This game is not what it appears... When I bought it I had pictured in my head GTA but in a school... and although the similarities between the two games are there it is slightly different in the sense that in my opinion the charactor of Jimmy (you) doesn't want to partake in alot of the tasks and is actually wanting to keep out of trouble but is drawn in for one reason or another.
I love a good story through a game and in my opinion the story/plot in this is a little thin but in it's defence there's not really any better one they could've worked in than they did and it does what it needs to do. Boy is abandoned by mother at boarding school after being expelled from numerous other education establishments and the rest as they say is history.
Like GTA there is obviously the main story missions which progress you through the school year (the addition of different seasons is a nice touch with prefects and the other kids donning hats and scarves during winter). There are also side missions which usually involve helping the teachers.
The classes can also be fun although some can be a little frustrating. Personally I enjoyed Photography (running round taking photos), Math (clicking on the correct answer), Geography (placing the flags in the correct locations... you'll be surprised how little you actually know!), Gym (wrestling and dodgeball) and English (making as many words as possible from the letters you're given). Your other classes are Art, Music (press the buttons prompted in tune with the music), Shop and Chemistry (both of these you press the required buttons at the required time). In my opinion these classes are frustrating in the sense that I felt (particularly with shop) that when I was doing the required movement at the time the game wasn't registering this... maybe it's just me!
You can also take up little jobs to make some extra cash which allows you to buy clothes (different clothes stores in different parts of the town which correspond to the different social class of student you're currently dealing with) and also gifts for the women in Jimmy's life (flowers and chocolates). These jobs are either mowing lawns or doing a paper route.
You also have side tasks which you don't need to do to progress through the story but are required for 100% completion. These are just other people in the game requiring help (stuffing kids into lockers, egging the dorms, finding dogs, taking photos etc). These are fun and a nice break from the story driven missions as they're usually fairly easy and short in length.
There are also collectables; rubber bands, collectors cards and transistors (collect the transistors and a hobo living behind the school will teach you new fighting moves). These are scattered all through the school and the surrounding towns. A nice addition are the things you collect for your dorm room by simply doing the missions or completing classes. You'll go back to your room at night and have something new pinned on your wall or sitting on your desk or window ledge. It's the little touches like these that make a game stand out.
Alongside all this theres also the carnival, bike races, go-karts, boxing, penalty kicks, keepy-uppy, arcade games, taking all the photos for the year book and finding the hidden pirate to keep you occupied.
Theres a lot more to this game than at first meets the eye and it will keep you entertained!
This game has so much variety (which is why this review is HUGE!) in it that honestly you will enjoy playing it. If you like GTA this is very similar and far less frustrating! A must buy and at a bargain price!