There’s lots of avatar customization, but WeeMee Life isn’t exactly fun
WeeMee Life may, at first blush, resemble other “fantasy life” Facebook sims like Playdom’s Big City Life. You travel the world, improve your stats, and begin hoarding a fantastic wardrobe full of clothing and accessories for your detailed avatar. If the avatars in WeeMee Life seem a little familiar, well, they should. WeeMee Life is a spinoff of the virtual world, WeeWorld, which has always called its round, chubby-faced avatars WeeMees. WeeWorld and its distinctive avatars have been around, in one form or another, since 1999.
WeeWorld has always had a knack for reinventing itself and its avatars to keep up with the latest online trends, so a WeeMee-themed social game was perhaps inevitable. The only real problem with WeeMee Life is that it’s not a particularly good social game. Once you cut through the dazzling array of avatar options available in WeeMee Life, you’re left with a very simple text RPG that doesn’t really offer players a lot of structure or meaningful goals to achieve. The only reason to do anything is to customize your WeeMee a bit more, either by tweaking its stats, improving its skills, or earning new decorations for it.
A deep avatar system can add a lot to a social game, but it’s no substitute for an actual system of goals and rewards. All a player has to look forward to in WeeMee Life is unlocking new regions to visit. Each region has a particular number of locations (usually nine) that you can visit to shop for particular avatar items, take certain jobs, or participate in the game’s relatively limited number of simple mini-games. Some items are always part of certain locations, like earning the High School Diploma at the School Bus in Smalltown, while some avatar clothing appears as a random reward after you finish a job.
The real goal of the game just seems to be leveling up enough from completing jobs that you can eventually visit all of the game’s territories and buy all of the avatar items you want. WeeMee Life is graphically a very simple game, with most locations consisting of a single static background, some ambient sound effects, and menus you can click down. The loading times feel a bit longer than they should be, all things considered, but the game runs very smoothly once loading is finished. Most of the loading seems to just be the game keeping track of your avatar items.
When you play WeeMee Life, there’s a link leading to the WeeWorld virtual world that’s always present in the lower-right corner of the screen. This link may be at the root of the real trouble with WeeMee Life. While the game does a great job of showing off the WeeMee avatars, it’s not very compelling on its own terms. It feels, if anything, like something that’s just meant to get you interested in using WeeWorld, which is more full-featured. WeeMee Life isn’t engaging or fun enough to act as a truly effective ad, though.