Developer: TikGames
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.000a
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

I’ve got quite a soft spot for time management games. This is probably a little strange considering I spend most of my days rushing around desperately trying to get everything done in a short space of time. And yet here I am, all too happily to do the exact same thing within a game.

Flower Shop Big City Break offers you the chance to run your own flower shop. Probably not something that sounded overly thrilling when you pondered what career direction to take, but it makes for quite a fun little game.

Flower Shop follows a similar pattern to the oh so many time management games before it. Across 60 levels, you must serve customers the flower that they request. There’s a variety of different flowers as well as different basket arrangements too. Start the game and everything is quite simple and easy to complete. You’ll only have a couple of orders come in and none of them are overly complex. Progress further though and things become much more heated. More complex flower arrangements are demanded by your customers; the goal targets are a bit stricter and flowers that need constant maintenance via the fertiliser tool. Weeds also infringe upon your inventory and need removing. Even your customers start to get grumpier and expect things done faster and faster.

Proceedings can get a little intense but it’s satisfying to complete a level, and they don’t take long to finish. Every now and then, the typical levels are broken up by pest control stages. These require you to quickly tap and kill the pests trying to eat your flowers. It’s simple fare but it breaks up the other levels quite nicely for an occasional change in the action.

It’s a shame that the variety of flowers isn’t more interesting. I found myself a little bored of the subject matter after a while, but it’s got that time management game addictive edge about it. There’s that urge to play just one more level before you finish. Fortunately, as there are 60 levels in all, it’ll be a while till you’re done. Flower Shop Big City Break isn’t bad fun at all, especially for the very modest price.

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