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.
I think the story of Robinson Crusoe, though sad, has in many respects a lot of romance to it as well. Certainly the prospect of having a Friday of your own 7 days a week is a tempting one. I’m sure many have dreamed or at least tried to imagine what it would be like. And when our imagination fails, us we have but the App Store to turn to. Thanks to G5 Entertainment – the masters of time management – a deserted island will become much less deserted with you on it in Youda Survivor.
The Farm Frenzy franchise has always been a bit of a standout amongst the time management games that I’ve played. It’s more goal oriented than its brethren, and as the name implies, it can get quite hectic, pretty much on every level after the first four or five. It’s a nice change of pace from the typical storefront type management sims, though it might be a bit much for the more casual gamer. So far Farm Frenzy 3 is no exception to the rule, and it’s a great reminder of why the series is so popular. If you’re tired of serving food, running a boutique or managing a hotel, maybe it’s time for a bit of frenzy in your life.
I reviewed the original Virtual City (TMA Review) last year and found it to be an entertaining casual variation on the build-your-own-city theme. Though much closer to the Transport Tycoon franchise in spirit than SimCity, the mixing of various gameplay elements and the addition of quests to guide the development made for an excellent package. Building on this quest system G5 Entertainment has done what seems to be the fashionable thing these days and has gone freemium with Virtual City Playground.
Time Management aficionados are no doubt familiar with Flo’s Dash spawning franchise. In fact, Diner Dash is arguably the most well known among the crowded and addictive genre. So if you’re a fan of TM games and are new to the series, this freebie update is for you! Playfirst has dropped two of their iPhone titles to free for a limited time: Cooking Dash (TMA Review) and Wedding Dash (TMA Review). Normally priced at $2.99, both games feature 50+ levels and plenty of mad-finger-dashing challenges. Additional IAPs are available should you wish to unlock other locales ($0.99 each).
Well they’ve managed to do it again. Every time I get a game from G5 Entertainment to review I’m just a bit concerned that it’s going to fall into the “been there, done that” category. So far it has been needless worry, however, and Jack of All Tribes is no exception to that rule. This TM game takes a little different approach to the subject, where instead of having one central focus to work on, you’re jumping from one part of the island to the next, building up everything in your path. It’s just different enough to feel fresh, and the overall atmosphere is fun and playful in a way that really sucks you in.
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.
I’ll admit I’m a bit of a softy when it comes to Time Management games, because I don’t mind the fact that most of them have the exact same flow to their gameplay. Still, it’s nice when something takes a little bit different approach to the genre, and I think Jane’s Zoo handles that quite nicely. It does feel a bit like it’s geared more towards younger players, but I’ve always considered myself young at heart anyway, and I’m rather enjoying the change of atmosphere and slightly simpler game play. Hard core Time Management junkies might find it a tad too simplistic, but I think it makes a great casual game that’s an easy entry for those with no experience in the TM genre.
A lot of people loved the game Scoops, and while I did find it amusing in small bursts, I was never really a fan. Then along came Crawlspace Games, developer of the quirky clown assault game Knife Toss, and mixed a dash of time management and a whole heapin’ helping of zombies into the mix. The result is an interesting and quite challenging game called Zombies Ala Mode. Don’t let its cute exterior fool you, it dishes out the difficulty in all kinds of flavors.
The “Dash” series of time management games has always been a big hit on the PC, and it’s made an excellent transition to the iPhone world. Hotel Dash is the latest entry in the series, and it’s upped the ante in several ways. If you’re a time management veteran you’ll feel right at home and appreciate the additional challenge, but if you’re new to the whole concept this might not be the best place to start. So far I’m loving it, and I can’t wait to see what the next installment in the franchise has to offer.