TLTR: The game is a mess. All of it.
I am incredibly frustrated with this game's direction. It's become a chore and not something to do for fun. I say this after spending almost a year in my house and not having a social life. I hate games where I have to grind to get ahead. Who has time for that or wants to look at their phone for that long? I started playing this game in 2014 and enjoyed it. It wasn't stressful or demanding. It wasn't a massive money grab. I wanted to play it because it was simple. Now it's just a mess. It's so messy I made an account on this message board to vent. It isn't only the SYS that I find messy it's a few things.
First, I would like to mention how disappointing it is to see that it took six years for more skin tones to be included. I am glad I can have a nice orange skin tone tan now, but why did it take six years? I joke, but I am serious about the lack of inclusivity for everyone.
Secondly, the gameplay, in general, is annoying. Before I reached the #1 spot of the "top stars," I'd stay there or drop down a few places. Now, weekly I drop 20+ spots only to grind again (yay, another house party) without even making it to the number 1 spot. So why bother? Same with dating and your reality tv show. You have to grind daily to either stay in the same position or go up one spot a week. So again, why bother? Who has the time or the game energy for that? It's one step forward and two steps back with the progress of this game. Before I felt like I was accomplishing something, now I feel like my tires are spinning.
Finally, I am annoyed with what seems to be the consensus with everyone, the money grab aspect. The cash on the game is worthless. If you want anything of value, you have to pay real money for stars or these ridiculous diamonds. Oh, and how can I forget the weekly tickets to try and even win anything decent with the SYS. Again why bother because only those with money will win because who can figure out the voting algorithm. It doesn't matter the theme; whoever has the most money, wings, crowns, and gowns will win! If this were an episode of Dragrace, Michelle would be seething, and you would be gone (I understand not everyone will get this reference, but it truly fits!) I have been looking on this board for a while, and I have seen some amazing looks get horrible scores. It's just boring to see the same old tired looks win. Time to play in the snow? Hold on; I need to grab my biggest gown, crown, and a set of wings. Tropical island vacation? Sounds nice; I have the perfect gown for that!
It's just disappointing to see a once fun and casual game turn into, well, this. So is this it? I don't see them going back or changing because why would they stop making money. Glu isn't worried about losing players because there are always new players with no real life and deep pockets right around the corner. Sigh.