Cook, Serve, Delicious! Review

Cook, Serve, Delicious! Review

Aug 9, 2013

Hell, this game really is the most realistic cooking simulator out there. I was actually somewhat flabbergasted when I first opened Cook, Serve, Delicious, as its tutorial goes on for longer than some games I played, and when it ends, it leaves the player weeping from the onslaught of mechanics and requirements. Even though it’s not that difficult to understand the process, once the actual game has started.

In Cook, Serve, Delicious – a title that keeps me slightly irritated, like a fly that can’t get out of the window, with its strange combination of two verbs and an adjective – the player controls a restaurant, rising up from the ashes. Unlike other cooking simulators, Cook, Serve, Delicious doesn’t just ask the player to cook stuff, but actually obliges him with every possible task there is, in the restaurant. It’s an actual joint-managing simulator, and describing every mechanic in it would be completely impossible. The main gameplay part is the player, serving and cooking for the customers, as well as performing several other tasks, like cleaning the dishes, and even having bathroom breaks. The orders keep piling in on the left side of the screen, and should be taken really fast, or the customer leaves unsatisfied. Tapping on an order triggers a mini-game of sorts, where the order has to be prepared. And boy, are there plenty of dishes to serve.

Cook Serve Delicious 3There are about thirty kinds of different food in Cook, Serve, Delicious, and preparing each one is slightly different. Corn Dogs simply require putting on some ketchup or mustard, while preparing pizza is one hell of a task. Not only that, but each customer has slightly different orders, so preparing steak to one customer is different from preparing it to another. It’s not much different, but it’s enough to force the player make some mistakes on the way. Pleasing a customer with a perfect serve is the obvious purpose of the game, as it gives the positive buzz to the restaurant, as well as more money in the counter. Giving a customer not quite what he asked for, won’t do much harm, but won’t make a positive buzz as well. Displeasing the customer with a completely spoiled, or ignored order, will make a negative buzz, so the restaurant will slightly decline in popularity.

Besides doing the orders in the work hours, player also has to purchase ingredients for different foods, buy new kitchen equipment that will make some new food available, and make up a menu that should be different each day, so it won’t get stale. If it’s not obvious yet, Cook, Serve, Delicious is very serious about being as close to actual restaurant workflow, as possible. It’s definitely not a light-hearted game, and is only suitable to people who aren’t afraid of its complexity.

Friday Free Game Rundown November 2nd – Restaurant Games

Friday Free Game Rundown November 2nd – Restaurant Games

Nov 2, 2012

For some reason, restaurant games are pretty popular. People like playing games about serving food and running a fast food restaurant but don’t like to do it in real life. Strange, huh? Anyway, here are some games to let out the inner burger flipper itching to get out.

Restaurant Story

Restaurant Story is all about making a successful restaurant. Not only is it making the food and keeping the people happy, Restaurant Story is about the entire restaurant experience. Choose the menu and the decorations inside the establishment to make it one of a kind.

Download Restaurant Story

Chinese BBQ Restaurant

Siu Mei is a type of Chinese cooking. Chinese BBQ Restaurant is a game where the foal is to run a Chinese BBQ restaurant. The characters look a little South Park-ish; almost like they are digital paper cut-outs. Each new level of the game earns a new recipe. Toggle between foods and soups and making different combinations fast enough to serve the customers before they get mad and leave.

Download Chinese BBQ Restaurant

Order Up!! To Go

Order Up!! To Go is a little more about the cooking part of running a restaurant. As the game moves from level to level, culinary skills are learned. Buy different restaurants and upgrade them with new tools of the trade. Better kitchen equipment and and better recipes make for a better food empire.

Download Order Up!! To Go

Tiny Chef

Tiny Chef is played from more of a manager’s view. The food is made and the waitstaff will serve them to the people there to eat. As the overseer of the game, all of the aspects of the restaurant are part of the game. Make the food, choose the decor, learn new recipes and more.

Download Tiny Chef

Stand O’Food

Stand O’Food offers a couple of levels to play. One is called lunch rush. For anyone who has worked in a restaurant, they will know the lunch rush is pretty hectic to say the least.With over 100 levels and about 80 sandwiches to learn how to make, Stand O’Food will take a while to master. This game is about coming up with a strategy before trying to get speedier.

Download Stand O’Food

Freaky Friday – FountainDrink

Freaky Friday – FountainDrink

Jul 29, 2011

If, like me, you won’t leave the house unless you’re certain that a specific brand of soft drink is waiting for you at your chosen restaurant/slop hole, then this week’s Freaky Friday app could be just what you’re looking for. Unless you don’t live in America, in which case, please stick around for the misguided attempts at humour and the pictures at the end.

FountainDrink is an app that lists a few of the major brand soft drinks, and then tells you whether or not you can pick them up at major brand restaurants throughout the US. Instead of doing this in a way that’s pleasing on the eye, it decides that ugly menus and poorly designed user interfaces are the way forward.

It’s weird, because the app could actually be useful if it gave more useful information. No one ever got to a restaurant, sat down, looked at the menu and then decided to leave because they couldn’t get Sprite. At least, I hope that’s never happened, but I have been wrong before.

Few Freaky Friday apps have potential, but if FountainDrink offered a more comprehensive service, then it might actually become a useful tool. I, for one, like to know what’s on the menu before I head out into the wilds of the food world. Forewarned is forearmed. And having forearms is important.

As it is, FountainDrink is a pointless little thing, drifiting along in the highways and byways of the Android Market, unloved and ignored by most. Maybe, if you’re the sort of person who only drinks a specific type of carbonated beverage, you might find some use for it. Then again, if you’re the sort of person who only drinks a specific type of carbonated beverage, you probably already know which restaurants sell it. Because you’re weird.

FountainDrink is available now, for free, from the Android Market.