Start your own vacation hot spot with Android game Paradise Island

by Caitlin M. Foyt

Ah! There's nothing like the smell of ocean salt, sun block and success.

Paradise Island for Android is a build-your-own-business-empire simulator, similar to games like Game Dev Story and Roller Coaster Tycoon, only it takes place on a deserted tropical island. If you're generally a fan of this kind of game, then Paradise Island is a must-have addition to your application library.

The premise of the game is simple: Turn this abandoned island into a vacation getaway hot spot. To attract wealthy tourists, you have to plan, build and maintain resorts, casinos and restaurants.You'll want to keep building and redecorating in order to keep the tourists interested, but you'll also want to keep up with the repairs on all of your older facilities. Because there's always something you can do to improve the island, you'll never run out of things to do in the game. It's pretty fun and very addicting.

The tropical island motif is certainly a refreshing change of pace from other games in this genre. Instead of staying within the bounds of a particular concept, there are virtually no limits to the buildings you can erect and projects you can plan on the island. There are also hidden treasures to be found. This means the game stays interesting for longer. The game's graphics are also sharp, colorful and easy on the eyes.

One aspect that I particularly enjoy about Paradise Island is the fact that users have the opportunity to earn achievements and prizes in the game. With the game's easy sharing options (you can share screen shots and achievements with your friends on Facebook and Twitter), you'll have no reason not to brag a little.

My one key complaint with this game, though, are the inconsistencies in the way it runs. Sometimes the game will take a lot of time to load, will freeze or even force close. Once the app crashed so hard, I had to restart my phone.

Those issues aside, however, Paradise Island is one of the stronger games in the genre.

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