Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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The success of VH1 Celebrity Party depends solely on one very crucial ingredient: the friends that play the game. Based upon the fun party game Celebrity, VH1 Celebrity Party is all about trying to guess what celebrity the other player is trying to describe. It's an entertaining combination of Taboo, charades and Password, and is always extra fun with keen friends.
While Celebrity could be played without an app, VH1 Celebrity Party does make things just as fun and considering the app can be acquired for free, that's no bad thing at all. The free version comes with a selection of different themes: Babies of the 1990s, Celebrities' Children Who Hit It Big, Celebrity Supernaturals, Comedians and Summer Stars. In each case, teams of two or more compete to identify the celebrities with each of the three rounds offering different rules. The first round means that the clue-giver can say anything but the celebrity's name while the second means that the player can only use two words and the final stage only allows charades. With the right bunch of people, it's fun. All the celebrities mentioned are pretty famous but for those not in the know, there's an option to get some more information on them.
For a fee of $0.99, players can download 10 more themed packs. There's also the ability to pair multiple iOS devices over Bluetooth, thus enabling each player to have their own controller and saving the need to pass the original device around. It's not really compulsory though and given the fact that the developers state that free packs update frequently, players could just get by with the free version unless they plan on an extended playing session.
VH1 Celebrity Party is a simple title with no fancy graphics other than images of the relevant celebrities. However, much like the game it's based on, with the right people, it's a blast. For the anti social gamer, though, it's probably best to give it a miss.