Mystic Inn (download free trial here) is another in a long list of recently released "customer management" casual games (see Cake Mania post and Snowy: Lunch Rush post), but this one at least has some interesting twists to set it apart from the growing pack.
The game has a fantasy/magic theme, with the heroine Daphne running the Mystic Inn's potion bar, serving a variety of demanding customers in a certain time frame before they get frustrated and leave - with each succeeding level (there are 50), the game introduces an upgrade to the Inn or an increase in complexity, as all of these games do. Mystic Inn requires a 3D graphics card and is a little larger than most other games, so the graphical touches are quite nice when the wizards disappear after their meal or when the "To-Go Owl" swoops overhead, and it seems like there is a lot going on within the game.
The game mechanics are quite standard, but there are simple puzzle game interludes every few serving episodes to break up the gameplay, and if you do well in them, you can use the resulting special power-up potions to help you in the game. And this game introduces a more sophisticated form of queuing so that you can tell Daphne to do certain tasks in a row without waiting for her to finish each one.
Verdict - similar gameplay to other waitress games, but interesting enough to put it on your list if you like the category. Get it here
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