"How to be Popular" is a TG game by Kimberly Rex, created for the March 2009 contest.
The game follows High School senior Brock Hudson on his quest to become the most popular guy in school and win the affections of his dream girl, Angie McMillan.
The game begins as the Brock sets out to increase his status at the school by pulling pranks, talking to friends, and generally trying to be a “cool guy.” Eventually, Brock accumulates enough popularity to earn the attention of Angie, who invites him to meet her in a secluded secret pool beneath the school gym.
However, once there, Angie reveals that she’s unimpressed with Brock’s antics, and intends to punish Brock for his selfish ways. She forcibly transforms him into Brittany, a female version of himself, and tells him she’ll only return him to normal once he’s become “the most popular girl in school.”
Brock, now Brittany, then has to navigate Bearville High as a girl, hoping to become popular enough by Prom to earn his life back.
Brock Hudson is the viewpoint character, whose goal is to become the most popular guy in school and date Angie McMillan.
Angie McMillain is Brock's ultimate goal, and ultimate antagonist.
Worked perfectly well on Rags 2.6.1 for me. Played through twice, still a classic. No new content for this version however.
Unable to run the newest version. I've tried with Rags 2.6.1, 2.4.16, and 3.0.60.
Rightfully considered to be one of the better games of the RAGS era, How to be Popular is a short, cute little high-school-movie themed journey from jock to cheerleader. RAGS games shine in making you feel like you're actually making your character do something instead of just clicking on a link, and HtbP uses this to full effect. There's a certain weight to every step of the transformation.
The writing is so-so; the story does have a little bit of heart and depth to it, about as much as a below-average Disney-channel original, so I suppose they have that on point. Both being as nice as possible and being a mega-dickhole require a bit of point-and-click-adventurey acumen. The actual transformation scene made me go "Wow" back when the game came out, and it's still pretty dang impressive to the day.
That said, it's pretty dang linear so if you want to play it more than once you should space the attempts out. All in all, it's one of the best reasons to redownload RAGS.
A very nice game
A very linear game that features certain common tropes such as "Disproportionate Revenge", "Psycho Hell Bitch" and "Nothing You Do Matters". Closer to a short story with pictures and a few alternate endings.