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Hotel Dash

Fun, creative time-management sim from Diner Dash series.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Hotel Dash wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of play

The app has a strong tutorial and introduces new concepts in clear ways. There are also written instructions. The game starts with easy levels and ramps up with additional challenges as you progress. Playing on an iPad might be easier than on an iPhone or iPod Touch because of the screen size.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hotel Dash is a fun time-management game in the Diner Dash series. In it, Flo must run and refurbish a series of hotels to help out a friend. You'll check guests in, drop off luggage, bring meals and other amenities, clean, and check guests out. In advanced levels, the guests include characters such as ghosts and vampires. They aren't particularly creepy, although they tend to be demanding and short tempered. Keep them happy so they don't leave or keep other guests from enjoying their stay.

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What's it about?

Hotel Dash, from the folks who created Diner Dash and other service industry-based games, lets kids experience the day-to-day activities of a harried hotel staff member. They'll follow written instructions to move fast and keep customers happy, completing tasks like getting extra blankets, delivering room service, updating room decor, and more. They'll do all this by tapping the screen very quickly: The key to the game is speed.

Is it any good?


HOTEL DASH is a great example of the time-management genre -- games where you have to manage your time as you complete a list of tasks. The gameplay ramps up at a pace that allows you to adjust to new characters and challenges. Even on the smaller device screens, the game reacts as expected, which isn't always the case in games like this. Hotel Dash has 30 levels, and you can replay each of them to try to get an expert score. If you're a time-management fan, this app is a great choice.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about career choices -- what would it be like to really work in a hotel? Do you think you'd have to run around as much? How would you organize your time? 

  • Have your kids pretend your home is a hotel and they're the staff; they can check you in, take luggage to your bedroom, offer room service, and make sure your stay is comfortable. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions, reading
Release date:October 28, 2010
Category:Strategy Games
Publisher:PlayFirst, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Teen, 14 years old Written bydr duck April 3, 2011

A challanging time mangement has loads of creativity.

Kid, 10 years old February 5, 2011

hard challenging fun

The first few levels are pretty easy. But then it gets harder. And harder. And HARDer. I haven't even beaten the first hotel! It's your decision to get it or not...