Opening up a PC game to find that it contains no manual of any kind is usually a good indication that you're not going to be in store for a particularly involving game. This is the case with The Apprentice, the PC game based on the titular hit reality show starring everyone's favorite New York real-estate mogul and occasionally creepy sound-byte provider, Donald Trump. Instead of a unique spin on the business tycoon genre, or even a halfway-decent minigame collection, what we get is a small series of minigames that look like they were programmed in Flash, rehash many of the same game concepts repeatedly to pad out the experience, and are universally not fun. This could have just as easily been a really lousy downloadable freeware game, were it not for The Donald's scowling mug appearing on the cover. Needless to say, Apprentice fans won't have much fun with this one.
Want to work for The Donald? Then sell those delicious hamburgers!
Here's the setup. You start out by picking your gender (which barely matters, since all you see is a black outline of a person anyway) and a team name. You're then paired up with four other former Apprentice contestants--yes, they actually went and got Omarosa to lend her likeness (or, at least, a single, static shot of her) to this game. You're competing against a team of five other contestants to get hired by Mr. Trump. To do so, you'll have to run around doing the silliest of imaginable tasks.
So how do you get hired by Trump? By selling fast food as quick as you can, selling souvenirs around Manhattan's various neighborhoods, and building lamps, among other things. There are a few basic minigame concepts that you will see assorted variations of in this game. One is a Diner Dash-like game where you have to put together varying types of food orders and deliver them to waiting customers posthaste. Another is an assembly game where pieces of a three-tiered product will move along a conveyor belt in random order, and it's up to you to adjust the directions of the conveyor belt to get the pieces in the right order. Yet another asks you to buy merchandise and transport it to a part of town where you'll make a profit selling it. The last primary variety of game is a simple picture puzzle where the pieces are jumbled, and you need to assemble it correctly. So, there you have it: a collection of games that you can play better versions of for free or significantly cheaper elsewhere on the Internet. Not only are these games overly simplistic, they're just not that much fun. So why would you pay $20 for such a scant collection of lame games? Oh, right. The Donald is on the box.