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Kudos applies business simulation-style strategic management to the personal life of an ordinary, everyday young adult. Instead of overseeing an entire neighborhood or a full household, as in the Sims, players focus on their single main characters, guiding them daily through all minor and major life decisions. Kudos players steer their destinies turn-by-turn, so there's plenty of time to ponder the pros and cons of a new job or relationship.
Each turn represents another day, and another chance to choose one activity for the evening after work. Taking night classes is the quickest way to improve skills and land a better job, but it also takes up free time that could be spent having fun. Socializing with friends can improve a bad mood and boost the character's "Kudos" score, but most nights out cost money, and time spent at taverns and movie theaters doesn't do much to improve one's station in life.
All said, Kudos is about simulating the life of a young adult who has absolutely nothing except an ambition to have something. Whether that something is an enviable career, an unflappable sense of self-confidence, bevy of best friends, or a collection of expensive gadgets and automobiles, is left completely up to the player. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide