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Welcome to Hollywood University!
A 2014 iOS and Android game from Pixelberry Studios, the creators of High School Story.

"Congratulations! You've just been accepted to Hollywood University, the school for stars. Pack your bags, because fame, fortune, and romance await!"

The game has officially stopped updating, though you can still download and play it.

Hollywood U: Rising Stars provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parent:
    • Carlotta Valentine is a borderline example. She loves her daughter, but is very against the idea of letting her live her own life. It turns out Carlotta just wants the money.
    • Anders Stone alternates between spoiling Bianca rotten and making it clear she's not as good as her sister. He then threatens to disinherit Desiree if she accepts a movie offer from your character.
  • Alpha Bitch: Bianca makes it her personal mission to make your characters' lives hell.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: "Of Fortunes Told" is a very short quest told in the perspective of Bianca.
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  • Artistic License – Biology: In-Universe, Michael Bay's suggestion for Holly Chang's movie involves her main character's cancer being cured by having it shot.
  • Badass Driver: The Stunt Drivers are this. Especially in the class quest where you're competing with other drivers for a spot in a movie, which culminates in driving through a dust storm!
  • Beta Bitch: Jenni and Shae are the betas to Bianca's alpha.
  • Blah Blah Blah: In "Of Fortunes Told," Bianca hears your character say nothing but "Blah blah blah, everyone hates me," among other self-deprecating things.
  • Brainless Beauty: Lance Sergio.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: Some quests will require you and your friends to wear specific clothes before you begin. You can easily change back after you start the quest.
  • The Comically Serious: Let's face it, the way Thomas Hunt is so sour all the time can be pretty funny.
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  • Compromising Call: In "Evildoers Beware" (the superhero help quest) your phone goes off during an infiltration, which sets off a chain of events leading to you almost getting killed.
  • Contractual Purity: In-universe. Lisa Valentine struggles with this. This could be extended to her former co-star Aria as well.
  • Darker and Edgier: High School Story involves you and your classmates breaking into a school and being blackmailed among other things. Hollywood U has more thrilling and dangerous adventures and sometimes gets you and your entourage members kidnapped or close to killed.
  • Downer Ending: "Dead Man Walking" (the zombie help quest) has an extremely unsatisfying ending. It ends almost exactly how it starts, asides from the fact that you have made a new friend and are unwilling to leave them behind.
  • Executive Meddling: In-Universe, your character has to talk Holly Chang into changing the ending to her screenplay for Permanent Wound.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Emilia Ruiz and Victoria Swenson seem to be examples of this trope, based on the reactions of Didi, Addison and other girls in the game.
  • Evil Is Petty: When you think about it, Anders Stone is a very successful billionaire, head of a powerful production company, yet he's trying to destroy you, a student who happened to piss off his daughter whom he doesn't even seem to care for that much.
  • Fanservice Pack: Since this is essentially the college version of High School Story, the girls have a larger bust and the boys have more pronounced abs.
  • Gay Option: Just like in High School Story, your characters can date whoever you choose them to date.
  • Girl Posse: Bianca, Jessi, and Shae.
  • Handcuffed Briefcase: In "The First Action Hero," Thomas Hunt asks you and an Action Hero to deliver a briefcase, which he cuffs to your wrist. That doesn't stop Bianca and her posse from stealing it; Shae picks open the lock. It turns out that the briefcase contains a script that Thomas wants to get rid of.
  • Insufferable Genius:
    • Professor Hunt.
    • Holly Chang, who wrote a spectacular script which was never produced because she was unable to work with any of the prospective directors.
  • Kick the Dog: In the New Year's special questline, Bianca mocks Addison to her face that her dying mother might not make it to the next New Year's. Then gets her, you, and Ethan arrested by security for trumped-up charges. Her father, Anders Stone, is much worse; he makes you let Bianca play the lead role in your movie, cheats you out of a $25 million revenue, refuses to vouch for you and even recommends your expulsion, and tells you that your name won't be in the credits of your own movie.
  • Late for School: Being late is a reoccurring theme.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Brian Ratzik and Anders Stone.
  • My Beloved Smother: Carlotta Valentine.
  • Mysterious Past: Addison.
    • You eventually find out that she had a May–December Romance with an aging producer but his wife found out and he blamed her. Heartbroken, she changed majors.
  • Mysterious Stranger: The unknown benefactor who pays your tuition to Hollywood U.
  • The Prima Donna: Bianca, Bianca, BIANCA. She can't even claim to be good at acting. Her character in your first movie is so wooden and dull, the only thing that saves you is a last-minute script change to make her character a robot.
  • RevengeSVP: You, Lisa, and Addison attempt to do this at Anders Stone's movie premier. He lets you in, but kicks you out when you try to take back what's yours.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Bianca only gets a major role in your first film because her father funds it after things go south with a tank.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: Lance seems to think that the world works this way.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Anders Stone is your textbook example, screwing you out of your movie, revenue, credits, and all, simply because he has the money to do so. When it comes to screwing the rules, this game has it all.
  • Shirtless Scene: The male model outfits have open shirts revealing abs.
  • Shout-Out: To the Kardashians, The Hunger Games, The Little Mermaid, and a constantly growing list of movies and movie stars.
  • Social Media Before Reason: Characters will often tweet or post about events as they are happening no matter how inappropriate. Jenni is notorious for this but Chance takes the cake. Putting your twitter followers above your fiance on your wedding day by letting them pick the song she walks down the aisle to when the song was literally the only thing she cared about makes his priorities crystal clear. Your celebutante enjoys tweeting your arguments with Hunt.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: An option when talking to a famous male movie star is "Just to be clear, I'm into girls". If your character is a female, this trope applies.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: You are given the option to go on a date with Hunt.
  • There Are No Adults: Averted this time, adults have full models and dialogue as opposed to High School Story. Justified since this is college, meaning that all the characters are technically adults.
  • Think Nothing of It:
    • Your Main Character frequently.
    • Shae during the Overshadowed Quest.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: One of the quests you get in Halloween has the school under attack. It was all staged by Professor Hunt


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