kinglime’s “Power Plant Tycoon! *New: Lounge*” Place Review

December 14, 2008 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Place Reviews | Leave a comment

By: chess123mate

Kinglime has requested that I review a couple of his places, telling me to feel free to criticize them or praise them. Unfortunately, I will be criticizing this first one, for it is pretty simple and boring.

Power Plant Tycoon sounds very interesting, but it is of the most basic tycoons. This includes the standard “everyone gets access to a property with all the same things”, in other words, anything you do can never influence what anyone else does (except for lag or donating).

There are no upgrades.

The costs are large, meaning you have to stay in the place for a very long time before you can buy everything.

To improve upon this place, I would suggest adding any of these things:
-Add quality to the “power blocks”, which costs some money (but not thousands) to upgrade, possibly in different ways (ie. can choose quantity or quality)
-Add the ability to sell to a city. The more power that they have, the less power they want, slightly devaluing power. Anything like this would enhance it…
-Add the necessity to buy property, but also add the ability to build any type of power plant anywhere. This would be a true tycoon.
-Add workers. It shouldn’t be 100% automated… they could come from the city, for example.

MARK BREAKDOWN

Scripting: 9/10. The scripting that exists is well done, just it doesn’t do much. Well, the doors are good (you must buy them), but otherwise…
Tools: 1/2. Only a donate tool is used. Handy, but I can’t comment on it since I don’t know if it works, but regardless of its functionality the tools are unimportant. It would have been nice to use more tools to enhance the functionality of your plants, etc (see ideas above).
Building: 8/10. Very nice building on the power plant structures.
General Enjoyment: 1/10. This is a boring place. Cool to see how the “power bricks” come down, but once you’ve looked at them for about 5 seconds each, it’s boring.
Originality: 1/10. Originality? Not in the idea itself.
Creativity: 6/10. Creativity is minimal in this place. However, the fact that there are dif. power plants that you can build gives this a 6. Ah yes, there is a house, too.
Ease of Use: 4/5. Pretty simple to use. Not much to use, either.
Easy to Learn: n/a. This isn’t a place where you’re going to learn anything.
Deals with Problems: 8/10. Lag does not appear to be dealt with, however the power bricks which give you money have been designed so that no matter what you do to them, they will always hit the strip that deletes them (and gives you money). You cannot steal anyone else’s “tycoon” area, or own multiple ones.
Deals with Lag: 3/5. Few bricks exist at the beginning, however, once you get more players in there the bricks will add up. I see no reason for there to be more than about 50 joints.

Penalty: -1 for lack of game features.

Overall: 4.7/10. This isn’t a bad place, it just needs more features added. It’s boring because it doesn’t have much thought put into it; yes, the building took though, however the idea itself has little effort put into it.

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