“Idols for Hire!”
- Management: PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC
- Publisher: play
- Developer: mess pitch
- Release Date: 25 August 2022
Otaku are known for their love of anime, video games, manga and often Japanese idols. Yes, most of us otaku like idols of different styles and genres not only because of their songs, but also because of the energy they give. Idol fandom is a big deal in Japan and slowly growing in the West, but recently, a new game was released that hopefully will show just how many idols in the industry—and their managers—behave. Huh. Idol Manager puts you in the place of a young man who must develop a small idol industry and rise to the top. Idle Manager is an unusual simulation title, but does it deserve us to throw out our flair, or is Idle Manager a flop in the industry? Find out in our review of Idle Manager for PS5!
Idol Manager may be about training and grooming various idols but this game is no joke. As a new manager, your goal is simple in theory. Hire some idols, get some CDs/songs produced and become the king/queen of the idol industry. However, the reality is that Idol Manager teaches you the importance of the idol industry and why it is not as easy as it sounds.
Your arsenal of abilities includes hiring idols—obviously, getting vocal coaches, and grooming people and various other workers/staff. At first, you will only have a few offices for yourself and a small team, but as you progress, you will be able to build your business and find yourself in a huge multiplex full of rooms and offices! Your idols will be numerous and hopefully, you will delight your benefactors! Again, this all sounds simple but Idle Manager is not the smoothest simulator you’ve ever played and that’s where the game shines and slackens.
As an idol manager, you must find your beautiful and lovely girls, train them, promote them – in various realistic ways – and see how the money flows. However, every action takes time as well as money, which means you need to pay close attention to what action you take every second of each day. Moreover, idols are not only going to sing their hearts out for free, they need money and there are many needs that must be met otherwise you will lose your best girls very quickly. Idle Manager’s tutorial also acknowledges that failure will most likely happen when you start out—and it happened to us—which should prepare you for the challenges you’ll face.
There is a lot to do while playing Idle Manager. You have information cards detailing your team/ idols, and each can perform different tasks to help you make some more cash. However, there is much more to do and manage and we mean a lot more. When playing Idle Manager you will find that reading the help guide is a must as there are so few sub-management options for each of the main options that it becomes a bit overwhelming. To paint a simpler picture, let’s discuss making a song. To make a song, you’ll need to assemble your idols, choose the genre, how to craft it, how to sell it and many other options just to start the song making process. From there, you need to instruct your other subordinates to work on the song—such as producing the song or melody—and then finally, you can launch the song and hope you make some profit. . Idle Manager is trying to show those who invest themselves in it that idol business is a serious business and it will surely appeal to those who like challenging and engaging simulation titles.
Idle Manager is primarily a simulation game, but there’s also a very deep and intriguing story within it that takes a closer look at the jackfruit business and discovers how some people can be two-faced while others really are. I want to help. We loved going through different thresholds in Idol Manager, just to watch the story progress and see how decisions make our lives easier or harder. Don’t be surprised if it takes several plays to really see the full story because we wanted to see how the choices affected our fates as idol managers.
Idol Manager is tough, consistently engaging, and ruthless… and we love every moment of it. Despite the tremendous gameplay mechanics to learn, Idle Manager is still pretty accessible to those who want a simulation game that requires more than just hitting a button. If you love figurines and sim games, Idol Manager is a must buy and we really admire the developers that they have made such a fascinating game that shows what life is like for those who shone in the footsteps of Japan. want!
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