Tavern Keeper is a simulation sport about operating a tavern in a fantasy world populated by orcs, elves and halflings and, stunning completely no one, I feel it is flipping nice. The marketing campaign begins off merely sufficient – all you must do is construct a bar, purchase some ale casks (from a passing troll) and rent a barman and, similar to that, your first tavern is up and operating. Soon sufficient, although, the motion scales till you are operating a whacking nice inn with all the assorted services and features required to run a profitable enterprise. From faucet rooms and kitchens to bedrooms, laundries and larders, there’s quite a bit to handle if you wish to run a tavern worthy of music.
In phrases of techniques, Tavern Keeper simply holds its floor amongst its contemporaries like Two Point Hospital. Guest satisfaction could be influenced by all variety of components starting from the general cleanliness and meals high quality to lighting ranges and ambient temperature (there are particular overlays to point out you the place there’s room for enchancment, as in different sims). Staffing, in fact, is simply as necessary as having good services or a smart structure – you may recruit all types of staff from totally different fantasy races, every with their very own quirks to deal with. Halflings, for instance, make for very dextrous staff, however their brief stature offers them different issues to deal with. Skeletons, in the meantime, by no means must sleep, however are notoriously clumsy. They can also scare a few of your patrons as a result of, you understand, skeletons.
On high of every worker’s racial traits, there is a trait system at play in Tavern Keeper that diversifies the motion additional. One such trait I noticed was Darkvision – a superb nod to Dungeons and Dragons – which permits an worker to carry out effectively even in dimly lit areas. Others, like slowpoke, are much less constructive. I am informed there will probably be a few hundred totally different traits at play within the completed sport, so it feels like the employees of Tavern Keeper will probably be as diverse because the world they inhabit.
All in all, Tavern Keeper strikes me as a extremely loving, mischievous sport. It’s clearly made with an excessive amount of reverence for simulator video games and the fantasy style, however there is a pleasant sense of humour at play that makes it greater than the sum of its components. Tavern Keeper does not launch till subsequent yr, however I am already sure it is a boozer I wish to go to.