Get your favorite videos up online with ease for the entire world to see in color
- Category Role Playing
- Program license Paid
- Works under: Windows 7 / Windows XP / Windows Vista
- Program available in English
- Program by U-Play Online
Youtubers Life draws elements from both life simulators and business simulators to create a whimsical gaming experience that lets you live out your dream of becoming a YouTube celebrity. YouTube has rapidly and surprisingly become one of the best vehicles for young creatives and charming personalities looking to make a living off of their brand identity. But this popularity has brought a lot of people looking to get rich quick off of what could turn out to be a passing fad. Fortunately, developer U-Play Online seems to take their subject matter seriously. Youtubers Life is both well made and overflowing with charm, and there's enough content here to keep players satisfied for a very long time.
Finding success on YouTube is harder work than it may seem to casual observers, but it's also a way for one to express their individual identities. Personalities have managed to find ways to monetize a seemingly endless variety of personalities and interests, and U-Play fortunately decided to focus on letting users express themselves through the game rather than settling instead on more of a rote business simulator draped in thematic affectations. The Sims seems to have served as a major point of inspiration for YouTubers Life. You start by choosing the focus of your YouTube channel, but the choices are unfortunately not that diverse. Users can focus on music, gaming, or cooking, and while that covers some of the more popular varieties of YouTube channels, it would be nice to have a few more options to choose from. As with the Sims, you don't have direct control over your avatar. Instead, it's your job to provide them with the resources they need to be happy and successful. That lack of agency creates an experience that's less stressful than it would be if this was more of an objective driven career simulator.
That's not to say that there isn't a clear progression curve. You start out as a practical unknown living in a basement and try to work your way up to worldwide celebrity status. This is accomplished by creating new videos, uploading them to your site, and fostering relationships with your growing fan base. You also have to learn how to balance your professional and personal life, and a selection of newer and better equipment allows you to reach out more effectively to your audience. Players interact with objects rather than their character directly, but they have a decent amount of control over their trajectory. That's a good thing, since YouTubers Life gives you some concrete objects to achieve over the course of your time with it.
There's a lot to do here. The number of options are astounding, and they allow you to build out a career that feels distinctly your own. Take into consideration the other career tracks, and there's conceivably a huge amount of content to dig through.
- Allows players to create a virtual YouTube identity that feels uniquely personal
- Light tone and lack of fail states make playing a relaxing experience
- Lack of direct agency over character actions may frustrate some players
- Could benefit from the inclusion of more career paths