raised 'em from eggs and made them the business tycoons
they are today. Now put 'em to work! Tamagotchi! Yeah!
by Cole Smith
13, 2006 - Title
alert! Although there are Tamagotchi in this game,
this is not a virtual pet game. The Tamagotchi are
your partners in business. Choose one of three to
help you become a tycoon. Your success in business
will allow you to make money to feed and clothe your
Tamagotchi but that's not the main premise of the
game. Your Tamagotchi won't be found belly-up in your
home if he doesn't get a daily fix of fish burgers.
Connection: Corner Shop is a fun and quirky game that
puts you in the role of an entrepreneur as you run
various businesses with your Tamogotchi partner such
as a bakert, spa, music hall, dental office, florist
shop, laundromat and jewelry shop. There are 11 in
all. You begin with a couple of businesses and unlock
the others as you increase your income.
business requires that you perform specific functions
such as baking cakes, ironing and mending cloths,
fixing customers teeth and entertaining with musical
instruments. These activities are basically mini-games
that are repeated incessantly in an effort to earn
"gotchi" which will allow you to purchase
food and furnishings. The game is fun but it's rather
short and repetitive.
game could have been more challenging if there actually
were penalties for poor service. As it is, the customers
may show their disapproval in their text-based thought
bubbles but they don't follow through with any threats.
All you have to do is continue your work at any level
of quality and get your money from the customer. You
don't have to be fast and you don't have to be good.
In some cases you don't even have to do anything except
pretend that you've done the work. This is a very
simple and basic element of the gameplay that shouldn't
have been neglected. It provides structure and incentive.
Not all kids play games on the honor system. All you
have to do is press a button and tell the customer
that you're done and you'll get your money even if
the customer doesn't get his goods or services. Kind
of like Wal-Mart.
that you perform for your customers vary depending
on the type of business you are running. If you are
running a jewelry shop you will have to create jewelry
in the same pattern that the customer requires. To
do this you will have to choose identically colored
and shaped gems and arrange them into a specific shape.
When you're running the laundromat, customers' clothes
must be washed, ironed free of wrinkles and mended
if there are holes in them. As the dentist you will
be working on peoples' teeth. They may need them pulled
or cavities will have to be drilled and eventually
the teeth will all have to be cleaned up with a toothbrush.
If you take too long the customer will begin to cry.
You can give him another shot of Novocaine to make
him shut up - if you're in a good mood.
of these tasks are accomplished with the aid of the
touch screen which accesses a menu of all the items
that you require. Just pick what you need, when you
need it and all will be fine. There are some tasks
that must be performed in a specific order, such as
baking dumplings, that once you get used to you'll
be able to turn out tons of them and make your money
quickly. The steps including adding oil to a pan,
pouring in the dough, adding the various ingredients,
separating them with a pick, flipping them over and
eventually serving them with condiments such as fish
flakes. Fish flakes? Remember, this game originated
the music hall business you have to touch different
icons of musical instruments to accompany the music.
It's similar to a rhythm game but you aren't monitored
throughout the process. You only get a score at the
end of the game so you don't really know where you
performed your best or where you faltered. The music
is really good and it's a shame that you can't really
control it as you can only react to it.
all the mini-games here, they are fun to explore and
play but the thrill doesn't last long. It will last
only as long as it takes to get enough currency to
unlock a new business. There isn't any lasting appeal.
There are a couple of combo businesses that you will
unlock that give the game a little more length but
I won't spoil the surprise on those.
interface is great to work with and the touch controls
are very responsive and well laid out. The game is
presented nicely with what amounts to homespun, artsy
graphics and hip, blues-based music that sounds like
a real band and not some programmed MIDI loop. The
characters are cutesy but their crudely drawn appearances
makes them more endearing than your typical anime
dorks. They don't speak but emit gibberish that is
similar to Sim-speak. They do, however, express themselves
through thought bubbles which gives you a clue as
to what they want and their general level of satisfaction.
game has a refreshingly organic feel to it that is
bound to appeal to everyone. In fact, if you want
to share it with a friend, you can have them download
a demo version off of your DS. You'll not only entice
them with the gameplay but you'll earn some gotchi
for your effort. The lack of any substantial replay
value requires me to recommend renting Corner Shop.
with your favorite Tamagotchi character.
your shop type and open for business!
teeth, do laundry, perform music and more for your
items with your friends wirelessly!
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