The Guy Game
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The Guy Game is a 2004 adult puzzle game for Windows, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, developed by Topheavy Studios and published by Gathering of Developers. It was directed, produced and designed by Jeff Spangenberg, founder of Acclaim Studios Austin (then Iguana Entertainment), and Retro Studios. After he left the latter by Nintendo's request, he founded another company named Topheavy Studios, with the main objective of producing this game based on his lifestyle.
Why It Sucks
- To get the elephant in the room first: The game is considered child pornography by U.S. law standards thanks to a lawsuit sent by one of the girls featured in it, as she was not informed that the footage they took was for this, because at the time of recording, she was only seventeen years old. This results in all produced copies to be stopped and recalled. To this day, it is the only video game in the U.S. to be illegally sold and owned.
- Thanks to this, Topheavy released a DVD version called The Guy Game: Game Over, containing additional stuff and bonus features.
- The objective of the game is to answer the questions given to the girls (referred in this game as "hotties"), and if they answer it incorrectly, they will flash their breasts, which is considered not only sexist by today's standards, but also prostitution. Also, thanks to the "Flash-O-Meter", the more the player predict the outcome, the meter rises, which leaves the flashing less censored, which can also be creepy, knowing the lawsuit mentioned earlier.
- The gameplay itself is a blatant rip-off of You Don't Know Jack, minus the interesting questions and presentation.
- The game's host, Matt Sadler, is a bland and uninteresting announcer with zero charm about him compared to the numerous hosts in the You Don't Know Jack franchise.
Unsurprisingly, the game received unfavorable reviews by critics and negatively by audiences for its sexual content. Some critics gave this game mixed to positive scores, like IGN gave the game a 7.7 out of 10 and GameSpot giving it a 7.5 out of 10.
After this game flopped, Topheavy Studios filed for bankruptcy and its founder, Jeff Spangenberg, vanished from the public eye since.