Developer: Xanobot
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.02
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

I’m not a gay man but I still know an enjoyable game when I see one, which is why I rather enjoyed Mini Gay Boyfriend. Fearing a shallow tamagotchi experience, I was pleased to see that it’s more a series of entertaining minigames with the purpose of attracting and keeping your boyfriend happy.

Once you’ve selected your boyfriend from a series of cartoon hunky men, you have to woo your man. To do this, you have to complete a few minigames, all of which seem a little surreal in a real-life scenario but they’re still quite fun. There’s the winking game where you have to tap the winking faces as quickly as possible while carefully avoiding the ones that aren’t. Then there’s the hugging game whereby you have to hug your boyfriend at just the right moment as they go flying around a circle (I told you it was a bit weird). Finally, there’s the kissing game where you have to tap the screen at just the right moment to kiss successfully. This can be extremely entertaining to play purely because of the images that come up if you make a mistake, such as a cartoon character looking like he’s eating the head off the other person. It sounds bizarre, that’s because it is.

It’ll take a while to woo your man and life imitated art considering I failed miserably for quite a while. Once you do though, you have to keep him happy. This is done through other minigames such as offering Breakfast in Bed to your beau or going on a picnic. Each minigame feels suitable for the purpose but they can get a bit repetitive after a time. The boyfriend is rather demanding too and gets exceptionally picky about when you want to make the next move and ‘upgrade’ your relationship. The eventual goal is to marry and have a pet, although unfortunately there are no minigames to play with the pet.

Mini Gay Boyfriend’s an interesting title. It’s perhaps one that you’ll forget about after a while, excluding when push notifications remind you that you’re neglecting your lover, as the minigames can get rather repetitive after a while. Despite that though, both in terms of cutesy appeal and in terms of breaking new ground, it’s certainly something to remember.

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