Sally's Spa

Last week’s Xbox Live release, Pool Pro Online 3, boasted a highly impressive online multiplayer mode and like, three different pool games. How could this week’s release possibly hope to top that? Why, with girl power of course! Game House has exclusively revealed to Windows Phone Central that Sally’s Spa comes to Xbox Live this Wednesday.

Sally’s Spa is the sequel to Sally’s Salon, a female-oriented time management game. The subject matter of both titles – salons and spas – might cause some of our male readers to roll their eyes, but Sally’s Salon was actually an addictive and finely tuned game. Check out my review to learn why – basically, time management games are fun and well-suited to mobile play. Who cares about the theme when the gameplay’s this good?

Sally's SpaSally’s Spa sees the cutthroat, ruthless businesswoman Sally set her sights on dominating the day spa industry. To do this, she’ll enlist the aid of the mafia and bust the heads of the competition wherever she goes. Wait, that’s not right. What really happens is Sally starts out at a new location, offering customers a small array of beautification services. Once she’s served all of the customers for the day, a new day (level) begins. Complete enough days at once location and it’s off to a new, larger place to repeat the process.

New and improved

Sally's SpaSally’s Spa plays largely the same as the original game, but Game House has made some tweaks and improvements. First, the playing field has been expanded, so now you’ll need to scroll the screen up and down to view and interact with certain stations. Hopefully that doesn’t interrupt the flow of the game too much. On the plus side, the larger field allows for larger and more detailed sprites, so Spa is certainly a bit prettier than Salon. Sally can now order and sell goods to customers, making the experience a bit deeper. Throw in a host of new minigames like Hot Stone Massages and you’ve got a more complex but still very approachable game.

Sally’s Spa debuts Wednesday, August 8 and will cost $4.99. Prepare for a refreshing good time, gamers.