Time management games are all about pacing, and here the throttle seems a bit too aggressive before you get your feet under you
Ah, time management games, a genre I’ve gone hot and cold on over the years. These days more often enjoying them in a mobile form, Onsen Master at least feels like it’s appropriately console-y on Switch, rather than feeling like a retread, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t without some fly in the ointment. The trick in this genre is to keep the degree of difficulty steadily rising so you keep people engaged but not necessarily overly frustrated, and in this area I don’t think they got the memo. Pretty quickly feeling like they throw you into the deep end with more challenging (and weird) beings as customers before you properly get your rhythm established hurts it a bit. Granted, you could repeat the stages and get the hang of it, but some early successes to get your skills down and gain some confidence would more likely entice rather than frustrate people just getting started. It has its own weird thing going, that’s for sure, but in terms of polish I’d say it’s a bit lacking.
Justin Nation, Score: