You are immediately greeted by Kitty Powers, a Dame Edna esque transgender business owner, who tasks you with running a dating agency. Kitty shows you the ropes through a guided demo then gives you access to her ‘little black book’ which you use to match with walk-in clients. Each client provides you with basic information, such as sexual preference, star sign, occupation, things they like and their preferred eye and hair colour in a potential match. You then use this information to find a match from the little black book.
Once you have selected someone as a match, you must select a location and type of cuisine for the date. This vital decision will aid or hinder the newly matched couples’ date, so it’s important to get this right!
Throughout the date, each of the clients ask a number of questions for you to provide response to. These are all completed in the form of mini-games, such as spot the difference when the date returns from the bathroom and ordering their food based on what they’ve said they like.
Sadly, every date takes the same format. You make the selection from your little black book and then choose a restaurant. Each restaurant is indicated by a flag for the type of cuisine they serve, then they are then put into envelopes and you must keep your eye on your preferred one as they are shuffled around in front of you, just like three-card monte.
During each date, you have three lives and once they’re gone, your date leaves. You spin the “Wheel of Misfortune” to select a conversation topic, trying to match one of the things your date has said they like.
There are several mini-games that you encounter during the dates, which quickly become very repetitive. There is a “Simon Says” game to compliment the chef, a maths game to work out the correct percentage to leave as a tip, and a number of memory games that requires you to recall a conveyer-belt of desserts, the “Spot the Difference” game of the date’s appearance or which waiter served you. It’s fairly easy to not lose your lives if you pay attention.
If you had a successful date, you receive a tip from the clients which helps you attract ‘better’ clientele. This ‘better’ clientele put you through the same mini-games as the regular clientele, with the same lack of variation.
The game itself is graphically quite cute, with bright characters and scenes, however look very much out of place on the PS4. They would be much better suited to an iOS or Android device, as would the game-play.
It’s fun for first little while, but it does get very repetitive very quickly, and if it were a mobile app and not a full blown PS4 game, many people would delete it within an hour to free up some space. I’m also unsure of the target audience, as the gameplay doesn’t hold the attention of an adult gamer, but the humour and language isn’t suitable for children – not to say it’s rude, just a little blue at times – sending clients to the “Mother Tuckers” restaurant for example.
Kitty Powers Match Maker is available on the PS-Store for £9.49 and the Apple App Store for £2.99.
Review by Greg