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After this record breaking freezing cold winter we are definitely ready for summer and all that comes with it like... ice cream!
Well, a deliciously cute new game called "DQ Tycoon" will have you saying Ready, Set, Soft Serve in no time!

The storyline goes like this: Emily's favorite place to spend a hot summer day is the local Dairy Queen (DQ), so when a record-breaking heat wave hits the city she heads on over for her fav. Dilly Bar.
She sees a Help Wanted sign in the window it seems like a match made in heaven. The little store hasn't been profitable in years, but Emily thinks she can turn things around. Emily becomes the new hire at the local DQ store.
So armed with a cool selection of yummy treats, sprinkled over with some quick business savvy, you can help Emily climb the ranks to become the most successful business manager in town.

SideNote: When it was first announced some parent advocacy group or another was against this game. But not for excessive violence however. No! They felt the game was an advocating an unhealthy product. Gimme a break!

Now we all know that Dairy Queen is delicious and just about sells itself, so you won't have to worry too much about getting customers through the door. What you do have to worry about is how well you serve them, what you serve them and how much money you can make at the end of the day.

When a customer comes, Emily clicks on them to take their order, then, much like a DQ server in real life, walks over to the correct machine and presses a button while the treat gets made. ln later levels there are more complicated orders, like assembling banana splits and dipped cones.

In between levels you can shop for upgrades like faster machines, play a cake decorating minigame to restock the fridge, and read about fun DQ trivia like did you know that the first store opened in 1940?

It's worth mentioning even though it's called "DQ Tycoon" don't let the name fool you, it's not your typical tycoon game, it's really all about time management. Which is great because I don't care much for tycoon games. I almost passed on playing it as a matter of fact.

Throughout the game, you will thinking up new flavors for ice cream treats, creating custom Blizzard treats, as well as decorating the most popular DQ cakes.

What makes "DQ Tycoon" a little different from other RTS games is that even though a new store location is added each week, you're still responsible for running the other stores as well. You can decide which store to work at each day, and whichever stores you're not working in you'll have to assign employees to work for you.
Sounds like a cool new feature doesn't it? But beware employees left in charge of other stores always seem to underachieve, in other words you will find yourself having to replay certain days because your total is never good enough to pass the level. During one particularly bad day, my employee made me a grand total of $10 when the day's goal was $153!

I think the developers over at GameMill Entertainment rushed this one out, the game had more than a few scoops of bugs (eww- gross - sorry) instances such as if your character is standing near the fridge and the other worker is working by your side, it will freeze them up. I know it's Dairy Queen and all but I don't think that was intentional (at least I hope it wasn't!)

You can also hire assistants to work in the same store as you and automatically fill customers' orders. Their wages are deducted from that day's profits
Also, you know the old saying "good help is hard to find" well some workers just need to stay home! These workers only carried 1 item at a time and got in the way half the time.
I know it's only a minimum wage job but come on! Too bad you can't just assign them to a register and have them just work that.

In the end, I have mixed feelings about "DQ Tycoon",while I thought it was good it could have been great. It's certainly a cute idea and has a great sense of humor at times like "brain freeze" moments. This occurs when a customer eats an ice cream cone too fast and you must take them a hot hamburger to bring their temperature back down to normal.
But it has too many problems and little annoyances to be able to call it a treat.

Get DQ Tycoon Here

Graphics B-
Sound B-
Pickup & Play B-
Overall Fun B-

Posted by oxyjen on Apr 15, 2010
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