Yard Sale Junkie Game Review by MJ Suttor
Game Rating = 3/5
Ever been in search of a lantern, skateboard or a stuffed bear? Then you may have been at a yard sale. In the game Yard Sale Junkie you can search for these treasures as well as many more.
The premise of the game is to begin with a Yard Sale in Malibu and work your way through all of the various stops and cities along the way until your arrival in Hollywood.
The way the yard sale is conducted is that several yard sale items are placed in a yard scene that makes the items disappear into the background and less visible to the eye.
At the same time a shopper will pop up in the corner. The player then must match the shopper’s request with the correct item. If an incorrect item is chosen it will simply fall to the bottom of the scene.
The player is racing the clock to see how much money can be raised before the time runs out. If all the items are sold before the time is up, the player earns bonus bucks.
As the player increases in levels the number of items to find becomes more complex. There are boards with small jewelry items that the player will need to zoom in on in order to see the items for sale. This is done by holding the left click.
The graphics are fairly simple, but it fits the complexity of the game. The graphics are used primarily to disguise items. Some items can be difficult to determine what exactly they are at a quick glance. For example see-saw comes up. Instead of expecting an actual teeter totter it is a statue with people on a see saw. This is just part of the disguise. The item pictures aren’t always what you immediately think of with the item.
Sound is also very simple, but if it had much more to it, it would probably be a distraction. When a bonus is granted a sound is given. Otherwise the music is low key with very few other sounds.
The game probably isn’t the most creative or original, but it was enjoyable in a small dose. It was fun to see how much money could be earned and it did motivate the player to want to continue around the track of sales.
This game is not for those that are looking for adventure and action. It is a good memory game that would be good for kids. Because it is very good at reinforcing memory skills with no violence or sexual content. This would be an excellent game for kids. It would appear to be suited for children age 8 and up. The shopping aspect of the game may make it more appealing to girls as well.
The instructions and tutorials make the game extremely easy to jump into and learn how to play. This is one of the strengths of the program.
Overall it is a good family game that is good for memory and matching skills. For this reason I would rate it 3/5. I lowered it for simplicity and lack of a real original concept.