The Love Boat is a hilarious time management game from GameHouse based on a popular TV series of the same name. Available on Android and iOS, this game lets you take a cruise down memory lane as you relive all your favorite things about the show. You will join Captain Stubing, Julie, Gopher, Doc, Isaac, and the rest of the crew as they help the passengers find true love. Witness romantic and comic scenes as you complete dozens of stages spread out across six exotic chapters. Keep an eye out for other familiar faces as well. Emily, from the Delicious series, and Angela of Fabulous, both make guest appearances in the game. While everything about the game seems light-hearted and fun, completing all the stages takes some serious work. Time management requires laser-like focus and quick reaction times. If you find yourself struggling with any stage, read our The Love Boat strategy guide on how to complete all levels!
1. Queue Up Your Actions
The key to any time management game is planning your moves ahead. If you think about your moves one order at a time, you will never make it to the end of the level. The most time-consuming part of any level is going back and forth between the customers and the production area. With that in mind, try to think about how you can minimize trips in order to save time. For example, if you are about to get a champagne bottle, look at all the other things you can do that are nearby. Queue up all the other actions that you can do even if you are not done yet with the champagne bottle. This way, your character will automatically proceed to the queued-up actions while you think about what to do next.
Presence of mind and focus is important because you will be multitasking. You will need to remember everything your customers need, and in what order to serve them in. Develop a system for serving the most urgent customers first. When you eliminate the time for thinking about what to do next, things will be a lot easier. It takes a lot of practice to be able to instinctively queue up the right actions, so don’t get discouraged if you get the orders mixed up at first. Just relax, focus, and try again.
2. Prioritize The Task
Every level you play will have a specific task that you need to accomplish. Once you complete the task, you will be rewarded with a Diamond. Make sure you prioritize completing the task no matter what. The tasks are usually complicated and difficult to pull off. It will most likely take up most of your time for the level. That means you might need to sacrifice your rating for that level.
Don’t worry too much about getting a three-star rating when completing a task. You don’t really have to accomplish both in order to get a reward. In fact, you will still get the Diamond even if you don’t earn three stars for that level. Levels can be replayed as much as you want, so you can always get that three-star rating later on.
3. Watch Out For Mice
Every stage in the game will have a mouse randomly pop up somewhere. You don’t want mice around your esteemed guests, so tap on the mouse as soon as you see it. You will receive some cash as a reward for catching the mouse. The location of the mouse changes even if you replay the same stage, so you will need to be vigilant if you want to catch them all.
4. Don’t Forget Your Upgrades
Unlike other games that has a separate store or menu for upgrades, The Love Boat actually has the upgrade screen at the beginning of the missions. It is easy to miss if you are not paying attention. If you want to purchase upgrades, just go to a mission and wait for the screen that has a bunch of price tags on it. The price tags represent the upgrades, so just tap on them and read the descriptions.
Prioritize the upgrades that increase the wait time of the customers. Your ratings depend on the satisfaction of customers, and they are generally easier to please if they are willing to wait longer. The other upgrades can sometimes have confusing or vague descriptions. Purchase those at your own risk, but since they are all upgrades, any upgrade you buy will most likely help you in some way.
5. Replay Stages For Money
The difficulty of the levels increases the further you progress in the game. Eventually, you will be struggling to complete a level. When you reach that point, that means it is time for more upgrades. Unfortunately, upgrades cost a lot of money. You will need to do a bit of grinding in order to get enough money to buy the upgrades you need.
Replay any of your completed stages in order to earn extra cash. Pick the latest ones that you were able to complete in order to earn the most cash. Keep in mind, though, that you will be replaying the stages a lot. While it is a good idea to pick newer stages to replay, you should also consider finding a stage that you can comfortably play over and over. Some stages can be completed but can be stressful since you are still short on upgrades. If that is the cases, feel free to move further back to a stage that offers a decent amount of coins but is easier to complete.
6. Buy Mice With Diamonds
After completing all those tasks, you should have enough Diamonds to splurge a little. The game has a Diamond store where you can buy several mouse crew members. They don’t really do anything for you in the game, but they are cute and fun to collect. Try to unlock them all to complete your mouse crew collection!
It is time to take a trip down memory lane in one of the most famous shows of the 70’s! Just stick to our The Love Boat strategy guide in order to conquer all the levels!