If your perfume-buying funds are low, perhaps you can scratch that itch with Passport to Perfume, a new strategy-oriented video game:
Passport To Perfume takes you around the world as Sophia, a young adventure-seeker, perfume maker and shop owner in the 1940's. You'll manage a perfume shop, create scents, select from elegant perfume bottle inventory and sell your creations to customers. On weekends, travel the world searching for rare ingredients, perfume bottles and new fragrance recipes. Will you find rarest of all—a secret fragrance worn by Marie Antoinette herself? Or will a rival perfumer find it first?
A taste of the game itself:
You can find a complete game walkthrough at GameZebo, or download a trial version of the game at BD Studio Games. Many thanks to Joy for the link!
How cute – sadly, I play quite a few of these casual games – they tend to be a bit mindless, which is great when I need to take a mental break. I’ll probably download the trial and check it out – I’ll pretend to be a great perfumer, just like I pretend to be a great fashion designer when I play the JoJo’s fashion something or other game.
Let us know how it is! It looks like fun (not the video, which is perhaps too mindless for me, but some of the other activities).
Here’s an interesting article from the game developer http://www.gamezebo.com/features/special-editorials/passport-perfume-developers-perspective
Apparently, they took a field trip to the Yosh perfume studio to do research for the game.
I have to admit, I’m missing the brain center that is stimulated by video games. Always have been missing it.
This is really pretty interesting though. Kind of cool, though that video was lulling me to sleep. I think I did spy a Bond No. 9-looking bottle.
I love video games, but filling bottles in the store did not really catch my attention.
It must be b/c you have extra space dedicated to scent sniffing sections in your brain!
Same here, Joe. No interest whatsoever in video or online games. Someone once tried to get me to join Second Life and I created a character but didn’t get beyond one day before I got bored with it and never returned. I spend enough time in front of the computer as it is, I really don’t want to spend my leisure time there as well. I couldn’t even finish watching the demo because the music was driving me crazy! lol
The description of the game sounds fascinating, but the video just looks so boring. I should say, however, that I am terribly bad at video games and this kind of uncomplicated game is probably right up my alley. I really don’t think I could resist trying it just once.
They didn’t make it look very fascinating.
Thinking “oh, that might be a mindless pleasure” I clicked PLAY. . .I couldn’t get through an entire two minutes of that horrible muzak! Thank goodness – I need another mindless pleasure like the proverbial hole in the head.
It sounds cute but I think DSH already beat us to Marie Antoinette’s perfume…
I think Francis Kurkdjian got there first!
I really enjoyed playing P2P. You have to apply logic and time strategies to fill your walk-ins’ orders before they turn impatient and leave in a huff without paying. From your profits you have to keep your shop stocked with a sufficient number and variety of bottles, or you won’t be able to fill all of the next day’s business. If you’re smart about inventory investment and efficient in fulfilling customers’ exact orders (you have to use the bottle they request , fill it with the fragrance they want, and even attach a bulb atomizer for some), then you make enough money to travel around the globe capturing scents from exotic sources so you can make your own house blends, which you can charge more for, but that also increases the complexity of the orders you have to fill. Logical like Tetris, but with more fun visuals.
Belts are tightened here, or I’d spend the $20 to have a fun distraction like this.
Your description reminds me of how Zoo Tycoon works. I enjoy that, so maybe I’ll give P2P a go.
My son adores zoo tycoon…that’s a really nicely designed game.
But I want to actually BE a perfume maker and shop owner in the 1940’s! Games aren’t any fun for me.
I hear you. But look at it this way: you won’t actually lose your life’s savings or have your shop destroyed in the London Blitz if you stick to the video game.
Can’t be done for $20
I like these type of games, but it wasn’t as much fun as Diner Dash, Belle’s Boutique, Mystic Inn, or any of the Build-a-lot games. Keeping your inventory high enough while still upgrading your shop takes some doing, but the game itself is too repetitive for me. I wonder if you get a new shop at some point?
It reminded me a lot of some potion-making game and some sandwich-making game that I tried out, but didn’t buy. It was diverting for a little while, but not entertaining enough for me to purchase. The music is atrocious, I turned it off half way through the first level.
Certainly agree on the music! Haven’t had a chance to play the game yet though.
Maybe I could play the evil perfume maker who introduces pink pepper.
She seems to do a brisk business. Looks like she could use an assistant.
Don’t think about it, Daisy. She needs an assistant who is ANOSMIC who will not be sniffing the inventory all day and pilfering decants behind her back.
Hey now! who needs to pilfer decants if you work at the store…just apply liberally at work….although I usually do the spritz down in my underthings….that might hurt business!
Hmmm… I didn’t see an assistant upgrade, but who knows what’s available later in the game.