If you have nostalgia for the classic arcades of the 80s and early 90s the chance to run one of your own is tempting...
Oh, the feels this game gives me… and it’s one of those things where it triggers something that makes me worry that I can’t be objective about the experience. As a devout disciple of the local arcades in my youth the hook of the title, where you’ll inherit a laundromat to manage that you then invest some elbow grease and effort into in order to turn it into an arcade, really speaks to me. Just as I’m sure you’d find managing a real-life arcade to be less than a dream job at any given moment though, Paradise has you spending a fair amount of time on “busy work” tasks, meaning if you want to be a success you can’t just sit around. If you want to rake in the cash as quickly as possible being on top of the laundry biz, at least in the early stages, is absolutely crucial, and that can get monotonous as you work from day to day putting things in the washer, then the dryer, then getting them out the door as fast as possible to make every dollar you can. Cleaning is at least general some fun since pretty well every task has been “game-ified” in some way, though once you’ve cleaned the toilet a few times it loses some charm. The one critical area where I’d say the game let me down is in its loose adaptations of over 30 arcade machines ranging from more recognizable to generalized in some way. Playing the games effectively and tracking the daily to-do list yields rewards and unfortunately that, at times, will mean playing some of the lesser in-game titles. However, if you’re looking to get your Zen on, working on something you love, and playing some odd arcade games to fill in some time, it’s still a bit of dream fulfillment for the generation that grew up loving these magical places.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.1]