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  • Summary: --Special release sale of 23% off!--
    Build and manage the ultimate Japanese hot springs inn in this one-of-a-kind simulation from Kairosoft.
    Rooms, restaurants, arcades, and baths--position each facility to lull your guests into hot spring Nirvana and skyrocket your establishment to fame!
    --Special release sale of 23% off!--
    Build and manage the ultimate Japanese hot springs inn in this one-of-a-kind simulation from Kairosoft.

    Rooms, restaurants, arcades, and baths--position each facility to lull your guests into hot spring Nirvana and skyrocket your establishment to fame!

    Craft the perfect Japanese garden from lanterns, pine trees, azaleas, and more--you'll need it all if you want to attract VIPs like pop stars and novelists.

    There can only be one #1! Do you have what it takes?

    Turn your device to rotate the screen, touch to scroll, and pinch to zoom in and out.

    Supports iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

    Note: Screen rotation and zoom are only available on iPhone 3GS and later, iPod touch 2nd generation and later, and iPad.

    The game now lets you switch between English and Japanese.
    Try searching for "Kairosoft" to see all of our games.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Mar 2, 2011
    100
    Hot Springs Story might just be the best tycoon/simulation game on the App Store. All we need now is for Kairosoft to bring over The Game Dealer, their game retailer simulator, which they already released on Japan's App Store. Then, we'd really feel refreshed.
  2. Mar 4, 2011
    100
    A different approach to the Sim-Management style of gameplay that made Game Dev Story so popular, but it's no less addictive and players should prepare themselves for some social black-outs.
  3. Apr 9, 2011
    100
    The game is at once incredibly simple to learn and play, but at the same time, that beautiful Lego-esque state of constant building, destroying, and rebuilding, always searching for that optimal configuration, is so satisfying.
  4. Mar 24, 2011
    85
    Hot Springs Story brings an extremely deep experience through a simple and intuitive interface, ideal for novices. Obviously the game can soon become repetitive and predicatble, while the setting could not attract many western users, but there are a lot of improvements from Game Dev Story, like the ability to zoom in/out or play in landscape mode.
  5. Jul 31, 2011
    80
    It's difficult to draw a distinction between the qualities of Hot Springs Story and Game Dev Story. The latter will be inherently more interesting for gamers and as such, probably fares worse on the iPhone, while Hot Springs Story is more casually slanted but skews for a unique cultural niche.
  6. Mar 23, 2011
    80
    Hot Springs Story isn't quite as gripping as Game Dev Story. Its subject matter being not quite as clearly enjoyable as the earlier game, plus it's really quite a serious sim, with no sign of the humor of Game Dev Story. However, in turn it's a deeper experience with more to it. This ensures that Hot Springs Story is still a great game to play, just not quite as wondrous as its predecessor.
  7. May 23, 2011
    40
    This lack of interactivity and interesting things to do really hurts Hot Springs Story.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Dec 28, 2013
    8
    Hot springs Story is a reinforcement that Kairosoft the developers of Game Dev Story are no one it wonders. Being Completely different toHot springs Story is a reinforcement that Kairosoft the developers of Game Dev Story are no one it wonders. Being Completely different to their previous game there have delivered an addicting resort simulation, that fans will go crazy over. Apart from the slow introduction the game is a must have for all simulation freaks! Expand
  2. Aug 4, 2011
    4
    Disappointingly clunky and boring, especially so since it's from the developers of Game Dev Story, THE best game for iOS I have ever played.Disappointingly clunky and boring, especially so since it's from the developers of Game Dev Story, THE best game for iOS I have ever played. Hot Springs' interface is a bit too complicated for the small screens and the mechanics a little too Japanese to be instantly understood like GDS was. Expand

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