Good time management game
Game was excellent, even after playing several times it didn't get boring or predictable.
February 27, 2012
Very different type of cooking game, but more Strategy than TM
Personally, I would not have classified this game as a Time Management game. There is no timer to speak of. It is really a Strategy game. So, for anyone looking for a Diner Dash-like game, this is not it.
This game is a lot of fun, though. In your restaurant, you design the table placements, decor, and hire staff. The more training the staff has, the happier the clientele will be. You are required to "learn" different recipes (meaning figure out what ingredients go into it), then you match up each recipe with the chef that has the highest skills for that particular recipe type based on the ingredients. For instance, a chef with high meat skills would be assigned recipes that have beef in them, and so on.
You also get to design the kitchen, purchasing the appropriate equipment that will allow your staff to work more efficiently.
It is important to manage your cash flow correctly or you could end up unable to advance in the game. At one point, I had to start over due to some errors I made early on in the second restaurant that made it almost impossible to advance.
As I said at the beginning, there is really no TM part to this game. There is no rapid clicking around trying to beat a timer somewhere. Perhaps the reason this game was classified as a TM game is because the more inexperienced your staff is and the less equipment you have, the longer your customers have to wait for their food, and if they wait too long, they will leave. But once the restaurant opens for business for the day, you can't do anything to speed up the process--you sit back and see which of your choices worked and which ones need improvement.
This is a very different game from the run-of-the-mill TM games and resource management games, so check it out. You'll be delightfully surprised.
April 16, 2012
great fun time management game
as 4 what the other viewers said this is a good game would like to see a second game with a little more stuff to it. i'm really not much into 3d games but this was not that bad hope the next one is will be 2d in stead hotwings OUT
April 16, 2012
Fun at first, but repetitive.
I enjoy management games, and this one starts off well. You get to set up a bistro, hire staff, buy equipment.
The problem is, it gets very repetitive, each new restaurant is the same thing over again. There is no progression in the difficulty level or in the tasks, the goal is always the same.
It's fun but has no replay factor. I played 80% and never finished. Worth getting at discount price only.
April 16, 2012
I loved this game. I hope you make another Big Fish! It was fun. I liked how you could deocrate and serve your dishes hirer your staff! I would love more games like this I hope Big Fish makes more please! :}
April 16, 2012
Ok game, Oddly good for replay.
Although this game wasn't all that different than a lot of other games. I find myself replaying this game the most. I'm not sure what it is about it that allows replay to remain interesting but it is. Lots of unlock options. Ability to design several restaurants and decorate them. Upgrade, design, kitchen gear, even people. I enjoyed this game, many times.
March 29, 2012
I wish there were more levels!
Fun, exciting and I realize one day I would like to have have my own restaurant.
March 25, 2012
Enjoyable Way to Spend an Afternoon
I'm sure I'm late to this party. This game feels older, which has a few drawbacks, but all in all, it's fairly timeless.
On the upside, unlike other time management games, this one only has you seat the guests in the restaurant. The staff does the rest, and if you've trained them properly (ie: spent enough money on them), they do the job quite well.
I like it this way better...none of the ENDLESS point and click, point and click! Great!
On the downside, as I mentioned, this game feels older. The graphics aren't "all that", and I hate that I can't see the entire restaurant at once, I have to pan around, which drives me nuts.
But, I still played it all the way through, and enjoyed it a lot.
March 1, 2012
Kinda a diner dash fan so I wanted to more time management challenged
December 23, 2011
One of my favourites!
I don't know why this game doesn't have a little fire icon next to it! I tried it because I love cooking games and out of all the cooking games apart from Burger Bustle, this is a winner. It's a mix of SIMS, where you get to choose recipes, decorations, change the floor buy paintings, experiment with cultural recipes around the world and when you play you get to sit and watch the cooks, waiters and diners all do their jobs with cooking, serving and eating! I love decorating the restaurants according to what the food is eg Italian or Chinese and choosing the recipes are really fun. It's so great they give you such a good variety. You can work on on building a restaurant or just enjoy and relax with the 5 star restaurants you have already built. It's fun!
June 23, 2012