📣 We are incredibly excited to show you the Official Launch Trailer for Two Point Campus!
🛠️ Create stunning universities
❤️ Shape the lives of your students
🤓 Manage a range of wild & wonderful courses#TwoPointCampus is coming 9th August to PC & consoles, SO SOON!! pic.twitter.com/LvjGtId4RA
— Two Point Studios (@TwoPointStudios) August 4, 2022
Two Point Campus is the successor to 2018s Two Point Hospital, from SEGA’s Two Point Studios. Four years have surely passed fast and Two Point Campus feels like a true evolution of its predecessor, yet it still manages to retain the series’ charm, humour and then some.
So, as the name of the game suggests, this business simulation has moved away from hospital management. Instead, you’re now going to be in charge of a University campus and its unruly students. Though to be fair, they’re not all unruly. However, they will require more man management than the patients of Two Point Hospital.
One of the main changes over Two Point Hospital is that in this sequel, the students will be sticking around for much longer. In fact, you’ll have to take care of them until they graduate from university life. In Two Point Hospital, patients were in and out once treated. That’s unless they died on your premises. Which never happened, right?
In total, there are 12 main levels at launch with 17 courses for students to enrol once they have been unlocked in-game. As each campus unlocks, it will come with its own unique features, challenges and stipulations. If you run a successful enough campus, you’ll even be able to level up your courses and unlock better staff to hire as well as new facilities.
As the campus manager, you’ll also have to ensure that students enrol, live a happy life and hopefully graduate with flying colours. However, it’s not all about enrolling on courses and graduating with flying colours. You’ll also need to make sure that students don’t become bored of life on your campus. One of the best ways to keep students happy is to keep an eye on student requests in your inbox. You may even unlock extra credits to purchase better facilities and equipment. So be sure to keep an eye on that.
Whether it’s enjoying the courses on offer, getting plenty of sleep in the dorms, stuffing their face with food, playing video games or partying at the student hall. Some may even form relationships and fall in love on your campus. Oh, and of course, you’ll have to turn a profit too. So, you’ll need to ensure that you hire the best teachers, lecturers, janitors and more to keep the money rolling in.
Of course, keeping students happy and running a successful business is only a small part of the fun. As with most management sim games, you’ll also take pride in how good your campus looks. Whether it’s SimCity, Jurassic World Evolution or Two Point Hospital, Two Point Campus is no exception. There’s something therapeutic about having a well-organised map as you purchase extra plots of land to expand your campus furthermore.
In terms of how Two Point Campus plays, it’s as if it was organically made for a console control pad. In previous years, other than a few exceptions, most successful management sims were found on PC. Don’t get me wrong, that’s still largely the case. However, playing Two Point Campus with a controller feels almost as natural as using a mouse. The UI is so well organised and is easily accessible in a blink of an eye.
Nothing about Two Point Campus feels overwhelming. You’ll be eased into campus life with a super easy tutorial level that will provide you with all the basics you need to progress into later levels. Better still, you can replay the Freshleigh Campus tutorial level as much as you please until you feel ready to take on new challenges. Furthermore, students are procedurally generated, so no two games will truly feel the same. It’s also a great-looking game, full of eye-popping colour and vibrancy.
If I was to have one critique, sometimes if I step away from the game for a couple of days, I can find it difficult to find my rhythm once more. I know, this is mostly on me. But if anything, the fact that I’m having to find something so nit-picky just goes to show how much of a good game Two Point Campus is. That being said, I can easily forget what staff is best suited in certain areas of the campus. So, I would find it handy to have some kind of quick access index describing the roles of each staff member.
To conclude, Two Point Campus is a prime example of how to evolve into a sequel. It evolves upon its predecessor in more ways than you might expect, but still retains its familiarity. I know I’m sounding very cliché here, but Two Point Campus really is easy to play but a challenge to master. It’s a deep management sim, without feeling overwhelming. Two Point Campus is full of laugh-out-loud moments but has a serious strategic element. It’s everything you could ever want from a sequel. I think I’ve found my new favourite management sim!