Kairosoft, the studio behind last year's breakout hit Game Dev Story, has released a new sim to iOS that once again has players managing all aspects of a facility, though this they'll oversee a Japanese hot springs inn instead of a game developer.

In this new title, players will try to lull their guests into "hot spring nirvana" by perfecting their inn's layout of rooms, restaurants, arcades, and baths. They'll also decorate a Japanese garden with "lanterns, pine trees, azaleas, and more."

Much of Game Dev Story's user interface has been replicated here, but newer iOS devices (iPhone 3GS and later, iPod Touch 2nd generation and later, and iPad) allow for zooming and rotating the screen.

You can buy Hot Springs Story from the App Store now for an introductory price of $3.99.

[Via mister_raroo]