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IGF FINALIST 2013 BAFTA WINNER 2012 TIGA AWARD FINALIST 2012 1. Build Hotel. 2. Make Music. 3. Stop Tadstock. An insane hybrid of a tower defense game and a procedural music toy with tons of bullets (and healthy number of Wu-Tang references and credit crunch satire). The hit game for iOS now available on Windows and Mac!
Release Date: Oct 16, 2013
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“...to understand how excellent Bad Hotel is, you need to play it. And you need to hear it...I like Bad Hotel so much I'd buy it for you. Get it. It's wonderful.”
Kotaku

“Completely awesome...Lucky Frame, keep this kind of stuff coming.”
Gamezebo

“Bad Hotel is, in short, the stuff of wonderful nightmares: an eerie soundtrack, a menacing palette and an all-pervading sense of inescapable doom. Yet it's also one of the most original and atmospheric tower-defense games we've played all year...”
Modojo

About the Game

IGF FINALIST 2013
BAFTA WINNER 2012
TIGA AWARD FINALIST 2012

1. Build Hotel.
2. Make Music.
3. Stop Tadstock.

An insane hybrid of a tower defense game and a procedural music toy with tons of bullets (and healthy number of Wu-Tang references and credit crunch satire).

The hit game for iOS now available on Windows and Mac! You are a budding entrepreneur, whose hotel is rather unfortunately located within the territory of Tarnation Tadstock, the Texas Tyrant. Your only defense against Tadstock’s army of seagulls, rats, yetis, and more is to build your hotel as quickly and intelligently as possible, using an array of increasingly sophisticated weapons.

The beautiful artwork, quirky storyline, and frantic gameplay all work seamlessly together with a generative music system, which creates original music depending on the player’s actions and decisions. The player becomes a composer, creating complex musical structures to defend their hotel. A vast variety of music can be generated, from delicate beach chillout to country banjo techno.

Get the BAFTA-winning game that Kotaku said was "wonderful" and The Guardian called "an unlikely work of minimalist art".

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.5
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
667 products in account
14 reviews
1.9 hrs on record
☺ Interesting approach to Tower Defence.

☹ Hectic.
☹ Noisy.
☹ Short.

Bad Hotel is a game I really thought I'd enjoy being a fan of tower defence and games that use music in clever ways...unfortunately, it fails to hit the right notes and I found it quite unpleasant to play.

You're tasked with defending a primary hotel block by placing rooms around it that have their own unique uses such as generating cash, firing at enemies or healing damaged rooms. Using these its up to you to withstand an onslaught of enemies as they attack relentlessly, with very little breathing room between waves. A 'pulse' is sent out from your central structure that activates abilities and sounds associated with each room and while sometimes it produces some interesting results, the majority of the time I just found it annoyingly repetitive.

There is quite a large difficulty curve that sets in early and coupled with the hectic pace makes the gameplay feel rather unwelcoming and unforgiving, it rarely feels like you're using tactics but more spamming what you think might be useful at the time.

While there are a fair few levels, the core gameplay never changes even with the introduction of rooms with different effects and the level variations themselves amount to a little cosmetic change and sometimes some different enemy appearances. If you can get over the difficulty spike I expect the game to last around two hours of playing time with very little reason to revisit - sadly, you never really get to play around with the musical elements which I feel is a bit of a missed opportunity.

I feel there is 'something' here that could be worked on, but Bad Hotel plays a few too many duff notes and is hard to recommend.
Posted: April 7th, 2014
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
412 products in account
40 reviews
4.2 hrs on record
Be warned! This game is nothing but crazy.
Imagine you build up a hotel out of simple blocks and an insane manager want to destroy it in order to get the insurance premium. That's the whole story. And he is not alone. In every landscape many strange animals run with bombs and even birds and baloons fly with bombs to your hotel to destroy it. You have cannons and health generators as defence. Shortly - It's a lot of TD in this game. And there are the bosses ... then the manager rides a monster crab or a chainsaw mobile or even the death star from STAR WARS - wtf?

But now comes the good part. Every block you build generates a synthesized sound, like a banjo, a guitar or simply a beep. The sounds play in the order you've build your blocks, which are also linked together. So it turns out, this game is additionally a damn good virtual syntesizer which produces really cool music. You can even hear, when you loose blocks of your hotel building, because the melody changes ... amazing idea!
Posted: April 28th, 2014
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
297 products in account
3 reviews
5.1 hrs on record
Bad Hotel was not bad, it was atrocious. Within 5 minutes of playing I somehow ended up in a phantom zone with no enemies which let me build whatever I wanted and then it crashed.
Gameplay:
The levels generate enemies at random spawn points which completely ruins most strategy when the game decides to spawn everything on one side. The turrets have terrible aiming AI, they'll sometimes just randomly shoot off into space. Sometimes they'll miss targets that aren't moving. On one level my turret rotated 360 degrees to shoot an enemy.
Sound:
I have a massive splitting headache after playing this game. The "music" in each level is affected somewhat by how many buildings or nodes away from your core there are which is a somewhat interesting idea. However it didn't seem like any of the sounds were done in a way to make music and not just sound like a series of annoying beeps over and over.
ALSO YOU CAN'T MUTE THE GAME, there is no in game mute. You should go to your volume mixer and see if you mute the game when the sounds start aggravating you. Something I only realized after finishing.
Achievements:
Now if you're one of those people who just like to 100% random games, then I'd say this game is perfect except for one achievement. There is no level progression all the levels are available which means you can just go fight the bosses which I'd have to say are the easiest levels in the game because theres at least some structure or way to approach the bosses. But then they put in the shoot 100k bullets achievement. 100k IS A LOT OF BULLETS. Even using an idling strategy with 50 guns nearly constantly shooting took nearly 2-3 hours of having my ears bleed.
Posted: March 10th, 2014
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1,056 products in account
51 reviews
4.2 hrs on record
Shovelware ♥♥♥♥♥how with a more monotonous soundtrack than 95% of the original Gameboy library. It is really easy to just pick up and play though, so at least that's something.
Posted: July 20th, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
347 products in account
31 reviews
1.6 hrs on record
At first I found the music so bad I deleted the game. Then I came back to the Bad Hotel with the summer event to get some extra trading cards... I tried it with the sound off. I started to really enjoy the manic tower defense. Then I turned the sound back on. Finally, it started to make sense. The sounds correspond to your building. Now, I play to make great logistical towers & interesting -if experimental- music. Don't underestimate this lil' game. It's not bad at all.
Posted: July 7th, 2014
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82 of 96 people (85%) found this review helpful
1,620 products in account
269 reviews
2.7 hrs on record
You know how sometimes you play a game and you call it "experimental" and it's really cool because it stands out and there's nothing like it and you're glad someone is doing neat, innovative things? And then other times you hear the phrase "experimental" said, but you've got a different tone of voice and it's more of a "I feel like my wallet and my time have just been vivisected" fashion?

Yeah this one's the latter. Your hotel has a core you defend at all costs, every "world" has its own sound patterns per block, and a beat rate the game matches with all the little rooms you build onto it. Some give you more cash, others fire at enemies, some are kamikaze or healing rooms, and every 5 levels there's a boss. That's it. Nothing else. It's modified tower defense but your towers are basically a music tracker. Not even a challenge mode or endless play for when you finish the rather-short campaign. (The closest you get to this is the later worlds all have a gimmick "no weapon/kamikaze-only" stage which, overall, is less fun than it sounds.)

Also the music sounds really interesting in the trailer, right? Yeah, nothing you make in-game is going to sound so cool and trip-hoppy. It's instead going to sound like an auditory seizure. On the subject of music: do you like the Wu-Tang Clan? Get ready to groan at a ♥♥♥♥load of references to their songs in the between-level text. Which... isn't even on every stage. The game couldn't come up with 25 single-sentence lines of dialogue, that's actually the perfect metaphor for how this feels more like a gimmick than a game.
Posted: October 21st, 2013
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Awards

Winner, Best Game, BAFTA in Scotland 2012