Kairobotica Review

Kairobotica Review

Aug 24, 2012

Games in the genre of The Sims and any of the Tycoon games are pretty popular. I’m not sure if people like to have a god complex or the complexity of games like these are what draw people to them. In any case, Kairobotica is a 16bit looking game fitting into the same genre.

The little robot army is tasked with protecting the galaxy. Big job for these little guys. Good thing there are a lot of them. Throughout the game different attacking monsters and other generally bad guys need to be stopped.

Factories can be built to build more little robots to take on patrols to other planets. The bigger the gang on patrol, the better chance of defeating evil doughnuts or other beings striking fear into the hearts of the planet’s inhabitants. Farms can also be constructed to accommodate visitors from other planets. The farms are there to grow food to sell to the visitors. This will make a little income to keep things running and allow for upgrades and travel money for the patrols.

Building more houses will allow for more robots to be made and housed. When there are more robots to take on patrol, there is a much better chance for success. The controls for battling at pretty simple. The turn based action eliminates the need for complicated controls. When on patrol and a fight starts, there is an option to retreat or attack. Once the attack button is pressed, the battle will proceed until someone wins.

As the games progresses new skills are learned to combat the monsters and such. The skills will attack all of the enemies on the screen at once. When the new skills are combined with an Aura, the attacks are a lot more powerful. Another part to take into consideration is reputation. The if people have more respect for the patrols, more missions will be offered.

Hotel Mogul Review

Hotel Mogul Review

Sep 21, 2010

Hotel Mogul surprised me. I’ve never liked “Simcity” style games, and a game entirely dedicated to building fake hotels sounded boring. I read the comments on the Android Market, and there were several words repeated:

“Addicting!”
“Worth the money!”
“Stuck on level…”

Really? A game dedicated to hotels was that good?

After three days of playing, I’d have to agree. I’ve played it on car rides, during movies, and on my back in bed. I’ve played this game a lot.

Hotel Mogul places you as the unseen helper to the protagonist, Lynette. Lynette is in charge of the ridiculously named development company, “The Golden Company,” until (cue muted trumpet) her husband cheats on her with her best friend, and divorces her. He then proceeds to steal the company from her.

What should you do, as her dedicated friend? Of course, you help her build her own company, from the ground-up, and teach that no-good cheater a thing-or-two.

To begin with, Lynette guides you through the building, selling, and building again of several campgrounds. The gameplay is slow to begin, but within a few levels, you’ll be franticly selling, buying, improving, fixing, collecting, and demolishing real estate. Soon I was raking in millions, and feeling rather accomplished. I wish making money in the real world were this easy!

The game has a somewhat strange side-story, involving the Lynette-love-triangle, complete with comic-book style storyboards and a mini-game involving collecting scattered pictures of her cheating husband. Don’t ask. I didn’t get that either.

The graphics of the game are pretty phenomenal. As you watch a hotel being built, construction crews helicopter in supplies, tiny cars drive the highways, water flows through the streams, and more. The detail is impressive.

This game is not very easy to learn, but after a few levels, you’ll get the hang of it. The best part of the game is that it actually uses real principles of real estate selling and buying. Playing the game actually feels like you’re accomplishing something, and that is important for maintaining a player’s interest.

There is a demo version of the game, so try it out. Don’t give up if you don’t understand what you’re doing at the start. You’ll get it. If you like this type of “fast-paced-simcity” game, then Hotel Mogul won’t disappoint.