Video: Supermarket Mania for PSP Minis Arrives on PSN Today
As a follow-up to last week's article, today Business Development Director Julia Palatovska of G5 Entertainment has announced that Supermarket Mania for PSP Minis is now available on PSN.
To quote: At G5 Entertainment we are really excited to announce the release of our best-selling casual game Supermarket Mania on PSP minis!
Today you'll be able to try Supermarket Mania yourself and understand why our team is so much in love with the game and its cute characters.
Most likely you are familiar with time management, our favourite genre of casual games. We like these games because they are really easy to start playing, but become trickier with each new level; they test your attention, require quick reactions and get you involved due to their growing pace. As always, we spent a lot of time making sure the PSP controls are intuitive and smooth.
In Supermarket Mania you are challenged to help our beautiful character Nikki who is busy stocking shelves and serving customers in several supermarkets around the town.
Nikki has to develop her time management skills and learn to be tough when dealing with nasty thieves, naughty teenagers and evil competitor TORG Corp., a supermarket chain run by robots. Nikki needs your help in adding that important human touch to store management, and attract most loyal customers including snobby celebrities!
Interested in the insights of the game creation process? The first version of Supermarket Mania took us around a year to produce. We aimed for very simple but addictive and fun gameplay for fans of casual gaming, and we wanted the game to be set in the supermarket.
We made a number of iterations, trying different things out. In the first prototype, Nikki had to bring products to customers who were queuing at the counter, but we figured that it was rather boring and it took Nikki too long to serve everyone.
Also, customers were not mobile and lacked character because of this. In the second major iteration Nikki used a number of shop assistants responsible for bringing different goods, and they gave out the products that customers asked for at the counters.
The customers were animated and started going back and forth between counters. However, this concept didn't work well either, as the player was easily getting lost trying to control several assistants at the same time.
Eventually, we concluded that the most efficient way to run the shop in our game was like in real life - we gave customers access to all shelves in the shop, and they were free to wander around and buy whatever they wanted, while Nikki had to bring goods from the storage room and make sure that all shelves were stocked. This simple concept turned out to be a lot of fun, which you will see yourself soon!
Check out the video and preview images and grab the game - Supermarket Mania is available for just 4.99 euro in EU! We are looking forward to hearing what you think!
- 50 challenging levels
- 5 distinct shops
- 13 diverse products
- 22 exciting accessories and upgrades
- Playable on both PSP and PS3
If you like casual and Time Management games, you are welcome to check out our other PSP minis: classic board game Mahjongg Artifacts: Chapter 2 and Stand O 'Food - another great Time Management game. Both of these games will be on sale this summer - you'll be able to get each for only 1.99 euro! Save the sale dates:
- Stand O 'Food:9th June - 23rd June
- Mahjongg Artifacts 2: 23rd June - 7th July