Cruise Ship Manager – PC Review

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Developed and published by Image Power S.A., Cruise Ship Manager is a simulation game that puts you in charge of a sprawling ocean liner. Tasked with everything from managing staff and organising events to fending off storms and natural disasters.  Let’s dive in and closely examine what makes Cruise Ship Manager so special.

Cruising through life, it’s time to manage something, so let’s become a Cruise Ship Manager.

Ahoy there, gamers! Today, we’re setting sail on a luxury cruise ship bound for adventure, excitement, and some much-needed R&R. But before you pack your bags and head to the high seas, let’s talk about a game that’s sure to whet your appetite for maritime mayhem.

Gameplay

If you’ve played other simulation games before, you’ll feel at home with Cruise Ship Manager.  You’ll start by selecting your cruise route, building your ship rooms, employing your staff, setting the price of your tickets and buying from the resource market. You’ll also need to stay on top of the ship’s maintenance and repairs, ensuring everything runs smoothly.

Shop seller, oldish looking person, with a seagull on their head, a cash register in front of them and items to buy behind them
Shop Teller

But managing a cruise ship isn’t all fun and games. You’ll also need to deal with unexpected events, such as bad weather and mechanical failures. When you hover over passengers and see what they want, it is frustrating knowing you can do nothing while the ship sets sail.

Tutorial-wise was rather confusing. It allowed money to be spent without guidance. It allowed you to go back and sell for the same price, but it was annoying and time-consuming. When it comes to selling tickets, there is an entire advertising section, but it doesn’t advise you on what is best, just the cost which could be more than what you make back from ticket sales. Then when buying provisions and fuel, there again is no guide here, so if you run out of fuel or food, then too bad. However, the seller with a seagull on their head is quite funny.

Graphics & Audio

It’s hard to be impressed by Cruise Ship Manager’s visual and audio design. The graphics are bright and vibrant but horribly, rendered for a game of its time.

Similarly, the game’s sound design is very basic. The music is repetitive, and the sound effects could have been implemented better to add a layer of realism.  Such as the gentle lapping of waves against the hull, the hum of the ship’s engines or noise from rooms around the ship.

Overall view of cruise liner ship on the open waters
Cruise Ship

What is most striking is the similarity with Fallout Shelter, which sued Westworld game developer Behaviour Interactive several years ago and publisher Warner Bros for the game seeming too similar to Fallout Shelter. However, since then, many similar games have come to fruition. Nevertheless, somehow this paid-for PC game is worse than a free mobile game.

Longevity

Cruise Ship Manager is the kind of game you can play repeatedly. With multiple ships to unlock and various events and challenges to conquer, there’s always something new to discover. Additionally, the game regularly updates with new content, keeping the game fresh and exciting.

Passengers of your cruise ship, their desired venues and levels of Energy, hunger etc.
Anna has seen things

Final Thoughts

Overall, Cruise Ship Manager is a basic simulation game that’s not all that engaging. From its low-poly graphics and repetitive music to its boring and sometimes creepy-looking characters, the game feels lifeless. If you’re a fan of simulation games or just looking for a fun way to pass the time, Cruise Ship Manager is likely to feel devoid of a real game. So lay anchor up, set down the sails and disembark; this cruise isn’t worth going aboard.

I award Cruise Ship Manager a Thumb Culture Bronze Award.

Thumb Culture, Bronze Award

Disclaimer: A code was received in order to write this review.

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