Not your typical tm/strategy game
Instead of trying to get customers served, you are in charge of giving the customer the best possible service. You pick the recipes, kitchen equiptment, the chef training, the wait staff traing and decor with the goal of turning a delapidated food court into a five star dining district. Fantastic way to waste a rainy day!
April 25, 2012
the quality is good but not great
February 15, 2014
Great game, especially if you love food!
This is one of the best TM games I've played. It reminded me quite a lot of the old Diner Dash games, but in those, you played the waitress : you had to seat the diners, take & deliver the orders, collect and serve the meals, give the bill, clear the empties etc.
In Bistro Boulevard, you're more of the manager and Maitre D' combined. You have to hire staff and improve their skill levels, learn recipes (yes, you have to estimate the correct 3 main ingredients for each one!), see the customer desires for that day and allocate recipes to each chef accordingly, buy and upgrade kitchen equipment to meet these needs, upgrade decor and ornaments, buy more seating and tables as required. Having done all that, when the restaurant finally opens, you need to seat each group of arrivals at an appropriate table according to numbers.
Your staff will do all the cooking, serving, clearing, and bills, but only at the speed and skill level of what you've provided them with.
Once you've got the first bistro up to standard, you can then open another on the same boulevard, and acquire stars for doing so, and use them to open others.
One of the best aspects of this game is that while the restaurant is open for business, you only have to seat new arrivals. All the other work is done before that, in your own time with no pressure. So it's not an intensive game in that sense, but it requires a lot of planning and intelligent choices.
I do have one small criticism - you have to click and drag the restaurant floor to see the whole area; it would have been better to let the player see the whole of the floor area at once.
I've only played for less than 2 hours, but I can already see I'm going to be an addict!
December 3, 2013
You get to sweat bullets.
I love this type of game. Similar to TM, but with no time pressure. Yes, there is a timed section, where you have to seat people when they show up, but the problem is not your speed, but whether there is a table.
You can buy tables, of course, but you need money, and not only that, tehre is no point in seating them if they are going to walk out before eating.
The beginnings are always hairy. You only have one cook, who knows only one recipe, and not too well. One waiter, who is not the best, slow cooking equipment,and sometimes some equipment is missing. You have to earn the money to rectify all this, to let your cook learn new recipes, to train him or the waiters so get new cooks, to get faster kitchen equipment, to get more tables.
Well, no matter how you spend your money,the first days will be disastrous, you will lose more customers than you keep, half of what the customers want you do not have, the cooking is slow, the customers are impatient and more than wllling to walk out. You can hire more cooks, but they still have slow equipment, and the more people you hre, the more salaries you have to pay. You have to strategize then, Do you seat large parties, which birng you more money, or small ones that get served faster, and thus do not walk out? when seating, pick the people at the back of thequeue, because they are not getting impatinet yet. Sitting someone already losing patience might meant their walking out angrily.
At some time you might run out of money. This is when your kidnly aunt gives you $500.00 to keep on going. Spend it wisely.
Then you finally learn the final recipe. You can give custmers what they want, and you can use the money to improve the speed, by hiring more cooks, or getting faster equipment. Still, you will lose customers Start planning for decoration, and for training your staff. If you add tables, add waiters too.
And before you know it, after sveral disappointing days, you start acheiving stars.
Decorating is a lot of fun. There are some things that you need to get, and be careful with floor decorations (and tables). You may put them in the way, and wll have to be moved so that people can go through. I confess that I made a mess out of the decoration. I gave a chinese restaurant a Mexican floor, for example. But still, it is very pretty (this develper has good aesthetic sense).
And then you get to have a Perfect Day, wehre everything works just fine...
It is a great game, with a lot of fun.
November 19, 2013
Not challenging, but certainly enjoyably fun
I loved how you get to arrange, train and decorate the restaurants any way you want. I also like the manner of "discovering" dishes and the logic game element to making your customers happy. The Boulevard games are so unique - I hope they come out with more!
February 18, 2013
Fun & Original
This game was fun and original.
Great graphics, very playable with good replay. Does require thought and strategy but at a relaxing pace. A new take on a food service game.
You get to hire staff and train them, you get to purchase equipment and upgrade it. You have a choice of dishes to learn and get to layout and decorate each restaurant.
Really enjoyed it!
December 26, 2012
Love This Game
Wow this game was great and i am so going to by it!
September 16, 2012
Fun and Different Game
I absolutely love time management games and especially loving being able to find one that is original. Your goal in this game is to open and build restaurants up.
The game is easy to learn and each restaurant offers different challenges to accomplish. I have found myself playing this game over and over again for hours at at time.
If you are looking for something different and fun, this is definitely the game for you!
August 14, 2012
Download This Now
What a fantastic restaurant simulation game. Very challenging and realistic. Different types of ethnic restaurants are available. One of my favorite games. Combines business management and cooking. Amazing programming.
August 4, 2012
needs getting used to, but brilliant thereafter
After I finished the 60min Try out I was very confused and not hooked at all. This game is different than other games and I was not sure how much I would really like it. Towards the end of the 60min I kind of understood how to play it and I enjoyed it more than in the beginning, but nevertheless I kept waiting 1-2 months before I actually bought it. I used either a game credit or special sale price, I don't remember. Today I gave it the second shot, and played the game for the first time after I had bought the game recently. And now I am loving it, I think it's brilliant! It is not really a time management game, but rather a strategic game. You can take as much time as you want for setting up all conditions, and once you start the game all you have to do is to seat the arriving guests and everything is out of your control, but the game outcome depends on the parameters you have chosen before the start of the game. The challenge is that you have limited money in the beginning and need to decide wisely where to spend it, you need to buy recipies and special ingredients, hire waiters and cooks, train them to cook better or wait faster, buy kitchen equipment, guest tables and chairs and decoration material of all kinds. I love to decorate the restaurants, floor and wall paper are for free and you have a wide selection of decorated tables and chairs. The decorations are fun and you can choose between flowers, statues, pictures and other standing or hanging objects to give your restaurant a special look. The more decorations you have the more happy and patient are your customers. For the recipies you need to guess what ingredients it contains which is a fun game. The food falls in different categories and the cooks can be trained in those individual categories. The better they are trained the better they will cook and the more satisfied the guests will be and the more money you will earn. If you earn more money you can invest more and succeed faster. Since you are limited with money in the beginning you can not train the cooks in every category and you have to choose and then select which cook will do the best to cook a specific recipy. The customers have special food requests and according to those you can choose max 4 recipies (if you have 4 cooks available). If you have more expensive kitchen equipment your cooks will prepare the food faster and the customers don't have to wait so long. If the food takes a long time until served because the cooks are too slow the guests get impatient, but also they are occupying the tables for longer and you can't seat new arriving guests. I have just completed 2 levels so far but can't wait to play the others, this is one of my favourite games now, who would have thought after such a rough start in the beginning.
June 2, 2012