Review: PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator

Oct
02

Review: PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator

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Love him or hate him, Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, is the most subscribed Youtuber with over 48 million subscribers in his “Bro Army”. It took PewDiePie 6 years to reach the top of Youtube, and now you have a chance to climb the ladder and dethrone him in his free mobile game, PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator.

The objective of the game is pretty straight forward, you start out as a broke Youtuber who has nothing to their name except for a computer. Your room is bare, and you have a cardboard box for a desk. As you create content for your channel you can purchase upgrades for your room to help improve your video’s quality and gain more subscribers. Whenever you create content you choose from 3 potential videos to pick from. Each video incorporates two themes, and these themes will help determine how many views and subscribers you will get from the video.

This is where you can customize your Youtuber and focus on the themes you prefer. If you’re a sports nut who likes comedy, decorate your room in sporting gear, whoopie cushions, and mouse traps to boost your return from Comedy and Sport themed videos. If nature and animals interest you more, then cover your room with cats and plants to get more views and subs.

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If you’re not a PewDiePie fan, you’ll be happy to know that there’s actually very little PewDiePie in the game. He pops up occasionally to give you tips and help you figure out how the game works initially, but other than that you don’t see him unless you pass another channel in subscribers or achieve something significant.

While there are micro transactions available in the game, PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator is surprisingly extremely low on the “pay to play” scale. You can purchase the in-game currency, called “Bux” if you choose to, but you don’t need it to enjoy and play the game as much as you want. You also accumulate a ton of Bux through leveling up your Youtuber and the content categories, so micro transactions aren’t necessary at all. The Bux are used to purchase specific items and decorations for your room, and can also be used to speed up item delivery, but the delivery time can already be shortened by playing a unique little mini-game. This mini-game is called Puggle, and is essentially Plinko from The Price Is Right, but with Pugs instead of Plinko chips.

screenshot_2016-10-01-15-02-28PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator has a surprisingly deep skill tree system, called the “Knowledge Tree”. Every time you level up or complete daily quests you will receive knowledge points, which are used to buy upgrades and perks. These perks include longer video lengths for more views, or upgrading the themes you like to get a boost in their popularity. Throughout each day certain themes will also be trending, and the themes that are trending will also give you a boost in views and subscribers.

Of course being a mobile game it does have its limitations. The game can become a little repetitive after a while, but what mobile game doesn’t? There are also some online features where you can visit other Youtuber’s rooms, but due to the high volume of people playing the game the servers are consistently down.

Overall PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator is an addicting little mobile tycoon game that provides a lot of enjoyment for being a free app. Even if you’re not a PewDiePie fan, the game is still worth a download if you’re looking for a new mobile game to kill some time with. PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator is available on both iOS and Android.

About Josh Gilbert

Josh is the Co-founder and a Senior Writer for Controller Crusade, and loves all things related to video games. He is a retro games collector trying to recapture his childhood one game at a time, and he also has a major dude crush on Nathan Drake. You can contact him via email at jgilbert@controllercrusade.com or on Twitter @joshgilbert11.

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