TinyToes | Added on: September 24, 2011
By now most of us know the Build-a-lot routine -there's nothing new under the sun...or is there? To me, the best Build-a-lot is still the first, and I have various opinions about the following editions, some I really liked, others I didn't enjoy at all (Power Source), but the 'On Vacation' chapter has held my interest. PROS *Challenging levels, even in the "easier" towns - I love time management with strategy involved, and this edition delivered. *New business with various advantages - for example the real estate office, once built can offer much higher rents and sale values once a home has been staged and/or appraised. *Expert and Quick Play rounds - once you've finished the main challenge, you're able to unlock the expert and quick play stages, making game play more challenging and extending your play significantly. The main and expert challenges offer 30 levels each (including the tutorial rounds). CONS * Same game - (somewhat) new package. I suppose this can be both a blessing and a curse for these game franchises, after all, we love revisiting familiar games, they're a bit like comfort food for the overworked soul. BOTTOM LINE If you're looking for a new concept and an exciting new challenge - don't look here. On the other hand, if you're looking for a few hours of escapism with a tried and true friend, Build-a-lot: On Vacation delivers.