World’s Best Boss
It’s no secret that Michael Scott from The Office thought he was the world’s best boss, and now you can be too. The Office: Somehow We Manage is a management tycoon title that places the player in control of DunderMifflin’s Scranton branch. Sell paper, earn Scottcoins and relive fan-favorite moments in this new game based on the hit show.
The Office: Somehow We Manage includes 2d versions of the characters from NBC’s The Office. The game is broken into episodes emulating actual episodes of the show. Players will complete simple quests throughout the title, like getting twenty-five leads for Jim’s Desk. When a task is complete and the reward is collected, players will be treated to a 2d scene from the episode. However, the scenes aren’t very intriguing as they don’t include sound or much animation.
Gameplay in The Office: Somehow we manage is relatively straightforward. Players start by collecting cash from Jim’s desk. Players can Then use the cash to purchase leads, increasing the amount of cash the desk generates. Earn enough at Jim’s desk to unlock Dwight’s desk. Players will unlock various characters’ desks in this fashion throughout the game.
One aspect that makes The Office: Somehow We Manage different from other tycoon titles is that all remaining cash goes to corporate and all desks besides Jim’s relock at the end of each workday or episode. While this is a tad annoying, it does make sense since expanding beyond the scope of The Office itself isn’t an option.
Collect Character Cards
As you play, you’ll earn cards representing characters. With enough cards and coffee, you can upgrade a character. For example, it takes five Dwight cards to elevate him to level two. Upgrading a character increases their earnings. You can also upgrade desks to increase the cash generated per second. To upgrade a desk, you’ll need enough coffee and cards for the respective desk. For example, to upgrade Stanley’s desk to level two, you’ll need twenty-five Stanley’s Desk cards.
Besides desk and character upgrades, you’ll also collect and upgrade décors such as Angela’s Jazz babies poster and the classic jello stapler. Luckily, character and desk upgrades are permanent, unlike how the desks relock at the end of each episode.
Scottcoins and In-App Purchases
Manager Michael Scott will hand out Scottcoins via a mini-game at the end of each episode. You’ll need to repeatedly tap the screen to get as many Scottcoins as you can before time runs out. I suggest you use multiple fingers to tap the screen as the mini-game is more difficult than one might anticipate.
Scottcoins are the game’s premium currency and can be used to purchase coffee and gift baskets. Gift baskets include coffee as well as character, décor, and desk upgrade cards. Players can buy anywhere from sixty Scottcoins for $4.99 to 1600 Scottcoins for $99.99. However, I wouldn’t recommend spending money on Scottcoins since you’ll earn them organically as you play.
Overall, The Office: Somehow We Manage is a cute management tycoon title that fulfills its purpose. Gameplay is simple and easy to master. For the most part, the title follows typical tycoon game patterns. That’s not to say it isn’t good; however, the gameplay isn’t very original. However, if you’re a fan of The Office and looking for a casual game to pass the time, this title may be for you.
Is It Hardcore?
The Office Somehow We Manage is a fun management tycoon game that will appeal to casual gamers and fans of The Office.