We fans of resource management sims have always been something of an odd bunch. Sometimes it seems we'll stop at nothing to please our tiny pixelated friends, whether it be researching Emery Boards Level 5, upgrading to Trendy Lamp Store, or just buying that last garden feature to improve their quality of life in every possible way. Rejoice, because Little Giant World has brought us a delightful new resort management simulation, and we can finally put away the exquisitely-detailed dollhouses and model train sets of yesteryear.
The interface is very easy to use (just point and click), and going through the Tutorial is definitely recommended. Not only will it clarify everything very easily, but it will start you on a series of achievement goals that reward you with much-needed development cash on completion. You'll start out making sure your guests have some rooms to rent, and preferably the ability to get to them. Despite the walls in the graphic layout, rest assured that rooms are approachable from all sides. You'll also want to add janitorial stations that each provide a radius of maintenance, keeping the property looking great and ensuring that your guests' mood remains high.
From there, you'll be able to place various Facilities and unlock even more through the course of the game. Sushi bar? We've got that. Swimming pools? Golf courses? Yup, even full-on video arcades. Your compound — er, resort — will come to resemble a shopping mall eventually, but a reinvented mall where it's all done right and guest satisfaction is actually Priority One! Each guest has a set of their own particular interests, and making sure they're accommodated with the right facilities drastically affects your rating. This is especially true of prominent VIP guests, indicated by an aura of bright sparklies around them. Refugees from a certain teen vampire franchise? Users of radioactive body products? Who knows! But just look at 'em, puttering around bein' all Very Important and stuff! You can tell 'em right at a glance.
The developer has been hard at work debugging the game and responding to user requests, so you'll find all sorts of niceties like the ability to turn off the daily report event, multiple game speeds, and the ability to grow your property once you have the funds. Between upgrading your rooms, adding new facilities and making sure everything's being well-maintained, Resort Empire is hours of absorbing fun for any resource management fan interested in crafting the perfect life for their virtual townsfolk. Now if you'll excuse me, I think I can hear my dog begging me to feed him.