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Bad Hotel (universal) from Lucky Frame is a game that feels fresh and new from the moment it launches. The easiest way to describe the game is a vertical tower defense title – but that would be doing it some serious injustice: it’s a mix of birds, music, and quick-thinking strategy that’s one of a kind in the App Store
Even the premise is unique: after being left in charge of a hotel by the landlord Tarnation Tadstock, players are responsible for protecting said hotel when Tadstock decides to try and destroy it for an insurance payout. This is done by adding various rooms, which are the traditional tower defense units like health spots, turrets, and mine shooters.
The game’s real treat is the progressive music system that builds up with the addition of each room. It is an audio/visual treat, with bright, vibrant color design combined with flashy effects and catchy, fast-paced music. It’s great to listen to a hotel come to life, and the type and placement of room changes the beat. The game also features multiple environments and levels which also change the variety of music.
The gameplay is quite remarkable as well; there’s plenty of strategy involved to protect the main hotel. Players will want to build outwards around the hotel with more valuable units placed closer to the center. Units are built outwards vertically, horizontally, and diagonally on the board, giving players tons of different options in approaching a level. The goal is to have as many defenses in place as possible that truly take up space to prevent attacks from the central hotel and weaponry and health rooms.
The levels offer nice variety as you face all kinds of different attacks, which again tie to the environment, hotel, and varying musical beats. There are five worlds to compete on, each with their own color scheme and sound mechanics, introducing new and more powerful units along the way. The ever-expanding strategy and consistently beautiful visuals of the game definitely put it head and shoulders above many other mobile tower defense titles.
Bad Hotel is as engaging to play as it looks, colorful, unique, and most of all, hopelessly addicting. There are so many subtleties and details to appreciate as while surviving the frenetic onslaught of attacks in the unique, thought provoking, and potentially frantic gameplay. Bad Hotel offers a great extended stay that is a should buy.