Spa Mania 2 - Bringing Success Back
The word "spa" in the title gives some good associations of something very desirable and relaxing. But if you know the genre this game belong to then the title brings up some other feelings and associations.
Spa Mania 2 continues the story of Jade, a young woman who runs spa business. This time the business is going downwards and it is up to you to help her out.
Even though the game doesn't have anything really new or original, it is still a worthy one.
Jade's spas get complaints from the customers, and now Jade is going to visit all of them in order to find out where it all comes from. So you can expect meeting someone from the first game...
All of the spas are 10 in total and are scattered around the United States with 10 levels per each location. The basics of the gameplay is very similar to those of the original game. You meet the customers when they enter and take them to the stations they want.
They start from the changing room, then they choose some of the treatments, like massage or body wraps, and the last step is to cash them out. Some of the treatments are more challenging giving you more tasks, but - good news - they don't pop-up any more interrupting the gameplay.
The money that you earn can be spent ofnthe upgrades for the spa. Some of them, like better clothes for Jade, help accomplishing the tasks faster. Some are to help the customers be more patient, like wind chime or radio.There are also those green stations that you can add to your spas to get green grades.
There are different characters among the customers. It is very cool that a lot of attention is paid to their special features and details, like faces they make to express different emotions. Expect to meet ballerinas, goths, mimes.
The game also has a few mini-games for you to refill the resources that you need for work. Those mini-games are surprisingly funny and challenging and great for a change in between the time-management levels.
The game overall isn't too long and seems to be not that challenging which shortens the playtime even more. But in all other respects the game is noticeably polished in regards of the gameplay and graphics and sounds.
To cut it short, you'll like it if you liked the first one, and most probably you'll like it even if you never played the original game.
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