When I first saw the video game title, I thought that the game was a dating simulation or something of that sort since the game was called Fix-It-Up Eighties: Meet Kate's Parents. Maybe it was a dating fix-up game that was set in the eighties? I couldn't have been more wrong, albeit pleasantly, once I began playing. The game's concept couldn't have been farther from dating; it was all about cars and running an auto shop!
Fix-It-Up Eighties: Meet Kate's Parents is an auto shop simulation with a vintage twist because it's actually set in the eighties. Apparently, the previous Fix-It-Up game focused on Kate and on her journey in the auto shop industry. This time, the game's franchise takes you a few decades back to when Kate's parents were also starting out in the auto shop industry.
Basically, what you have to do is run and auto shop and make sure everything goes without a hitch. It's a drag-and-drop game where you have your crew fix, clean, repaint, and mod cars in different stations throughout the auto shop.
There are goals that have to be achieved in each level and most of them are quite easy and manageable. The thing here to beat would have to be the time so you'd get a gold star for that level. The game doesn't end if you don't achieve all the goals within the time limit (you just lose a star) but I think it's an added challenge to beat the clock.
Fix-It-Up Eighties: Meet Kate's Parents is a very interesting and addictive game. Once I began playing, I had to literally tear myself away from the computer for dinner because it was that addictive. It's not a very hard game to play; in fact, I managed to get the gold star in the first few levels or so without any trouble. I like the fact that it ramped up the difficulty gradually. By the time I was in the third location, I was really sweating it out in order to achieve all the goals quickly without losing my gold star.
There are also timely achievements and awards given to the player all throughout the game. For each level you complete with the star, you earn a gold coin. These can be used to purchase decorations for your diner (which is really just, technically, an extra.)
There aren't many bad things that I can say about Fix-It-Up Eighties: Meet Kate's Parents. I think it's more on the game menu rather than the gameplay that I have some qualms about. For example, the loading time is a bit longer than usual so it can get frustrating having to wait half a minute or two before proceeding to the next level. Also, each location has an accompanying introduction in the form of a short storyline. This is fine if it only plays when you begin the location. However, I found that when I quit the game and resumed at a stage in the middle of that location, the introduction played again. Of course you can just skip it if you've seen it (or if you aren't interested in watching it) but it can get a bit of a hassle to have to click through it every time you resume a game.
You can get the game here: Big Fish Games