Mobile Game Review – PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator
Never did I think I would be reviewing a game brought out by the king of YouTube. Love him or hate him, PewDiePie is a polarising figure who brings a lot of attention to the YouTube platform. Without him, many popular YouTubers probably wouldn’t be around, so it’s nice to see he’s paying homage to who he is, as well as giving people a fun easy game to pass the time with. But is Tuber Simulator merely good, or is it truly great and a must have on your phone?
|Genre||Simulation, Clicker Game|
|Price on Android
Price on iOS
When you first start the game, you’re greeted by Felix (PewDiePie), who takes you through the basics of the game. He explains how your goal is to become the next big “Tuber” (they obviously couldn’t say YouTube for copyright reasons), but how you’ll never be as big as him. He serves to play as the guide, but sort of as a rival to aim to beat as well. What’s interesting is looking at the subscriber counts, but we’ll talk about that later. For now though, he starts you off by giving you a camera, then explains that you need to have some ideas for a video – and he lets you get on with it. You choose one of up to 3 ideas to upload a video on, then you start to record, edit and generate views off the video. It’s nothing special, not hard to understand – but there is a bit more to it.
You need to go up in level, by buying items for your room. You don’t need to keep them in your room to reap the benefits of buying them, however. As you buy items, you gain experience in individual genres (Comedy, Gaming, Horror, Make-Up, Home, Nature, Science and Pets), but you also gain experience for your own personal level. As you level up, you get brain points, which you can spend in the Brain Tree, allowing you to get things faster, or to make 2 videos at a time and so on. This adds a lot of gameplay time to it, however some things feel a little more expensive than they should. For instance, to unlock making 2 videos at the same time, you need 25 brains – Not hard, as 1 personal level gives you plenty of brains… However, you need to max out 2 brain skills before it… The first of which take 5 brains per level and then 10 brains for the last ones for 10 whole levels, then the 2nd skill you need to master one takes 15 brains per level before going up to 20 brains for the last levels. Thankfully, skill levels give you 5 each time, so buying high value items allows you to fly through levels.
No sound, no commentary – Just showing you what the game is like.
By making videos, you gain views, which act as the in-game currency for items. As you progress, you get skills that means you get more views per video, as well as getting specific view boosts on genres. After you’ve made enough views, you can buy an item to gain experience in a genre/your personal levels. The higher your personal level, the better stuff you can unlock. Of course, things aren’t as simple as “let’s buy good stuff”. You also have to wait for a certain amount of time for the items to arrive. Fortunately, this is where the game truly excels. They give you a mini-game called Puggle. This allows you to decrease the amount of time, sometimes by up to 12-15%* by spending some of your views. The higher value the item, the more expensive on your views one game of Puggle is. This is simple little way to decrease the long delays for waiting for a game to go. So the aim of the game is to buy as much stuff as you can to level up as much as possible, gain many followers, get as many brain points as you can to max out your skills and do the quests in between so you can get further in the game. You can also visit other Tuber’s rooms as well, if you’d really want to do that… I’m sure it’s good if you have friends to play it with… Hey, if you go and play this game after, add Timlah!
The above recording was from my phone, it’s simply me playing it for a little bit, just to show you what it’s like.
* Puggle is a bit more complex than I made it out to be. Apparently it can go up to to abut 26%, according to this Stack Exchange answer.
As always, be believe that you should judge for yourself. PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator features a great cartoon look, with a very clean style about it. What makes this even better is how you can really build up your rooms the way you want them:
Tuber Simulator features the vocal talents of PewDiePie himself, as he appears at a variety of times throughout the game. With some genuinely funny commentary from Felix, the game utilised his namesake to make it a little bit novel. He doesn’t pull any punches, often telling you that you’re a noob and what not. Nevertheless, having his voice in the game is a welcome addition – Especially since I’ve yet to hear him scream like a madman. He’s pretty relaxed throughout, with some smart dialogue – but he doesn’t appear all that often.
The music of the game is fine, but nothing to sing home about. It’s pretty much a typical “retro” game sound, with extra sounds for the freakin’ Eagle that keeps flying by. There are also different sounds and music for the Puggle mini-game as well.
No, this game won’t blow your socks off and it certainly isn’t going to win Game of the Year, in my eyes. But if you’re like me and you do a lot of commuting to work, then this game is actually pretty decent. It’s a really good time sink, which in this particular case is a great thing. Games like this are perfect for just wasting hours of your life on – and that’s why I can’t recommend you play this game highly enough. Whether you’re just into resource games, or if you just like playing passive games such as Cookie Clicker, AdVenture Capitalist and so on, then this will be the game for you. So download it if you’re bored on your commute to work, or school – Because this game deserves a very simple BroFist. But now it’s over to you – What do you think of PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator? Is it any good? Do you prefer the Rolling Stone Magazine’s relatively bleak (but amusing) look at this title? As always, let us know what you think in the comments below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.