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- Build more and better run post offices, widen your delivery territories and deal with staff
- Buy vehicles, keep your customers happy, upgrade your post offices and introduce new services
- Run a fast and efficient business and your customers will reward you with loyalty
- Damage your company's profile by closing a post office or sacking a postal employee
- Generate revenue via stamp sales, letter and parcel deliveries and beating your competitors
- Your company expenses will include staff salaries, building rents and buying and maintaining vehicles
- Increase your staff's morale by installing air-conditioning, buying flowers and providing free refreshments
Can you set up and run your own mail distribution business and pit your commercial brain against your competitor who will try to open more post offices, offer better services and deliver people's mail quicker and more cheaply than you can? Then welcome to Post Master! Constant customer and staff satisfaction is the key to success
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It does auto-save each 'day', so you don't loose all that much when it happens. Its just annoying.
Beyond basic programming glitching, which is true to form for Excalibur Games, the game isn't utterly awful. That being said, its not brilliant either. Its very basic, very rudimentary, and very easy to go "Okay, done that, now what?" 99% of the game is actually sitting there watching little bikes/vans zoom around the city, doing automated tasks, and bringing in money. You need Rep Stars to actually unlock things, which you get from doing priority deliveries, being the best company of the week, and 'achievement' style missions. Again, its very repetitive, and very dull. You will spend an inordinate amount of time just watching the ticker go by.
Graphics wise, its not that advanced. They're not hideous, but they're stuck in the late 90's early 00's. Any fans of Capitalism or Industry Giant will feel a sense of de-ja-vu looking at your 'city'. The 'strategic view' is reasonably helpful, but not in any real way that can help you with strategic planning.
In terms of gameplay, what little of it I've actually done before I got fed up of the constant crashes, its not bad at all. Its certainly educational in the realms of how the Postal system works. Having worked for the Post Office for years, I can say its reasonably accurate on that score. It does lack 'on-going' gameplay wow factor. It really is a game you just play for 10 mins and go... "What's next?"
I would be very interested to see what other people say and think about this game. As for me, I give it a flat 5/10 (3 Stars) because its a game that promises very little, and doesn't disappoint on that score. Its easy to play, easy to master, and reasonable fun for younger players. For adults, it could very easily slip into tedium, and until they patch this game, those crashes are going to really upset players.
Another "So close, yet so amazingly far" effort by Excalibur. They have launched in 2014, a game that would be right at home on a game store in 1997.
I had no problems installing Post Master (PC DVD) and on my son's gaming PC it ran absolutely fine.
Now I am not saying that Post Master is a particularly exciting game, but for me it certainly has it's merits. Once I had completed the tutorial which I have to agree was unnecessarily long, I thoroughly enjoyed running my post office business and I liked the fact that the game incorporates a competitor who will try to offer a faster and cheaper delivery service. I'll admit that you have to spend an inordinately amount of time watching and waiting for deliveries to be made and mail to be collected although you can offset some of that time by planning your next strategy.
So to sum up Post Master for the PC can be enjoyable if you like slow paced relaxing gameplay, but it could be improved by removing about two thirds of the tutorial and by speeding up some of the more mundane gameplay such as delivery and collecting of mail.
The premise is basic:
- build your post office and mail delivery company; send your employees out with the mail and hope to make a profit so you can buy more post offices, delivery vans, employees of different sorts, etc.
Even though it was played on a computer that is used for games as well as work I found it slow at times.
The introduction/how-to guide at the start is interminably soul suckingly long. I believe it is too long for a child to sit though. Game players are not stupid (contrary to popular believe) and we really don’t need the minutiae of the game play spelt out for us. The maker should really take a tip from other game manufacturers and give us the basic information, in brief, with the help button if we need any further assistance.
I am not sure if it was my problem but it was a problem with the text but I found I was struggling to read the lettering and words within the long pile of text. This is one of my "better" days so I'd hate to think what it would be like on one of my not-so-good days.
There are a number of books in the game which are annoying and can (most of the time) require a restart. Things like not accepting purchases, item placements, new routes, and so on.
It reminds me of an early seems game where you set your task and then waited for something to happen:
- earthquake/fire (Sim City)
- visitors/breakage/hunger/unclean (The Sims)
The problem is that we are spoilt by the games that are available now on PC and this is very, very old school in its ideas and coding. Having said that it is still an enjoyable game and will accompany me to hospital as it requires very little in the way of brainwork or concentration - perfect if you are ill and not quite with it.
Unfortunately this game really disappointed me. Not so much the pathetic tutorial which was very hard to follow and required too much reading of text, or the graphics which are not very pleasing on the eyes, but the actual game mechanics were just so bizarre and very unintuitive. It made me think this game was made by a single person learning how to program a computer rather than be a realistic contender for a title that cost nearly ten quid to buy.
If you're looking for some kind of game for delivery of products, maybe a simulation of the big names like TNT, DHL or Royal Mail, or an updated version of Road to Riches, sadly this game isn't it.
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