Yard Sale Junkie

by Aethyna
May 11, 2015 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews Your vote
Yard Sale Junkie 7 rate Shirley dreams of being a boutique owner in Beverly Hills, but first she needs some cold hard cash to start her business with. She came up with the brilliant idea of organizing high-end yard sales at the backyards of Malibu, Venice Beach, and Hollywood selling items to impatient customers! Play Now Similar Games Played Post a Review

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Summary


Shirley dreams of being a boutique owner in Beverly Hills, but first she needs some cold hard cash to start her business with. She came up with the brilliant idea of organizing high-end yard sales at the backyards of Malibu, Venice Beach, and Hollywood selling items to impatient customers! Cater to their every whim and be on the lookout for those willing to shell out bonuses! Yard Sale Junkie is a one-of-a-kind hunt for hidden objects where you must expertly manage your minutes. If you enjoy timed hidden object games, this is one game you will definitely want to try out!

Plotline

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Shirley has graduated from university and is ready for the working world! She wants to start a boutique shop in Beverly Hills, but her dad had other ideas and wants her to join the family business. However, she has assured him that she already has a plan in place to raise enough money to start her own business, and despite doubts expressed by her father, she is confident that she can do it! Shirley will be organizing high-end yard sales at her friend’s place at Malibu by selling off overstocked products that shop owners want to get rid of. Can you help her raise the $50 thousand that she'll need to realize her dream?

Gameplay


In this game, you’ll have to find the item that your customer wants and drag it to him/her. Some items can be rather hard to find as they are rather small and hard to see or that they are blocked by other larger item/s. You can move the items around to uncover the items behind while you can hold down your left mouse button (for around 2 seconds) to activate the magnifying glass to enlarge a small item for easy viewing. Most small items will display a magnifying glass if you click and hold the mouse button on them.

Sometimes, you are not given a name of the item but instead are given a picture of the item. This can make the search for the item slightly easier for you! The levels are also timed so you are given limited time to serve your customers. Once the time is up, you’ll lose whatever profits you might have earned if you’ve managed to sell all your products. This “playing against the clock” thing is one of the major feature that made Yard Sale Junkie so much challenging to play!



Not to mention, each customer has a timer bar on the upper side of their item requests that represents their patience. When the time runs out, the customer leaves. Don’t stress though, customers come and go and you’ll not be penalized for any customer you lose. Furthermore, you will also encounter bonus customers. These are customers who are willing to pay a little extra in order to get the items that they want a tad bit faster. Thus, be sure to serve these customers first to see your profit grow.

Besides having 2 timers (one game timer and the other the customers’ timers) in the game, Yard Sale Junkie can also very hard to play because of the objects and the background image. The game utilizes real life photos of backyards, front porches and lawns as background images and the objects that you have to find are cropped out from actual pictures of the items too! Thus, some of the items blend so perfectly with the background, making it really hard to spot. There are even items that are too small that you didn’t even notice that it is there. If you encounter any of these problems, don’t worry! If you cannot find an item, you can simply use your available hints (as shown right next to your timer). Each hint you use will highlight all the items requested for a few seconds and it is up to you to quickly remember them before the highlights fade away!

In addition, Yard Sale Junkie provides several varieties of levels that you can enjoy, pushing boredom that often comes with repetitive gameplay at bay. The game keeps changing the rules of the game, making each level feels fresh and exciting. There are often levels whereby you’ll have to sell a particular type of item. For example, there’s a level whereby you’ll have to sell a huge variety of backpacks while you are also required to sell watches, bracelets, brooches, button pins, balloons, skateboards and even surfboards.

There are also levels where you’ll need to accurately pair up the women’s high heels or CDs with their covers and then sell them. There is even a level in which you have to click and hold to view the earrings stored in jewel boxes scattered around the lawn and match them with what your customer wants. For this level, you’ll need to rely on your finding skills as well as your memory as you try to recall where you’ve seen that particular earring that a customer wants.

Some of the small items, such as watches, brooches, button pins and bracelets are not scattered on the ground as they can be very hard to see. Thus, the game provides a board or a table that you can click to zoom in to view the items more closely. To head back to the bigger view, just click on the “back” button to return. Last but not least, as you progress in the game, you’ll get to travel across the backyards of houses in many famous locations, namely Malibu, Venice Beach, and Hollywood!



Community


Yard Sale Junkie unfortunately does not have its own proper and official Facebook fan page like quite a lot of Big Fish Games’ games. However, if you’re determined to find players who enjoyed this game as much as you did, you will have better luck by visiting the game’s forums on the Big Fish Games website.

Graphics/ Sound


The low resolution graphics in Yard Sale Junkie is rather dated as it is an old game. However, if you can look past all that, the game contains plenty real life snapshots of backyards, lawns and front porches of actual houses as backgrounds. The objects you’re searching for in the game are also cropped from pictures of the actual objects themselves! This is perhaps why some of the objects can be so hard to find! In terms of music, the music in Yard Sale Junkie consisted of a soothing piano piece with some nice soft beats to it. It works perfectly in balancing out the frantic hidden objects gameplay.

Conclusion


In summary, Yard Sale Junkie is a very challenging hidden object game. In this game, you are helping Shirley earn money through various high-end yard sales in order to fund her ambition of opening her own boutique in Beverly Hills! Find items that the customers requested from the mess within the allocated time. Don’t forget to pay special attention to the needs of bonus customers too! If you’re looking for a casual hidden object game, you’d have better luck if you look elsewhere – this is definitely not the sort of game you’d want to get. However, if you’re up for the challenge and enjoy playing under pressure, then there’s no other hidden object game that will test your item-spotting skills more!

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