Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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Humor is a famously subjective thing. While one person might love the silliness of Adam Sandler, another person might prefer the dry humor of Bill Murray. You can like both, of course, but odds are there’ll still be something that you hate and others find hilarious. Mister Smith & His Adventures runs the risk of not being for everyone, given its extensive use of humor, but it’s still pretty well made.
You play Mister Smith, a man who could remain fairly unremarkable or who could become something really rather special. The game takes you from birth onwards, giving you plenty of choices along the way. Sometimes, it’ll be something pivotal like choosing your priorities in life, other times it’ll be asking you questions about the capital of Chile. In each case, your answer gives you a few points on a particular scale, eventually leading you to a story score to demonstrate how well you did.
It’s colorful stuff with each screen being quite vibrant and offering just enough text without feeling like you’re reading a novel. There are plenty of decisions to make too, so you’ll rarely feel like a passive follower during the experience.
Is it funny? Yes, most of the time, it’ll at least make you smile. Not all the jokes will hit the spot but it’s a significant number to make it worthwhile. Mister Smith & His Adventures also benefits from the fact that for free you can play the early years of Smith’s life, with more available via in-app purchases. It’s a fine introduction to the tale and soon entices you into paying up for more.
As a variation on the usual highly serious Choose Your Own Adventure genre, Mister Smith & His Adventures is a successful addition and bound to produce a smile or two as you work your way through this kind of life RPG.