I've never understood why farming seems to have such appeal in a digital form. I've done some real farming, sweating my ass off in the Texas summer to try and get hay out of the ground using nothing but prayers and cow manure. It's simple honest work, but I don't think anyone could call it "fun." Then again I don't remember fairies or ice princesses or villages full of attractive and available women in my grandparents' back 40, so maybe farming is different in Japan, home of the venerated Harvest Moon series.
With a name like "Disco Zoo," you can probably tell that Tiny Tower developer NimbleBit isn't taking its latest game entirely seriously. And indeed, this really isn't a Zoo Tycoon-style game, and it isn't trying to be. In Disco Zoo, you "rescue" animals under questionable circumstances, then display them in marginally unsafe conditions to farm money out of gawking patrons. And then you throw a disco party.
Disco Zoo is a mix of Kairosoft-style pixelated property management (slightly modified to fit the free-to-play model), and, strangely, minesweeper. Your sojourns to the wild via hot air balloon are played out on a grid with a limited number of moves available.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a challenging endless runner, a music management sim, an adventure classic, a casual physics game, and a happy go lucky platformer. Without further ado:
Platforms Unlimited comes from the same developer as Don't Run With A Plasma Sword, and includes the same attitude towards ads and in-app purchases (there aren't any).
Have you always dreamed of owning your own Japanese inn? If so, I've got the game for you! It's called Hot Springs Story, and it's the latest game from Kairosoft Co, the same group that brought us Game Dev Story.
The object of the game is simple: make your guests happy and work your way to the top. You have total control over the environment in this management simulator-style game - everything from building new guestrooms and restaurants to adding intricate details like azalea bushes and pine trees to the gardens is in your power. Invest in the local community, build arcades and baths - whatever it takes to get you into the number one spot.