Manage the running of a real marina in this riveting time management and strategy game
- Build over a dozen uniquely functional structures to run your marina
- Help boats dock and maintain your buildings to earn money
- Play the Campaign in four progressively difficult locations
- Increase your Rank to unlock more cool features
- Easy to learn controls
- Well presented, easily navigable user interface
- Poor sound effects and music
Youda Marina is a free strategy and time management game for PC, developed by Alawar, in which the player must effectively manage and run a marina by fixing problems, building up its infrastructure and keeping visitors happy. The game is available here as a trial version only. The full version is available externally.
Core Gameplay and Mechanics
If you've ever been to a marina or wanted to see what it was like to manage one, this game will definitely do the trick. Youda Marina is a fun and fast-paced time management game which will let you manage all aspects of a marina, expand it and plan for its future. The main objectives of the game are numerous. Primarily, your job is to ensure that the marina is as successful as possible. This is done through acquiring money, building new structures and attracting new visitors. The idea is to spend as little money as possible while bringing in the most visitors.
The user interface for the game is incredibly easy to use. At the top is your budget, a statistics menu, some options and a visitors counter. The overhead view of your marina is in the middle of the screen. The bottom is where you control what to build from five categories: event facilities, land attraction, coast facilities, utilities and infrastructure. A 'Rank' bar on the right-hand side indicates your experience level. A better rank will earn you more money and in turn attract more visitors. On the left-hand side are a series of objectives or 'milestones' for you to complete.
The structures you build each lend to your goals: Radio Stations will allow boats to communicate; Lighthouses speed up the boat incoming rate; The Bar will earn you income, and so on
Gameplay is easy to manage. Controls utilize a point-and-click interface. A map in the bottom right lets you quickly click on a location to access it. When you begin the Campaign you can choose between four unique marina locations: Shore, Bay, Island or Lagoon. Boats will dock at your marina with specific needs. The structures you build each lend to your goals: Radio Stations will allow boats to communicate; Lighthouses speed up the boat incoming rate; The Bar will earn you income, and so on. Explore the five categories on offer and find the right management style for your marina. If you run out of docks, you can add on more. Boats also come in many different shapes and sizes, requiring larger docks. It is not necessary to be that proactive in the game, however. Dock space can normally be added as needed.
Progressing through the game is on a day by day basis. Playing well means ensuring your daily budget is not exceeded and that all of your milestones are being completed. Keep visitor counts up, increase your rank and become the master of your marina. Once all of your main structures are in place, you must learn to maintain all activities which can challenging, but immensely rewarding.
Graphics, Visuals and Sound
The game is laid out on a grid onto which structures are placed. The overhead view is quite zoomed out, so there isn't a lot of detail to the graphics. The ocean or shoreline (if present) is quite simply presented, with no water effects or animations of any kind. Boats. too, remain still. Interacting with boats results in only a small amount of motion. The sound is also quite poor. Docking boats and clicking the various menus available will generate sounds, but there is no soundtrack to speak of.
Youda Marina combines some great elements from strategy and time management games to bring us a fun, paced and challenging take on the genre. Build your marina up from scratch with over a dozen unique structures, expand your docks, earn money, increase your rank and become the master of your marina. The game's controls are simple, the interface is well laid out and the game is highly accessible to newcomers to the genre as well as experts. All in all, if you're looking for a fun and varied time management game, give this game a download.