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Oct 24, 2012 | 3:55 PM EDT

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Try to become the most successfull merchant by running your own item shop in the world of Tomagar. Trade items with adventurers, craft powerful items and earn a profit from your sales. Challenge and surpass your peers using a variety of covert operations.

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JoshuajosephmillsJoshuajosephmills

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars October 27, 2012

Cool, dude. I don't know why I have to wait around 7 minutes for my next day and I don't really like paying for items; anyways, cool game. I enjoyed it while it lasted, until I had to wait around 7 minutes for no apparent reason... weird. Like I'm going to pay money for a 3 day package, lol


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PogobetaPogobeta

Rated 2 / 5 stars October 27, 2012

From the start, I want to point out that I feel that QUALITY of this game warrants a higher rating, but the inclusion of microtransactions (and the fact that the game forces you to wait a certain amount of time before allowing you to continue, unless you participate in the microtransaction system) is something I consider to be in poor taste, ESPECIALLY on Newgrounds. As such, it has detracted from the gameplay experience and made it less enjoyable, and so I award it fewer stars.

As far as the game itself is concerned, I do enjoy what part I'm actually able to play. The music is simple but charming, the graphics are simple but charming. I don't think there's enough polish to warrant asking people for money, though. There are some interesting things going on behind the scenes, but from the players' perspective this is a game finished enough to be posted on Newgrounds, not enough to be posted in a marketplace. I want to be clear about that. This game is good enough for sponsorship, or even between-level advertisement, but it is not yet good enough to warrant asking the player for money, no matter how little money at a time.

You've gone to the trouble to add a player-customization system, but the advanced customization system is quite bland. There is an illusion of deep customization presented in the form of a bunch of options with one or two available styles, and a full range of color palette, which unfortunately just makes room for some really ugly color combinations. Randomizing is definitely not recommended. You can choose to have 1 type of scar, or be covered in unsightly boils (at last!), or choose from a small handful of hairstyles, facial hair, 2 body types, eyeglasses that look out of place, a single earring, etc. Granted, these choices don't have much effect on the in-game sprite, but the portrait is still a reminder. There is a lot of missed potential here.

If you're going to have character-customization, why not add more hairstyles or facial styles, which give the player a closer connection to their avatars? Or make the various craftsmen customizable (or at least make 3 or 4 pre-fab combinations for each craftsman).

It's a genuinely good premise, and there are intricacies that I would like to explore further, but I promise you I will not be purchasing tokens to supplement my gameplay experience. A good microtransaction system is the kind that an interested player can take full advantage of, but the uninterested player hardly even knows it's there.

(The rest of this review is a diatribe about pay-to-play and microcurrency games)

At first, I realized that certain shop upgrades could be purchased with tokens if you didn't have the full amount in gold, and I thought that was a smart implementation of the system. Later, I realized that certain commodities were only available by purchasing tokens (less of a big deal, since I didn't have any use for those commodities). Then it tells me that after 12 in-game days have passed, I have to wait for a timer to tick down before I can advance to the next day. I literally can't play any more right now unless I spend tokens (Thankfully, I type long-winded reviews and my turn will probably come up while I'm typing this). Finally, I see that certain item production recipes must be "unlocked" by throwing tokens away. You are withholding content from your audience. It may not be the audience you're hoping for (see: "paying"), but Newgrounds doesn't really strike me as the kind of place that would welcome games with a micropayment model.

There's a huge difference between making your game more accessible or faster to play with microcurrency, for "casual" games that people spend 5 minutes on in the bathroom at work, but it alienates people who really want to explore the game.

It's nice that you've at least included a free 100 tokens, so that people have their choice of what portion of the game they'd like to have less restricted. I'll probably use mine on buying extra days, before I give up on it entirely.

I got three extra days out of waiting the time it took me to type this


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mrzebstermrzebster

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars October 27, 2012

It wasn't as bad as people say. In fact, I loved it! I really felt like part of the game, having to decide what to make and blah, blah, blah. In truth, it's a fantastic game with a truly unique concept. However, It's true that if you're going to make a pay to play game, I recommend putting it on facebook. So, I give it a three point five out of five. It has high potential, and is fun, but really, I'm not willing to pay for a flash game.


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RainbowDashieRainbowDashie

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars October 27, 2012

Meh ... the whole "PAY FOR STUFF!"-Thing kinda sucks hard, since you must pay for what feels like 50% of the content - and that's a big minus in my opinion. At least the upgrades for your shop should be achievable alone. Without the chat it could get hard to get a guild running.

On a sidenote, if you don't mind the waiting it's a nice timewaster ...

For some suggestions to improve this, I would suggest to make the achievements for shops also available for soloplayers (though at a higher expense then) and you probably should implement a pause function while the day is running. At least I didn't see one ...


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BiomancerBiomancer

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars October 27, 2012

Wouldn't mind the waiting for more days if chat worked on newgrounds. Also would be better if I could access the guild and improvement stuff while waiting for more days to plan ahead.


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