In the past year, Facebook has been overrun with pet simulation games, farming games and, more recently, city building games. For those tired of plowing, harvesting and cleaning virtual pets, Playfish's brand new game Hotel City, lets you try your hand at something a little different -- running a hotel.
In Hotel City, the goal is to turn a two-star establishment into a five-star luxury hotel by adding more sleeping rooms, a gym, swimming pool, bar and other amenities that well-heeled customers expect. Decorations also play a big part in this game -- the better the wallpaper, furniture and accessories in a room, the more customers will pay to stay. As players reach higher levels, there will be room for expansion, which will, in turn, bring in more customers and more cash. All of these upgrades contribute to a star rating at the top of the screen, which serves as a barometer for your hotel's success.
As expected, friends also play an important part in the game. Visit neighbors' hotels to earn extra cash and, of course, send free gifts with the hopes that your oh-so generous friends will send some back.
With the release of Poker Rivals and Gangster City, we were wondering if we'd lost the Playfish we've known (and loved) forever. That's clearly not the case. Hotel City has classic Playfish written all over it -- with cute cartoon graphics, funny animations and a soothing soundtrack playing in the background. It's those same 'charming' qualities that make it impossible to resist Playfish's other big hits, Pet Society and Restaurant City.
Something else we can appreciate is this hotel game's simplicity. Where other Facebook games seem to be tacking on extra activities weekly, it's nice to get back to playing a game that you can truly spend five minutes playing and then come back later to play again. Or, if you want to stick around a little longer, you can partake in one of our favorite activities in Hotel City -- poking sleeping customers with the hopes that it'll shake some extra coins from their pockets.
Weird? Well, yeah, kinda. Delightful? Absolutely. Hotel City doesn't break the mold of Facebook games, but if you're looking for something a little different, check into Hotel City; it's likely you won't want to check out.
Do you agree? Is Hotel City going to be the next big thing?
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