In the world of gaming apps, it's imperative for a game to not only be whimsical and fun, but also in some way unique. Unfortunately, for 'Paradise Cove', it misses the mark on all three of these aspects.
'Paradise Cove' is a little game about starting a community on a set of islands where occassionally you get attacked by pirates. Its 'Farmville'-esque gameplay and art style, while not unique, is easy to navigate and pleasing to the eyes... at least in the beginning. By level 10, you'll have so much stuff crammed onto one island, that it's easy to get discombobulated. Actually, even getting to level 10 is a long and arduous process.
The game starts out very slow, as there aren't enough things to do to take up any time. After starting the app up, you'll literally run out of money or have to wait for cooldowns after around five minutes, and that's if you take your time. The scaling for the purchase of items with gold becomes ridiculous quickly, and you'll have to collect from all of your buildings more than a couple of times just to build one more building or expand your land. Of course, you could always purchase rubies with real money, or try to win them from the mermaid that swims around.
Speaking of the mermaid, she's pretty much the only thing that keeps this game running at all. Without her, you'd be stuck on one quest for ages. When you go into the mermaid's minigame, you can gamble gold or rubies for the chance at more gold, rubies, pearls, etc. You can pretty much guess that you won't win any spectacular amounts of gold doing this, but you have to have rubies to complete a few of the quests, and you can't get them any other way without paying out real cold hard cash. Pearls, also, are an important feature that allows you to upgrade shops and ships. Thank you mermaid for saving some time, because getting pearls via fighting pirates or treasure voyages takes longer than necessary.
For a treasure voyage, not only do you need to dole out thousands of gold, but you also have to wait for hours for your ships to come back (usually with a paltry amount of treasure). They're pretty much useless, as you can't fight pirates if your ships are out looking for treasure.
Pirate fights are also lackluster. Wait until the crosshairs are on the ship, then tap. Easy peasy. There's no buildup or climax to battles at all, which is one of the "draws" for playing this game in the first place.
Overall, this game is a huge waste of time. The storyline, if you want to call it that, is weak. The gameplay is monotonous (cut down trees, build a building, fight a pirate, expand your land and repeat). The pirate fights are boring, and the expansion of your town is uninteresting. There's really no motivation for continuing on, and getting to level 10 in the first place was a nightmare. Supposing you don't mind throwing down your actual hard earned money to speed things along, as this game so obviously wants you to do, it's not bad for maybe 10 minutes of gameplay a day. But, if you want to have fun with a game and not spend all your money on it, then this isn't the droid you're looking for.