Shop Empire 3

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Running a shopping mall is all fine and good, but don't you wish it was a little more... forsooth-ish? Little Giant World returns with another cute and addictive simulation game, and this time, they're getting Medieval up in here!

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nightshadow1214 January 15, 2015 2:14 PM

Is anyone else having a problem where at the start of every day, after your workers come in but before they go to their places, the game will pause itself (with no indication that that is the case, aside from the clock being stopped) until you change the speed?

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nightshadow1214 January 15, 2015 2:47 PM

And the problem seems to have fixed itself with the addition of stairs. Huh.

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fuzzyface January 16, 2015 2:32 AM

Have you read "hints and tips", seriously? thats english?

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clmunson19 January 16, 2015 10:09 AM replied to nightshadow1214

I found that stopping and restarting the action gets things going again. I think it pauses automatically after the end of day statistics opens. Kind of like similar games where you are prompted to "start day?"

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Fairly glitchy as is standard with these games (sound effects won't turn off, randomly pauses etc) but I'll strill probably play it for hours. Sigh. Having trouble getting 'compatible stores'. Any tips?

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It's when you move/open a menu during shift change. Just pause and unpause and all's well. Which incidentally is still a built-in game smasher, because miscreants are still active while the mall empties (and thus the employees are off the clock). Unfair. Even choosing "both" will not guarantee an overlap. Needs a swing shift!

Once again the achievement scaling is awful and the art is amazingly cute. This is not medieval! It's not even Ren Fest. It's more like a mall set up outside Comic Con. And a, shall we say, head-scratching set of choices with the Entertainer. So expect all that is sparkly and fail.

You can overlap booth columns. (Unfortunately an early expansion shorts you on the horizontal. There's a gap.) You cannot select individuals, and mousing over them for stats in the Staff tab is a bit iffy, but the sorting is much better. I cannot figure out if I can rename booths, it looks like no.

Over some hurdles:

I'm too bad of a player to get over the thieving loss, but I suggest controlling your bottom floor exit, and build up and narrow. That gives your horrible guards a fighting shot at catching.

When you get there, build Lodging. As much as you can. It's great to start every day with an auto bonus.

I'm trying for an ill-advised 3-story mall, and I think it's possible. Does anyone have any more "good combinations"? It's in the legend/helpy button at the bottom left.

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nightshadow1214 January 16, 2015 2:13 PM

Good combos found:

Bookstore + Medicine
Fortune-teller + Witchcraft
Gem store + Witchcraft
Barber shop + Wardrobe
Weapon shop + Trading post
Soup + Trading post

Bad combos found:

Jewelery + Pottery
Beastiary + Terrace
Witchcraft + Butcher

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Oh bother, I'm going to try to design the perfect mall, aren't I. (All booths, 3 stories, all good combos.)

Good combos found

Jewellry + Trading Post
Pottery + Furniture
Potion Shop + Witchcraft
Blacksmith + Armory
Barbershop + Wardrobe
Livestock + Soup
Fruit stall + Butcher
Brewery + Tavern
Restroom + Elevator

One bad

(magic) Gem shop + Soup

Oddly neutral (no hits)

BBQ + Butcher
BBQ + Livestock
Jewels + Gems
Wagon + Blacksmith
Bowling + Tavern
Bookstore + Potion Shop
Bestiary + Witchcraft

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Here are the good combos I have so far. Will update when I have more.

Pottery + Wagon Store
Pottery + Furniture

BBQ + Eatery (I think)
Brewery + Tavern

Book Store + Medicine
Book Store + ?
Book Store + Terrace
Fortune Teller + Gem Shop
Fortune Teller + Witchcraft
Jewelry + Wardrobe
Jewelry + Trading Post

Potion Shop + Witchcraft

Blacksmith + Armory
Blacksmith + Weaponry
Barbership + Wardrobe
Armory + Trading Post

Live Stock + Soup
Live Stock + Fruit Stall
Fruit Stall + Butcher
Snack + Trading Post
Soup + Trading Post

Bowling + Coliseum
Bowling + Trading Post
Restroom + Elevator

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I got almost all achivements, and I have a huge mall now.
I like this game a lot, but this flash consumes my CPU amazingly.
I stop playing after this flash makes my cooler loudly.

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Good Combinations that I found (maybe duplicated with above comments)

Fortune Teller + Potion Shop
Fortune Teller + Witchcraft
Jewelry + Wardrobe
Pottery + Furniture
Medicine + Terrace
Blacksmith + Armory
Blacksmith + Weaponary
Barbershop + Wardrobe
Live Stock + Soup
BBQ + Brewery
Brewery + Eatery
Eatery + Tavern
Restroom + Elevator

Bad combinations

Book store + Bowling
Jewelry + Wagon
Medicine + Blacksmith

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I rearranged combination list into groups.
Every shop in the same group have a good effect for each other.

Group A : Blacksmith, Armory, Weaponry
Group B : Witchcraft, Potion Shop, Gem Shop, Fortune Teller
Group C : Barber Shop, Wardrobe, Jewelry
Group D : Pottery, Furniture, Wagon shop
Group E : Brewery, Tavern, BBQ, Eatery
Group F : Book Store, Medicine, Terrace
Group G : Live Stock, Soup, Fruit Stail, Butcher

and Trading Post seems to have a good combination with all of the shops.
I can't find a Snack's combination except Snack + Trading Post.

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Here is the Full List of Good Combinations, with the exception of three items (see the ??? + ??? in the list) that seem to go together.

Book Store + Medicine
Book Store + Trading Post
Book Store + Terrace
Fortune Teller + Potion Shop
Fortune Teller + Gem Shop
Fortune Teller + Witchcraft
Fortune Teller + Trading Post
Jewelry + Barbershop
Jewelry + Wardrobe
Jewelry + Trading Post
Pottery + Furniture
Pottery + Wagon
Pottery + Trading Post
Medicine + Trading Post
Medicine + Terrace
Potion Shop + Gem Shop
Potion Shop + Witchcraft
Potion Shop + Trading Post
Blacksmith + Armory
Blacksmith + Weaponry
Blacksmith + Trading Post
Gem Shop + Trading Post
Barbershop + Wardrobe
Barbershop + Trading Post
Armory + Weaponry
Armory + Trading Post
Wardrobe + Trading Post
Weaponry + Trading Post
Witchcraft + Trading Post
Bestiary + Bowling
Bestiary + Colosseum
Bestiary + Trading Post
Livestock + Fruit Stall
Livestock + Butcher
Livestock + Soup
Livestock + Trading Post
Furniture + Wagon
Furniture + Trading Post
Wagon + Trading Post
Fruit Stall + Butcher
Fruit Stall + Soup
Fruit Stall + Trading Post
Butcher + Soup
Butcher + Trading Post
Snack + Trading Post
Soup + Trading Post
BBQ + Brewery
BBQ + Eatery
BBQ + Tavern
BBQ + Trading Post
Brewery + Eatery
Brewery + Tavern
Brewery + Trading Post
Eatery + Tavern
Eatery + Trading Post
Tavern + Trading Post
??? + ???
??? + ???
??? + ???
Bowling + Colosseum
Bowling + Trading Post
Music Hall + Trading Post
Restroom + Elevator

If anyone knows what the three ??? + ??? are, please share!

Additionally, here they are in groups. This is updated from nelad's post.

The trading post goes with everything other than the facilities (terrace, elevators, restrooms) and Colosseum.

Group A : Blacksmith, Armory, Weaponry
Group B : Witchcraft, Potion Shop, Gem Shop, Fortune Teller
Group C : Barbershop, Wardrobe, Jewelry
Group D : Pottery, Furniture, Wagon shop
Group E : Brewery, Tavern, BBQ, Eatery
Group F : Book Store, Medicine, Terrace
Group G : Live Stock, Soup, Fruit Stall, Butcher
Group H: Colosseum, Bestiary, Bowling

The Music Hall and Snacks were the only two that I couldn't find anything other than the trading post to go with.

The Bad Combinations operate similarly to the Good Combinations. I don't think this is complete. Details in the Spoilers:

The groups are bad combinations against other groups (i.e. everything in group B opposes everything in group E.)

Bad Combo 1
Group B (Witchcraft, Potion Shop, Gem Shop, Fortune Teller)
Group E (Brewery, Tavern, BBQ, Eatery)

Bad Combo 2
Group B (Witchcraft, Potion Shop, Gem Shop, Fortune Teller)
Group G : Live Stock, Soup, Fruit Stall, Butcher

Bad Combo 3
Group F (Book Store, Medicine, Terrace)
Group A (Blacksmith, Armory, Weaponry)

Bad Combo 4
Group F (Book Store, Medicine, Terrace)
Group H (Colosseum, Bestiary, Bowling)

Bad Combo 5
Group C (Barbershop, Wardrobe, Jewelry)
Group D (Pottery, Furniture, Wagon shop)

Bad Combo 6
Group E (Brewery, Tavern, BBQ, Eatery)
Restrooms

Note: This may not be a full list.

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It's amusing

to watch the hobbit looking for gems or jewelry, or the God of War getting a haircut.

Achievement | Fails

Not entirely confirmed, but don't turn on Entertainer powers in Extra Upgrades until Gandoolf has healed 15 for a Trophy.
Place the Guard Post thoughtfully. The post itself is 1 per floor, but the Gold Guard can move between floors. You only get 3 max.
All maxed out is a mission/achievement of course.
Keep an eye on the elevator Achievement. I'm not sure that immovable/support structures count.
Max out: 6 restrooms.
Max out: 4 floors / 3 buildings each.
Fail! Mission to catch saboteurs is after Mission to max Extra Upgrades, which includes a saboteur deterrent.
I hoped the alarm and sonic beam would help Guards more, though that might be my extreme horizontal mall. Dash was good, though.
One watchdog for the whole mall, really?
And re: Lodging, at some point the sprites are moving too slow / not enough demand to warrant 3 basement levels with 1 immovable access point.

Why can't stairs be reversed?! It directly affects traffic flow and catching thieves.
As mentioned, can overlap end-columns when building or relocating.
The borders of the mall end with any building. If relocation left an empty space, you can't build stairs there.
Don't delete stairs with people still on them. Oops.
You'll just have to work around the shift-change gap as your mall grows. It's infuriating how employees do nothing off-shift and on-premises but miscreants continue. Also customers may spend half the night exiting the mall. Stairs are your friend.

My combos update

Good
Book Store + Medicine
Fortune Teller + Potion Shop
Jewelry + Wardrobe
Jewelry + Trading Post
Pottery + Furniture
Pottery + Wagon
Potion Shop + Witchcraft
Blacksmith + Armory
Blacksmith + Weaponry
Gem Shop + Witchcraft
Barbershop + Wardrobe
Weaponry + Trading Post
Live Stock + Soup
Fruit Stall + Butcher
Butcher + Soup
BBQ + Brewery
Brewery + Tavern
Eatery + Tavern
Restroom + Elevator

Bad
(any food next to Restroom! BBQ, Eatery)
Bowling + Terrace
Fortune Teller + BBQ

Nothin'
Eatery or Snacks next to Coliseum or Music Hall
Bookstore + Potions
Wagon + Blacksmith
BBQ + Butcher or Livestock
Bowling + Tavern
Fruit + Snacks
Fortune Teller + Medicine

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Shudog January 17, 2015 11:26 AM replied to Jenn Jenn

Jinx! I forgot to add that I tried

Bestiary and Livestock. Didn't work.
Wagon or Livestock next to the stagecoach depot also not it.

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Charlotte January 18, 2015 6:52 PM

Hey i was wondering if anyone could tell me how to get the lodge rooms in the basement? ive tried loads of different thing but cant think of anything to unlock the rooms, please help?

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Jenn Jenn January 19, 2015 8:47 AM replied to Charlotte

I'm not sure which one it follows, but as you do the missions stuff gets unlocked. So just focus on completing the missions and eventually the lodges will get unlocked.

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I believe your mission is to build a lodge. I was stuck there for a while, but just accumulate money, build more shops. I think the lodge became available when I hit popularity >20%.

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This is a great game. I played it for hours, and got to what I assume is the last quest (which has you build one of every kind of building).

My mall at the end was 4 stories, and each story stretched from end to end.

However, I did encounter one game-breaking scenario. This happens every night at my mall:

A huge crowd gathers, something like 160 or 140 people. My popularity rating shoots through the roof, hovering at around 76%.

A bunch of people line up to use the bathroom. I have 8 fully upgraded bathrooms. The store closes as night falls. Everyone in line proceeds to drop a load directly on the floor. Everyone leaves the store, complaining loudly about the smell, and how they will never come back again. My popularity drops down to 0%....

I liked the Engrish, I appreciated the theme, but this is insane.

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reynoso.josue January 30, 2015 6:47 PM

How do you catch 15 saboteur in one day?

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For some reason I the game gets stuck when I try to save. I can still scroll around with arrows/WASD, but the window asking if I really want to save prevents any other interaction, other than clicking the broken [Yes] and [No] buttons.

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confab February 6, 2015 4:05 AM replied to reynoso.josue

I completed the 15 saboteur quest by hiring about 22 guards with high speed and vision. I think spamming guards is the only way to complete it.

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I can't remember which goal it was, but there was one where I had to remove stairs and elevators and put all my guards on the bottom floor before I could capture enough.

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Pabebezen April 24, 2016 9:09 PM

How Can I Save My Game?
When I Restart my Laptop It Gone
Please HELP ME!

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