Prepare yourself for a trip to a beautiful tropical island. But you’re not here to enjoy swimming, to bask or watch pretty girls in bikini, your job is to make this little island everyone’s paradise.
There is no “campaign“ in this game, you can play several scenarios (with not so interesting content) or start endless game (well, it has an end, it’s when you win or lose :P). There are a lot of varieties you can choose like difficulty, island shape, number of opponents to play against and some more.
When you start there are empty island(s), look around and pick a spot to start building. Anyone who played any title from SimCity series will have no trouble in finding a way around. There are two groups of icons, “building icons“ and “other icons“. 12 different building icons are divided by their intent, so you have Houses, Sports, Shops, Energy and other. Each of these groups has several buildings in it which give a number of about 60 buildings in total. Every building has it’s expensive and profits, by color of the line that is around buildings you can see which buildings are profitable(green) and which are not(red).
Non-building icons are very interesting, there is Finances, News and Sabotage icons. In Finances you can borrow money (which you should pay back as soon as possible), advertise your business, see various graphs about your standing & progress through the game. News gives you information about events that will effect further playing, you can also buy special buildings that are on auction here. Sabotage lists many creative ways to interfere in opponent’s business, bribe builders to slow down their work, put rats in hotel or throw some piranhas into opponent’s pool, the choice is yours.
Graphics are nice, you won’t be disappointed or astonished. Sounds are ok, apparently every building has its own sound. Music is absolutely fantastic, catchy tunes will stay in your head even after you turn the game off.
This game is sooo addictive, today I said to myself “I gonna play Holiday Island for 20 minutes and then review it.“ and in the next moment it became dark in my room, then I realized that I’ve been playing for five hours. And now we came to the one & only flaw of this game. After that several hours of excitement the game just get boring. When you manage to have regular cash flowing in, there is nothing more to do, and the fact that you have almost every building available at the start doesn’t make it any better.
If you’re looking for a game that will keep you attached to the monitor for several hours and then forget about if for about a year, you have found it.