Title The Conveni
Developer/Publisher Human
Type Simulation
English version Not Available
Reviews #1

Review #1 by Masa Iino

Well, the idea of a simluation game in which you could manage a convenience store chain (or ³convini,² as the Japanese would call it) is very intriguing to a simulation game fan like myself. I looked at the back of the CD case and was so impressed that I decided to buy it.

The price tag was 5800 yen, but I didn¹t count on the fact that I¹d also have to dish out some money for an extra memory card. This is because the game uses 14 BLOCKS (that¹s right, FOURTEEN) of memory. This is one of the few downfalls of this game, as you have to wait for about 90 seconds to load and save games. However, the game uses up that much space in order to provide the most detailed and intricate aspects of managing a convenience store under your control.

Gameplay

You start out by choosing from three different difficulty levels, and each one has a different goal that you must achieve. From there, you can either design your own store layout, or you can use the one provided by the game. You then set the amount of profit you want to make from your goods, as well as your store hours.

You have to be careful where to put your stores as well as what you put inside them. For example, it would be ridiculous to sell scarfs during the summer when you would only need them during the cold days of winter.

From there on, you simply watch the customers come into your store, make money, build more stores, and eventually put the other convenience stores out of business. Once again, the game¹s deep detail level can be observed - you have to watch out for shoplifters and restock on goods.

The game does get confusing after a while, and I consulted the instruction manual for help. I found nothing. This is probably the only other major downfall of the game - the in-game hints are pretty much useless, and the manual doesn¹t help you in your game. You have to figure out everything for yourself.

Graphics

Nothing much to say in this department. They¹re pretty cartoony, but very easy on the eyes. You won¹t be impressed nor dissappointed by the graphics in this game.

Sound

The music is pretty cheesy, I have to admit. However, it is, in my opinion, better than a lot of other sim games. You can even select your track out of three choices. They all match the ³cartooniness² of the graphics. You want to have the sound on in this game, however, because you will frequently hear customers complain, yell, and, sometimes, try to steal from your store.

Control

Hey, this is a sim game. This doesn¹t have to have the microsecond accuracy which is a trademark of the Tekken series. They¹re fine. The game uses a mouse-like interface; you use the PSX controller to move around a cursor. I don¹t think that this game is compatible with the PSX mouse (is anything?), so don¹t bother.

Overall

Well, this is my first review, but I hope it gives you guys a good incentive to buy it. I love this game. If you like sims, you¹ll definitely like this game.

 
Gameplay
9

the detail in this game is incredible, but sometimes, there is so much that you can get lost...

 
Graphics
7

they fit the game atmosphere perfectly

 
Sound
7

as with the graphics, it¹s not astounding, but goes very well with the game

 
Control
8

hey, it¹s not Tekken, but it does what you want it to do

 
Load Time
4

there is no CD load time, but the time it takes to read the memory card kills

 
Overall
7.2

 

 

 
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