Kick Up Your Feet in Island Escape – A Frisky Hands-On

Mon, Aug 16, 2010

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It’s a common occurrence nowadays to find Facebook games that combine aspects from other popular Facebook games into one large package. Such is the case with Island Escape, from the folks at GameDuell.

In the interest of complete disclosure, Island Escape is in the very early Alpha stages, so while completely playable, the game does cap out at level 16. That being said, this is a great opportunity for you to get in on the ground floor of a game that seems to have a lot of potential in the grand scheme of things, with new content being promised to us in the near future (such as a soundtrack – the game is currently silent).

That being said, Island Escape allows you to create and run your own resort on a tropical island, complete with a dock where ships will drop off your happy tourists. In this way, the game is reminiscent of Happy Island or Tiki Resort, in that your main goal is to attract customers to your island and keep them happy so they’ll spend money.

The game combines this aspect with that of a city-builder, in that you’ll need to build Huts for your tourists to stay in while they’re visiting your island, and items like tiki bars and other tourists attractions to give them something to do. The large buildings must be connected via paths and take time to build (a different amount of time for each kind of building), while most decorative items and small items like lounge chairs take less time to build (if there is a wait at all), and can be placed outside of paths.

Decorative items also come into play as pure decorations or as functional items, like the lounge chairs you can place on the beach. Sure, they look cute, but they also allow your guests to lounge in the sun, earning you coins and adding to their happiness in the process. Also like Happy Island and Tiki Resort, Island Paradise’s buildings will collect coins over time, and you can collect them to add even more to your profits, in addition to the instant coins you earn as customers shop at your stores and eat at your restaurants. Buildings can also be upgraded, in order to serve more tourists at once, and to make more coins in general.

The game contains a Happiness Meter, so you’ll need to keep track of your overall island’s happiness by always making sure to have enough activities for your guests to participate in – no one wants to travel to an island paradise on a vacation and then be bored, after all.

In terms of social elements, you can travel to your friends’ islands and pick up garbage (garbage will also appear on your own island and will need to be removed). As of this writing, the game doesn’t contain any free gifts, but we’re guessing it’s only a matter of time before this is added. However, you can post multiple news items to your wall offering your friends free items in the game, in an effort to get your friends to join you in the game.

As we said, the content here is fairly light due to the game’s age, but if you’d like to take a chance with this cute little game, then head over to the game’s page on Facebook to start building your own Island Escape. Be sure to check out our Frisky Hands-On video of the game below, to see exactly what to expect should you play the game with us.

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