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Monday Fun #21 (online link)

Okay, first, a disclaimer. This is going to be a bit new - it's a link to a game, but to one in another language, namely French.

The reason I'm going with this is that I'd originally planned to post a link to the English version of this site, and when I suddenly decided (or almost *had* to decide) not to, I was left a bit flat-footed as to what I should review/link/whatever. So I decided to just go with this.

See, here's the thing. There is (as aforementioned) an English version of this site, which is what I ended up playing first, maybe about a week ago (totally swiped from takhisis, but that's neither here nor there :p). And I was enjoying it quite a bit, although it's the type of game you don't tend to put too much time into per day (you're limited as to what you can do with your in-game currency and what-not, can only play most of the games once per day, etc.) It was fun, despite (or perhaps even because of) being a bit vapid, and not taking itself (from what I could see) at all seriously, and I planned to link it.

Now however... first off, they go and completely change the look of the "bimbos" drastically with no warning and no input, which is especially annoying when you consider that they take real-money donations (not required, but it gives you in-game currency, and a warm fuzzy feeling of supporting a website). It's especially especially annoying when the new looks, to put it mildly, suck syphilitic goat testicles. And are not yet really supported, obviously being a rush job. But even beyond the aesthetic thing... it's just creepy. The previous "dolls" at least looked mature, and somewhat realistic, but the new ones look a) like deformed Bratz dolls and b) way way WAY too young to be the avatars in a game where you're going around, hooking them up with boyfriends, giving them face lifts and boob jobs, etc.

Then as if that wasn't bad enough, when about a zillion people complained in the forums, the admints threw a snit, banned people "advertising" (in other words, even mentioning) the French site (from which they'd swiped, well, EVERYTHING in the first place), and BANNED USE OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE on the boards. As in you can be banned for using French. Despite the fact that they still encourage (as they said in the very same post) use of other languages in the appropriate sub-forum. WTF?

So long story short (too late), unless they seriously get an attack of a swarm of clue-by-fours upside their collective asses (where their heads are buried), I'll not be linking to or supporting the English site.

And now that Total Rantiness is out of the way, we'll see how much juice I have left to cover the actual game. XD

Ma Bimbo

Game type: web based

Time demand: Small

Cost: Free

What it is:

Well, it's a French game, as mentioned. You may be able to figure some of it out without speaking the language, but it'll be tricky. Or if you've played the English version and now where/what everything is, you might be able to swing it. I imagine there are probably also English FAQs somewhere on the web helping English players to navigate and all, if you look for them, since it's a popular site.

Beyond that, it's... well, it's in a way almost like a dress-up-doll site, except... well, maybe not "deeper" is the right word, but it's more complex, anyhow. You have an avatar, a "bimbo" that starts out the same as all the other bimbos, and bit by bit you can buy new clothes for her, change her hairstyle, get her (limited) plastic surgery, get her a tan, and do other things to make her look different.

Beauty may be skin deep, but the game however goes a bit beyond that. First off, there's the in-game currency, which is what you need to purchase clothing, get makeovers, go to the nightclub to dance, etc etc. You get more bimbo dollars in turn by gifts from your bimbi's boyfriend (if you have one), your job (which requires some training first), a limited amount from a few of the short little puzzle games that you can play once or twice per day, and if you manage to win fashion challenges against other bimbos that you've wagered on. (Of course, you also stand to lose currency from the latter option...)

Along with your currency, you also have Bimbo Attitude, which you gain through winning wagered challenges, dancing in the club, getting makeovers and new hairstyles, things like that. You have an IQ (or QI in French), which you raise through other of the games, etc. You also have an ideal weight, and if your bimbo goes too far above OR below that weight, she's less happy, making her less effectual in some things she does. Your bimbo also gets hungry and thirsty, so you have to feed her and give her drinks each day. So really, in a way, it's kind of a combination virtual pet and dress-up-doll and life sim.

There are also levels you try to gain, with each level having various goals you have to meet to go to the next level - getting a specific hairstyle, winning a certain number of challenges, having a certain amount of bimbo attitude, etc etc. Gaining levels unlocks new possible boyfriends, new clothes you can buy, new apartments you can rent or buy, and so on.

Anyhow, the point is, this is a cute little short-time-waster (at least if you speak French XD), and while some people might have problems with the content, to me at least it seems so tongue-planted-in-cheek that it's not a bad thing. Like I said, it's a bit vapid, but it's meant to be, and it's not serious about it, which (to me anyhow) makes it lighthearted and fun. Your mileage may vary.