Cleanup on Aisle 7! Supermarket Management on iPhone – A Frisky Hands-On

Mon, Aug 30, 2010

iPhone, Mobile

Recently, we had a chance to go hands-on with one of G5′s popular supermarket time-management games, appropriately titled Supermarket Management.

For those who have played Supermarket Mania, the other of G5′s grocery store-themed games, it will be impossible to escape from a comparison or two, but the games are actually quite different. In Supermarket Management, you play as Kate, a young girl fresh out of college, who finds the perfect job when it falls right into her lap. She’s put in charge of running an up-and-coming supermarket chain, with a simple starter location, that eventually expands into multiple locations, each more extravagant than the last.

As a time-management game in the same vein as titles like Diner Dash, it will be your responsibility to manage the entire supermarket by your lonesome. Guests will enter the store and grab a shopping cart, and will then walk to one of the several shelves to start purchasing goods. These shelves can only hold a certain amount of goods, so you’ll need to restock them with items by clicking on the appropriate shelf. Kate will then take her shopping cart full of supplies over to the shelf and you can tap rapidly on her to make her refill the shelf that much faster.

After a guest has found all of the items they’d like to purchase, they will walk to the checkout counter, and you’ll have to man the cash register to check them out and claim your profits. Each level has two goals – one for successfully serving a particular amount of guests, and the other for earning a certain amount of money. You’re being timed, with one time limit corresponding to the “Expert” time, and the other to the “Common” time. If you can complete both the monetary and customer goals before the Expert time has elapsed, you’ll earn bonus coins.

Coins, instead of your store’s profits, are what you’ll use to upgrade the items in the supermarket, including Kate. These coins are earned from each customer, with more coins being earned the happier the customer is when they leave the store. As you progress through the game, you’ll be able to upgrade your shelves to hold more items (allowing them to not sell out as often, thus saving you a trip to restock them), purchase more carts so more people can shop at once, and even purchase employees that will fulfill some of these tasks for you.

For instance, you can hire a cashier that will automatically check out guests for you, or, once you are assigned the deli counter, you can assign an employee to man the station, saving you a trip to that side of the store when a customer decides to purchase cheese, meat and the like.

Speaking of the deli counter, this is but one of the different mini-games you’ll find in each level. The deli counter, along with a cake station or free sample station, as other examples, will allow you to take a break from the rapid clicking elsewhere in the level to fulfill one particular tasks for a single guest. The deli counter has you hovering over different options until the customer’s facial expression shows you the one they want, while the sample station has you assembling the mini-sandwiches, if you will, in order of ingredients, as shown on the left side of the screen.

All in all, Supermarket Management is less frantic than Supermarket Mania, for those that are familiar with the latter. You’ll be able to progress through the game’s 49 levels, spanning four different stores, all the while posting your in-game medals and rewards to Facebook via the game’s integration of Facebook Connect.

Supermarket Management is on sale through the end of the day today for $2.99. If you’re interested in purchasing it, head over to iTunes.

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