Paradise Bay: Build a Tropical Paradise in King’s Newest Game

In Paradise Bay, players will gather resources and use crafting buildings to turn them into more valuable products.

Candy Crush Soda Saga company King has announced the release of Paradise Bay, its newest free-to-play title on iOS devices, taking players to a tropical island where they’ll collect resources and craft them into more valuable items as they befriend a cast of friendly characters.

Paradise Bay is similar to other resource collection and crafting games, like Zynga’s CastleVille Legends or FarmVille 2: Country Escape, in that players will grow crops, tend trees and more to collect base resources, including cotton, coconuts, bamboo and fish (as examples), which can then be transformed in a variety of crafting buildings, forming more valuable items like cloth or barrels, for instance.

Players begin with a limited number of each crop, and will receive two units for each seed they plant. In this way, even though players must replant some of their product to earn additional crops, they still have leftover crops for crafting.

Players unlock additional crafting recipes, resources and crafting buildings as they level up, and will earn experience points and coins by selling their goods on the trading board. The island’s characters will order specific items, and while players can ignore or ‘recycle’ some requests if they don’t have the required resources at the time, some of these orders must be fulfilled to progress the game’s storyline.

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Over time, players can expand their village into the forested areas of the island, unlocking some new features in the process. For instance, early on, players will meet Wesley, a pirate who opens up ‘Weasley’s Exports’ on one of the island’s docks. This building allows gamers to sell some of their excess items to other players. Additional social features allow players to visit their friends’ islands, and complete multiplayer dives to gather rare items.

Gamers have storage limits for base resources and crafted materials, but can expand their storage by collecting key items over time. Treasure chests will periodically appear around the island potentially containing these items, as well as things like experience points, coins and even premium currency. This currency can be used to speed up building timers, crafting recipes and crop or tree growth, as examples.

In addition, players will earn extra rewards as they befriend the island’s characters. That is, the player has a relationship bar for each character, which fills as they complete tasks or trades for the character. Each time the bar fills, players are rewarded with a treasure chest of bonuses.

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In an interview, Clint Tasker, lead designer on Paradise Bay at King Seattle Studio, told us more about the game and its development.

SocialTimes: King has had massive success with its puzzle titles. What made now the right time to try something new with Paradise Bay?

Clint Tasker: We recently announced that in addition to casual games, King is also looking to expand its portfolio to include strategy games and a variety of genres. While games such as the Candy Crush franchise and Farm Heroes Saga still remain a core part of our offering, we also want to be able to offer a broader portfolio of games. We’re very excited about the launch of Paradise Bay because it allows players to embark on a journey of exploration and discovery as they build their very own tropical paradise.

ST: Are there plans to allow players to interact with or somehow help out on their friends’ islands, rather than just visit and look around?

CT: Definitely! Paradise Bay offers a really social gameplay experience for players when they’re connected to the game via Facebook.

The Market and World Market both allow players to buy and sell items to other players of the game.