Games developers are no doubt beginning to struggle when it comes to innovation in new titles. Granted, there are seemingly few areas left unexplored in terms of game style and presentation, but when it comes to the theme of a game, the options are endless. Microids throw their (ski) cap in the ring in the form of Ski Park Manager for PC. Intriguing.
Like many other management simulators, Ski Park Manager offers players the freedom to get creative within the given setting. To begin with, players can specify the theme and style of the resort. You can include restaurants, bars, shops and cinemas, determine where your resort will be built, and manage the staff charged with running your empire.
But it’s the quality of your slopes that will ultimately make you a successful resort manager. Given the freedom to specify altitude, exposure, relief and terrain, you must design courses that will draw in crowds of eager skiers and snowboarders. You're even responsible for the creation and maintainence of a working ski lift network to keep people happy.
But no management game would be complete without the addition of random natural disasters. Avalanches, breakdowns and sometimes a lack of quality snow will test your abilities to cope in a crisis. This is where the greatest challenge of Ski Park manager lies.
With so many variables to consider, players will be kept on their toes for months as they attempt to master this game. It’s a compelling challenge. and that’s how it should be.