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Gameloft have done it again with a really great adaptation of the series. Fun to play, plenty of variety and great graphics and sound, this is what the mobile experience is all about!
All in all, Gameloft did pretty good with The OC, and one must hope that Gameloft continues to produce such quality games for all the gamers out there.
If you liked New York Nights, chances are you'd like The O.C. -- since it's built upon the same game. The O.C. is a little more story driven, the dialogue is pretty smart, and there are some new minigames that I think gamers may enjoy, such as the Asteroids. Unfortunately, the game isn't as deep, thanks to truncated character arcs and some simplified game mechanics. I think fans of the show might be amused by this game, but New York Nights is still readily available on most carriers. I recommend you download it instead, or wait for an upcoming Gameloft title that will run circles around both of these.
Ultimately I'm not quite sure what to make of The O.C. As a big gamer I bought into the RPG-style stat raising, and appreciated the minigames that break up the action. But the plot points literally often made me laugh at the game. My girlfriend, on the other hand, always responded with "that's stupid" when I tried to explain to her that you had to earn more maturity points to progress. There are many, many games that play worse and have lower production values than The O.C. currently clogging carrier decks, but there are also plenty that are easier to recommend.