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Fruit Juice Tycoon 2 for iPad review

March 27, 2011

“Fresh fruit, juice and pulp, Like to gulp the whole lot up”

10 word description: Tycoon with match-3, time-management, action, even RPG style elements.

10 word review: Engaging and thoroughly entertaining mix of styles. Manic yet deep.

Your main quest is to achieve Fruit Juice Empire world domination. Sort of.

You will like this if you enjoy: Tycoon games, Time-management, match-3, RPG-lite.

Match-3 blended with time-management. There are even combos to be had. Yes, combos!

The good news: It blends a lot of game types and elements seamlessly in a gorgeously drawn and polished game world.

The campus is the second district you will be able to enter.

The bad news: It deliberately throws a lot of information and tasks at you all at once. Some players (not me!) may find it a little overwhelming.

The quest log is essential to keep track of what you are supposed to be doing.

Arcadelife verdict: This game is responsible for making me want to play Tycoon games again! I’d got a bit tired of them, also with time-management games which I never really liked much anyway. If you’re put off by the thought of tycoon, time-management and match-3 all together in one game, don’t be! It works incredibly well, not by dumbing down any of the individual elements but by applying a lot of thought to how and why those game types appeal and how best to link them together.

Please stop shouting at me! (The coloured shouts indicate what flavour drink they want).

For example, the match-3 game involves mixing 3 fruits of the same type to fill up your fruit juice reservoirs. It’s almost as simple as it sounds, but you are doing this at the same time as the time-management game where you serve customers the correct type of juice. It can get quite stressful, but is also great fun.

Meanwhile, you have quest chains going on – RPG lite style, where person A needs something that you can only get by doing a job for person B, etc. Each quest usually has x number of days available for you to complete it. You also have HP points that reduce while you work, selling fruit, and you need to sleep to recharge your HP on a regular basis.

Sleeping time is accelerated. You only get a few seconds of 'real time' rest.

The map is divided into 6 different districts, of which only the first is unlocked at the start of the game. Questing and levelling up the districts opens up new ones. Each district is graphically different, representing areas such as “Residential”, “Campus”, “Commercial”, etc.

The commercial district. Spot the quest guy with the exclamation mark over his head.

As in many RPGs, people with an exclamation mark over their head have a quest for you. People with a question mark are waiting for you to complete their quest or to impart some kind of information.

In addition to the supply shop, there's an item shop that sells all sorts of upgrades and bonus items.

To summarise; this is an attractive looking, polished, diverse and entertaining game. I’m not a huge fan of any of the individual game elements but as a package, and as a wake-up call to other tycoon/TM/Match-3 developers out there – it’s quite an eye-opener.

Arcadelife rating: 90/100 

The version of Fruit Juice Tycoon 2 for iPad that Arcadelife reviewed is 1.2.0  

iTunes link

There’s also a lite version to try.

Minoraxis website link.

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 4.3)
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