The games market is flooded with all manner of simulator games. Seriously, there’s something for everybody, including running a farm, managing a city, driving a truck, or putting together the perfect amusement park – to give you a few examples.
For those looking for something different, there’s no shortage of options either. There’s a game called Hatoful Boyfriend for example, which is basically a bird dating simulator. Heck, there’s even a title in development called Purrfect Date: Cat Island, where players go about seducing cats.
So as you can see, the simulator market is filled to the brim with everything, both wonderful and weird. And then there’s Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015, which… doesn’t really fit anywhere in the genre.
It’s not really a simulator game, so don’t be fooled by the title. Though there are no shortage of sons, fathers, and showers, Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 actually has very little to do with, well, simulating a shower with one’s old man. No, it really is nothing more than a collection of mini-games, tied together by this bizarre bathroom theme.
That being said, there’s no escaping the fact that there are naked fathers and sons on show, along with wild, uncensored appendages. It’s not explicit in any way, I mean, it is all pixelated after all, but the whole affair is just completely odd and controversial.
However, that’s more than likely what the developers wanted. They went for pure shock value to get attention. Had their product been packaged in any other way, it probably would’ve been completely overlooked by gamers.
And you know what? A part of me is glad they took this approach. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of all the skin on show, and the weird overall theme, but Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 is, dare I say it… fun.
Look past the fact that this is an oddly presented game and beneath it you’ll find a surprisingly addictive one. Believe me, I’m just as surprised as you are.
During my review time, I was strongly reminded of that cult mobile hit, Flappy Bird. That game in particular got so much attention, despite it being the biggest load of rubbish. That being said, there was an element of addictiveness to it, which had me, and millions of others, tapping away at the screen for more hours than necessary.
Shower With Your Dad Simulator is identical in that same way. Though I found myself rolling my eyes at all the minigames on offer I… couldn’t stop playing them. The one for example, has you matching your child of choice with their father, over and over again. As you rake up a greater score, obstacles begin to appear , and they make the game progressively harder.
It really is challenging and addictive! I found myself pushing the restart button over and over again, because I needed to beat my high score. Just one more attempt. Just one more try. Just. One. More!
I’m genuinely shocked at how complete and polished Shower With Your Dad Simulator is, given that on the surface, it seems like nothing more than a cry for controversy. The minigames on offer are fun, and the soundtrack is actually pretty intriguing. That, and there’s a lot of hidden stuff just waiting to be found too.
At one point for example, my game “bugged out”. I ran around as my little child, unable to progress any further. I was about to crash my game to the desktop, when suddenly, my character walked through the wall and into another screen. I walked and walked and walked, until I found an empty room. After a little while, a ninja who yes, was naked from the waist down, appeared, and he presented me with a challenge. To this day, despite dozens of good efforts, I’ve yet to beat it. This mode is just one of many waiting to be found.
Hell, just this morning, while grabbing screenshots for this review, another portion of the game opened up to me. It was a short point and click adventure, where you take the role of a pantsless detective (obviously), on the case of the cold shower. Solving it had moments of frustration, but it was still quite entertaining.
Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 is undoubtedly strange, but for a mere R12, it really is great value for money. Seriously, don’t be fooled by the weird theme – there’s actually a solid game beneath it all just waiting to suck up at least a few hours of your time.
It’s just too bad that if you ever play it, or let anybody know you do, you’ll probably be labelled a pervert. I’ve already lost friends I’m sure – those who see me playing it on Steam. Well you know what? I’m not a pervert – I’m just a man on a mission to beat some highscores, and a man looking to uncover all the secrets this game has to offer. I don’t think I’ve found them all, not yet, but I will!
Now if only somebody would release a mod to add pants to all these bottomless people. Seriously, there’s no denying the fact that Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 is a complete oddball of a game.
NOTE: Thanks to JJ, who supplied a copy of the game for review.
Last Updated: February 26, 2016