Time For Simulation Games


Doggie Dash

Walter and Scarlet’s first pet spa Doggie Dash is a sim time management Mac game for children and casual gamers. There is a daily goal you must meet to pass a level (there are 50 levels) and 20 upgrades.

The play is to click on the pet at the entrance, above the pet’s head will show you what they want done, click on the correct station and when finished Walter will pick the pet up and take it to the counter to be paid. The 3 stations are the bath, trim and pampering. When you have enough money, you can buy upgrades for more stations to speed up your procedures and earn money faster.

There are 2 modes of play: Story and Endless Shift. The story is the tale of Walter and Scarlet trying to make a living running a pet spa and meeting daily goals. Endless is an endless stream of customers. Each angry customer  you keep waiting will cost you one star and when all the stars are gone, the shift is over.

As you know by now I am not into these types of sim games, but I think kids and some casual gamers will enjoy this play, especially pet lovers. I like cats, but the constant meowing is a bit much. Upgrades are a great help and you really need them to continue to please everyone. The artwork is simple and colorful and music is upbeat which makes for a pleasant time.

Fix-It-Up World Tour

Kate is ready to conquer the world by expanding her car repair and rental shops. Her 2 sidekicks, Steve and Martin, are there to help her fulfill her dreams of world domination. Can it be done? Will Steve and Martin put down their petty differences and try to work together, join her in repairing broken down jalopies and rent the finished product for a nice profit?

Take the world tour first to Mexico where you buy or reject cars from citizens who are in need of another vehicle. You decide whether the money they want for their cars is reasonable or not. If you are satisfied with the cost, you click on the green check to accept the wreck. If they are asking too much for the car, reject it by clicking on the red X. Drag the car to your lot. There are parking spaces available to place your recently acquired vehicle. If the car is in need of repair, drag it to the repair shop and wait until it comes out. It may need a paint job so drag it to the next building to get a new coat of paint. Afterwards take it to the rental lot to make available to the public. When someone sees your newly refreshed car, they will give you an offer and you can either accept or reject the bid. In addition to all those tasks, you must make enough money to buy parts to fix the cars.

An added bonus to this game is to fix up Kate’s new mansion. You add on and fix this compound to Kate’s liking. Another interesting aspect of this game is the environmental friendly paint and air filters, and monster trucks.

The play is easy for a sim time management game and the tutorial is good. The game is repetitive, but isn’t that the nature of sim time management plays? The story is amusing and the play enjoyable even though it may not challenge many gamers. Help Kate out and takeover the world by buying, repairing and renting out cars in Fix-It-Up World Tour.

Diner Dash Seasonal Snack Pack

Diner Dash: Seasonal Snack Pack is a fun and happy Mac sim time management game. The goal is to keep customers happy by seating them properly, taking their order, putting their order into the kitchen, taking the food to the table, collecting the money and cleaning up. This would be quite an ordeal for just a few customers, but the clients keep coming in to eat and your aim is to please everyone before closing time.

There are 2 modes of play in this casual game: Story and Endless Shift. The story is about Flo who wants to help Cookie the chef so they pool their talents together to run an outdoor snack café in a water park. The daily goals are important for the restaurant to flourish.  In the Endless Shift the customers stream in and you need to keep the customers from getting angry, because it will cost you 1 star for each client who leaves. When you are out of stars, your shift is over.

Keep an eye out for the flashing upgrade  button. At that point you can buy something to help work faster. Also when you have enough money you can buy snazzy clothes to wear on your work shift.

This is a fast moving, quite involved casual sim play in a colorful, pleasant environment. It’s broken up with other plays (dressing Flo and buying upgrades) to enhance the Mac game. I thought this game would be a great one for children (there’s an easy level) and casual gamers with a lot of variety such as 5 different restaurants and 50 levels. The upbeat music keeps you moving quickly to please your customers. This game is part of the Diner Dash series with Flo as the main character. The developers do a good job on all their games through their artwork (very colorful and funny cartoons), music and game play.