Nicki Minaj: The Empire is a celebrity social game brought to you by Glu Mobile. The games of this format are getting bigger, and this one is one such hit. Nicki Minaj: The Empire throws in an interesting twists to the gameplay, which makes the app standing out from the usual formula. It looks like the developers put some effort into the game, and it is not just another cynical cash-in. Graphics 5/5 The graphics of Nicki Minaj: The Empire presents a distinctive feature of street art. CharactersRead full review
Nicki Minaj: The Empire review
Nicki Minaj: The Empire is a celebrity social game brought to you by Glu Mobile. The games of this format are getting bigger, and this one is one such hit. Nicki Minaj: The Empire throws in an interesting twists to the gameplay, which makes the app standing out from the usual formula.
It looks like the developers put some effort into the game, and it is not just another cynical cash-in.
The graphics of Nicki Minaj: The Empire presents a distinctive feature of street art. Characters wear stylish outfits and are shown in bold colors. You start the game in a New York City neighborhood, and the nature of the city makes the game look even more attractive.
Plus, when playing the Nicki Minaj: The Empire, you are assured of the most memorable and enjoyable moments because of the cool hip-hop soundtracks. It has been created with Nicki Minaj’s own tracks such as “Starships” and “Pond the Alarm.” Music plays an important role in the game and brings out everything in a surprisingly enjoyable manner.
After choosing your character and customizing his/her appearance, you start the game right off the bat.
You meet the Nicki Minaj in her dressing room and follow her on the stage after that. Your adventure starts with the dream coming true. You are singing next to your idol and begin your journey to become a famous rap star.
Then, as you proceed Nicki Minaj will pop up at regular points throughout the game to provide you with some enthusiasm and encouragement. You frequently have a few choices when it comes to speaking to her or other characters, but the conclusion is usually the same. The story mode is not that interactive as developers want you to think.
You will move between different locations within New York, performing and networking at various events to be noticed. Sometimes you will have to sneak into a fancy dinner, while another time you will show off at a photo shoot.
To perform certain tasks, you need to use energy, which is consistently limited. Thus, you have to plan your action carefully. Each event brings you up to five stars to demonstrate your prowess, so you should get the most out of your precious time.
Along with that, you can customize your crib and dress up your character, giving you a sense of success and fortune. After each level, you will unlock more items.
Controls are pretty simple. You just have to slide and tap on various items to perform some action. During the daily tasks, it could be checking makeup, moving around the room or street, and so on. When you have a concert or a street battle, the game usually requires you to tap on the blue stars featuring on your screen to earn points.
In other cases, you tap to choose what to answers in the dialog between you and Nicki Minaj, in the interview with some fancy magazine, or on the meeting with your fans.
Replay Value 4,5/5
While the story mode is repetitive and not worth to be replayed, the other features like writing lyrics and recording your singing will give you a reason to come back. You can sing along to Nickie Minaj’s new song “Ain’t Gone Do it,” record your own rap and share it with friends.
This game also features chat rooms to interact with other players who can eventually become your fans when you would have nurtured your rap talent. The game is an easy access stage that can reach out to many.
It can bring out hidden talents from different players if only Nicki takes up the task and keeps her promises of giving shout-outs to the best rap performers each month.
Nicki Minaj: The Empire offers various in-app purchases to get more items without earning them through the story mode. You can buy the packs with new outfits, in-game cash, luxury furniture for your crib, etc.
The prices range from $4,49 for Cool Crib Special to $59,99 for the Deluxe Crown Pack.
Nicki Minaj: The Empire feels like a celebrity social game the fans have been needing for a while. There might still be issues with how long you have to wait around for that energy bar to refresh, but the game looks beautiful and feels fresh and entertaining anyway.
Nicki Minaj: The Empire builds on the previously successful format and throws in some interactive additions to ensure that this doesn’t feel like a typical, reskinned version of the games you’ve already played.Collapse
Nicki Minaj: The Empire is a social game, which may give you a well-needed push to start a journey towards success as a hip-hop star.
Pros : Real-time chat with other players;
Appealing storyline for fans;
Ability to sing along to Nicki Minaj;
Ability to record and share your own music.
Cons : Straightline plot;
Not many options in the dialogs.
Replay Value 4.5