The game is on and the clock is ticking. Help Beatrice manage the most fan-friendly stadiums in Busy Bea’s Halftime Hustle! Football fans want plenty of food, entertainment and conveniences, and it’s your job to keep them satisfied. Show the fans to their seats; sell them ice cream, fries and drinks; and ensure they have a great time. Repair rundown stadiums and upgrade your facilities to create a better customer experience in this exciting time management game.
Busy Bea’s Halftime Hustle is the latest offering by Gold Sun Games, the creators of the popular Megaplex Madness time management game series. Busy Bea features the same great mechanics that made Megaplex Madness a hit, but this time in the setting of football stadiums. You have to manage sports fans and make sure they’re fed, entertained and satisfied in order to get the most cash from them.
The story begins when Beatrice (a.k.a. the titular Busy Bea) gets a plea for help from the mayor of Blunderton. Apparently Blunderton hasn’t been doing great in terms of attracting fans to their sports games, whether it’s the Little League or the Big League. As Busy Bea heads to Blunderton to turn the sports entertainment industry into a roaring success, you discover that there’s something F95zone sinister going on. You are being funded by a woman dressed as the mascot, and the mayor apparently has ulterior motives with the stadiums.
The game is like your standard ‘restaurant’ management games, but with a few unique twists. One part of the game involves you dragging the sports fans to whatever activity they are interested in, such as buying fries, using the toilet or sitting down and watching the game. The fan then spends some time completing that activity, after which you get paid. The amount you earn depends on how satisfied the customer is, which in turn is based on how quickly you satisfy their needs. You will have to pamper each guest until they have had enough with the sports game and decide to leave via the turnstiles. There is also a color combo bonus you need to keep in mind. The more fans of the same color you send to the same activity slot, the more you earn and the more chances you have of collecting coins used for upgrades.
The second part of the game involves controlling Busy Bea herself. Sometimes stuff breaks down, and the fans won’t appreciate a clogged up toilet or a broken drinks machine. But all you have to do is click on the offending item and Busy Bea will rush in an repair it. She can also help your employees do up more fries, ice cream and drinks in preparation for a rush of fans. She can also entertain fans to keep their satisfaction high or do up some balloons for quick cash when she’s not busy fixing the place up.
There are also a few quirky twists that are perfect for the sports theme of the game. At random, you will see a small shadow appear on the screen. The shadow will get bigger and clearer, indicating a football is about to hit the stands. If you manage to get Busy Bea to the spot in time, she’ll catch the ball and earn you a few bonuses. In another twist, you will enter the Halftime Hustle when time is about to run out. During this period, you can click on the fans, hustling them to perform their activities faster! These gems make the game that much more thematic and exciting.
There are also plenty of minigames, gradually unlocked via an arcade center. The games are a nod to the old sports arcade games. An example is the one where you kick the ball as hard as you can and see how far it goes and how many birds it hits! As with any time management game, you can upgrade your stadium using the cash you earn and any special coins you collect along the way. Upgrades include getting additional ice cream stands and attendants, or upgrading your existing equipment to serve the fans more quickly. In addition, if you complete a level at the expert difficulty, you can also repair a section of your rundown stadium. Fencing can be fixed, potholes filled and see-saws repaired.
The art style of the game is very vibrant, with splashes of primary colors liberally thrown in. The style may not be for everyone, but it suits the game genre and sports theme very well. The music and sound effects complement the game pretty nicely as well, especially when the fans yell “touchdown!”
Busy Bea’s Halftime Hustle is a fun and endearing game, bound to keep you playing for hours on end and trying to master the multi-tasking and time management skills required to succeed in this game. You will love Busy Bea’s Halftime Hustle if you liked the Megaplex Madness series or other similar time management games such as the Diner Dash franchise.