Irish studio 9th Impact has revealed its officially-licenced Big Brother game will release next month for iOS and Android.
In a weird way, it sounds like a battle royale version of The Sims. You play as a contestant on the popular worldwide reality TV series as you experience life as a Big Brother housemate. You have to make strategic choices in order to remain in the house and not be voted out, ultimately utilising social, psychological and interpersonal skills to remain in the game.
There are two modes to play in, Housemate and Spectator. Spectator presumably means you take on the role of a viewer watching the housemates scrap and scorn with each other, and eventually get to vote out who gets knocked out of the game, while Housemate puts you into the house itself as a contestant. To be able to play in the latter category requires an in-app token purchase, making half of the game’s content locked off to free users.
On the other hand, 9th Impact also revealed housemates who are crowned the winner will win a life-changing prize fund, the details of which are yet to be revealed.
Big Brother began airing in the Netherlands in 1999. Since then, 480 versions of the series have aired in various formats across 54 countries and regions. With over 28,000 episodes produced, 7,153 housemates from around the globe have spent over 35,000 days in the house, and there have been over 5,000 live evictions. That’s a lot of numbers to count, but it basically means the show is incredibly popular and translates well between different cultures.
9th Impact is an Ireland-based developer best known for adapting games based on popular TV shows. In 2018 it brought Danger Mouse to mobile and Nintendo Switch, which was shortlisted for Mobile Game of the Year at Gamescom and TIGA Awards.
Alongside a web browser release, 9th Impact’s Big Brother game will release on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android on 15th October. You can keep up to date with it here.