“ Manufacturer: Shockwaves / Genre: Puzzle „
Beach Party Craze is a Time Management game for the PC with a very simple point and click gameplay. You have a pre-set character who does all the actions on each level and the 'difficulty' increases as the game goes on.
The game follows a storyline but, I have to admit, I don't have a clue what the story is as I always skip it. Storylines in games are great for giving focus but I never follow them and they never seem to affect the game in any way. No matter how well/badly I do in a level it has no bearing on the story and there are no decisions for me to make and I will in no way influence the outcome of the story.
The graphics are basic 2-D and bright enough to be able to see everything clearly. The music is quite repetitve and can be annoying at times but it isn't needed so very easy to just turn it off instead.
The game itself can be quite fun to play and easy to leave and pick up again whenever. You are given a small tutorial at the start to help get you into the game but it is very easy to get the grasp off and you gain more as the game goes on. You start on a beach at the begining of each level and you always have a water machine, a few people arrive and you click the bubble above them to let them go onto the beach. You serve these customers wth the items they request until you reach the goal. Each level has specific goals to be achieved before the level is finished and you are timed on these levels. For a better time target achieved you get more stars and these stars are spent in the shop after each level for different equipment and added extras.
There are lots of levels to be completed and the longest are ususally around the 15 minute mark so there is a lot of time than can be spent on this game plus you can always go back and improve on levels you didn't do well on. No matter how long you take to do a level you never fail it so there isn't the frustration of having to constantly re-do the same level before being able to progress.
My one complaint about the way the levels run is that some levels are dictated upon by the customers. For example, if you need to serve 30 water during the level sometimes the customers might go ages without asking for water so you can end up spending a few minutes extra on the level just because of the customers whims. This can be some-what resolved later on by paying for advertising but that sometimes doesn't work as well as hoped.
Overall, it is a good way to waste some time if you're bored or want to try a new game but I wouldn't go running to the shops for it.
I seem to have spent the last few weeks doing very little with my time. Despite having exams coming up and lots of revision to, I seem to find myself spending most of my time alone on pointless endeavours rather than doing anything useful (though, of course, I have been spending some time reading and writing reviews and articles). One of the ways in which I've been passing my time has been by playing downloadable games from iwin.com, as many of them are 100% free, and so provide some mindless entertainment for a few hours without costing you anything. One of these games is Beach Party Craze, which is a time management game.
In this game, you are in charge of a beach area, and have to provide your guests with whatever refreshments or entertainment that they so wish. This may include bringing them steaks, water, selling them clothes, toys, and allowing them to rent boats or dance at a disco. The game consists of 40 or so levels, each with its own targets which you must achieve in order to advance to the next. By completing each level you earn a certain amount of points, which allow you to buy upgrades or new buildings, which may be essential for you to be able to play subsequent levels.
The game format will be familiar to any of you who have played time management games, as almost all of the genre have a format of levels with tasks to complete before you advance. This is a good format for games aimed at casual gamers, as it doesn't require a huge amount of attention or memory power, and with its short levels it is easy to dip in and out of this game, as you don't have to commit to playing it for hours at a time. This game in particular will be familiar to those of you who have played the Farm Frenzy series, as the level objectives system and the ability to purchase upgrades is almost identical in this game, although the actual actions and buildings are beach based instead of farm based.
This game is a good way to spend a few minutes here in there, though you can also sit and play it for hours if you so wish. I would recommend only playing this game if you can find it for free (try http://www.iwin.com), as although it is available for purchase, I don't really think that it's worth the money. I finished this game after playing it for around ten days, and so although I enjoyed it and may play it again in the future, it's really not worth the £13 pounds or so that it would cost.
Hit the beach in a contest to earn the most money! Race the clock as you serve food and drinks, purchase souvenir shops, and keep your stores stocked with the best goods. Play mini-games and buy upgrades to keep your customers happy