Supermarket Mania HD [rating: 4/5]
I have never been a fan of time management games such as Farmville, Sally’s Salon, and other games where the purpose is to perform certain tasks within a set amount of time. I find most of them to be repetitive and not exciting enough to satisfy my need for fast paced games. Supermarket Mania HD for iPad, I am happy to say, is the exception.
Supermarket Mania HD follows the daily adventures of Nikki who is busy running several stores in her hometown. Her story is presented to the user via a series of comic book style pages. Nikki’s main purpose is to stock products, clean up after customers, deal with shoplifters, and even compete with other businesses. Overall, Nikki’s day is very busy and hectic. You, as the player, control Nikki in performing all of these tasks throughout the day.
The control scheme is very simple. As customers enter the store, you must stock items that are running low. When products run out, the customers will wait for a certain amount of time for the items to be restocked. If they are not restocked, the customers will become irate and throw the content of their cart on the floor. Needless to say, a clean store is more inviting to other customers so you must clean up the store as well. You stock items by simply pressing on them and clean up garbage by pressing on it and then pressing on the garbage can. Your re-stocking cart will empty out and you will need to go to the stock room by pressing on it. Overall, it is a very easy game to pick up and the iPad screen size definitely helps. I always thought that these types of games can not be played effectively on the iPhone’s small screen since they tend to get very busy.
The game offers both a story and an endless mode. The story mode has 50 levels which are very entertaining. My daughter picked it up very quickly and the first reaction from her was “awsome!”. She kept on playing it for a couple of hours and did not loose interest.
The endless mode provides for a global leaderboard and several bonuses which get unlocked. I enjoyed playing the game on both modes with the story mode being more enjoyable. The game has a good soundtrack that seems to follow the action much like an action film.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable game which marries the time management style with arcade action.
- Fast paced action with lots of levels
- Simple control scheme
- Different game modes providing hours of game play
- Even on the iPad’s large screen, the game sometimes is very busy visually which leads to player confusion
- There is only a singe difficulty level. Aside from the randomness of the game play, subsequent plays will feel the same.
Price: $4.99 (App Store)
Released:Jul 13, 2010
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 45.8 MB
Languages:English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Seller: G5 Entrtainment AB
© 2009-2010 G5 Entertainment AB
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.