billboard charts, then Brooktown High may be that perfect get away all you parents are looking for on a cross country ride. Everyone else just hit a club or bar and use the money for buying someone a drink so they can be that someone special for the night.
  15. Unfortunately, in its present state, it doesn't work all that often, but hey, lesson learned. [July 2007, p.61]
  16. While intriguing, the game is never captivating. [June 2007, p.94]
  17. The movement controls are very slippery and awkward, you spend most of your time in mundane conversation trees and playing the same mini-games relentlessly, and the reward at the end of the year isn't particularly satisfying.
  18. Less an adolescent social simulation and more a lesson in pandering, Brooktown High fails to make the grade.
  19. 40
    The real problem with Brooktown, though, is that your progress seems totally scripted, requiring no actual effort or skill.
  20. 40
    It's disappointing, it really is.
  21. 39
    I really wanted to like you, Brooktown. I mean, like like. But the problem of shallow, unrealistic gameplay and an unreasonable time limit scheme just is too overbearing.
  22. 35
    Brooktown High is poor by design and though the concept running it may be admirable the execution is not. Bad conversation, lackluster mini-games, pointless statistics, and a below average presentation don't necessarily help the dating sim genre make headway in America.
  23. The whole concept of Brooktown High is appealing, but what the developer Backbone Entertainment has done is given us the most boring and lifeless look at high school life imaginable.
  24. 30
    Playing Brooktown High, you can't really ever lose, but with so little content to explore and so little reward, you can't really win either.
  25. With better pacing, some deeper activities to partake in and a more finely tuned interaction system Brooktown High could have been a lot of fun.

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