Running your own tavern? Sounds like an interesting and possibly relaxing game doesn't it? Interesting for sure, but not quite relaxing yet. Tavern Tycoon - Dragon's Hangover has a lot of potential with an interesting premise, and at the time of writing(2017,03,08) is still in early access. So anything in this preview will be subject to change.
Very clearly inspired by Theme
Hospital, Tavern Tycoon has you building similarly, with similar
looking mechanics that still differ when you get below the surface of
them. At present, it seems to use a similar system - Someone comes in,
goes to the bar, and gets drinks until they need to go to the restroom.
From there on they will attempt to go to other rooms before they finally
are satisfied and leave happily, or they get angry at your tavern and
leave in a bad mood.
Now, as it is early access you can still
expect bugs, crude balancing and other parts that need polishing, the
most notable bugs and complaints I've found were that rooms stop
functioning with guests refusing to use them(Thus becoming angry at the
long wait and leaving), everything being expensive to the point a single
bench costs 5 or more months of wages for a staff member, and the
timescale being incredibly fast- There is no pausing to design a room,
months pass in what feels like a matter of seconds which makes it nearly
impossible to make a profit without doubling your prices from the
default(Not to mention stressful as you are immediately under pressure
to build everything), and many pieces of furniture not being functional
Many more things are not perfect yet, but it shows that the
ideas are there, there is someone actively working on them and there is a
functional build with more to come.
Even then, it is pleasant to
run a functional tavern and it has the beginnings of something that
could be very interesting and even challenging to play, but still
frustrating thanks to the bugs and unpolished nature of early access.
is certainly great potential here, but at present it is untapped and
unpolished. I've found it to be a bit too close to Theme Hospital to
make the tavern theme truly work, but that may still change as updates
are made and it develops into more of its own thing. My suggestion for
those looking into it would be to wait- At least for the bugs and
balancing to be adjusted, or you're going to be frustrated more often
than not. But if you need to make a decision right now on whether to buy
it or to never look at it again, I would say it is worth the risk. The
price is low and the basics are there to enjoy it if you try to ignore
the worst of the unpolished parts.