A fond memory of my college days was hanging out at my fraternity house and playing drinking games with my housemates and sorority girls. Not only was it a good way to get a healthy beer (or liquor) buzz in a short period of time, it was also a source of entertainment for everyone as we laughed at people who were drunker than we were. Plus, there was always the possibility of risqué entertainment depending on the number of shots or beers that'd been taken down from any of the participants. Well, Topheavy has managed to distill this experience in game form (pun intended), merging the fun of drinking games and trivia questions with the titillation of female nudity. So grab a beer and some friends, because it’s time for The Guy Game.
First off, players choose a nickname (or have one like Booblovr assigned to them) and a “cheerleader” from a number of ladies. If you’re playing a single player game, you’ll immediately start the game, which introduces you to the full motion video captured intro shot at Spring Break on South Padre Island. The producers of The Guy Game managed to film 60 coeds, eventually editing their footage into 20 full, multi-round episodes. Round one is a trivia game called Foreplay, where the host of the game asks the young ladies questions from Movies, TV, science and other categories of general knowledge. Players are then tasked to pick the correct answer from a list of four potential solutions. Over a short period of time, two of the answers will fade away, providing you a 50-50 chance at getting the question right. However, players will want to try to answer the question as fast as possible, because your score decreases as time passes. You’ll also have to guess whether or not the women will provide the right answer, which provides you with a bonus.
This bonus is potentially the most important score for players, as it helps fill up your flash-o-meter. See, whenever the young women playing the game miss a question, they have to flash the audience and the camera. Initially, their breasts will be covered by The Guy Game logo, but as you fill your flash-o-meter up, the logo will be replaced by large blocky pixels, similar to the ones shown on the news to hide identities. Finally, if you manage to fill up the meter, the pixels are stripped away and you’re treated to an uncensored view of the participant. Needless to say, this is the obvious goal of the game, one that most players will try to accomplish as quickly as possible. There’s also a side benefit of getting a question correct: your cheerleader will remove her clothes as well, providing you continual encouragement till every female in the episode is naked.
The next round is the Ballz round, where you have the option to play one of three mini-games: Ballzout, where you try to knock a number of balls off a platform, Ballzin, where you try to knock a ball into a goal while defending your goal from opposing shots, and Ballzshotz, where you try to direct a ball into a number of circular bins (similar to skeeball). It’s a diversionary level to break up the trivia and nudity. The third round is called Titwitz, and is quite similar to the first round of trivia, with one striking exception: every single contestant gets every answer wrong. So you can expect quite a bit of nudity if you’ve managed to fill your flash-o-meter completely. Since you’re explicitly told that every answer the coeds give is wrong, you’re initially asked to provide the right answer, followed by what you think they’ll give as the wrong answer. This will often provide you with plenty of hilarity as you laugh at the stupidity of some of these answers. (Who needs to sharpen rocks, anyway?)
If you’re successful enough, you’ll move onto the “bonus round,” which is affectionately known as the Hottie Challenge. Here, the contestants engage in some topless activity to proclaim one of them the winner, such as jumping rope, sack races or hula hooping. This section allows you to place a wager on which contestant you think will win the activity, potentially doubling your score. If you pick correctly, you’ll potentially be treated to a special reward of your cheerleader dancing in a quick 30 second music video that involves her stripping of her outfit and prancing around. The upside to this is that by getting this ending, you will have completely unlocked all of the nudity for the episode, so you can return and see every contestant topless from the very first question.
Multiplayer is practically the same game, with a few variations. First of all, the game starts off with the classic drinking game of Asshole. The person who wins the rank of President can set gameplay rules, such as no cursing during an episode or no one can look another player in the eye. The President can also severely mess with his fellow players, such as slapping their cheerleaders around, taunting other players and even replace the lovely cheerleader with a topless fat man. The whipping boy relegated to the Asshole rank will probably suffer the brunt of these attacks, offering up merely a fart in self-defense.
There really isn’t much to talk about as far as the graphics go. The majority of the gameplay is comprised of FMV clips, with brightly colored backgrounds making up the main playing areas where players get their questions asked. If you’re spending a large amount of time analyzing those images instead of the clips, you’re playing this game for the wrong reason. But the video clips on both the PS2 and Xbox versions are clean transfers of footage, the visual effects to blur nudity is decent (for what it needs to do) and the camera placement will focus on what it’s supposed to. Sound isn’t nearly as solid as the video quality though. The music that’s included is pretty repetitive, but it’s primarily drowned out by the inane commentary from the announcers.
While there are only 20 episodes, the game does offer more than 1000 additional questions upon replaying a section, providing additional longevity to the title. However, these aren’t included within the actual episodes, so you’ll wind up answering one question while watching the contestants answer the older ones. This not only lends an air of confusion to the game, but also fosters a situation of memorizing the right answers to questions to simply progress through the game. The game does randomize the layout to these answers so it’s not a simple matter of rote button pressing, but even that isn’t enough to solve the two greatest problems the title holds: First, the novelty of playing the game is sure to wear off after a while, especially considering the limited number of episodes. It’s possible to go through every single episode in a weekend, which doesn’t speak volumes about returning to this game time and time again. Second, while the single player game is adequate, this game is much better as a party title with plenty of alcohol. The mechanics of the game are suited completely towards inebriated college kids or young twenty-somethings who want to mix their drinking with a little nudity. Otherwise, this title will probably remain relegated to the niche category of controversial games that warrant a rental merely to see what the fuss is all about.