Kitty Powers' Matchmaker is a 2014 simulation video game that was developed by Magic Notion and published through Mastertronic Group. The game's premise has the player serving as an employee to drag queen and matchmaker Kitty Powers.
Kitty Powers has recently launched a new branch of her dating service and has hired the player to serve as her newest matchmaker. While playing the game players must try to match their clients' personal tastes with that of their prospective dates. If their attributes are to the other's liking, this will cause the pair to fall in love with one another, but matching up people with opposing interests runs the risk of ruining the date. Dates are held at one of several restaurants themed around various countries, each of which has differing levels of difficulty. During the date players must successfully guide their client through minigames and typical date questions on topics such as hobbies, personality, and employment.
Two sequels to the game were released: Kitty Powers' Love Life, where the player helps build a Love Village and help couples in their relationships, and Kitty Powers' Speed Date, a Free-to-Play game where the player helps their clients pick the best candidate after speed dating.
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- Author Avatar: Rich Franke, who developed the premise for the game, chose to incorporate his drag personality of Kitty Powers into the game. He decided to do this for several reasons, stating that he had "been messing about with drag for a while and I wanted a good reason to evolve it and take it to a new place. Secondly I felt drag and video games hadn't really collided properly yet and this might be a good way to do it. Thirdly I wanted to make my debut game unique, and a real reflection of me and my voice. Kitty seemed like a good way to tick all of the boxes."
- Amicable Exes: Spicy candidates don't mind if their date's ex shows up, and they'll acknowledge that at least they're still friends.
- Birds of a Feather: It's easier to pair together people of the same Type, though it's not impossible to pair different types, and in fact there are achievements for doing so.
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: Speed Date can let you buy Pearls that you can use to help in speed dating or build new locations using real money, though they can also be earned in-game by completing missions or watching ads.
- Cast Full of Gay: While it's more likely for clients to be straight, gay and bi clients are also very common.
- Character Customization: Players can personalize their character and perform a personality quiz to create their own profile. There is an option that allows players to allow their character data (minus the name) to other players, who will try to successfully match the character with other people. As the series takes place in a world where same-sex marriage is considered both normal and legal, clients can ask to be matched up with someone of the same sex.
- Gayborhood: In Love Life, it's possible to have a Love Village composed entirely of same-sex couples.
- Guilty Pleasures: Clients have at least one interest that their Type usually doesn't like, such as a Geek secretly liking penthouse suites, which is usually liked by Glams.
- Jive Turkey: Glam types usually speak like this, spouting slang such as "amazeballs" and "deliciosorooni".
- Literal Metaphor: In Love Life, when a married villager tries to make amends with their lover, the minigame involves them literally crossing thin ice.
- Matchmaker Quest: Your goal in Matchmaker and Speed Date is to help the client succeed at dating the selected candidate or pick the best one out of several after a speed date, respectively.
- Minigame Game: Effectively the date portion involves completing a number of random small tasks ranging from calculating a bill, completing a simple match 3 game, to remembering one of the date's interests.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: One of the ten Types in the series, hippies typically like animals and nature and speak with a thick Cockney accent.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Some of the VIP clients in Speed Date are Expies of famous celebrities, like DewDiePie and Katie Berry.
- Old Save Bonus: Newly matched couples from Matchmaker can be transferred over to Love Life with a code.
- Procedural Generation: The clients are generated with mostly random interests, hair and eye color preferences, and personality traits, although not everything is completely random - for example, geeks are way more likely to be introverted.
- Punny Name: Some of the VIP clients in Speed Date have names that hint towards their Type, such as Will Barrow (who's a Practical).
- Outright Lie: If a client finds that their date has expressed a preference or a feature that they do not like, players are given the ability to either tell the truth or lie about their opinion. If they choose to lie, the player must spin a wheel that will decide if the lie is detected or not.
- Scolded for Not Buying: If you set up a date between two customers but cancel it in the last second, the customer will make an annoyed comment.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: One of the speaking styles, usually of Geeks - for example, at the end of a date they'll say 'You've won my cardiovascular organ!'
- Spiders Are Scary: Methodical candidates are afraid of spiders, and their date must squish them before they reach them. Inverted with Carefree candidates, though, where they'll hate it if their date does so.
- Talk About the Weather: One of the possible conversation topics on dates. It's quite easy to pull off - as long as you noticed whether it was raining or not when your client arrived at the restaurant, nobody will get upset - but it's also not going to impress anyone.
- Western Zodiac: Some clients believe in horoscopes, and if they and their dates do, they'll like it if they have matching signs (or at least matching color-coded elements).
- Your Cheating Heart: In Love Life, a married villager can have an affair with one of their friends, causing long-term problems.