The Limit Does Not Exist: Mean Girls iOS Game Review

February 10, 2015 by

If you’ve ever felt personally victimized by Regina George, you’ll want to check out this review of Mean Girls: The Game.

Developer: So Much Drama Studios
Publisher: So Much Drama Studios
Review Platform: iOS
Review Copy Provided BySo Much Drama Studios
Release Date: January 29, 2015

Shut up. Oh my God, shut up. Mean Girls: The Game, the latest tower defense game from So Much Drama Studios, is here. And—as Gretchen Weiners would say—it is so fetch! So Much Drama, which has been responsible for well-received mobile titles such as RuPaul’s Drag Race, Dragopolis, and Firefly, now offers players the opportunity to dispatch a whole new generation of perfect little Plastics.

If, for some crazy reason, you have not seen the film that has spawned countless Millennial catchphrases, the gist of it all is thus:

Cady Herring (Lindsay Lohan, pre-Sheenification) was home-schooled and lived in Africa with her parents until her junior year in high school, after her mother accepts a teaching position in the States. Cady enrolls in North Shore High School, where she is almost immediately befriended by the coolest girls at school. When these hussies (a powerhouse cast that consists of Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert) prove to be friends that no one really wants, Cady develops a plan with her outsider pals Damian and Janice to take down the Plastics from the inside.

That, minus a lot of laughs, is where Mean Girls: Return of the Plastics picks up. Okay; now that we’re all on the same page:

Mean Girls: The Game iOS
You’re a mean girl, Cady: This tutorial, which takes place in the cafeteria, is guided by Janice Ian. Here players will learn how to use items purchased/earned by collecting Candy Grams, as well as get a feel for cutting the Plastics off at the pass.

Janice Ian guides players through the basics of battling the new upstart Plastics clique, which is presently in the making at North Shore High School. These wannabes are after the dismantled Spring Fling Tiara, which is apparently a great source of power.

(Okay, maybe a little more background:

Cady was chosen as Spring Fling Queen as the movie wrapped up, but she very climatically broke the crown into pieces and distributed it to “everyone” who attended the school dance that evening. She was wearing a “mathlete” varsity jacket, and gave an unsolicited speech which the principal kept trying to interrupt by saying, “Honestly, most people just take the tiara and walk offstage.” It was very Disney, and adorable, and now it’s the premise of the game of the same name.)

For those of you who don’t know what a tower defense game is, So Much Drama Studios has developed the perfect way to learn. Defend the North Shore High tiara against the waves of nouveau Plastic adversaries that enter the cafeteria (or the gym, or any one of five playable areas). Do this by recruiting and strategically placing the JV Jocks, Drama Geeks, Goths, Cheerleaders, Punks, or Skaters around the map. Each class/clique has different strengths, and can be leveled up to reach peak potential. Lose any level by allowing ten Plastics to reach the tiara. Losing a level also reserves players a space in the Burn Book.

Mean Girls iOS
And none for Gretchen Weiners: Her hair is so big because it’s full of secrets. Use the knowledge her locks hold to power up your clique. Select one of four correct options to a question posed by a pop-up character to temporarily power up as many as eight minions in a nearby perimeter.

Damian greets players every new day that they log in with Candy Cane Grams, as well as a friendly reminder that you go, Glen Coco. Use these extra points to buy swag in the North Shore Store (which is manned by Principal Duvall’s nephew Anfernee, who gets pretty mad when you call him Anthony). Items available to give Cady, Gretchen and Regina George the competitive edge include Kalteen bars (which boosts a clique’s power for a limited time), a Humpday Treat (which offers cliques an attack boost), or even a School Bus (for with which to mow down even the most pernicious Plastics). As players move through the narrative, they can use these items and movie memorabilia to boost the prestige and popularity needed to power up.

Regulation hotties, mathletes, and those who are too gay to function are among the eight playable characters in this new tiara defense game. Playable characters include Cady, Regina, Gretchen, Karen, Janis, Damian, Aaron, and Kevin. Don’t know who those people are? That is irrelevant. All players need to know is that each character comes equipped with their own distinct boost abilities, as well as minions in the form of cliques to fight waves of attackers. Er, well, high school sophomores. You know what, you should really just stop what you’re doing right now and watch this movie. It’s streaming on Netflix, and Jeff Meador, So Much Drama president and founder, says, “Mean Girls is hilarious, brutal, and endlessly quotable; I absolutely loved watching and re-watching the film.

Meador reports that his game is “rich with the quirky humor, over-the-top high school power struggles, and everything from hilarious lines, peppermint foot cream, to, yes, the Burn Book.” And I concur. Use a character’s unique skills, their ever-growing clique and—where applicable—any and all viable Mean Girls movie trivia to usurp new up-and-coming coteries. Drawing on some of the endlessly quotable lines from this teen comedy, players can choose from seven game modes with names like You Can’t Sit With Us, Social Suicide, She Doesn’t Even Go Here, and The Limit Does Not Exist.

The Limit Does Not Exist: Mean Girls iOS
She’s a life ruiner. She ruins lives: Don’t let any more than 10 Plastics past your cliques, or Cady will have to square off against a new generation of perfect plastic clonettes. The Popularity, seen in the upper leftmost portion of the screen, can be used make existing cliches, such as the Cheerleader or the JV Jocks, hit harder and faster.

Review Overview

4/5

For $3.99, players will find hours of fun strategic fun and plenty of replay value as they expand their catty troops, cultivate traps and defend the crown. For those who can’t wait to see how many Candy Grams they can earn organically, there will be plenty of opportunities to make in-game micro-transactions. The game is much more engaging than the last five TDGs I've played, and I can see playing this over and over. Especially for die-hard fans, the Mean Girls Game is an absolute must. However, as much fun as this game was to play, I don't know that I would spend $3.99 on the title. It isn't that the caliber of the title isn't up to snuff, though. I just happen to be incredibly selective about the games that I purchase. For example, the last title I bought on the iPad was Dragon's Lair, and that was only because it was this title is so incredibly retro that I couldn't believe it was out for iOS. And I still hated to spend the money! So, if you aren't a cheapskate like me, disregard that rider. If you love tower defense, Mean Girls, pop culture, or any combination of the three, then this game is definitely worth the coin! If you think that you would appreciate reveling in the majesty that is Mean Girls for your iPhone or iPad, So Much Drama does it better than anyone else could.

About Mariah Beckman

Mariah lives in Seattle, and is really 3 midgets inside a lady suit.