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Playboy: The Mansion

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
53
2.8
Windows
56
2.7
Xbox
62
1.5

User Reviews

An X-rated The Sims 2 that surprisingly shows promise! Windows Indra was here (19131)
A great simulator! Windows leon101 (63)
One for blokish blokes Windows jossiejojo (41)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 2 8 2.8
Windows 15 2.7
Xbox 4 1.5
Combined MobyScore 27 2.6


The Press Says

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100
XboxUGO (UnderGroundOnline)
Playboy: The Mansion is a lot like The Sims but so much better because you get to see boobs and f***. There were a bunch of bugs, like people walking into each other and my Xbox crashed twice while I was playing, but I think it's safe to say that this is the best game of all time and if you don't think so you are a total pussy.
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XboxMygamer.com
Surprisingly, considering its sensitive content, Playboy: The Mansion is pretty engrossing. While interaction with the ladies is entertaining, that is not what I am referring to. The actual running and production of the magazine is executed terrifically, and truly makes you feel as though you are making all of the decisions regarding its ongoing production. Some aspects can become a little tiresome, like having to throw parties all the time just to get some interviews, but the fact that there are always new celebrities added to the list makes it a touch less bothersome. The game is well crafted, and has more depth to it than the title would lead you to believe. It doesn't matter, though; you probably didn't make it past the line of the review that referenced ‘naked ladies' before you rushed out to immediately buy or rent the game. You probably didn't even read the whole review. Thanks a lot!
78
XboxTalkXbox
Overall, this game is fairly innovative. It offers a very adult title for adult gamers, who are looking for a little non-competitive fun. It is good to see developers out there are taking chances by making titles that not all gamers and community members may agree with, but it gives the industry more freedom to develop games they truly want to if they do well. Players will get a few laughs with the antics of some of the characters, and a few funny additions that can be found during play. Playboy: The Mansion is not a bad game by any means; it just isn’t a great one. It is however a lot more in depth than some of the like genre games that had come out previously. At times, it even feels like the developers were not just going for the cheap nudity buck from gamers. Playboy could really open the industry’s arms to more mature titles built for older gamers. It has a decent overall game play, good audio, decent graphics, and a good feel for the Playboy lifestyle.
77
WindowsPC Action
Der Feinschliff der deutschen Version gefällt mir. Doch selbst passionierten PC-Playboys dürfte es nach ein paar Stunden langweilen, eine Pixel-Barbie nach der anderen gefügig zu machen. Doch was soll's? Da das lustige Spiel nicht schwer ist, eignet es sich perfekt, um abends auszuspannen. Wer genug hat, steigt wieder ins reale Leben ein, denn da hört der Spaß nicht zwangsläufig beim Höschen auf.
75
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Bei Playboy: The Mansion schlüpfen Sie in die Haut des morgenbemantelten Ober-Playboys Hugh Hefner und stampfen im Endlosspiel oder der zwölf Missionen starken Kampagne das Playboy-Imperium aus dem Boden. Das Häschen-Spiel ähnelt der Lebenssimulation Die Sims 2 oder dem PC-Flirt Singles auf den ersten Blick frappierend. Neben der schicken 3D-Grafik fällt auf, dass auch die Playboy-Protagonisten Wert auf zwischenmenschliche Beziehungen und individuelle Bedürfnisse legen - wenn auch in stark abgespeckter Form.
74
XboxNZGamer
If you came to the party expecting the Playboy experience then you should pack up and get out while you still can. There is some fun to be had here, but no back-of-the-box claims make Playboy: The Mansion any truer to Hugh Hefner's lifestyle than a walk to the magazine store. This is Sims based gameplay, that the Sims has done better. Cyberlore show the potential to make a great licensed game, but they're woefully bogged down with glitchy gameplay and lifeless characters.
71
XboxGamer 2.0
Playboy: The Mansion isn't bad, nor is it as good as it could have been. Every time the sunshine wants to break through the clouds, the game comes to a dead halt, a sure sign of rushed development and reliance on a known license. It could have been terrible, though, and we commend Cyberlore for putting some thought into the individual elements, even if they all seem somewhat half-baked. Feel free to rent a copy; just don't expect anything more than a light, casual time. And please, don't buy it looking for stimulation: pixelated bosoms just aren't what they used to be.
70
XboxMS Xbox World
Playboy the mansion is much like the real Playboy magazine in that it is simply more than a cheap gimmick of pert breasts and tight peachy buttocks; which lets face it, is not something that is arousing to most men due to them being crude polygons and no substitute for the real thing. So as an attempt to be different I think the management aspect of the game does add that playability factor and works to the credit of the game. However with too much time spent here its clear to see that the game play is rather formulaic, repetitive and supporting of some very unrealistic moments. Whilst maybe not being as involving as The Sims for what it is Playboy the Mansion is a pleasing foray into management gaming and a brave move by the developers as they try and use sex to sell a video game; although they are certainly not the first to do so and definitely wont be the last either. Rent this game first before you buy.
70
XboxAceGamez
Playboy: The Mansion seems to be another Sims wanabee, trying to copy a popular and successful game but not quite getting it right. The game 'Singles' is coming back into my head, but this time with the Playboy image to back it up. After getting a bit excited about it all when I first heard about it from an E3 video I found on the Internet, the game has ended up being limited in engrossing gameplay and adult content; there is barely anything here to justify that 18 rating and it would have been more interesting if the game had taken more risks, showing more of what really goes on at the Playboy Mansion (and it's more than just photo shoots!) I did enjoy this game for the short while it lasted, but I completed the campaign levels within a few hours but which time the novelty had worn off. Give it a shot if you like, just don't expect a masterpiece in gaming.
70
WindowsGamigo
Schade, Playboy : The Mansion hat wirklich die Chance verpasst, so etwas wie ein erotischer Sims-Ableger zu werden. Mit ein wenig mehr Feinschliff hätte man aus dieser Lizenz wirklich etwas rausholen können. So bleibt ein kurzfristig sehr unterhaltsamer Titel, dessen Motivationskurve allerdings von Stunde zu Stunde brutal abflacht. Trotzdem, sollte man sich für einen zweiten Teil entscheiden, man sollte ihn nicht von Anfang an verurteilen, denn aus diesem Spiel könnte eines Tages noch was werden!
70
XboxExtreme Gamer
Depending on what you want out of Playboy the Mansion you'll either be disappointed or satisfied. On a sexual level there isn't much to get the members rumbling, but it does the trick for a Sim like experience as on of the greatest men of our time. Playboy should be something you rent before you buy, if you're set back by the onslaught of negativity reviews. I was pleased with the game and overall I got my hours out of game.
70
XboxXBox Front
Wer von uns wollte nicht schon mal so wie der gute alte Hugh Hefner sein? Eine große Villa besitzen, die voller heißer Mädels ist, eine Party nach der anderen schmeißen und einen dicken Batzen Kohle haben. Nun hat jeder von uns - zumindest virtuell - die Chance dazu. Mit Playboy - The Mansion erwartet euch ein spannender Mix aus Wirtschaftssimulation, Rollenspiel und Gesellschaftssimulation. Hierzu kommt aber noch eine kleine Portion Sex. Ihr seid Hugh Hefner, der beneidenswerteste Mann der Welt. Nun ist es eure Aufgabe, unter anderem Ausschau nach neuen Models zu halten, eine Party nach der anderen zu schmeißen etc.
69
Xbox4Players.de
Was sich in den ersten Videos noch als interessante Mischung aus dem Sims, Wirtschaftssimulation und Sex-Appeal präsentierte, ist unter dem Strich ein schwacher Mix, der zwischen allen Stühlen hängt und den Spagat nur leidlich bewältigt. Dabei fängt alles ganz angenehm an: die ersten Gespräche sind unterhaltsam, die Zusammenstellung des Magazins sowie die Foto-Shootings machen Spaß. Doch irgendwann beginnt der Trott, an dem die Schwachstellen klar werden: die sozialen Interaktionen sind auf Dauer viel zu eintönig; die Einrichtung des Hauses hat viel zu wenig Auswirkungen auf den Gemütszustand der Figuren; die sexuellen Anspielungen bleiben zu harmlos; die Foto-Shootings gleichen sich. Offensichtlich wollte man sich nicht all zu deutlich bei den Vorbildern bedienen aber der "Hugh Hefner-Simulator" scheitert daran, die eigenen Ideen bis zur letzten Konsequenz umzusetzen.
69
XboxIGN
PlayBoy: The Mansion is such an odd idea. Who wants to be Hugh Hefner? Well, most every male alive. But who wants to sit in front of a TV and pretend? Fans of the Sims? Not likely, they're busy enjoying the social complexity of the Sims 2. The typical male, perhaps? Probably not, they're more likely to spend 50 bucks on a real Playboy subscription. So, what kind of gamer is Playboy supposed to appeal to? Ultimately, Playboy suffers from a dire lack of sex appeal. It fails to grab the attention of Sims fanatics while failing to seduce the average gamer. The business aspect is the most entertaining part of the game, if only because it lets you do something besides try and bed a clone army of big-breasted bunnies. It's worth a look if you've plowed through every Sims game on the market and still crave more of the same, minus the polish.
69
WindowsIGN
Life, for Hugh, is good. Too bad it's just not very fun. For all that real Hugh has going for him, virtual Hugh can't seem to escape the pedestrian lifestyle of your average Sim. True, Playboy: The Mansion bombards you with wide array of digital boobies, but sex in-game holds the same appeal as clipping your toenails. You can expand your mansion and stuff it with big-screen TVs and a $24,000 DJ station, but it never captures the eclectic pizzazz of the real thing. Or even of a similar game, for that matter. Take the Urbz, for example, a flawed yet oddly charming title that did a pretty decent job of distilling the essence of the urbanite lifestyle.
69
PlayStation 2IGN
Live the life of Hugh Hefner. That's what Playboy: The Mansion promises. It invites you to walk the halls of the infamous Playboy Mansion, a wildly hot babe on each arm, and erect a publishing empire second to none. As Hugh, you'll throw nightly parties full of socialites and topless women, form million-dollar contracts and rub shoulders with some of America's biggest characters. As Hugh, you'll command a loyal staff of journalists, photographers, executives and models, all of whom you can befriend or fire on a whim. Lastly, you'll command the affections of almost every woman who dares step through your front door.
68
XboxGameZone
Let’s face it: every hot-blooded American male would love to step into Hef’s comfy slippers and admire his massive empire or his parade of gorgeous girlfriends frolicking about his dream estate. Who wouldn’t want to throw lavish parties with major celebrities or decide what beauty should grace the cover of the October issue? While the game makes it possible to see into Hef’s life, Playboy: The Mansion isn’t engrossing enough to want to keep playing for very long. It’s worth playing, though, so rent this one if you can.
68
WindowsGameZone
It was only a matter of time before one of the world’s largest franchises spread into the videogames industry. Playboy, the company of famous rich old Hugh Hefner, went from magazines to film to TV to the Internet – and, with the advent of other recent “naughty” games like Eidos’s Singles, it only seems natural that Playboy: The Mansion has been released on consoles and PC. The game puts you in Hefner’s shoes at the beginning of his career, hiring staff, throwing parties, publishing magazines, and getting your name out there. Over the course of 12 missions, you’ll turn a small house into a mansion and a small name into a very, very big one.
67
WindowsGamesmania
Mit Playboy the Mansion ist den Entwicklern kein großer Wurf gelungen. WiSim-Fans werden das durch Gespräche und Gestaltung der Villa aufgeblähte Gameplay verschmähen. Wer dagegen Gefallen an Spielen wie „Die Sims“ findet, greift lieber zum Referenztitel. Fans des Playboys sind von dem Magazin deutlich bessere Qualität gewohnt – wer das Spiel trotzdem kauft bekommt immerhin einen Gutschein für ein Playboy-Magazin.
67
XboxTeamXbox
Playboy: The Mansion suffers from a bit of schizophrenia, half the time it’s trying to be The Sims with its purchasing of items/furniture which affect characters’ moods and can help your chances of succeeding with your business. The other half of the time is spent taking pictures of half naked women and dry humping the hell out of some seriously monotonous character models. If this was supposed to be a mature sexual-themed game then it shouldn’t have held back. Encounters just aren’t hot enough nor are the photo shoots. On the other hand, if a Sims-style game was the intention, well, it should be more fun. Let’s hope Hugh’s life is a bit better than this.
67
WindowsPC Powerplay
Doch so nett die Belohnungen auch sind - die Missionsziele ähneln sich arg, und nach wenigen Stunden wird erst das Quatschen, dann das Knipsen langweilige Routine.
66
XboxIC-Games
PBTM will only really appeal to, well, lets be honest here, the male audience. With Hugh going around trying to mate with anything female this is hardly going to appeal to many females out there. The 18 certificate also seems wildly exaggerated and will only serve to sell even more copies (proof that high age limits never hurt). The only area that PBTM does get interesting is sadly also the most underused portion of the game, the chance to publish the magazine itself. There is something quite satisfying about publishing your own magazine but sadly the game doesn’t go into enough depth and makes the whole process far to easy to accomplish anyway. As it stands PBTM is nothing more than a wannabe 'Sims' type expansion, and there’s already enough of them about thank you very much.
66
PlayStation 2GameZone
As a Playboy magazine subscriber for more than 12 years (who only reads the articles), I was looking forward to the release of Playboy: The Mansion. This game did not live up to my expectations. Average graphics, poor gameplay, and some truly strange quirks make Playboy: The Mansion a completely unfulfilling game experience.
65
XboxNetjak
Playboy: The Mansion does offer quite a bit of entertainment value. Unfortunately, glitchy graphics and sounds cut into the game’s overall credibility. Completing missions and putting together issues of the magazine were a lot of fun at first, but because there was so much repetition, they became more like chores rather than a pleasant diversion. If you absolutely have to have an infamous game, Playboy: The Mansion is better than the other games it has been categorized with, but if you’re looking for a quality title, these are not the droids you’re looking for.
65
XboxGame Chronicles
Overall, this isn’t a bad game as far as the sim genre goes, since it cleverly borrows so heavily from the established leader, The Sims, as far as interface and game design. But since all the girls look pretty much the same, the challenge is artificial and there’s a limited amount of animations (I mean, don’t real Playmates know more than 5 poses or three sex positions?), it gets old quicker than it should. The bottom line is if you want to enjoy the “fruits” of the Playboy empire, you’ll get greater satisfaction with the magazine itself - for the articles, of course.
65
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
De titel van dit game is al een voldoende grote aantrekkingskracht voor mannelijke gamers. Jammer genoeg is daarmee alles gezegd. En net zoals Hugh Hefner stilaan een karikatuur aan het worden is, kan hetzelfde gezegd worden over Playboy: The Mansion. Dan zijn er andere games die ons meer weten te boeien…
65
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Playboy: The Mansion is een teleurstellend spel geworden dat amper uitsteekt boven de trieste middenmoot.
65
XboxDreamStation.cc
Playboy: The Mansion stayed too far in the middle to be very good. It wasn’t deep enough as a simulation. The magazine editing idea was very original, and fun, but again wasn’t deep enough. This piece could be more detailed, and be a hit game in the future, but not in it’s current shallow state. The nudity turns off the folks who are interested in the sim side of things, but isn’t raunchy enough to sell games based on the nudity alone. I have to admit I enjoyed the sim side (specifically the magazine creation and process of getting content) of this game for the first few hours, and then it got stale. The nudity and sexual content were stale from the get go. I just can’t recommend this game to friends.
65
PlayStation 2Gaming Target
It drives us. Winds us. Combines us. We adhere to it. We need it. We please it. It takes off our clothes and makes us beg for mercy. It makes us go gaga in our minds, and in our actions. Its razzle dazzle, hormonal combustive lure has our hearts pumping, our palms sweating, our eyebrows rising, and our libidos going mad. It is sex, the lotion for passion and obsession. People are slaves to the will of animal instincts. We cannot avoid its lust, because after all humans are born with a temptation for desire. Boys want toys and girls want to be princesses.
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PlayStation 2GamePlasma
The game begins with you, as Hefner, in the infamous Playboy Mansion. In the mission mode you are given a set of goals to accomplish in order to publish your first magazine and begin creating your business. To put your fist magazine into print and have it hit the newsstands you must acquire one cover shot, one centerfold, one article, one interview, one essay, and one pictorial. To do this you have to first hire a staff of journalists, photographers, and girls. To get the cover shots and interviews you have to make friends and convince certain celebrities to be in the magazine.
63
XboxGameSpot
Beyond simply not being a particularly compelling game, Playboy: The Mansion really seems to balk at presenting the swinging spirit of the Playboy name, and it openly treats both Hefner and the Playboy reader like a commodity. Like Hef himself, who has gradually shifted from outspoken cultural icon to caricatured corporate mascot, there's not a lot of Playboy left in The Mansion.
63
XboxGaming Target
Although I had some problems with the way the game blatantly rips off The Sims, and the overall easy difficult, I still think Playboy: The Mansion is fun enough to be an above average experience. Managing your own nudie magazine isn’t for everyone (for God’s sake you better keep this away from your girlfriend or wife ……. unless they are very liberal, heh heh) but you may be surprised at how playable and interesting it is to be just like Hef.
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WindowsGameSpot
The life of Hugh M. Hefner, the man whose lifestyle Playboy almost seems named after, is the stuff of dreams. Or, as it might seem in Cyberlore's Playboy: The Mansion, the stuff of good PR. You'll take control of a virtual Hef to try to build the Playboy empire while rubbing elbows with celebrities, frolicking with Playboy Bunnies and Playmates alike, and throwing a seemingly endless string of parties along the way. Oh, and you'll publish a magazine or two. Yet despite the bacchanalian context, this Sims-style strategy game comes off as cold and mechanical, capturing none of the devil-may-care attitude you'd expect and casting Hef's idyllic lifestyle as a hollow grind established purely for the sake of selling more magazines.
63
PlayStation 2GameSpot
The life of Hugh M. Hefner, the man whose lifestyle Playboy almost seems named after, is the stuff of dreams. Or, as it might seem in Cyberlore's Playboy: The Mansion, the stuff of good PR. You'll take control of a virtual Hef to try to build the Playboy empire while rubbing elbows with celebrities, frolicking with Playboy Bunnies and Playmates alike, and throwing a seemingly endless string of parties along the way. Oh, and you'll publish a magazine or two. Yet despite the bacchanalian context, this Sims-style strategy game comes off as cold and mechanical, capturing none of the devil-may-care attitude you'd expect and casting Hef's idyllic lifestyle as a hollow grind established purely for the sake of selling more magazines.
62
WindowsActionTrip
Smapdey: Yeah, well, if the game is so good, then why aren't you playing it more? 2Lions: Good question.... Damn! Crashed to desktop again! I get these random crashes that are really goddamn annoying. I mean, you'd expect the game to run fine on a high-end rig with all the latest drivers installed, but no, it keeps freaking crashing on me. It doesn't matter if I test it on a Pentium or an AMD-based rig. And besides, once the novelty factor of the Playboy license wears off and you're into your 10th issue, the mission-based gameplay becomes repetitive. I kind of lost much of my incentive to play on, and the topless chicks or the unlockable extra content aren't really helping me regain any of it. Smapdey: So overall, 'Mansion' is not a bad game, but it is very unstable and it becomes repetitive as you put more time into it. 2Lions: Yeah, well, it comes off that way, yes.
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XboxPlay.tm
But all of the game's many good points are eventually soured by the necessity to perform repetitive tasks over and over again with next to no chance of anything unusual or surprising ever resulting from the chore. If you don't get bored of tending after the Sims sanitary and dietary needs then you probably won't tire of sorting out the casual, formal and romantic lives of the denizens that inhabit the mansion. However, if you are a casual gamer lured in by the prospect of some virtual lovin' then be warned that plastic melts when overheated.
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WindowsGameSpy
Playboy: The Mansion was a great idea, and there's definitely some fun to be found here. The game's mission structure and random challenges manage to give it a feeling of structure and "game-ness" that a more open title like The Sims 2 doesn't have. "Bonus Points" let players buy fascinating extras like reproductions of famous covers, pictures of famous centerfolds, images from Hef's life, and some of Playboy's best interviews with luminaries such as Bill Gates and Michael Jordan that are almost worth the price of admission. In the end, though, what starts off so promising at first glance ends up being a pretty shallow experience. It seems everyone's heart was in the right place -- if only the game could have followed them there.
60
XboxX-Power
Een Sims-wannabe met lelijke polygonen siliconen. Je loopt rond aan een enerverend traag ganzenpasje door een huis waarin de dames je de oren van de kop zagen en je af en toe op de A-knop moet drukken om het volgende te bevestigen. Nooit had ik durven denken dat een officieel gelicenseerd Playboy spel mij (ja mij, als eeuwige überpooier) zo snel zou vervelen, dat zegt volgens mij meer als voldoende. Zelfs een afrader voor de meest viriele puber.
60
XboxGameSpy
Playboy: The Mansion deserves credit for trying to deliver an authentic Playboy Mansion experience, however imperfectly. And though its mishmash of gameplay elements quickly becomes tedious, there are moments of genuine fun that will keep you coming back in the short term, including a wide variety of vintage Playboy unlockables. However, one five-day rental should be enough to show you everything the Playmates have to offer, which isn't that much.
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PlayStation 2Thunderbolt Games
So if you’re looking for The Sims with lots of nudity, then Playboy: The Mansion is your type of game. But then again if you’re looking for The Sims with nudity I sort of feel sorry for you. Seriously though, despite the bugs and flaws here and there, the idea behind making a magazine empire is quite compelling, and it’s actually pulled off well. Just be sure to proceed with caution.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy
Playboy: The Mansion is basically a trio of knockoffs of pre-existing games having an awkward, fumbling threesome. Take the naughty-but-nice "playing house" aspect of The Sims and introduce it to a tipsy Tycoon-style business simulation, drunk on its own power and single-malt scotch. Once things start getting frisky, send in Japan's super-pervy Primal Image to take pictures of everyone in their skivvies. Sadly, none of the cloned games can hold a candle to its original source material, and the forced interaction between them ensures that someone's going to wind up crying themselves to sleep when they realizes what they did.
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PlayStation 2GamersMark
When developers name something, they’re usually pretty careful with how things are phrased. Gone are the days when games carried meaningless notations, like notoriously titled Rap Jam: Volume One. Now, when developers name something in a series style, they usually mean it. My case in point: Playboy: the Mansion was probably planned to have a load of sequels following it since it’s major inspiration, the Sims is so wildly popular and successful, and also so heavily sequelized. The source material is also of the finest pedegree. What better life to simulate then that of Hugh Hefner’s? He has the hottest women in the world hanging from his arms, and leigons of adoring fans buying his merchandise.
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PlayStation 2Softpedia
If you want X-rated content, go buy Lula 3D or other such games, if you want The Sims 2, buy that game too. A combination between those two is a pretty nasty crossover that leaves a sour taste in your mouth. If this would have been an add-on for The Sims 2, things would be alright, but as a standalone game, Playboy: The Mansion sucks.
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XboxGamingExcellence
Over all the game was a disappointment. No skill or thought is required beyond the ability to read and click the mouse. One would think living the life of Hugh Hefner would be fun and exciting, but the glitz and glamor soon wears off. You realize that this isn’t a party life you’re looking at, but an image being produced, a magazine being sold. The game is about business, power networking, and getting as many women as possible to take their clothes off.
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WindowsDigital Entertainment News (den)
Playboy: The Mansion is an interesting title. It does a decent job of capturing the feeling of the Playboy style, but the shallow gameplay will become boring rather quickly. But even still, it's Playboy, and there are boobs in the game. And the novelty alone will sell copies of this game, I'm sure.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Das eigentliche Spiel lauert zwischen den gründen Beziehungsbalken und den grausigen Textmenüs. Monat für Monat führen Sie immer wieder dieselben langatmigen Gespräche, um an Interviews oder Essays heranzukommen. Glauben Sie mir, so öde ist das Zeitschriftengeschäft ja nicht mal bei uns. Schade, statt einer spritzigen Sims-Alternative, ist Ubisofts Wirtschaftssimulation so überflüssig wie ein angejahrter Playboy im roten Hausmäntelchen.
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XboxBoomtown
If you want a simulation game get a Sim game but Playboy the Mansion is one to pass up. It's not that it does anything wrong particularly, it isn't adult enough to be an adult game and get the market that way, it isn't simulation enough to get that market and it isn't a good enough Sims clone to get at that market. If there's a follow-up then undoubtedly a lot of these problems can be resolved but as it is this game falls short of being recommendable.
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XboxThe Next Level
Bottom line: Playboy: The Mansion tries too hard to avoid its core existence—the provocative presentation of beautiful women. The concept is interesting, playing the life of one of the most coveted people in the world, but the execution is just not there. Give this one a rent and see for yourself. If you’re into interior decorating, or schmoozing with guests, you might get a little fun out of this for a short while. Definitely don’t get this for the nudity, because it is poorly presented and not worth the effort. Sadly, Hef forgot the Viagra for this one. Skip it, pay the 12 bucks for a subscription, and go play The Sims.
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WindowsBoomtown
I'm struggling to figure out why there is an '18' certificate on the box of this game. Sure, Playboy magazine itself has boasted more than its fair share of adult content since its initial publication, way back in 1953, but this piece of software is pretty tame in comparison. I'd even go so far as to say that the game's adult rating is there to boost sales, not reflect content.
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PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
You walk into every review with expectations. Basic critic's prejudice. With something like Playboy: The Mansion, this Sims-esque Hugh-Hefner-'em-up, you walk into the review buried alive in the things. Can't approach the work cleanly, which says something about humans but a lot more about the game.
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WindowsWomenGamers.com
Let me put it this way: this is The Sims with nudity. Yes, you can take centerfold pictures and change the Playmate’s outfit. Yes, changing her outfit entails you toggling between full sets of underwear and the same sets without a bra. Yes, when a woman decides to spend some “quality time” with Hef, she changes into nothing but thong panties. Yes, the female models heave and jiggle a ridiculous amount. Yes, all of this is kind of funny for about ten minutes. No, it doesn’t stay funny. After the sheer novelty of all this flesh wears off, it won’t take long for you to go from being amused to just feeling voyeuristic and more than a little unclean.
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XboxArmchair Empire, The
Part of the reason is that I may be burned out on the Sims formula: meet someone, chat, chat some more, tell a joke, dance, get jiggy with a well-endowed model, and chat some more. It’s achingly repetitive. And dealing with the magazine aspect of Playboy: The Mansion is interesting for a while, but then it too gets boring. The same can be said of the photo shoots, which are handicapped by a limited number of available poses. (This last point could be addressed by updates available through Live.) Not helping is the music selection, which ranges erratically from okay to “Pop my eardrums with this ice-pick, please!” variety. For pure numbers, it’s close to what the Grand Theft Auto series usually packs in, but the quality is lacking.
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XboxJeuxvideo.com
Aussi paradoxal que cela puisse paraître, passer sa vie en pyjama à festoyer au milieu de filles en bikini n'a rien de très amusant. Les fêtes se ressemblent toutes, de même que les séances photo avec les playmates. En fait, Playboy The Mansion avait certainement tout ce qu'il fallait pour faire de lui un titre agréable, mais trop trop limité et super répétitif, il n'assure pas vraiment sur le long terme. Tant pis pour lui.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Aussi paradoxal que cela puisse paraître, passer sa vie en pyjama à festoyer au milieu de filles en bikini n'a rien de très amusant. Les fêtes se ressemblent toutes, de même que les séances photo avec les playmates. En fait, Playboy The Mansion avait certainement tout ce qu'il fallait pour faire de lui un titre agréable, mais trop trop limité et super répétitif, il n'assure pas vraiment sur le long terme. Tant pis pour lui.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Très loin d'être aussi riche qu'un Sims 2, Playboy : The Mansion s'avère vraiment limité. Certes, c'est marrant deux minutes de décorer son intérieur et de trouver du contenu pour le magazine, mais le problème c'est qu'on fait toujours la même chose. L'aspect répétitif du soft et le peu de possibilités proposées sont fatals au titre, si bien que le joueur aura vite fait de sombrer dans l'ennui. Il ne contentera même pas les voyeurs qui préféreront jouer à Singles qui lui, ne cache rien. Playboy : The Mansion est un petit jeu tout juste moyen, voilà tout.
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PlayStation 2Game Revolution
A consequence-free game is not much of a game; it's more of a pastime, like curling or needlepoint. Since there is little rush to put out a magazine, your focus shifts to what else you can do in the mansion; and that's nada -- except go through the loop of party, socialize, and publish an issue yet again. For a while, it is rather enjoyable to cruise by and experience the closest thing you'll ever have to being anything like Hef, but you'll quickly long for deeper gameplay or a more real sense of progression. Use that $50 on 3 years' worth of Playboy subscriptions instead.
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WindowsGame Revolution
A consequence-free game is not much of a game; it's more of a pastime, like curling or needlepoint. Since there is little rush to put out a magazine, your focus shifts to what else you can do in the mansion; and that's nada -- except go through the loop of party, socialize, and publish an issue yet again. For a while, it is rather enjoyable to cruise by and experience the closest thing you'll ever have to being anything like Hef, but you'll quickly long for deeper gameplay or a more real sense of progression. Use that $50 on 3 years' worth of Playboy subscriptions instead.
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PlayStation 2UOL Jogos
A idéia de "Playboy: The Mansion" tem algum potencial. Os vários fatos e curiosidades da revista coletados adicionam um certo valor ao produto, mas jogadores vão ficar decepcionados com o resultado final de qualquer forma.
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XboxDaily Game
While Playboy: The Mansion offends me as a female, it offends me far more as a gamer. I am all for mature games; however, I have a very different opinion of what is considered “mature.” Games like Leisure Suit Larry, The Guy Game and Playboy: The Mansion show that developers and publishers alike think that if you show enough pixilated skin and slap an M rating on a game, it will sate our hunger for more adult-themed games. I don't know one serious gamer who would be enticed by this sad mix of boring gameplay and soft-core porn. Playboy: The Mansion is as deep as a kiddie pool, which also matches its maturity level. There were some interesting ideas presented, but the game ends up being little more than a guise to show giggling teenagers lots of breasts.
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Xboxvideogamer.com
Without the semi-decent business elements, the game would qualify quite easily as one of the dullest games I've played in many a month (and I've played Altered Beast). Even with them, it's still less than adequate. If you want boobies, buy the magazine. If you want a management simulation, buy any one of the innumerable tycoon games on the market. If you want them both together, buy The Sims 2 and seek out a naked-skins mod that is probably on the net, and let your imagination run wild. Just don't buy this.
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WindowsUOL Jogos
A idéia de "Playboy: The Mansion" tem algum potencial. Os vários fatos e curiosidades da revista coletados adicionam um certo valor ao produto, mas jogadores vão ficar decepcionados com o resultado final de qualquer forma.
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PlayStation 2Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Playboy: The Mansion feels more like a nudity hack for The Sims than a game worthy of the white bunny's approval. It's certainly not dirty or interesting enough to keep older gamers interests, and yet it's a bit too risque' for younger gamers. That leaves nobody, which is who I predict will be playing this game a year from now.
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PlayStation 2Gamestyle
As its first foray into the world of gaming, Playboy: The Mansion is better than Gamestyle envisaged, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's outstanding in any category. The 18-age rating will attract attention but, once experienced, the nirvana of being Hugh Hefner shrinks and subsides.
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WindowsPro-G
Ahh, Playboy magazine. With its biting articles and broad coverage of topics, is it a magazine for the more sophisticated gentleman that just so happens to have pictures of naked women in, or is it one for the Dirty Macs brigade? The purists would argue that it is too arty to be porn (i.e. not graphic enough), and the more prudish chap would probably be put off by the aforementioned naked ladies interrupting the interviews with the stars and articles full of social commentary.
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PlayStation 2Pro-G
Playboy: The Mansion thrusts you into the shoes of Mr Hugh Hefner (literally, as you control an on-screen representation of him), father of the Playboy empire, and charges you with the task of emulating the respected man's success. In fact, if anything, the game is really nothing more than a celebration of Hugh's life, with everything telling you how great Hugh is and what wonders he has achieved - there is a even a little thank you tucked away in the credits that thanks Hefner "for all he has done to better this country". Shameless self-promotion aside, the game isn't all about Hugh, per se, but about the Playboy magazine.
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WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
So is there any value here? Well, there’s a bunch of in-game music, including one ditty that features the lyric “Love is a chemical, straight from your genitals!” so I imagine that the hunt for the perfect father/daughter dance song for countless weddings has just ended. But other than that, no.
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WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Playboy The Mansion ou comment faire une copie des Sims seulement axé sur le « cul ». En effet Playboy est un magazine érotique bien connu (surtout des hommes), et dans ce jeu vous jouez le rôle de Hugh Hefner, le créateur de l’empire Playboy.
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WindowsJoystick (French)
Playboy The Mansion est comme le magazine qui l'a inspiré : racoleur en couverture, mais dénué d'intérêt dès qu'on a tourné les premières pages. Les joueurs possédant une libido surdéveloppée y trouveront peut-être quelques instants de plaisirs fugaces. Et encore, j'en doute.
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XboxXboxAddict
When I went in my GameStop to purchase this game, I was a little leery that my crew at the store might think I was odd for buying a game that promised sex. Little did I realize that the odd looks I received was not for that, but more for buying such an obviously crappy game. I have an unwritten policy of my own that I never trade in video games to buy others. However, for this one game I am going to break that policy.
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PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Playboy: The Mansion is a lousy game through and through. Like "The Guy Game" it provides little more than a flimsy premise to hide the fact that all there is to do is see breasts on your Playstation 2. From both a game play and technical standpoint, this game is a mess, and it's not worth a weekend rental to find out how bad it really is.