Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort is the sequel to Virtual City, a casual game that combines time management with city building simulation. You are the owner of a transport company and your goal is to make money in order to transform small, dull villages into thriving commercial cities.
Your mision will be basically to transport products and people and provide services to different areas in town in order to proceed to the next level. You may need to provide a bakery with milk and flour from the mill so that it can produce cakes, transport people from bus stops to their offices, or provide a production chain with the needed goods, etc. To that end you buy a bus or truck (as many as you need or can afford) and determine its route.
With the money earned you can start transforming a town by building extra houses to increase the population and creating offices where people can work. At the same time, you should keep an eye on different ratings on the top of the screen and keep them balanced. In order to keep a good 'hapiness' level, you should create entertainment places such as theaters and shopping malls where people can have fun. The quality of the environment could also impact on your ratings so you may need to consider adding extra garbage trucks or more green spaces. You can also use your money to upgrade buses, trucks, houses, offices, etc., so they can take up more people.
The time is not limited, but obviously the faster you complete a level, the better the score is, and if you finish a level within five minutes, you may receive trophies and extra goodies to buy on the store.
Given that it is a completely mouse-based game, playing it is really easy; with a few clicks here and there you can get the trucks and buses moving in the desired direction, but you will definitely need an agile mind and the ability to perform several tasks at the same time. There are plenty of things to do and details to bear in mind, and all these are thoroughly explained in the interactive tutorial.
In short, Virtual City 2 is very entertaining and suited for those who enjoy the excitement and challenge that time-management games propose. It looks amazing too, with detailed and bright graphics illustrating the bustle of big cities. You should definitely give it a try!
- Great graphics and animations
- Entertaining and challenging
- Combines time-management with building sim in a very attractive manner
- Too many explanations sometimes interrupt gameplay