631071_largerKairosoft's Dream House Days [Free], which debuted earlier this week, kinda has a bad name. It isn't so much about building a dream home as it is maintaining and managing a profitable apartment complex brimming with upscale tenants. Apartment Manager Story is a better fit for this one, as it seems to tell the story of a manager who starts with almost nothing, and yet somehow manages to build the best apartment complex ever.

Dream House Days plays like most other Kairosoft releases, and that may be a good or a bad thing for you depending on where you stand with the studio's knack for giving users a bunch of mechanics and systems to consider without really explaining the pros and cons of choosing one thing over the other. In the game, you buy rooms in your complex, set up furnishings to draw the best possible tenants, and then collect cash. In turn, you'll be able to buy better stuff and draw even better tenants. As you play, you'll slowly learn that some items or furnishings are better suited to draw specific tenants or buff stats of tenants. It seems simple, but you never really know how systems are going to interact with each other until you experiment, which can lead to some hiccups.

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It's important to note that this is free-to-play and a lot of stuff is locked behind a $4.99 IAP wall. Things like landscape mode, for instance. Also, the game has a ticket system. Tickets are good to have since they unlock jobs and apartment sizes, but unless you've got a lot of time on your hands, you'll probably need to buy one or two.

Dream House Days just launched, so we're pretty early into it. We'll be back with a full review on the game in the coming days, but if you're even vaguely interested give it a shot since it's free and all.

  • Game.PN

    Well I make a Japan Itunes Account for that and the game is too slow need IAP for that but it have a good gameplay.

  • RickyBrooke

    Isn't this really a Japanese lite version of The Sims?

  • ColeDaddy

    I'm at work, so I can't access Itunes, but is this optimized for iPhone 5 screens?

  • Game.PN

    Anyone has a news for Game Dev Story 2??!

    • pdSlooper

      Nothing quite like Game Dev Story 2, but they've recently released Soosharu Yumemonogatari (something like Social Game Developer Dream), which appears to have some similarities. I don't actually *know* Japanese, though, so that's just what I can ken from the magical mechincal translators.

      Last I checked, Soosharu Yumemonogatari was only out on DoCoMo (popular Japanese cell phone provider). It's pretty standard for Kairosoft to release on DoCoMo first, then Japanese iOS or Android, then port to English.

  • shadax

    Aw man. No Game Center?

    *pout*

    • pdSlooper

      There are leaderboards, but they aren't GC leaderboards. They compare your high score (calculated at the beginning of the 21st year) against everyone else who sent in their score.

  • cameron331

    There goes my weekend plans.

  • Zach Inglis

    I got so bored waiting for a new Kairo game I went and got this and bought another on the Android emulator. It's a more sucky experience but fills that strategy void. (Not good for them as my view of quality goes down.)

    Shame it had to be one of the ones I already started playing.

    Unfortunately the IAP on this game infuriates you no end but I don't blame them for trying a new monetization method. Hopefully they'll stay away from it in the future though.

  • pdSlooper

    Tickets aren't hard to come by at all. You get 1 per 7 minutes of unpaused gameplay, 7 for any friend you sign up, 1 for every 40 minutes of your friends' play, tickets when residents move out (if their happiness is high enough; happiness raises when they interact with each other and pets, also when babies sleep in cribs), and a few others here and there.

  • iValerio90

    freemium ? no thanks.

    • themostunclean

      Kairosoft? No thanks.

      • iValerio90

        so true...

  • Smokey956

    The sims ?

    • Hoot3000

      No. Nothing like sims. It's free so try it! I love most of kairosofts games and this one is hard to put down. Ads aren't over powering and tickets are easy to get! *****

  • futuresgreen

    I'll be giving this a miss too. First time I've said no to Kairo. There's loads of other games to play, without paying £3 to get rid of ads then paying for tickets.

  • InfectiousRed

    Kairosoft... freemium... I guess they weren't happy with the $4 I spent every time they released a game.
    Well, looks like another iOS developer down the crapper.

  • kincmok

    ?? There isn't a lot locked away in IAP.. only landscape mode, removal of ads and tickets... the rest is there if you just research stuff and tickets are easy free to get.. You can't use tickets to unlock jobs or apartment sizes.. Jobs are automaticly found by the tenants and new apartment sizes are unlocked by research which doesn't use tickets.. did the writer even played the game?

  • mutts

    Well this one isn't as much fun as the previous installments.
    And is around on Android for sometime now.
    It is a pitty that kairosoft choose the free to play route like they did with beastie bay.
    And for the 4.99 you get the full game. But it still has iap for the tickets.
    Although you won't need to buy them to progress.

    If you like kairosoft this is an instnat buy.

  • FledgeFish

    I kind of got bored with kariosoft games after the third or fourth one. Now if game dev story 2 comes out it may be able to change that

  • jamiejap

    I think even if the mechanics looks the same kairo games are all very different to play. So you never know if you're going to love that game. So because its free i will give it a try!

    • jamiejap

      great, love it.