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Potions, Potions Everwhere
Ever just wondered what it would be like to run a potion business? No, well, me either. But, I personally love any of the "tycoon games" so when I saw this one, I had to try it out. Fairy Godmother Tycoon is by far one of the funnest that I've come across so far, and one of the most challenging. So, here is my expert gamer review of Fairy Godmother Tycoon from Big Fish Games.
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You are a young fairy in the Fairy Godmother's army who has been chosen to help her rebuild her potion empire against the competition. You will get to choose from several different avatars to play, and then you'll get a crash course in the business from another fairy. In each different area of the map, you will have to rebuild Fairy Godmother's potion shop back up to it's former glory by driving the competition out of that fairy tale city and raising your net worth. But don't worry, there are several things to help you out.
When it comes to tycoon games, this one has a completely unique story line, so I have to give it a 5 out of 5. Everyone will love the great twist on your old favorite fairy tales that you will find in Fairy Godmother Tycoon.
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In FGT, you will have a big selection of items to keep you busy. Start off by checking the news and weather, where you'll find out what type of curses you'll have for the day and the chance of each one. From there, you'll move to your supplies and gather up what you need for the day. Once you're fully stocked, you need to set your price according to the chance of that particular curse, and then you can move on to marketing. Now, marketing gets really funny, as there are different goons that you can hire to help drive the competition out of business - but you have to be careful, as these guys and gals get expensive. For example there is a Big Lazy Baby who'll sit in front of your competition's door so customers can't get in, there is a Sandwich Board Gnome who will stand in town to help advertise your shop, and even a Magic Flying Carpet that will wisk customers from your competition's door to yours.
There are also special characters that will help you along your way in the Local Characters section and you can upgrade several different aspects of your shop, such as your potion maker, spy equipment, and warehouse. There is even a local loan shark that will help you out if you get into any financial trouble. But, don't forget to research your next potion, or the competition will get the jump on you and beat you out quickly.
When it comes to the overall game play in Fairy Godmother Tycoon, I was really impressed at how deep and how challenging the game itself is. I give the game play a solid 5 out of 5 as the replay is great here, even after you've beat a certain area of the game.
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This is one tycoon game where you will have to learn a different strategy for each different level. Unlike other tycoon games out there where you can basically use the same strategy for each level, this one makes you change and adapt to that specific area - sometimes it will take you a bit to figure it out. This makes the game overall more fun, as there is more of a challenge to the game itself. Thank goodness that there is a "restart village" button, or I'd have been in the dog house several times by losing too much money until I figured out the strategy for the game. Strategy wise, I'm giving this tycoon game a 5 out of 5 because it really does make you think about everything, and go back and do it over when you fail.
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As you can see from the screenshots below, Fairy Godmother Tycoon is a great looking little game. The graphics are superb, the lines are clean and crisp - even when you are watching the little town's people moving around. I love the fairy tale mix that is incorporated into the game itself - and I love how they make Goldielocks look and other characters that come in and out of the game. The graphics are great, which is all that you would expect from Big Fish. I give the graphics a 4 out of 5... only because I think that in some areas the colors could have been just a bit brighter for a more lively fairy tale environment.
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If you're a lover of tycoon games, then you'll want to have this online game in your game folder as well. I have had this one for only a couple of days and I am completely in love with it. My kids love it as well, so it's even a great family game if you are looking for online games that the whole family can enjoy (younger kids in partciular will need help or get frustrated, so we mean family, check here for good games for kids to play while you get dinner going). So, head out to Big Fish Games and download this one - there is a free trial that you can check out before you buy.