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I spent $0 playing Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, and I have 7.9 million fake Twitter followers

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | Aug. 5, 2014
Now that Glu Mobile's latest game--Kim Kardashian: Hollywood--has been dubbed by the New York Times an "unlikely mobile video game hit" (it rakes in $700,000 a day), I can finally play it without feeling judged.

Now that Glu Mobile's latest game — Kim Kardashian: Hollywood — has been dubbed by the New York Times an "unlikely mobile video game hit" (it rakes in $700,000 a day), I can finally play it without feeling judged.

Just kidding! I totally downloaded that app a month ago (basically the second I saw it pop up on the App Store), and I've been playing it ever since. Because, let's be serious — there's no way I can resist a game that combines my two favorite guilty pleasures: Kim K. and a klassy, kustomized avatar!

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is a free Android and iOS game in which Kim teaches you how to go from a loft-dwelling nobody in downtown L.A. to a jet-setting superstar with an eight-figure Twitter following. If this seems familiar, that's because it is — Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is based off of Glu Mobile's already-popular Stardom series (which includes Stardom: The A-List and Stardom: Hollywood), a series of freemium titles in which your goal is to go from... a total nobody to an A-List superstar. Why fix what ain't broke, right?

Anyway, Kim's game is a little different because, well, there's Kim. Kim is your celebrity mentor who takes a shining to your sexy model-esque look and fabulous fashion sense after she rushes into your LA boutique and cons (kons?) you into giving her a free dress (I tried to make her pay, but apparently that's an unchangeable part of the storyline).

You're then expected to claw your way to the top of the A-List (measured by in-game Twitter followers, naturally) by participating in photo shoots, fashion shows, and celebrity appearances; dating people who are more famous than you; buying lots of clothes and shoes; and jet-setting around the world on suspiciously cheap flights. (Seriously, a pair of glasses costs $3000 in this game, but a flight from LAX to JFK is a mere $15 to $35. I desperately want to live in this world.)

Like most freemium games, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood uses multiple forms of currency: Soft primary (cash), hard secondary (stars), and timed tertiary (energy). Cash is what you'll use to make most of your in-game purchases, such as clothes, shoes, accessories, and property. Because, yes, apparently the key to becoming a Hollywood A-Lister is buying multiple condos and houses around the globe. Stars, which are big silver coins emblazoned with the letter "K," will get you the sexier stuff: Better clothes, better shoes (OK, most of the shoes), and even pets. They can also be used to "charm" people, or convince people who are way more famous/have way better things to do than talk to you, to talk to you.

 

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