The Tenants is brought to us by the same people who gave us the very addictive House Flipper. The first time I saw this game I got major Sims and even Urbz (remember that?) vibes from the style of the game. It is part management, part building, and part simulation game. While it is in very early access right now, it is showing a ton of promise.
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The Game Review
The idea of the game is that you want to become a rental property tycoon, but this is easier said than done. At the start of the game, you will be doing “jobs” for other people. These jobs are things such as renovating a place, maybe watching someone else’s rental property, collecting money, and so on.
Once, you get enough money, you are able to purchase your first rental property. You need to renovate it, but at first, you will have very little money. This means that you will have to keep it basic, but functional and just get someone in there so you can start making some money.
Money is actually way harder to make than you would think! The bank in this game does not mess around and it is one area where I wish a little more time went into. The renovating aspect of the game is a ton of fun. At the moment there is a decent selection of things that you can use to make an apartment look great.
The thing is, the rating that your apartment gets (the higher the rating, the higher rent) is not about style. It is more about just having the most expensive stuff in there, no matter how it is laid out. This is one thing I am sure will be fixed as the game moves along with development. As of writing, there is no real incentive to put a ton of thought into the rental properties.
The tenants in the game each have their own personality. You can look at a tenant before they move in to see what they like. If you get the place just the way they want, you can make a lot more money. A huge part of the game is managing multiple rental properties at once which is quite challenging.
All of your tenants seem to want your attention at the same time! I once lost a tenant because I was already doing something for someone else. There was no possible way for me to help them so it felt a tad unfair. This is not game-breaking or anything like that, but it is a bit annoying.
I think that The Tenants is a game with a ton of charm and a bunch of great ideas. I had a lot of fun with this in the time I have spent with it so far. It is in early access, so I am sure the “annoyances” I have had with it will be worked on. If you like building games, management games, and so on, I am sure you will be pulled in by the charm this game has.
- This game is a lot of fun
- Renovating the properties is very addictive
- I liked how each tenant had their own personality
- The game is pretty easy to figure out
- Some of the expectations feel very unfair
- There is no word on this coming to console yet