There’s a reason that, in spite of their somewhat lame themes, games like Diner Dash and Jane’s Hotel still manage to be so popular: they’re fun. The core time management gameplay is fast and entertaining, and Jane’s Hotel 2: Family Hero Full doesn’t do much to interfere with that. Aside from the strange way it’s structured, this is a game that will definitely please time management fans.
Jane, already an accomplished hotel manager thanks to her experience in previous games, has learned that it’s actually in her blood: once upon a time her family owned a successful chain of fancy hotels. They’ve since been sold off and, at the behest of her grandmother, Jane decides it’s time to make them a part of the family business once again. There are four hotels in all, each of which represents a chapter in the game, and you’ll be treated to simple comic book-style story breaks in between each one.
Of course, no one comes to a game like this for the story. It’s all about the gameplay, and Family Hero doesn’t disappoint. As always, you’ll be helping customers as they arrive and stay at your hotel. You’ll check them in, serve them drinks and, with the help of your employees, clean their rooms and fix things around the building. It all starts out simple, but in order to pay back the loan that Jane took out to purchase the hotels, you’ll need to up the complexity.
You are all so needy.
In between each level you’ll be able to buy upgrades and decorations, which either make things go faster (thus making your customers happier) or make the stay more enjoyable (so that you can earn more money). But they can also make things more complex for you. Once you install a phone, start subscribing to a newspaper, and add other features for your guests to use, it means there are more things you’ll need to stay on top of. It never really gets hard enough that you won’t be able to beat the minimum high score for each stage, but things definitely get hectic as you progress.
The gameplay is fast and fun and does a good job of mimicking the experience of actually serving customers. Pretty soon you’ll be wondering why that guy can’t just grab his own newspaper or open his own umbrella. Seriously, people can be so lazy.
The only real issue is with the way the game is structured. Once you complete a level you have the option of either replaying it to get a better score or moving on to the next. But once you make that decision you can never go back. Most high score games, especially on iOS, allow you to return to past levels so you can try to best your own score, but this isn’t the case in Family Hero.
Other than that, though, the game is eminently enjoyable. It may not look all that flashy, and it doesn’t do much new with the formula, but what it does it does well.