High School Story developer Pixelberry Studios has released its newest game on mobile devices, Hollywood U: Rising Stars. The game sees players enrolling in Hollywood University, “the school for stars,” as they become a director, movie star or fashionista, and build their entourage by recruiting new students to the school. The gameplay is similar to that of High School Story, but with a focus on living the life of an A-Lister, rather than high school academics.
In Hollywood U: Rising Stars, players complete story-based quests as their character trains in the speciality they’ve chosen (directing, for instance). Other students can be recruited to the school, with each having their own “type.” While players can choose to be one of three basic types, additional students come in a wider variety, ranging from reality TV stars and action heroes to models, agents and more.
Users can either purchase new students directly from the store (many are premium), or recruit them for free by having students of specific types party at Club VIP. The resulting student will have the same type, or a mix of their types. For instance, a party with a movie star and a director might result in an agent, and so on.Each student requires a dorm room for living on campus, and these dorms produce money players can collect over time, with the amount of money determined by the number and level of the students living within them. These funds can be put back into the school by purchasing decorations, new dorms, or new clothing for students (some clothing is also premium).
Students can be leveled up in the Workshop, where they complete tasks specific to their career. This leveling process, student admissions and quests all take time to complete, or can be rushed using premium currency. Special VIP quests become available over time, unlocking special characters who can provide benefits for a player’s in-game career, but these quests cost premium currency to unlock.
For social features, players can connect to their Facebook account and link their friends’ names to new students on campus.
Eventually, players unlock a dating feature, allowing them to date other characters (including established celebrities) within the game. New quests are set for release every Friday following this initial launch, so players’ stories will only continue to grow, the longer they play.