Remember The Bodyguard, the 1992 movie where Kevin Costner plays the personal bodyguard of superstar Whitney Houston? Celebrity Bodyguard updates the celeb factor to include parodies of teenybopper idols Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga, and Robert Pattinson, but the repetitive gameplay won’t have us belting out “I will always love you.”
You play as the bodyguard, keeping your client safe as you escort him or her down the red carpet. Along the way, you’ll be attacked by rednecks with guns, animal rights protesters, snipers, ninjas, and other assorted kooks. Your goal is to shoot or punch anyone who comes near your client before your client’s anxiety meter gets too high.
Beyond the simple shooting gallery premise, Celebrity Bodyguard offers a bit of creativity and humor. The celebrity caricatures look pretty funny, as do the half-dozen loons that you have to protect your celebrities from.
Bieber fever apparently brings out the worst in people.
But the gameplay becomes tiring before too long, as you stroll at a snail’s pace despite the crazies leaping out of the crowd. You’d think after the first few attempts on your client’s life, you’d break into a run or get back in the limo.
While Celebrity Bodyguard offers an incentive to keep playing by reserving the Lady Gaga and Robert Pattinson characters as unlockable extras, the game never varies from the same few actions of shoot, punch, and reload. It doesn’t help that the Hollywood background repeats like an old Hanna Barbara cartoon. We’d have like to have seen the concept taken to other environments as well.
Celebrity Bodyguard has a few nice touches, like an amusing art style and a flashy main menu with changing backgrounds. But in the end it’s just another high score game with repetitive gameplay, making it seem like all style and no substance.