Release Date: March 2007
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone (Comic Mischief)
The Bottom Line: Business simulation lovers will find that while much of "Fairy Godmother Tycoon" is based on humor, the economics system is solid and deep for a casual game.
- Humorous narrative
- Addictive gameplay
- Easy to learn
- Excellent tutorial
- Challenging, but not impossible
- Small shop screen
"Fairy Godmother Tycoon" Features
- Run potion shops running profitably.
- Buy supplies to make potions that you see to the townspeople.
- Hire goons to influence customers to go to your store and stay away from the competition.
- Raise and lower prices based on the curse prediction.
- Play a story mode or the Happily Ever After mode.
- Market your store through advertisements (flyers, flying monkeys, brainwashing, and more)
- Each potion has a unique formula of ingredients.
- Humorous curses to cure, such as No More ^&&%^* Swearing and Irritable Vowel Syndrome
- Buy spells to help you throughout the selling hours.
"Fairy Godmother Tycoon" Review
You see the Fairy Godmother doesn't just grant wishes. She also sells potions for curses. So why do you care? Well, Fairy Godmother desperately needs your help to get her potion shops in order. Dragons, bears, and bulls are winning over customers and her shops are suffering. She is hiring you to solve her business problems and get rid of the competitors.
The potion business of "Fairy Godmother Tycoon" is cutthroat. There are goons, intimidation, and supply issues to complicate matters. Competitors start off with a customer base and a cash reserve - things you don't have. Even though the competition has the edge, it's not impossible to beat
An assistant will guide you through the process of opening the store each morning. You need to read the daily news to find out what the curse prediction are for that day. Each curse has a potion that you make from specific ingredients (dragon teeth and chicken lips for example). Armed with predictions you'll know how much of each to buy.
Advertising, goons, and word of mouth will get the people to your store. You have to upgrade the elements of your store to make customers happy and come back again. The store front, potion maker, and entertainer all need to be upgraded at some point.
The gameplay itself is enough to make "Fairy Godmother Tycoon" a worthwhile purchase. The humor is what puts this game ahead of the rest. Before I started playing, I never expected to encounter Cinderella's step-sisters or Little Red Riding Hood who wanted my help. From the very beginning, the narrative had me chuckling. Between the stories, Fairy Godmother's dialog with competitors, curses, and the daily news the game was kept fresh and entertaining even in the later stages of play.
"Fairy Godmother Tycoon" is for gamer's who are looking for light hearted gameplay and could use a good laugh (who couldn't?).