On the tail of this week’s “awesome” The Bachelorette finale, I wanted to share with you one of my more embarrassing confessions to do with the Bachelor franchise. Not only do I watch the show on a weekly basis with my snarky viewing group, and not only do I religiously read Kris’s Tuesday Walk of Shame blog series, but I actually own The Bachelor game for Wii. And not only that, but I have played it more than once.
I have to admit, I was excited about the idea of a Bachelor video game. Ok, maybe not quite excited, but definitely intrigued. Would I be able to compete for the Bachelor’s heart? Could I choose instead to just try to sabotage other contestants? Could I hit on the other contestants? Could I just hang out with host Chris Harrison instead? Would this be like The Sims? Could I choose to be past Bachelor/Bachelorette favourites? Would a “season” be an adventure you could go on over time, deciding how to deal with issues as they arise? So many questions to be answered!
Sadly, I was most definitely mistaken to be very interested in this game. It’s really not very good. It’s a little bit fun for the hardcore fangirls, just because the Bachelors are men who have actually been The Bachelor. Actually, to tell you the truth, I only really know about Level 1, because I didn’t go beyond the first season of the game. Regardless, you start out competing for the heart of Jason Mesnick.
How do you compete, you ask? Well, you have to complete a series of challenges (on “dates”) to edge out the other contestants. And these challenges are ridiculously boring. Ranging from completing a puzzle to tracing a picture, I’m not entirely sure about how these are helping you to impress the Bachelor. Has anyone played beyond Season 1? Do the challenges get any better or more challenging? Because the ones I played were pretty darn uninteresting.
That being said, my embarrassing confession is that for some ridiculous reason I’ve played this game more than once. Does this mean I am the ultimate Bachelor fangirl? Even I can’t figure out what the appeal is, but perhaps it is a little bit to do with the appeal of the show itself. I watch in much the same way: it’s predictable and repetitive but I am addicted. That being said, at least the show has a healthy dose of drama to keep you interested.
The best thing about this game was including Chris Harrison, so +1 rating for that (leaving it at a total rating of 1 out of 10, obviously). I’m not even going to legitimize this game by actually giving it a rating on our rating scale, though.
Have you ever played this game? What’s your guilty video game pleasure? Let me know in the comments!