It is a rare occasion to review a game such as It’s Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile, for it is based on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the critically acclaimed comedy TV series. It is airing since 2005 and its currently in its 14th season, which is set to premiere on September 25, 2019. The mobile game features the likeness of such actors as the Oscar-nominated Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, and others, as the players will get the chance to reenact episodes from the TV show through hilarious gameplay.
Development and reception
The game was developed by FoxNext Games and published by East Side Games, while the TV show is owned by FX Networks. On Google Play, It’s Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile has 4.1 stars out of almost 5k votes and it is rated PEGI 16, for it is a set in the Paddy’s Pub; no minors allowed! The game is also available for iOS, and on iTunes App Store it is #138 in strategy with an impressive 4.6-star rating, though it loosely fits into that genre and is more of a hybrid.
If you haven’t seen the TV show, it follows five ‘egocentric friends’ who own an Irish pub in Philadelphia called Paddy’s Pub, of course. The story follows the characters through their everyday lives, relationships, work, and their drinking habits of course. The satirical part comes with their precarious and judgmental views on everything around them, which is what also gets them in trouble most of the time, causing a chain of uncomfortable and awkward situations.
It’s Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile centers in on the same synopsis and simply lets the player control the character and enact situations from the show, for better or worse. Naturally, the gameplay features much more than that, as the game contains immersive and extensive content including but not limited to:
- Collecting Character and Guest Stars
- Expanded content than what’s seen on the TV show
- Earning money as you manage Paddy’s Pub, and spending it all by indulging to your characters’ worst impulses
Each mission in the game is adapted as a corresponding episode of the TV show, and the player controls the characters as they collect cash doing their schemes, like destroying property, selling booze, and other honorable ploys. You unlock and collect Character Cards, which can be upgraded over time, each with their own perks and bonuses. It’s Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile is in its core a Tap Game, rather than a strategy, though its resource collector gameplay is the reason it is categorized as such.
The player gains rewards by doing missions or ‘Schemes’ as they are called in the game, which are unlocked as you progress. The music includes signature themes from the TV show and this game is undoubtedly primarily targeted to its fans. While numerous, they can also provide a bit of fun for newcomers and even interest you in watching the source material, as it features clever dialogues and good comedy. The game is not a simple cash collector, but it does feature tons of in-game transactions offered. However, the players can naturally watch ads to earn resources for free and also, FoxNext Games constantly releases limited-time challenge events, with the intention of increasing the game’s difficulty.
It’s Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile is definitely a welcomed app on Smartphones of anyone who is a fan of the TV show. If you did not watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and you do play the game, chances are you will binge on all thirteen seasons currently available. The game does feature licensed character likeness, but not voiceovers, unfortunately. However, the fan-favorite characters are true to their personality. All in all, it is a fun game to try out.