G5 Entertainment is certainly among the more established iOS publishers, best known well known for their superb Hidden Object (HdO) and Time Management titles. I’m not a big fan of HdO but an occasional frantic spin on the next Sally’s Spa can easily suck me in for hours. As you may have guessed, our victim today is of the latter persuasion and also a follow-up to the reasonably successful Fix-it-up: Kate’s Adventure (Full), putting you in charge of a auto-repair shop. Not too imaginatively titled Fix-it-up: World Tour (Full) it follows the adventures of Kate and her two unlikely partners in bringing their business across the globe.
Fix-it-up: World Tour is a hard-core time-management title. Having enjoyed immense success back home Kate, along with Steve and Martin decide to go global. To have better coverage they decide to split up meeting new people and having adventures of their own. But in the end there can be only one! Sorry, wrong movie. But still, Kate will have to make up her mind in the end so stay tuned for the final showdown between the partners for the heart of the beautiful girl.
Playing Fix-it-up: World Tour is in essence like any other time management title. You have to buy cars, fix and upgrade them and then sell for a nifty profit. Not focusing on sole profit however, the game throws various goals at you to complete within the allotted time frame, which range from the mundane pure money-related stuff to more specific tasks like fixing a certain amount of a type of cars and the like. I also like the additional source of income from renting cars that you’re not ready to sell yet.
And there’s quite a lot to spend the cash on. Apart from buying cars themselves you have to keep a stock of spare parts that are consumed with almost each operation, as well as enough workers to do them. While most actions increase the value of the cars, some are more specialized like a waxing job to keep it from getting dirty or insuring it against damage. Fix-it-up: World Tour offers an impressive 18 unique locations with localized visuals for your pleasure, for a total of 54 levels that will surely captivate you for hours on end.
Overall the graphics quality is superb – everything has been drawn to the minutest detail, making me appreciate the Retina display even more. The controls are intuitive, which is a godsend since the gameplay may often get a bit frantic. Some of the tap-targets could have been a bit bigger though since I found myself missing the destination building a couple of times.
Fix-it-up: World Tour is definitely one of the best time-management games I’ve played. It embodies the essence of the genre, all the while spicing it up with parts and personnel management and various tasks to perform. I’m not sure I would recommend it for the more casual player, at least one that’s bent on getting the gold for each level, but you’re definitely not required to be a seasoned veteran to play Fix-it-up: World Tour. The story is a bit cheesy and the interface could enjoy a minor tweak or two but the gameplay has enough in it to keep you busy for hours on end.
With this I declare Fix-it-up: World Tour (Full) officially touched!
|Title:||Fix-it-up: World Tour (Full)||Developer:||G5 Entertainment|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.0||Min OS Req:||3.0|