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Enjoyable life simulation game

Manage your character's relationships, career, and more in this attractive game.

Kudos is an entertaining strategy game in which users manage their character's career, social life, romantic relationships, and more. There's not a whole lot of action, but users who enjoy text-based life simulation games will find Kudos quite enjoyable.

The program's interface is sleek and attractive. Users select a gender and name for their characters and then customize his or her appearance. As the game began, our character had just had her 20th birthday and was ready to make something of her life. We moved through each virtual day with our character, making decisions about how she'd get to work, who she would socialize with, how she'd manage her money, and what she'd do to advance her career. Players must manage a variety of character metrics, from health to loneliness, IQ to cleanliness. Each decision a user makes affects the character's well-being. The game is fairly self-explanatory, but it includes a tutorial for those who need help getting started. Although the game is well-designed, with high-quality graphics, it's important to note that there's not a lot of action; characters don't wander around to different locations or perform activities in a viewable way. Rather, users interact with their characters by reading their diary and clicking on menus, whether they're going bowling with friends, taking a relaxing bath, or deciding to enroll in night classes. The game isn't about watching characters do things, but about managing character activities to help them reach their goals.

Kudos is free to try, but the trial version limits play time and doesn't allow users to save games. The program installs desktop icons without asking but uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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