Garfield’s Diner Review

Garfield’s Diner Review

Jul 24, 2012

If this was any other cooking game, I would have ignored it. But seeing that this particular one was made to celebrate Garfield’s 34th birthday, I gave it a chance. Surprisingly, Garfield’s Diner is a fast-paced, delightfully fun experience. From the name of the game itself, the whole idea is to help Garfield and his friends serve customers in his diner.

The game starts out with one default server – Jon. As one completes the levels and earns enough money, there will be other characters to “buy” to serve customers better. The game has two currencies – human money and Garfield coins. Human money is earned by playing the game, while Garfield coins are for sale in the Play Store, or one can get some coins for free by downloading and playing other games.

The game has two modes for graphics quality – SD (Standard Definition) and HD (High Definition). Some phones support HD, while other lower end ones might be limited only to SD mode. Thankfully, my HTC Sensation was able to run in HD mode – and I must say there is a huge difference between the two. In HD mode, graphics are clear and crisp, while SD mode has some amount of pixelation.

The levels are easy to complete and is just a matter of tapping on customers as fast as possible. In each level, there is a specific goal to meet. One example would be earning $300, another one might be serving 15 customers, and so forth. Once this is accomplished, a player moves on to the next level. Each customer who comes in the diner immediately has a food indicator (appears on top of their head) to let the player know their order. The player must then drag that customer to the appropriate table. The customer’s food indicator will now turn into an exclamation mark, and the player must tap on that for any available server to accommodate him. Once the customer is done, he then proceeds to the counter to pay. Again, he will have an exclamation mark to tap on so a server can perform the transaction. Before the start of each level, the playing area will be highlighted with arrows and dollar signs. This means that a player can either upgrade (arrows) or buy items (dollars) for the diner. These items can be furniture to help seat waiting guests, or additional tables for different kinds of food.

It’s not the best cooking game out there, but Garfield enthusiasts would definitely want to try this out. Garfield’s Diner is a novelty game, and it may be a bit too easy for adults to play. Although it’s not that challenging, it is quite a challenge to upgrade one’s diner without buying Garfield coins. Characters (like Garfield himself) can only be bought using coins, and not the human money earned throughout the game.  However, if you don’t mind paying a few bucks (or downloading other games), then this game should continue to entertain – but maybe not as much as Garfield’s comic-strip wisdom.

Bonnie’s Brunch Review

Bonnie’s Brunch Review

Jun 22, 2012

I never really gave cooking games much attention – I used to think they’re just for kids. The last time I played this kind of game was during my early Facebook days with Restaurant City. I must say I quite enjoyed those days. I liked the challenge of running a food business with the best possible results. It’s the same feeling I got from playing Bonnie’s Brunch. It felt childish at first, but after a few levels (and one upset customer) it became a challenge.

Bonnie’s Brunch has been available for iOS for a while, but it was recently released for Android. The cooking game requires Bonnie to serve breakfast to different customers, with a goal of making them happy – and for them never to leave without getting served.

Food items start as bagels and croissants, with more complicated items like waffles and sandwiches added as the levels go higher. The key to serving all customers effectively is to know their personalities. Some customers are more impatient than others, so this is one thing you need to consider when deciding which one to serve first. Another factor to consider are the food items. Some items are readily available – like a bagel – while some can take a few seconds to prepare such as a waffle or a ham and cheese sandwich.

The best part of the game is the design. Great, crisp graphics and responsive game controls will make you want to keep playing the game. The game characters are also amusing – ranging from an impatient granny to a former singing icon. When new characters are present in the next level, there will be a brief introduction about that character before the level starts. The player can then learn about the characters’ personality from these short information clips and serve them accordingly.

The first fifteen levels are free to play, but succeeding ones can be played by purchasing the game’s full version. I don’t usually purchase anything from the Play Store, but this game really made me reconsider. I eventually went ahead and made the purchase, and I haven’t regretted it since.

Bonnie’s Brunch has one of the best graphics and smooth performance in Android games so far. It makes a cooking game more fun than it really should be. With the vibrant, animated characters and yummy-looking food, it’s a great eye-candy game to pass the time – not just for kids, but for adults as well. It even makes me hungry at times, I had to take a break and grab a quick snack.

No lags, delays or force closes were experienced during game play – which is a relief for me since I did invest money (albeit a small amount) in this app. The game and its graphics run smoothly and are responsive to touch controls such as fixing an order and dragging it towards the customer. However, I wish there were more levels to this game – though I have not finished all of them due to the level of difficulty in the last few stages. Yes, it does get harder.

If there is ever a cooking game face-off for Android in the future, I can very much vouch for this game. It’s fun, visually stunning and surprisingly addictive.