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Hotel Transylvania Dash Deluxe Review

By , on October 3, 2012

Hotel Transylvania Dash Deluxe
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5


  • As movie tie-in games go, this isn't that bad.
  • The ability to queue up all your movements creates no hassle gameplay.


  • The queues remove any sense of overwhelming challenge, and the upgrades exacerbate this.
  • Nothing we haven't seen from this type of game before.


A decent enough management sim and movie tie-in, but there are much better examples of both out there.

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Playfirst Inc are the creators of Diner Dash, and Cooking Dash, and Hotel Dash... so when they had the license for a game based off the newly released movie Hotel Transylvania, it probably wasn't too much of a leap to expect the release of Hotel Transylvania Dash. This is iPhone sim-management at its simplest, and depending on how you like your mobile management simulators, this could be either a good or a bad thing.

If you've played one, you've played em all, but for the uninitiated, let's go over the basics. Everything is controlled by a tap or a drag, and the goal of the game is to keep all the customers entering your hotel happy. If happy they tip you, and each level has not only a quota of so many dollars to pass, but there's an amount to reach for an expert ranking as well. When they arrive, you need to show them to any available rooms, then bring their luggage up, handle all room service, and then clean the room once they've paid and left. Obviously with more rooms and more guests, this becomes a game of prioritization, but there's a handy queuing system, so once a guest needs something, tap on what you need to satiate that need, and eventually you'll get around to fulfilling it.

In-between each hotel day, you can use your money to buy upgrades such as faster lifts or shoes for a quicker Dracula. Some days bring upgrades to help ease the tension some guests might have from waiting around, and pretty much on top of using the queue system, these upgrades will turn the title into a session of reactionary tapping.

And with uninspired graphics and average sound, this is more a game based around Pavlovian responses than a game involving strategy. Now it might be unfair to dump on this release, as perhaps the entire genre suffers from this problem, and other titles just disguise it better, but unless you love this genre and need a new entry to play, or loved the movie so much you need to check out all the tie-in marketing, it might be best to get your fix elsewhere.


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