Anyone out there ever herd of a somewhat large player in the idle game and casual app industry, known as Tapps? There are tons of apps in there library, mostly from the two categories mentioned above, but the one we’re going to look at today represents a dream that most people have thought about at some point, getting famous on YouTube. In Vlogger Go Viral – Clicker, you take the role of an upstart vlogger (video blogger) on a service which we can assume, from evidence in the game, is a video sharing website based off of YouTube. You got a phone? Probably, then that means you too can head down to the app store and pick this one up for yourself, for free. What are we waiting for? Let’s dive right in, and see if it holds up...
After you make your channel, and pick your avatar, your find yourself in the saddest, emptiest room a person can own, with only a computer desk to keep you company. You don’t have to stay like this, however. You have a computer, right? Then start making videos, and earning them views! Choose a topic to talk about, and then wait the appropriate time. The first video takes about two minutes or so to make, but be wary as this time jumps up to an hour. However, it doesn’t get much higher than that, which is good. Long wait times are the hallmark of free games, so we’re doing well so far.
Let’s hop right into the core game play. What do I think of it? Well, it’s an idle clicker. Not much else. The subscriber counter is nice, and the Easter egg props from both classic and famous youtubers are a nice touch, but that’s ultimately what it boils down to. Just a clicker. Don’t get me wrong (once again), it’s fun to play, and its engaging, but at a certain point, it’s just not fun anymore. It’s the second hallmark of free games: Gameplay fatigue. At one point or another, you just find yourself asking: “What’s the point? Am I having fun?” It starts to get boring, finding you hopping back into the game every hour, saying: “look, I finished my puppy video... better make another one”, then starting up the next video and shoving your cell phone back into your pocket. It hits a similar barrier that Fallout Shelter hit as well (See Review). After a while, it’s not fun. I will say two more things on the subject of gameplay though. One, we got hats! Yes, you too can get your very own hat to where in your videos, but sadly this does nothing more than to increase your view count, which is ultimately just a number. The hat I had gave me a 10% boost to videos about dogs, but the initial 200 million views I got from each video wasn’t made much bigger by that measly 10%. In fact, I just opened the app myself after about an hour of waiting, and I got 3 billion views! In an hour! You need to pick up the pace hats, I expect more from you! Anyway, point two: Leveling up? Yeah, you have sort of a level up option that you can do by selling your channel in exchange for HUGE boosts. Of course, I can’t really see much of an advantage of this, unless you got about 2 or 3 years for the boosts to pile up on top of each other into an actual worthwhile bonus. I would almost rather stick with what I got, and just ride the easy street with the first channel, but I’m sure that some other people find value in this feature.
It’s time for the score! That means were going to give the game 3 different ratings based on three different types of people, the casual, the hardcore, and of course, my own.
For your basic, startup gamer you’d expect to see going for this game, we’re still pushing a solid 72/100, admirable for a phone game. I haven’t said it yet, but the graphics are very good, as well as the audio, though it can get a bit loopy and repetitive. Tapps clearly spent a fair share of time making this game, but still shows a lack of future progression, as mentioned before. This might not bug some looking for the casual experience, which is why this game rates so high, and is a solid, Average.
Since there are some hardcore gamers out there looking for the best of the best for free, I’m sorry to say that this game is probably a 58/100 for you. It’s well made, and well produced, but there’s just no beating that progression. It’s the ultimate clog that prevents it from ascending any higher on the list. There’s just no way of getting around it. A Basic experience for the elite gamer.
Now, what about me? Is it any good? Well, as mentioned before, many times, I just cannot get past the story. There’s no artificial progression, like with SimCity. At least you could make up your own goals there, but the units seem a bit distorted. Shooting for a goal of a million subscribers seems like nothing when you’re getting 90 million a day! That’s why my rating for this game, is a 63/100. My opinion of it is slightly better than that of a hardcore, but it’s still relatively lower than the casual. I wish I could like it more, since Tapps clearly spent a lot of time and money creating the beautiful and unique graphics of the game, but it’s still hard to see much value beyond that. An Above Basic experience for me.
So, am I stupid? Did you like the game? Why not tell me! Feel free to head on down to my Facebook, or Twitter, and G +, or even in the comments, and start talking. If you’re a fan, it really helps me out. Anyway, thanks for reading, and I’ll talk to you next time.
Here’s the link in Google play link for the game if you’re interested.
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