Title Hillsea Lido (Second Review) Game Type Management Sim Company Vulcan Players 1 Compatibility All HD Installable Yes Submission Ken Anderson and Jason Compton This Amiga Report review appears here by courtesy of Jason Compton Review As I write this, summer has apparently just arrived in Scotland. The clocks have just jumped an hour forward, the spring has sprung, and it's almost time for a holiday. And here comes Hillsea Lido, right on cue. Lido sets you up as the manager of 30m (that's 9 yards for all you Imperial types) of beach and promenade. You are allocated a budget of 1,000,000 somethings, and the challenge is to make much, much more. Personally, if anyone gave me a million and a stretch of beach, I'd sell the latter to the first property developer and head to the airport ... Sites on the promenade and beach can be allocated to various stall-holders and businesses. A postcard stall will attract lots of punters, but won't make you much margin on each item. On the other hand, motor boat hires makes lots of profit, but not everybody wants to hire a boat. A pavilion hall can play host to a number of entertainers, all who have their price. Still, the more you pay, the bigger the name, and the more people who'll pay for a seat. That's if you pay for advertising, of course. "Hang on Ken", I hear you tell your monitors, "this is all sounding a bit Theme Park-esque, isn't it?". Predictably enough, you're right. Hillsea Lido is Theme Park Jr. There is no doubt whatsoever that the Bullfrog classic had a major part to play in the design of Hillsea Lido. Let's see: security guards, litter collectors, "intelligent" tourists, wholesalers, all pretty much as they are in Theme Park. But how many of you out there ever played Theme Park on "realistic" mode? Haggling with union bosses over wages? Placing security guards in exactly the right place to stop trouble? Lido cuts out a good deal of the "administration" required in keeping your enterprise going. Ordering stock is a simple matter of setting how many you want, and then ... click! ... it's ordered. This simplicity has it's price: interest in the running of things will soon wane. After you've set up all of the shops, seen all of the acts and got things running pretty smoothly, there isn't much else to do. On the other hand, it's only 13UKP. Pros: Effortless gameplay, and enough pace and character to keep you interested. Cons: Limited appeal. May not be enough of a challenge for some people. Overall: Cheap, fun entertainment. If Theme Park was too much for you, try this. [Additional notes from Jason Compton: Initially, I was going to review Hillsea, but when Ken signed on it took a load off. Still, I have a few comments to make...] Hillsea Lido does suffer from simplicity in a few parts - and this evil crops up in Theme Park as well. It can get mind-numbing simply trying to afford the next most expensive attraction or shop, and that seems to ALWAYS be what the customers are looking for, without fail. Bleah. Lido has the one thing Vulcan seems to have mastered - cuteness ALMOST to the point of sickness, but not quite. They've quite economically and unobtrusively mixed in their trademark speech snippets as well. Lido is ECS compatible and installs effortlessly to hard drive.