Price Check! Supermarket Mania on iPhone – A Frisky Hands-On

Tue, Aug 31, 2010

iPhone, Mobile

Yesterday, we had a chance to go hands-on with G5′s Supermarket Management on iPhone. Not to be left out, we’re rounding out our coverage of the developer’s supermarket themed time management games by diving into Supermarket Mania, also on the iPhone.

Supermarket Mania follows a young girl named Nikki, who is left in charge of a series of five different grocery stores, through 50 levels of frantic shelf-stocking gameplay. Unlike Supermarket Management, which has deli counters and cake stands to worry about, the gameplay in Supermarket Mania is all about stocking the stores’ shelves and cleaning up after dirty customers.

Your cart can only hold a certain amount of goods (enough to restock five shelves to start), but there are invariably more shelves on the floor than there is room in your cart, forcing you to make return trips to the stock room, located in the corner of the gameplay area. While you’re busy pulling inventory from the back of the store, your customers are shopping away, or sometimes not, as they will stand and not-so-patiently wait for to you restock the shelf they are interested in.

Different types of patrons come with different stats – a grandma has a high patience level and moves slowly, as one example, while a teenager moves around much more quickly and isn’t as patient. Teenagers can also be rowdy, and cause a mess in your store, so you’ll have to tap on your security guard to calm things down.

If trash does manage to land on the floor, you’ll need to immediately clean it up and put it in the dumpster. While you can technically leave it there for the rest of the level, your guests have a chance of slipping on the debris, and subsequently leaving the store because they’re upset. You can also lose customers by leaving a shelf un-stocked for a long enough amount of time to cause them to become dissatisfied and leave.

Each level has a monetary goal that must be met, and you’ll be able to use the funds earned in each level to purchase upgrades, like better food items that are worth more money, a larger cart capacity for Nikki, or even a bubblegum machine placed next to the cash register that causes guests to pay more when checking out.

Supermarket Mania is now available for 40% off the regular price, through September 6. If you’d like to download the game, you can do so on iTunes for $2.99. Don’t forget, if you like the gameplay in Supermarket Mania and want to play the game against friends, you can do so in the Facebook version of the game.

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