Quick! Someone call the Ghostbusters, my hotel in Hotel City is haunted! Ok, so that may be a bit of an over-dramatic take on the situation, but Playfish has added a new game mechanic to Hotel City that sees hotels becoming haunted, starting on fire, having air conditioning problems and more.
While these instances occur randomly, and you’ll be able to see a visual representation of them in the rooms of your hotel (see the ghost screenshot below), you’ll also receive a phone call alerting you to the problem. If there’s a ghost, you’ll need to suck it up into a vacuum by clicking on it. The same goes for other problems, like a room being too cold or too warm – you’ll need to click on the thermostat to increase or lower the room’s temperature.
What’s the incentive for doing this? Bonus coins, of course. Luckily, if you’re low on coins, these instances seem to appear quite frequently (in my most recent play session, I was met with one every 30 or so seconds). Some might say that this is even a bit too frequently, but considering that Hotel City was previously a title that could be easily set and then forgotten (much more so than some other Facebook games that require longer gameplay sessions – like Playfish’s own Pet Society, for instance), this creates the ability to have a longer gameplay session, if you’re comfortable waiting for the phone to ring again (and believe me, it will).
Want to see this new gameplay element at work in your own hotel? Head over to the game’s page on Facebook.