“ Manufacturer: JoWood Productions / Genre: Simulation / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / Platform: Windows / Distribution Media: CD-ROM „
This game was one of the first I had for my computer back in 2002 or 2003 and I'm still playing it years later.
The gameplay is seriously engaging and addictive. There are different modes: you can start with a pre-built hotel and manage/improve it or start from scratch (my favourite mode).
The first step is to choose a location, then a type of hotel. You will find empty floors and a user-friendly menu, which has options for rooms, objects and textures. To create a room plan, you just simply hold and drag. Then you can choose which objects to add with varying degrees of luxury, place them with the left mouse button and rotate them with the right mouse button. It's all very intuitive. When you've created a room with objects, this is saved as a template, so creating lots of similar guest rooms is not as tedious as you might expect.
Also fun is the ability to follow your customers around the hotel and see what they are doing. Their morale is shown as a percentage and, the happier you make them, the better you perform. They also have needs and complaints, helping you to improve your hotel and tempt more customers. However, this can grow boring as there are a limited range of actions a guest can do and the TV has a particularly annoying five-second sound effect that repeats over and over.
In addition to this, the game lacks the ability to create outdoor facilities, which would be fun.