The 10 Best Time Management Games
Time Management Games
I've been playing time management games for years. I'm a bit addicted to them. They're easy to purchase and play on any device you have. They are simple enough to help you relax after a long day, but hard enough to be a challenge. They also can keep you occupied when waiting in a doctor's office or a line.
Not all time management games are great. Some are very difficult to finish. I made a list of the best time management games I've come across.
I've included links to videos that show what the gameplay is like for each game. That way you can get an idea of whether or not you might be interested in the game before you read my review.
10. Airport Mania 2
I played the first airport mania game before this one, which was a lot of fun, but this one is better. You don't have to play the first game to understand the second one, although I'd recommend both of them.
The second game has better graphics and additional challenges that you face. There are more things to buy in the second game that you can use in the levels. There is also a larger variety of locations for each area. You even go to outer space in the game!
It's better to play this game on a tablet or on PC. If you play it on a phone, I hope your phone is a larger one. I played it on an iphone. I enjoyed the game a lot, but sometimes, when I had a bunch of airplanes in a row, either picking up or dropping off passengers, it was difficult to click on each, individual plane. Almost like my fingers were too big for the area they give you to click things on. I tried a sample of the game on PC, on the other hand, and it was much easier to click on things.
But that's pretty much the only problem I had with the game. There's no storyline to it, but I don't need a storyline to enjoy a time management game. I just need fun gameplay and that's what this game has.
It's also different than a lot of time management games, since, when things get busy, you have to creatively learn to maneuver planes around each other in just the right way to keep things going. This can get very complicated, especially when you're trying to get color bonuses. But the challenge makes things more fun!
9. 12 Labors Of Hercules
The 12 Labors Of Hercules is actually a series, but I'm only talking about the first game here.
I have an iphone and I downloaded the first game on my iphone. I recommend against this as a certain level wouldn't work on my phone and I was unable to progress past this point no matter what I did. I had to buy the game on my laptop as well, in order to continue. But still, I loved the games so much, I was willing to fork over the money and add it to this list.
This game is similar to the "My Kingdom For The Princess" game series. You are given a certain number of men and they start off at a certain location. Your goal is to find your way out under the time limit you are given. You must defeat and destroy everything that stands in the way of your path by sending out your men. They must also collect resources that you must use wisely or you won't be able to get out in time.
I enjoy this game series more than some of the other ones similar to "My Kingdom For The Princess" because of the storyline. It incorporates a lot of Greek mythological themes. And I also like the fact that the challenges are unique. Like, you must find and use Medusa in certain levels. She is the only creatures that can help you defeat certain enemies in order to progress.
But because of the glitch I faced when I tried to play it on my iphone, I had to put it lower on my list than I might have otherwise done.
8. Farm To Fork
There's something about this game that is really unique.
There are a lot of farm games out there where you slowly plant and grow your food to sell. This is like a sped up version of those games and has a cooking aspect to it, in addition to everything else. You're juggling a multitude of tasks at once. You're trying to keep your inventory empty, so you can grab items when you need them. The items are growing quickly and the cooks are cooking fast. You must keep up with collecting items, at the same time as delivering these items to new places. You must fill the truck up at regular intervals, so you can collect money and empty your inventory. You're given tasks and goals to meet at every level.
Between the two levels, as well, you are given things that you can purchase as rewards and also rankings for each level you pass.
It's a lot of fun, but difficult to explain in words why. You have to experience it yourself.
The graphics are also better than any other time management game I've ever played in my life.
7. Sally's Spa
This was one of the first time management games I ever played. In my mind, it is also always the best. It's a classic to me. It's been around for many years.
Basically, you are managing a spa. You take customers from station to station, perform various tasks, and then collect money at the end, which you use to upgrade your spa. You travel around the world in the various stages.
I found this game so relaxing. Not just the gameplay, but the noises. It literally does feel like a relaxing spa.
The graphics are also beautiful and adorable.
The game is all around great!
6. Weather Lord
Weather Lord is a game series, but I'm only talking about the first game in this review.
This game is similar to the "12 Labors of Hercules" and "My Kingdom For The Princess" games. Except you have magical powers that you use to control the weather. These powers help you achieve your goals.
I beat this game faster than any other games similar to this. I really liked the way the weather effects looked whenever I used them. It was a lot of fun and I highly recommend this game.
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5. Incredible Zoo
This game should not be your first time management game. It should be a game you play after you've mastered a lot of time management games because it is very difficult (but a lot of fun!)
In this time management game, you are taking care of the animals in a zoo. It seems pretty simple when you first start playing. You're just delivering items one at a time to each animal, but it gets more and more complicated as you go along. Soon, you are managing deliveries, a clean up crew of three people, guests at the park giving donations, and more.
The reason I say that the game is very difficult is because, in order to play it successfully, you must remain twenty steps ahead of the game at all times. This is because the animals make requests quickly, but all the characters move slowly. If you are not giving your characters directions they must follow much further down the line, they are not going to be able to meet all the animals needs. This is a big test for your memory (because you must remember all the steps you've already told your characters to perform) and is also further complicated because you must arrange your characters activities, so they take the least steps possible from one activity to another. This is the only way to speed them up. If you're constantly forcing them to go from one side of the screen to the other in rapid succession, they will never complete their tasks in time.
This can be overwhelming, so in the middle of each level, they have a catch up point, where each animal requests an umbrella be put over their head to prepare for rain. It allows you to catch up on all the overwhelming requests that are pouring in and also adds variety to the gameplay.
The levels are timed in such a way, so that it's unlikely you will complete all the tasks you are given before the level is over (except for the first few levels which are much easier than the rest.) This makes the gameplay more exciting because you're struggling against the clock.
Between levels, you must buy the items using the money you've earned that you'll need most in the upcoming levels. This is another area where previous time management video game experience comes in handy. Sometimes you need to buy certain items at specific times or you won't be able to beat the next level successfully on the first try.
The good news is that you can replay levels to earn extra money if you need to buy something but don't have enough money for it or accidentally purchased the wrong thing. Not all time management games allow you to do this, but I really appreciate it whenever they do. Because I like going back and replaying levels, even when I've already beaten an entire area, so I can earn everything you can purchase for that area. It's not necessary that you do this in order to beat the game, just a fun option.
On top of all of that, every few levels, you are given a unique level, where you must find hidden objects and are under a time limit. This is especially cool because most people who love time management games also love hidden object games.
The game also has pretty decent graphics. Although the gameplay is hard, the tutorial is easy to follow and understand.
I highly recommend this game.
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4. Delicious Emily (Series)
Delicious Emily is actually a series of nine games, not just one game. But if you love one of the games, you're going to love all of them. They go together, one giant storyline (so you should play them in order) that spans many years of Emily's life. From when she's just starting to be a cook and trying to be famous until she meets her husband and then later in games marries him then goes on a honey and then later has a kid. You see her kid grow up in the games as well!
I'll admit that with a lot of time management games, I ignore the storyline. But the storyline for these games is kind of essential. The problems the characters face often bring specific challenges to each level. Like if a character drops her luggage in the story, you probably will have to spend the next level picking up each piece of luggage in addition to your other tasks.
These games as basically cooking games, where you must cook for and serve food to all of your customers. But the game play is more varied than most games (which makes it more exciting), since they give you other tasks you must complete at the same time on each level for bonuses. Like, there's a mouse hiding, that pops up every once in awhile in each level, that you must find before your time is up if you want the bonus. The mouse can be very difficult to find, since he's so little and sometimes blends in with the scenery.
Another bonus of these games is that they are very family friendly, so people of all ages will love playing them!
3. Jojo's Fashion Show
Jojo's Fashion Show is a very unique time management game. You design clothes. You must meet certain requests with your clothing designs to earn points. And then you organize your own fashion shows, where you are given a time limit to organize each models outfit and must remember different style types and requirements in order to earn points. This is very similar to real fashion shows, which I've heard are chaotic behind the scenes, as models are dressed and their looks are organized.
Most games that deal with fashion are more of shopping games, where you're running a store and buying or selling clothing items that someone else made to customers. But in this game, you are the fashion designer running your own fashion show.
The graphics are good, the outfits are interesting to look at, and the gameplay is entertaining.
2. Heart's Medicine: Season One
I love this game because it's like a soap opera. It has, hands down, the best storyline of any time management game I've ever played. You're drawn in immediately to the story in the very first scene, which is very unique for a time management game.
The gameplay itself is fun and the graphics are cute. I enjoyed it, but it's the storyline that makes this game truly shine.
It's not surprised that the people who made the Delicious Emily series also made this series. They're very good at creating games!
I'm so excited because I originally played this game all the way through years ago. It said "Season One" on it, which implied there would be more seasons, but for the longest time there were not. I just saw that Season Two is available now! I haven't played it yet, so maybe I will like it more than I liked season one. I'll hopefully be able to write a review on a separate article of the game once I do.
1. All My Gods
All my gods is the most unique time management game out there and one of the funnest to play. Basically, you are playing a god and are controlling and managing an area of land filled with people (only a few at first, but your population will grow.) Your job is to grow, build, and explore the area that you rule over.
The closest games I can compare it to are Sim City and Build-a-lot if they were set in ancient greece or ancient rome, except there is a much more elaborate storyline.
There are no levels, it's just one continuous story. Instead, there are achievements that you must complete as greek gods appear and either attempt to destroy you or ask you for favors.
The gameplay constantly changes, you are always unlocking new resources, buildings, and events that change things around. Between those things, your god powers, and the giant area of land they give you to explore (every time I thought I'd reached the end of it, there would be large sections or islands as of yet to be discovered), there is always something to do!
You'll be disappointed when this game is over. I hope they make a sequel someday.
Why Didn't I Include Diner Dash or Cake Mania?
I know most people consider them classic time management games and they are. They were some of the first and most popular time management games (without these games, the rest of the games on this list probably wouldn't exist), but because of this, they get tedious and repetitious over time. It was back before the game designers knew that gameplay needed to be changed around every once in awhile to keep things interesting. I've started playing both games many times, but could never finish either of them. I'd get bored and frustrated after awhile.
All the games I included on this list were games I thought were innovative, unique, and games that I was able to easily complete. It shouldn't be a chore to finish a video game, it should be no effort at all.
If you're looking for some classic time management games then Diner Dash and Cake Mania are a good place to start, but they aren't the best time management games, although most lists will disagree with me. They're fun and their successful sales were the reason so many good time management games exist today, but they aren't the best.