Beach Life - Business Strategy In Beach Life, you manage a holiday resort. You start out with at least a hotel, a construction yard, a complaints office, and a power generator. You have to build restaurants, discos, amusement halls, hire lifeguards, security, cleaning personnel, to keep your guests amused and safe. Some of the attractions appeal more to men, others more to women. It is important that you keep the sexes balanced. Beach Life comes with twelve maps. They are all supposed to be part of the same archipelago, which accounts for the identical flora. Five of them are part of larger islands, and the guests arrive by bus (a lovely, 50s-style bus, BTW). The others are small islands, and the guests arrive by boat. Each map has its own weather, hazards, and difficulty setting. Easy means guests will hardly ever complain about prizes, but you have only few buildings available. Common hazards are sharks and a poor water supply. For each map there is a mission with clearly defined goals and a time limit. If you succeed, you can continue playing, and the map becomes available in »sandbox mode,« a sort of freeform play. There are annoyances. One is the odd shape of the buildings, and the way the game handles them. Buildings in Beach Life are rarely ever exactly rectangular, there are always some tiles missing, they are far larger than buildings in similar games (in Emperor, the 5×5 mill was already one of the largest buildings; the restaurant in Beach Life is something like 15×15), and they automatically have one tile of road around them. The road tiles of two neighboring buildings can overlap. This is in itself not a bad idea, but it is very hard to predict if a building will fit into an empty space or not, especially since there is no way to make the game display a grid. If you have misplaced a house, there is no immediate remedy. You have to build it; then, when it is finished, you can sell it again. Your workers will then dismantle the building, and you will get back part of the original price. Of course, dismantling can be done only during your builders' work hours, so a misplaced building may cost you quite some time. Once finished, the buildings start to disintegrate ridiculously fast. A mechanics shack should be one of the first things you build. And no matter how many mechanics I hired, I could never get them to inspect the houses properly, I had to check them myself regularily and call a mechanic when needed (having the toilets cleaned is a similar problem). If a building is in poor condition, guests will refuse to use it. If the power generator gets in bad shape (it tends to do so right at the beginning), it will produce less energy.
Business management game. Buy and sell properties, collect rent, decide how to spend money. The task is to build different kinds of buildings, set prices and rent. Manage your own business. Do certain researches before building anything. There is a great variety of single-player scenarios. The game provides a lot of challenge for players. Start the game with a definite sum of money in 1930. Invest it in property, railroads, or just build your business. If you are a successful business you may get some information about your competitors. In general, the game is good for entertaining. The game is focused around city blocks tied to specific colors, not unlike the more traditional Monopoly we all know and (presumably) love. In each block you can build a total of three buildings - electrical stores, newsstands, bars, restaurants, and more. The fourth section of the block is always taken up by an apartment building. Here you can poll the neighborhood to find out what shops residents most want to see built. Each building can be 1-4 stories, and can be low, medium, or high quality. You can micromanage each business by setting prices, or hire a manager who can sort all that out for you. Periodically new properties come up for auction, and each player has the opportunity to expand his number of blocks to build on. And that's more or less all there is to it. This setup would make for a fairly simple yet rewarding mobile strategy title if not for a couple of design flaws. The first is that it's almost more difficult to lose than it is to win. After polling the community, just build the three buildings they say they want most, and install managers to run them. Literally all your city blocks will be profitable this way.
I have my own sweet memories attached to Mafia, but even otherwise that its one of the best games i have played till date. I used to play this game way back in my college days surrounded by my friends, ho used to enjoy it like a real story. As it progressed I found myself totally immersed in to story, and started getting the feel of the character. Nothing emotional just trying to describe the realism of the game, created by true to life graphics and involving story.
Its a car drive game at times, and suddenly it becomes a first person shooter. Or all of a sudden it gets a third person action game. There are different variations in the game that everybody will enjoy. You can steal a car, drive a cab picking n dropping passengers, or carry on with your mission. The whole game is setup in a city called "Lost Heaven". After months of driving and following the same roads, I started to get the feel of a real city. I used to easily locate the way without looking at the map later on.
Mafia is set in the 1930s, between the fall of 1930 through to the end of 1938, during Prohibition. The game is set in the fictional American city of 'Lost Heaven' (loosely based on New York City and Chicago of the same time period).
The player takes the role of taxi driver Thomas (Tommy) Angelo, who, while trying to make a living on the streets of Lost Heaven, unexpectedly and unwillingly becomes involved in organized crime as a driver for the Salieri crime family, led by Don Salieri.
Through the events of the game's story, Tommy begins to rise through the ranks of the Salieri 'family', which is currently battling the competing Morello family, led by the sharply-dressed Don Morello.
Eventually becoming disillusioned by his life of crime and violence, Tommy arranges to meet a detective in order to tell him his story, to be given witness-protection, and to aid the detective in the destruction of the Salieri crime family. The 'Intermezzo' chapters of the game depict Tommy sitting in a cafe with the detective, relating his life story and giving out important pieces of information at the same time.
Well I used to play it on weekends and it went on for 2 months. And that was great time of my life. Am eagerly waiting for the sequel for this. Looking forward to old times again.