Throw in the trusted plot of the main character inheriting a business from a relative, time management gameplay, and some cutesy characters and you’ll get a pretty entertaining iPad game called Nightclub Mayhem. Brought to you by 99Games, NightClub Mayhem is a solid game that will keep fans of the game genre entertained while convicing non-fans that these kind of games can be fun.
What is it?
Don’t be fooled by this game’s title; there’s no violence involved in this game. The mayhem it refers to involves managing guests—ranging from perky to tame—as they convey their specific needs: a drink, food, coffee or simply to while away time on the dance floor. You can’t keep them waiting long or they won’t be happy when they leave your club.
How does it work?
The game has four nightclubs that you need to manage one at a time. These nightclubs are located in Miami, London, Hong Kong and LA., with 48 levels you have to finish.
There are 13 types of guests in the game, and you will be tending a coffee/food area, bar, and a DJ booth. Each of the levels starts with guest coming in one after another. Your first task is to lead them to the waiting area, and wait for an icon that tells you what they need from your bar. It’s random, and could be anything from dining, drinking at the bar or strutting their stuff on the dance floor.
The game is obviously touch-based. For example, to serve a burger/pizza to a guest you simply approach the kitchen area and select the food ordered by the guest. Tap on the food and then tap on the guest to serve the food. The same touch-based control applies when mixing cocktails, spinning a dance tune or accepting payments from guests.
Nightclub Mayhem has a multiplayer feature wherein you can let one player tend to the bar while you spin the music or serve food to your guest.
Is it contagious?
Nightclub Mayhem will keep you entertained if you’re into this kind of thing. If you’re not, it could serve as a starting point and might hooked you into the game genre. The graphics, sound and gameplay are solid and worth the $1.99 asking price. Plus, the promise of more updates in the coming days adds some more value to the game.