Tiki Resort: Playdom’s Latest Facebook Game Brings the Amusement Theme to Tropical Islands

Tiki ResortLet’s face it. It has been a very cold winter for most of the United States — it even technically snowed in Florida. Until spring gets here, perhaps another tropical island-style game from Playdom will help warm your spirits. The 429,000 MAU-strong Tiki Resort follows up on the company’s tropical farming title, Tiki Farm, and the premise is just what you’d expect.

Tiki Resort is your typical tycoon style game, but rather than roller coasters or zoos, players are tasked with creating the perfect island getaway for their digital patrons. If you’ve played any other tycoon games, especially other social tycoon games like Zynga’s Roller Coaster Kingdom or CrowdStar’s Happy Island (which is also island-themed), then you know how to play this one.

Tiki ShopPlayers purchase various island-themed attractions such as grills, fruit stands, and so on to coax tourists into both flying and sailing into this quaint little paradise. The amount that’s buyable is limited at first, but after some more time spent on your island, you’ll gradually earn the levels needed to unlock the biggest and best attractions, as well as upgrade your existing ones.

As one might expect, these better items attract a greater number of tourists, which in turn, earns the player more money. However, each tourist has a mood in which the user should monitor as better moods keep them on the island longer and spending more. Unfortunately, this does lead to a somewhat annoying level of micromanagement, as the way to make unhappy customers happy is to buy them, well, snow cones. Making the purchase earns a small amount of experience and keeps everyone happy, but having to click on each individual tourist, then click again to give them their drink gets very old, very quick.

Tiki DrinkBeyond drinks and attractions, users can also purchase a range of decorations, pets, and even tiki charms to spice up their resort. For the most part, decorations are purely aesthetic, but pets – though this is limited to crabs and sea turtles – can also be periodically pet for some extra coin, and charms can be applied to attractions to earn some bonus cash from each visitor that steps in.

Socially, the game consists of visiting each other’s resorts. There isn’t a whole lot to do, mind you, beyond cleaning up some trash and giving out drinks to thirsty visitors, but it does earn you a little bit of extra money. Other than this, everything else consists of standard leaderboards amongst your friends (based on level) and, of course, gifting.

As far as complaints go, Tike Resort feels a bit dull. Again, the micromanagement of tourists does seem like a pointless endeavor (especially when you start to get a lot), and clicking on them tells you very little. At least in games like Roller Coaster Tycoon, you could see their thoughts to determine what sort of attractions and necessities they needed.

Tiki TrashIn fact, the lack of necessity items such as bathrooms, food, and drink takes a lot away from this particular application. In Roller Coaster Kingdom and other virtual amusement park games, part of the fun is finding a balance of attractions, food stands, and restrooms. In Tiki Resort, there are bars or grills but they are merely placed to only satisfy one stat – entertainment. There’s no strategy or challenge to it: It’s just “place building” and wait until you have enough money to “place another.” Additionally, other tycoon games often have employees to manage, which adds another layer of depth, and considering how filthy these tourists seem to be (five minutes and there’s trash everywhere), a maintenance staff is in very high demand.

In the end, Tiki Resort is alright as far as a virtual space app goes. It is nice if you are simply trying to decorate your own, expressive area. Perhaps that was what Playdom was indeed going for, but for a tycoon type of game, it is rather drab with no real strategy or challenge to be had. Nonetheless, it is amusing for a little while at least, so if nothing else, it does deserve a play or two, but will likely be very hit or miss, depending on what the player is looking for.

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30 Responses to “Tiki Resort: Playdom’s Latest Facebook Game Brings the Amusement Theme to Tropical Islands”

  1. Doris Bachman says:

    You removed my Tiki Resort Game at Level 15 in the middle of upgrading my hotel. I had 104,0000 shells and 1/2 of the leveling up points to go. Please restore and give it back to me. I worked hard to get there. My password was angels and e-mail ID rlbesq@aol.com with rlbesq identifying. Thank you. It is on Facebook and that is how I get to FB. Doris Bachman

  2. Matt says:

    Why would you post your facebook account and login info? Seems fishy to me!!!

  3. VANINA says:

    quiero saber porque me resta monedas cuando doy de beber….y cuando aparecen sobre las personas un anana, un coco una flor…que se hace….en la margen superior derecha al lado de esos dibujos siempre tengo 0 (cero)

  4. Ok GameStudio Launches IslandFest, a Resort Game on Facebook says:

    [...] all the games we’ve looked at in the past, IslandFest is perhaps most similar to Playdom’s Tiki Resort or CrowdStar’s Happy Island. Essentially, the objective is to create the perfect tourist hot spot [...]

  5. mikel says:

    i have the highest level than any one check it out on my face book mikel harden

  6. lord says:

    all add me as freind to fun game

  7. lord says:

    nice game but i need more freinds in game

  8. carol says:

    for some reason the last 2 days have not been able to logon on

  9. stretch says:

    YES I HAD THE GAME, LOV IT THEN SOME HOW THE PART 2 GOT ON AND I CANT GET THE OTHER 1 BACK . NO MATTER WHAT I TRY. HAD SOME OTHER GAMES AND THE SAME THING HAPPEN WITH THEM. I HOPE YOU ALL CAN FIX THIS A.S.A.P. !!!! THIS SITE IS A GOOD 1 AND I HATE TO LOSE IT . GET BACK TO ME. THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. jaline ricafort leRaye says:

    I played the tiki resort game and loving it,I worked hard to riched level 27, and manage to bought the 2nd island and melted the snow, I had every attraction on both island all fully upgrade. but today 3rd of june I lost the game:( pls put me back on the game that I had started… coz, I dont want to lost my 15 neighbors in this game…
    THANKS

  11. Roanna says:

    i loveeeeeeee that game. i got my boyfriend addicted to it also :D

  12. weak says:

    weak na mna

  13. Legend says:

    I just wane find out is there a island 3 coming in tiki resort coz i did most of my upgrages im at level 61 and have 15 nabours please reply any one that knows the anser

  14. viva says:

    i just wanted to say that i think that i am highest level reached ,, i have the 2 islands and i bought all the attaractions and all the wonders and the water tower also the melting.. i am a level 36…..

  15. viva says:

    and everything is fully upgraded i am getting bored … i need island 3…

  16. harry says:

    for legend: yes there is a third island because i just bought it and it is a lot bigger than the 2nd one. Also you get new attractions, decorations, etc for it.

  17. harry says:

    also anyone plz add me as a neighbour my facebook profile name is hari jani.
    U will se a panda as the picture plz add me as neighbour
    i only have 6 neighbours
    i need 15 to upgrade everything

  18. lucy says:

    its awsome

  19. Pineapple lover says:

    if you’re stuck in the city during the summer, this is the game to play :)

  20. Nats says:

    I can’t access my Tiki Resort, that sucks….please get it fix.

  21. Cerebral Decorating with Uber Brain Isle on Facebook says:

    [...] Brain Isle combines brain-teasing titles, such as Brain Buddies, and island décor games such as Tiki Resort. Unlike the latter, however, players aren’t taking a tycoon role, but rather they “collect [...]

  22. arnie says:

    i must say that i have a friend whose level is now on level 105..who can beat that?

  23. Jhon says:

    THAT I CAN NOT PLAY THAT TIKI RESORT ON THIS PAGE AND GO TO ONE GAME INFORMATION AND PICTURES UNLESS I HAVE FACEBOOK AND EVIL CAN PLAY THAT GAME IS POWER PLAY THAN GO TO PAGE PARAESE MUCH INFORMATION MADE AND THAT THE LOT CAN MADE Sheetl TO BE BORING FOR IMPROVE THE PAGE OR BAD IF THIS GAME prepare it QUICK.

    Good Better THEM GO !!!!!!!
    GREETINGS: Jhon

  24. Bobstar says:

    What ist he highest level on Tiki Resort?

  25. Evelyn Reist says:

    have been playing tiki Resort for some time now. All my businesses are totally upgraded on all four islands. for the last two days the game will not load tried everything I can think of and can’t figure out what to do. Please Help get me back on the game.

  26. Alex says:

    I love these kind of games

  27. Idiot says:

    I am lv 34, i think i suk lik shit

  28. Idiot says:

    Who here plays City Story? Pls add me, my storm8 is Adamlee2001 and im lv 77 ( could change over time ) and my city name is Singapore City. Thank you.

  29. Idiot says:

    i found a peson who is lv 157 and he did not use cheat, i bet NO ONE can beat him, his 4 islands are so full.

  30. anon. says:

    i have all of the islands and i want tiki resort back! :(

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