Those old enough to remember Theme Park World or Zoo Tycoon probably have fond memories of management sims.
They’ve been making a comeback of late, and Two Point Studios is building on the success of Two Point Hospital with the college-style Two Point Campus.
The former did an excellent job of reminding us nostalgically of our love of the genre.
However, Two Point Campus needed to do more to show us that these games still innovate.
A college setting is the perfect place to prove you can bring something new to the table.
While management sims are set in prisons, factories and even entire cities, Two Point Campus is the first mainstream game to take place in higher education.
There are, of course, obvious similarities between this and Two Point Hospital.
You’re still building rooms, hiring staff and slowly growing your business.
However, changes have been made to reflect the new environment to ensure you are aware that you are running a school and not a hospital.
While hospitals strive to get patients in and out as quickly as possible, university students tend to stay here for a while.
Rather than educating them and getting them out the door, Two Point Campus is focused on making them happy with a good quality of life, which will be reflected in their final grades.
It’s broken down into academic years, giving you a break between each to plan your expansion.
You can improve your courses and student campus during the summer vacation, giving you a big income boost in the next academic year.
There is an idealized version of how a university should be run.
Student satisfaction is one of the biggest factors in how good their grades will be.
That means adding items like fountains, statues, and plants will increase happiness and relationship across campus.
The end goal is still to make as much profit as possible. A point that has not escaped the developer’s notice.
The game is not a cutting satire on the state of capitalism and education.
However, it gets just enough of a nudge to let you know it’s not coming from a place of ignorance. Two Point Campus is full of witty charm.
Beyond humor, management games need a strong hook. Something that will keep you playing until the early hours.
Each campus you build can be themed around a specific theme.
That means you can go from cooking to a wizarding world with just one click.
However, it’s small things that really help keep engagement going.
The goals are balanced, which means you never have to wait too long before you can tick the next box.
There’s a lot more you can do to improve your school, from finding better gear to hosting events.
By always having something to work on and improve upon, it becomes harder to tear yourself away.
However, once those goals are exhausted, it can be difficult to find the motivation to keep going.
You can complete most levels with only half the space, and while some will love building for the joy of it, completers may miss it.
That being said, Two Point Campus is probably the best the management genre has to offer right now, and the perfect entry point for someone thinking of taking the plunge.
On the other hand, if you know management sims aren’t for you, there’s nothing here to convince you to change your mind.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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