Unique is a word immediately associated with Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!, a name that just screams %26ldquo;Play me now!%26rdquo; You%26rsquo;ve just got to find out what it involves and why everyone seems to think it%26rsquo;s so good. Is it good? Yes, it is, although its charms and engaging nature only hold attention for so long. Being nominated in the Videogame Writing category in the Writers%26rsquo; Guild Awards 2009 indicates to what degree the game is appreciated and, to an extent, it deserves the applause.
Set in the %26rsquo;20s, the game involves you building up a gang of dilettante females who, by misbehaving, uncover plots and foil dastardly deeds being perpetrated. Picking a queen from a list of characters, you set about recruiting three more on the board game-style map that confronts you. As you do, various plots unfold. There are also side quests to complete, giving bonuses and allowing you to upgrade your characters%26rsquo; skills.
When you confront another character, a minigame appears. One is a poker-style game of bluffing, while another is a reveal-the-words game. There are a reasonable number to go through before you exhaust them all, and there is also a taunt game, which works exactly like Monkey Island%26rsquo;s Insult Sword Fighting. The jazz soundtrack fits perfectly too.
As a casual game for eating up a spare 30 minutes or so, Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble! is perfect. Clever, original and genuinely pleasing to play, this is easily worth the reasonable price you%26rsquo;ll pay for it on Steam.
Jun 24, 2009