Have you ever seen a suburban kid peddling fruit juice behind an ill-made booth? What did you think? “Awww, cute,” right? Wrong! According to Fruit Juice Tycoon 2 for the iOS, the juice industry is filled to the brim with espionage, cut-throat politics, kidnapping, and alien conspiracies. Beware; Country Time is Watching You.
Fruit Juice Tycoon 2 is a multi-genre game that centers around the making and selling of fruit juice. You play as John Apple, the young heir to the Apple Juice Company and an unsettling Edward Cullen lookalike. When your grandfather goes missing and your rival moves in to buy everything out (he looks fittingly like Draco Malfoy), it’s up to you to take over the business, salvage what you can, and build the empire back up.
Olympic-sized fruit pool.
Saving Apple Juice from complete ruin means squeezing fruit juice (done as a simple Match-3 game), dispensing it to waiting customers before they get testy (not unlike the Hotel Dash series of games), and seeing to extra needs like straws.
Fruit Juice Tycoon 2 isn’t as simple as standing behind a counter on a nice day, however. In between selling in districts, you must travel around town to restock your supplies, complete sidequests, convince businessmen to open their shriveled capitalist hearts and let you sell in their department stores, upgrade your own store, collect royalties from other stores that sell your product, and lots more. You must also buy new equipment to help you dispense better, faster product.
John isn’t Superman, though: he has to rest every day and replenish his HP. But time spent sleeping is time that’s not spent selling, so you have to manage the hours and minutes
Identity theft is no laughing matter.
Playing Fruit Juice Tycoon 2 is, frankly, a lot of work. It’s fun, but the game throws one stress after another at you, and it’s not hard to unravel under the pressure of the seemingly innocent and delicious fruit juice industry. If you have a micromanagement fetish, you’ll enjoy it. Otherwise, you’ll feel overwhelmed pretty quickly.
That said, the game’s presentation is well done; there’s lots to do (maybe too much to do!), lots of people to talk to, and the game has a sense of humor. The graphics are good, particularly the character portraits–but the music is awful, and there’s no option to play your own. No juicin’ to the oldies for you.
If you’ve been aching for a version of Hotel Dash that really lets you sort out the nitty-gritty details under pressure, you’ll have a blast with Fruit Juice Tycoon 2. Otherwise, the game might make you feel like you’re smothering in a pool of frosty deliciousness. Fun at first, but a potentially messy end.