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A New Addition to the Dash Legacy
The fast paced fun of multitasking is the recurring theme in the new time management game Hotel Dash as our old friends Quinn and Flo are now converting old shabby buildings to 5 star hotels and looking after all the guests. The unlikely visitors in this edition include clowns, newlyweds and sleepwalkers to name a few, who can get rather irritable if their demands are not met promptly.
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When Quinn's new travel business hits a snag, she needs Flo's patented elbow grease to help renovate and run hotels all over DinerTown. If you've played any of the previous games by PlayFirst you'll be aware that any demands from customers, such as delivering guest's luggage, dropping off room service, providing extra towels, blankets and anything else they need to stay happy, is paramount to good tips. You can tell what mood a guest is in by the patience hearts above their head, and the tips they give are used to renovate the hotel to a 5 star status on each level by restoring the VIP rooms and buying useful objects in order to increase your speed to meet demand, to get even more tips.
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There are 30 fast paced levels to master. With the touchscreen you direct where you want your character, Flo, to go to meet her guests' needs. You'll get the hang of this pretty fast, with the only real limitation being that everything is so small so you have to be spot on when tapping. A wrong tap could be detrimental to you completing the level, for example if you pick up a wrong object you can't put it down or undo the action which takes up space.
To keep things interesting you can aim to purchase stars to get tips for each room, the more tips you get the more you can purchase for your themed room. By the end of each level your main aim is to have your theme room fully kitted out.
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Hotel Dash has been specially enhanced with vivid Retina Display artwork and optimal touchscreen responsiveness, and it shows, being fun, colourful and consistently cartoon-like, in keeping with the series and it looks great. Add the fact that it is the only one in the series to be set vertically and this game looks as if it were originally made for mobile play.
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The sounds are also in keeping with the theme of the game. Simplistic, catchy little tunes if you want to listen while you play, but nothing to write home about, they are on a par with any game of this genre. It's a shame you can't listen to your iTunes songs whilst in the game.
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Although the gameplay in terms of storyline and aim is not as good as its predecessors, I'd recommend this for any time-management game addicts. As a fan of hectic, off the loop, time management games myself, I found this Dash game quite addictive and would happily sit and play it for an hour before discarding it for Hell's Kitchen.