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There are many things you must do in order to have a successful business, such as set prices, create a recipe, purchase stock and upgrades, and choose the location of your lemonade stand. Get ready to go from rags to riches. NOTE: While all information was gathered from the PC Version, as far as I know much of the information here is also compatible with the mobile and IPhone versions of the game. =============================================================================== o Table of Contents 1. Title Screen 2. Interface 3. Career Mode 4. Challenge Mode 5. Stands 6. Notices 7. Quotes 8. Conclusioin =============================================================================== o 1. Title Screen When you first load the game up, you'll come to the main screen. There are six tabs in the top left corner: - Play! This is where you go to begin the game. You can do three things: start a new career, begin a new challenge, or load a previous game. In career mode, you have unlimited time to build your lemonade business. In challenge mode, you have only 30 days and the goal is to make as much profit as possible. You can have up to 8 saved games. - Options Here is where you can tinker with some of the settings. Set the weather to Celcius or Fahrenheit, turn the sound on or off, turn the music on or off, and determine whether or not you want to play in full screen. Not much else going on here. - Lemonade Stock Exchange (LSX) Doesn't work anymore, just ignore it. - Help You can go here to learn all the basics of the game that will already be in this FAQ. It gives a basic guideline of many aspects of the game. - Credits List of all the people involved in the development of the game. - Quit Exit the game. On the right hand side of the screen there is a random quote on the top (for a list of all the quotes, refer to section 7). Beneath the quote are highlights from your games, including highest revenue in a month and highest earnings in a challenge. =============================================================================== o 2. Interface When you first start a career or challenge, the main screen will appear. I'll break it down for you: - In the top left corner is your stock. Starting from the left, you will see how many Lemons, Sugar, Ice, and Cups are currently in your stock. - The total amount of money you own is in the top right corner - Below the top left corner where all your stock is displayed, you will see seven tabs. From left to right they are Results, Rent, Upgrades, Staff, Marketing, Recipe, and Supplies: - Results This is where you can view all the data of your business. You can view a chart displaying progress, view all your financial information, and all the other "business" stuff. Whenever you complete a day, all the information about that day will automatically be displayed here. - Rent In this tab you get to choose your location. There are 10 different locations in which you can set your lemonade stand, all with a different amount of rent and popularity: Location Rent Note The Suburbs $0.00 Your very own neighborhood! The Park $10.00 Kids love lemonade! Downtown $30.00 Now it's time to get serious The Train Station $30.00 Catch the commuters. The Beach $40.00 Hot spot for sunny days! The Mall $50.00 Welcome to consumer's heaven! The Marina $50.00 Sell to the rich and famous. The Old Square $100.00 Show the tourists some hospitality. The Magic Gardens $100.00 Are you big enough for this small world? The Hexa-Stad $150.00 Meet them at the ballgame. - Upgrades As your lemonade business progresses, you will want to purchase upgrades to improve customer satisfaction, speed up transactions, etc. There are a total of 13 upgrades that you can purchase: Upgrade Price Note High Output Citrus Juicer $49.99 Get the juice out of lemons in no time! ShadeMaker 3000 Canopy $129.99 Keep your customers cool. Miracle 9000 Power Juicer $149.99 Refill pitchers at lightning fast speed! EZserve Cash Register $249.99 Speed up your serving process! Mr. Fridge $249.99 Never waste money on spoiled lemons again! Ice-O-Matic Ice Dispenser $399.99 Tired of wasting money on ice cubes? Classic Stand $449.99 A classic look for a guaranteed hit! High-Five Sound System $799.99 Have the grooviest music around. Lemon Stand $999.99 The ultimate stand on the markey! Bright Lights Neon System $1249.99 Grab their attention. Take2 Lemonade Dispenser $1599.99 Lowers serving time/fill pitchers faster High Output Automatic Ice $2599.99 Never run out of ice again! Maker Castle Stand $9999.99 More than just lemonade. - Staff There are a total of 2 staff members that you can hire. Both have a set one day salary. Staff Member: Salary: Note: Martine the Cashier $60.00 Too many people to serve? Call for help! Simon the Lemon $80.00 Keep your clients happy in line. - Marketing This tab allows you to set the price for each cup of lemonade you sell. The default is one dollar. Also, you are able to adjust how much you spend on advertising. Obviously, advertising will bring more people to your stand. - Recipe This is where you can tweak your recipe. Personally, I only click this tab one time during my whole career. Once you have a good recipe there is never a need to change it. Later on I have my recommended recipe but you should experiment on your own first. - Supplies You'll be visiting this tab all the time. In order to sell lemonade, you need to make lemonade, and in order to make it, you need supplies. You can buy all the supplies needed for making lemonade: Item Price Lemons 12 for $4.80, 24 for $7.20, 48 for $9.60 Sugar 12 for $4.80, 20 for $7.00, 50 for $15.00 Ice Cubes 50 for $1.00, 200 for $3.00, 500 for $5.00 Cups 75 for $1.00, 225 for $2.35, 400 for $3.75 - On the right side of the screen, you will find a lot of other important information. The year, month, and day will be displayed along with the weather. Also, a notice that will affect lemonade sales is displayed next to the forecast. Whenever you start your day, this is where you will see customers buying your lemonade. =============================================================================== o 3. Career Mode Career Mode offers an open-ended game in which you have unlimited time to expand your lemonade business. While you only start with $40, you are able to feel the sensation of going from nothing to everything as you climb your way to the top. This mode is recommended for beginning players as well. When you first start, you can't purchase any upgrades or anything yet, but you do need to set your recipe and buy supplies. The recommended recipe for guaranteed satisfaction from everyone is: - 5 lemons - 3 Sugar - 3 Ice I recommend changing it to this and leaving it there for the rest of the game. Obviously you can do some experimenting of your own if you like. Next thing you should do is buy supplies. Realize that it is cheaper to buy supplies in larger bundles, but lemons tend to spoil and ice will always melt at the end of the day. On my first day, I bought 48 lemons, 50 cups of sugar, 50 ice cubes, and 150 cups. When you're all stocked up, refer to the notice in the top right hand corner next to the weather forecast. If it says something relevant to the Suburbs or something that may make customers more or less willing to spend money, you will need to adjust accordingly. Refer to section 6 for more information. When you're ready, press START DAY. When the day is over, your results will pop up. On a normal day your Earnings will have totalled around 5-10 bucks. Time to prepare for Day 2-- purchase 50 more ice cubes and start another day. Continue this pattern as both your cash and your popularity increases. Note that at this time many customers will complain about long waiting times. There is nothing you can do about this quite yet. Eventually 50 ice cubes won't be enough to satisfy one day of business. Start buying 100 instead. Also, consider spending a couple bucks in advertising as well, it does make a noticeable difference. So continue the pattern throughout Month 1. Eventually, you'll want to move on to places where you can profit more. A good next step would be to move to the Park. Just keep saving up and buying new upgrades, getting the cash register and power juicer as soon as possible so you won't miss a lot of customers due to long waiting times. Keep working your way up the ladder as you get more and more money and upgrades. Eventually you will get the Castle Stand and be making over $800 every day. Then again, once you get the Castle Stand there is no real reason to keep playing. So, my recommendation is that you try out Challenge Mode. :) =============================================================================== o 4. Challenge Mode Challenge Mode differs from Career Mode in that you start with $280 instead of only $40. HOWEVER, instead of having infinite time to run your business, you are restricted to only 30 days and the goal is to get the best score possible. If you play this like you play career mode, you will surely fail. First I'll go through some general strategies and then go through a walkthrough of how to get the best rank possible (Guru). First of all, notices are more important than ever to pay attention to, because every individual day is significant. Second of all, realize that this game is easy to manipulate. You can sell people cups (yes, cups with nothing inside of them) and they'll buy it. They don't like it and it isn't necessarily the best way to go, but it works. Try doing this on Day 1: Set recipe to 0 lemons, 0 sugar, and 0 ice. Buy 150 cups and start the day. If conditions are right you will make money, especially at the train station or downtown. What's good about this is that you can make up to like $50 or more and the only supplies you need to keep up with are cups. You can try various way of altering recipes and whatnot so that you can get a maximum profit. The cash register is mandatory as well. - EARN OVER $2000 IN CHALLENGE MODE : This is a short little guideline on how to earn the highest rank possible in Challenge Mode. Note that this isn't the best method but is one that works and does quite well especially with a little bit of luck. The trick is to have a good start. So, start up a new challenge and check your weather/notice. If the weather is over 100 degrees and the notice isn't anything that will make customers pay less, then continue. Otherwise, restart until you get a good notice for Day 1. Now, rent the Hexa-Stad, change your price to $2, Change your recipe to 0 of everything, and buy 150 cups. Start Day 1 and you should make over $50, and possibly up to $150 (if you had good weather + a good notice). Keep doing this and when the weather goes down, you'll have to lower your price to $1.40 and probably change locations to somewhere like the Train Station. Keep in mind you should also have about $10 in advertising throughout the challenge. Buy the Cash Register on Day 3 or Day 2 if you did really well on Day 1. Keep this up for the rest of the challenge. When the weather is really hot, raise the price to $2, and when the weather is cooler, keep it around $1.40. On the hot days you should move to the Hexa-Stad. You may also want to buy more upgrades, as better stands etc will allow you to generate more money and draw more customers. So keep adapting to the changes in temperature so that you can accumulate the most income on any given day. On some days, conditions may be so bad that you'll just want to sell in the Suburbs so you don't LOSE money. Here's my results from when I tested this method. It took a couple tries, but eventually I did it. *** CHALLENGE RESULTS *** REVENUE : 5642.60 STOCK USED : 38.70 STOCK LOST : 0.00 GROSS PROFIT : 5603.90 GROSS MARGIN : 99.3% RENTS : 3290.00 MARKETING : 270.00 TOTAL EXPENSE : 3560.00 EARNINGS : 2043.90 I had quite a few bad days. Luck is a huge factor in this thing. My highest score ever is $3,129.48, but I did that via another method in which I actually sold lemonade. =============================================================================== o 5. Stands This is a small chart that lists the price of each stand and the maximum stock each stand can hold of each item. Stand Cost Lemons Sugar Ice Cups Default N/A 100 100 200 200 Classic $449.99 130 75 500 350 Lemon $999.99 250 150 750 600 Castle $9999.99 500 300 1800 1200 =============================================================================== o 6. Notices This is (as far as I know) a complete list of all the notices that appear on the top right corner before every day. They all have different effects and you will need to adjust accordingly before each day. o A Lemon a Day Keeps the Doctor Away! - Good for business o Air Conditioning Problems At The Mall! - All the more reason to buy your lemonade o All Government Employees Get Salary Hike! - Customers will pay more o Anarchists Block Mall Main Entrance! - Bad for business at the Mall o Annual Boat Show at Convention Center: Sea enthusiasts Stay Indoors! - Good for business at the Marina o Back to School: Amusement Park Empties - Bad for business at the Magic Gardens o Baseball AddictTM Homerun Record Holder... Is In Town for The Game Tonight - Good for business at the Hexa-Stad o Beach Hosts International Surf Contest! - Good for business at the Beach o Beach Ready For National Volleyball Competition! - Good for business at the Beach o Beautiful Sunshine! - Good weather o Big Chill Takes Town By Surprise! - Bad for business o Bridge Closed: Drivers Take Train - Good for business at the Train Station o Car Accident Blocks Bridge: Suburb Workers Get a Day Off! - Good for business at the Surburbs o Cargo Train Collision! Is Rail Transport Secure? - Bad for business at the Train Station o Chamber of Commerce Holds Convention Downtown! - Good for business at Downtown o Championship Chances Depend on Tonight's Game - Good for business at the Hexa-Stad o Citizens Boycott Mall for Selling Products Tested On Animals! - Bad for business at the Mall o Citizens Invade Beach For Shrimp Festival! - Good for business at the Beach o Citizens Relax As Long Weekend Approaches! - Good for business o Citizens Rush Toward Downtown Area To Watch Parade for Mayor's Birthday! - Good for business at Downtown o Citizens Unite Against Genetically Modified Lemons! - Bad for business o Coach to Leave Captain on the Bench Tonight? - Bad for business at the Hexa-Stad o Collection Of Ancient Boats On Display at the Marina - Good for business at the Marina o College Bums Partied All night: Broken Glass found Everywhere At The Beach! - Bad for business at the Beach o Country Music Star Suzy Spur Signs Autographs at the Mall! - Good for business at the Mall o Crime Rate Alert: Mayor Advises Suburb Citizens to Stay Inside! - Bad for business at the Suburbs o Customers rush to The Mall to Win Contest! - Good for business at the Mall o Dead Fish Smell After Big Storm: Marina Stinks! - Bad for business at the Marina o Doctors Say Waiting In Line Can Reduce Stress! - Customers will be more tolerable of waiting o Dolphins Sighted From Beach Area! - Good for business at the Beach o Election Campaign: Mayor Visits Suburbs Today! - Good for business at the suburbs o Environmentalists Find Lemonade Stands Responsible For Littered Streets! - Bad for business o Family Day At Amusement Park - Good for business at the Magic Gardens o Fireworks Tonight At Amusement Park - Good for business at the Magic Gardens o Free Outdoor Concert At The Park! - Good for business at the Park o Full Moon Possibly The Cause For Citizens' Irritability and Impatience! - Customers will be less tolerable of waiting in line o Health Survey: Lemonade Is Good For You! - Good for business o High Waves: Coast Guard Recommends Staying On Shore - Bad for business at the Beach o Hike in Air Fares Creates Spike in Alternative Transport. - Good for business at Train Station o Historic City Gets Flooded: Historic Damages! - Bad for business at the Old Square o Home Team Losese Six In a Row! - Bad for business at the Hexa-Stad o Huge Sale At The Mall! - Good for business at the Mall o Interest Rates At Their Lowest In Years! - Customers will pay more o Kid's Day: Free Tickets for Today's Game - Good for business at the Hexa-Stad o Lemonade Mania Strikes Town! - Good for business o Lemonade Stand Competition Increases Around Town! - Bad for business o Lemonade Stand Owner Wants to Be a Millionaire! - Good for business o Little Girl Takes Syringe Home: Found in Park! - Bad for business at the Park o Local Kid Sells Best Lemonade in Town! - Good for business o Long Weekend: Tourists Invade Historic Center - Good for business at the Old Square o Maintenence Repairs Downtown: Roads Blocked! - Bad for business at Downtown o Maintenence Repairs: Mall Closes At 12:00 PM! - Bad for business at the Mall o Major Power Failure: Generator Can Only Support Half of the Park - Good for business at the Park o Medieval Music Festival Opens Today - Good for business at the Old Square o Mosquitos Invade Park! - Bad for business at he Park o National Tax Refund: More Money Into Citizen's Pockets! - Customers will pay more o National Weather Service Announces Extreme Heat! - Good weather o New Super Rollercoaster Opens Today - Good for business at the Magic Gardens o No Clouds Ahead! - Good weather o Open Boat Day: Owners Show Their Boats - Good for business at the Marina o Our Word Of Advice: Don't Leave Home Without A Warm Sweater! - Bad weather o Park Hosts Little League Baseball Final Today! - Good for business at the Park o Pickpocket Raid Leave Citizens Penniless! - Customers will pay less o Pickpockets Active: Tourist Gets Robbed - Bad for business at the Old Square o Pigeons Get Mad: Raid Over Tourist Place - Bad for business at the Old Square o Pilgrimage to Star Trip Convention: Thousand Of Fans Converge On City - Good for business o Postal Strike Delays Delivery Of Tax Refund Checks! - Customers will pay less o Rail Employees Go On Strike - Bad for business at the Train Station o Rain, Rain, Rain And More Rain! - Bad weather o Record Smog Covers Town Under Dark Clouds! - Bad weather o Recurrent Traffic Problems Make Citizens Impatient! - Customers will be less tolerable of waiting in line o Royal Marriage in Historic Church Today! - Good for business at the Old Square o Save The Planet Day: Commuters Encouraged to Use Clean Transport - Bad for business at the Train Station o Sewage Probems Make Downtown Stink! - Bad for business at Downtown o Sharks Spotted Near Beach! - Bad for business at the Beach o Sidewalk Sale Attracts Masses Downtown! - Good for business at Downtown o Stock Market Collapses: Investors in Turmoil! - Customers will pay less o Students On Strike: Access To Downtown Area Limited! - Bad for business at Downtown o Suburb Citizens Celebrate "Stay At Home" Day! - Good for business at the Suburbs o Suburb Emppty As Citizens Lineup For Bart Crook's Concert Tonight! - Bad for business at the Suburbs o Suburb Holds Biggest Garage Sale Ever! - Good for business at the suburbs o Sudden Heat Wave Strikes Town! - Good weather o Super Roller Coaster Hits a Bump: Repairs Needed - Bad for business at the Magic Gardens o Survery: 10 out of 10 Citizens Hate Lineups! - Customers will be less tolerable of waiting in line o Sweet Drinks Major Cause of Obesity! - Bad for business o Teachers On Strike: No School For Kids! - Good for business o Teen Gang Hassles Kids at the Park! - Bad for business at the Park o Temperature Rises to Record Heights - Good weather o The Sun Shines On Our Beautiful Town! - Good weather o Thunder Storm Alert: Game Uncertain for Today - Bad weather / Bad for business at the Hexa-Stad o Town Celebrates National Lemon Day! - Good for business o Town Plans to Reduce Citizens' Stress By Offering Free Yoga Classes! - Good for business o Town Under El Gringo's Effect! - Bad weather o Town's Park Voted Most Beautiful of the Country! - Good for business at the Park o Two Lions Escaped from Zoo Spotted Neat Park Area! - Bad for business at the Park o UV Alerty: Authorities Warn Citizens to Stay Off Beach Area! - Bad for business at the Beach o Water Contamination Possibility: No Swimming At The Beach! - Bad for business at the Beach =============================================================================== o 7. Quotes On the title screen, there is always a quote near the top right-hand corner. This is a list of all the quotes that appear: "Do other men, for they would do you." That's the true business precept. - Gahan Wilson "The best advice I was ever given was on my twenty-first birthday when my father said, 'Son, here's a million dollars. Don't lose it.'" - Charles Dickens "A good rule of thumb is if you've made it to thirty-five and your job still requires you to wear a name tag, you've made a serious vocational error." - Larry Niven "God has mercifully withheld from humanity a foreknowledge of what will sell." - Dennis Miller "Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue." - Bernard Miles "Cut your losses and let your profits run." - Scott Adams "A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one." - Proverb "It's a poor workman who blames his tools." - Henry Ford "Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed." - Unknown "More and more these days I find myself pondering how to reconcile my net income with my gross habits." - George Burns "Gentlemen prefer bonds." - John Nelson "If you owe the bank $100 that's your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem." - Andrew Mellon "I've got all the money I'll ever need if I die by four o'clock this afternoon." - J. Paul Getty "To make a million, start with $900,000." - Henry Youngman "Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination." - Morton Shulman "A bargain is something you can't use at a price you can't resist." -Oscar Wilde "We didn't actually overspend our budget. The allocation simply fell short of our expenditure." - Franklin Jones "If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars." - Keith Davis =============================================================================== o 8. Conclusion If you have any further questions, please e-mail me at email@example.com along with any other comments you may have.