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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

KMGR of "Date or Ditch"

Date or Ditch (DoD) is a dating sim from Gameloft that basically is a "choose your own adventure" type of game where you, playing a guy, are presented with a situation and depending on your choices (flirty? Joking? Compassionate? Serious? Sarcastic?) you gain or lose points with the partner, and hopefully you can get the partner to the next level! In this game, all the partners are female, though there is a chapter where you need to try to convince your roommate, who's male, to let your girlfriend move in.

The game is presented in a typical Japanese RPG fashion... a tiny cartoon avatar move in this cartoonish world. Then when an encounter comes up, a detailed portrait of both parties appear on the top half, while bottom half is the conversation. You usually have 3 different choices, which would reflect the mood of your reply (which corresponds with your expression on the portrait!) The idea is to score... no, not in that sense, though that's part of the objective too. Say the right things will make the relationship meter go up. Say the wrong things and it will go down. The idea is to make it go up as far as possible, not as easy as you may think, as different girls responds to "wit" differently. Some like sweet/cute/compliment, some like scarcasm/irony/sharp wit, and some... are just downright smart AND nasty.

Without spoiling the plot, you will meet two girls, and encounter an ex-girlfriend, and it will be a heck of a time choosing among the three, and not to cause a situation that involves... uh... wrestling, and felines. ;)

Writing is light-hearted, and after each chapter you are rated on how well you did. Are you a hot tamale, or a cold turkey, or somewhere in between?

All in all, Date or Ditch is a good attempt at a bit of Interactive fiction. It does have some GAME aspects to it, but it's un-seriousness makes it a "fun" game to try.

Overall score: 7 out of 10
Pros: witty dialog, comedic situation without going overboard
Cons: still "choose-your-own-adveture" under all the chrome and glitz

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