The aim for the player is to work towards making a five-star vacation spot, while catering to a variety of guests, including out-of-touch indie rock stars, wacky inventors and reality show producers, each with their own backstory.
Developed by Dublin-based game studio Simteractive, it’s the first game of its kind developed in Ireland.
Simteractive specialises in casual sim games, reimagining the genre for the current generation of free-to-play games on smartphones and tablets. Still an early-stage company, Simteractive has secured seed funding through EI’s Competitive Start Fund.
Eden Isle offers a new take on the management sim genre. Players can enjoy compelling resource management gameplay but also get to know their guests.
The game offers players more than 200 bite-sized stories presented by the guests of the resort, requiring action by the player to improve the resort and to help the guests have a good time. You can expected everything from unusual wedding proposals, time travel attempts, philosophical pondering, expressing an unnatural love of gnomes and getting ahead of the B.P.G. (Butterfly Protection Group)…
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One of the features that makes Eden Isle stand out in its crowded genre is the ability to track every single guest in the resort and to monitor their individual needs and happiness levels. Guests have five different needs – hunger, thirst, rest, shopping and fun – which are fulfilled by the different types of building in the game.
The game is intuitive and elegant from the outset but if you’re the type of player who wants more from their games, it is possible to tweak everything from business prices and quality levels to the layout of your resort if you wish.
The game also has a beautiful and unique art style. On developing the art style, lead artist Cloud Bai said:
"I started to draw and paint the structures and lovely details by hand, brush by brush, softly and smoothly. I hope people who play will love the game and enjoy the sunshine and relaxation, without the worries of everyday life"
Creative director Elaine Reynolds said:
"I grew up playing games like SimCity, Theme Park and Theme Hospital and I was lucky to work alongside the creators of some of my favourite games when I worked at Lionhead. As a lifelong sim game fanatic, creating a sim game has long been a dream of mine so I’m delighted to release Eden Isle worldwide."
If Eden Isle sounds like your type of game, you can download it here
Amanda Connolly (via Dublin Globe)