The Bottom Line
- missions & free play mode
- design and choose the articles for Playboy Magazine
- range of music
- lacks depth
- awkward camera controls
- poses for centerfold & cover shoots are limited
- repetitive gameplay
- unintelligent AI
- Rated M for Mature
- Live the life of Hugh Hefner by having lots of parties, topless playmates, and celebrities.
- Manage a staff to take photos, write essays, and conduct interviews for Playboy.
- Work through the missions of the campaign mode to unlock more objects and areas of the mansion.
- Set your own goals in Empire mode and take as much as time as you want meeting the goals.
- Photograph and choose what the playmate will or won't wear for the centerfold and cover shot.
Guide Review - "Playboy : The Mansion"
Everything Hugh does is right. Girls easily fall in love with him and happily have sex (with their clothes on, which looks plain silly). The guys gladly buddy up with him. Can you blame them? I can understand this happening later in the game, but before Hugh has any fame? Not likely.
Decorating has no meaning. Guests don't care about the furniture. They don't complain about the cheap chairs or small stereo system. Everyone is just thrilled to be in the Playboy mansion.
Photographing the girls for centerfolds and cover shots is amusing the first couple of times. Beyond that their poses become boring and repetitive. Picking out outfits and jewelry did keep me busy for a couple of minutes before I grew tired of it. The bad news is the rest of the game is like this.
The missions are all pretty much the same - get someone to write an essay, talk to celebrity into doing a cover shoot, have a party, have an affair. A little variety is good, at least make the missions harder with each level. That's not asking for too much.
Unless you are desperate for a new game and have played everything else, find another game.