If I wished to stick with my analogy of Jane’s Zoo (TMA Review) being a Time Management Lite game, then Supermarket Mania 2 would be Time Management Deluxe. While I love TM games I’m no expert at them, yet this is the first one in a long time that I’ve not been able to attain the expert level the first time around an almost any level. For those of you wondering – that’s a good thing. Usually time management game levels don’t take long to complete, and I don’t mind playing them 2 or 3 times to achieve the top ranking. Add to that all the little bells and whistles, and this is probably one of the best games in the genre to grace my iPod Touch’s little screen.
For me plots have become mostly irrelevant in time management games, other than the fact that I like how they are usually told in comic book format, but if you’re really interested, you basically get talked by a family member into coming to manage a series of restaurants for him. I’d say “as typical you start off slow”, but that actually isn’t the case in Supermarket Mania 2. At a bare minimum you have to keep several counters stocked so that your shoppers can find what they want and remain happy. Depending on your setup, you’ll also need to do things like order baked goods, make milkshakes, and keep the delivery guy moving by bringing him the goods that an external customer is waiting for.
In addition to all the things just to keep the customers happy there are ancillary jobs like mopping the floor, moving shopping baskets from one bin to another, and fixing broken equipment when vandals strike. You even have occasions where you have to tap on the security guard to prevent mischief from happening in your store. Thankfully everything is controlled simply by tapping the screen. This works incredibly well, except for the rare occasion when you get in a hurry and tap the wrong thing. Most objects are big enough to prevent this, but it does happen on occasion. This is a straight time management game, so don’t be looking for any quirky mini-games. I kind of miss that feature, but not really. Supermarket Mania 2 simply doesn’t need it.
As one might hope / expect from a time management game, the graphics are quite good. This is certainly one of the better ones as far as level of detail is concerned. You watch as the shelves are slowly depleted of food. When the jukebox plays little notes float in the air. After a successful day of work all the employees give you a cheer. Everything is extremely well animated, and the color palette is bright and cheerful and makes things easily discernable from each other.
The sound effects really add character to the game. When the delivery man arrives he whistles to let you know he’s there. Kids giggle when they are getting in trouble and cry when they get lost from their parents. I’m a bit disappointed that certain client types never make any noises, but it’s no big deal. The music isn’t bad, but the reality is that it is mostly inconsequential. You’ll get so wrapped up with everything that you won’t even notice whether or not there is any music playing.
I won’t say this is my favorite time management game, simply because it seems every time I make that qualifier either something better comes along or I remember a game I used to play that I liked more. However, I can say that any hardcore time management fan won’t be disappointed. And this is not for the casual gamer, as it can quickly get overwhelming with all the different things that you have to do throughout a given day. If you’re a fan of the genre and either just want a good game or feel like you haven’t been challenged enough lately, Supermarket Mania 2 is the perfect choice for you.
|Title:||Supermarket Mania® 2||Developer:||G5 Entertainment|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.0||Min OS Req:||3.0|
|Price:||Free||App Size:||124 MB|