The Office: Keeping Good Company
When it comes to Hollywood-based games, NBC's "The Office" is probably not one that would spring to mind. But gamemaker Mumbo Jumbo has borrowed heavily from the popular Diner Dash gameplay (a staple on such popular online game sites as Yahoo and Shockwave) and added some of the show's comedy.
Along with comic moments from one of the series' writers, Anthony Farrell, the game takes the bobblehead concept (character Dwight Schrute has one of himself on his desk) and builds around it. All of the game's central characters are bobbleheads.
You play Jim Halpert at the Dunder Mifflin paper company. When boss Michael Scott decides to hold efficiency competitions, Jim must face off against rivals Dwight, Ryan, Andy, Angela and others through 40 levels of gameplay, which represents a year in office time. Characters such as Pam and Michael appear throughout the game to help or hinder Jim's objectives. There are also boosts, including coffee, that affect gameplay.
This mouse-friendly time-waster sends Jim around the pseudo-3-D office printing, filing and sorting colored paper into colored folders. It's simple, addictive fun. Die-hard fans of the show won't find much new, aside from sporadic catch-phrase voice clips from the show and an original, caption-based story woven throughout the levels that isn't nearly as funny as the show. But for a casual gamer, this will be diverting enough.
-- John Gaudiosi
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