LGBT city building
Atari has released its free-to-play city management and Pride parade simulator, Pridefest, on Android and iOS devices. You’re tasked with being the mayor of a city that has lost all its color and fun, so you have to pizzazz up the town with gay parades and LGBT-friendly businesses and homes.
I downloaded Pridefest to give it a spin and my feelings are mixed. On one hand I’m not big on city building and management simulators or free-to-play titles with microtransactions, but on the other it is, at least, nice to have something marketed towards LGBT people. That said it doesn’t seem to do much to further the cause, instead opting to have tons of rainbows everywhere with no mention of what “Pride” stands for.
You’re able to customize your mayor’s look, gender identity, and clothing but the options are minimal. I was able to make a character that looked kind of similarly to myself, but no beards were on offer. #BeardsExist. I gave myself a purse just for some pizzazz, though.
I only skimmed the surface of the game briefly and didn’t bother testing out the integrated Facebook features, or social features with other players that include some form of chat. I’ll stick to Daddyhunt for chatting with other gays, thank you very much.