I really enjoy this game. It is really relaxing. It is interesting but not too difficult. I like the customers and the sounds are real.
July 5, 2014
Good Time Management
I feel this game isnt stupendous but it is fun. With Big Fish offering so few time management, I was glad to see this one. It's not Diner Dash but good storyline and you are able to decorate and get several upgrades making it more challenging as you go along. Also, like the fact that there is a type of variation of the Match 3 thrown in for earning extra money etc. All in all I am going to purchase it for sure. Enjoy this one. Its a good change.
April 2, 2014
I Like This Game
When I first read the reviews I had my doubts. I downloaded it and did not like it at first, but after playing for awhile I found that I enjoyed it. I bought it.
Maybe I am just desperate for a new TM game, but this will do for now.
April 3, 2014
If you like time management games, I think you'll like this one
Time Management games are my favorites; I've been playing them since Diner Dash first came out, and this one is fun. It's Not for beginners who've never played Time Management before. The interaction with objects is unusual, but once you figure out that you just need to click on the appliance or spice rack and then the appropriate balloon for the dish or spice you want, it's fine. In order to serve the dish, you Must click on the balloon over the customer's head. Clicking on the table or the customer won't do it. The ordering and serving interaction reminds me a bit of Lovely Kitchen, which is also a nice game. As to the restaurants, it's a bit more like Bistro Boulevard, in that you pay money to repair the restaurants and try to rack up full stars for all of them. You can replay any restaurant at any time to get full stars if you haven't already and get more money. One funny thing is that you have to get rid of gangsters/biker types by adding chili peppers to anything they order, including juice, coffee, or desserts, not just main dishes. There were comments made that presenting bikers as undesirable is stereotypical characterization; well, Time Management games are full of that. I don't think anybody who seriously plays Time Management thinks the characterizations are true at all; they're just there because it's a casual game and the characters' various needs within the game are something you need to deal with. There are good mini-games where you can earn more money and prepare special dishes that sell for more money. I thought the music was fine, the graphics were great, and I've played the game through to the end and really enjoyed it.
April 5, 2014
Not top of the shelf
Yet I still enjoyed it. It is cute, and a bit different layout from most other games in this type of game.
It is the basic restaurant game. Place your customers and make them food they request and serve them. But there are also gangsters (stereo-typical bad biker boys) that you need to not serve and just kick out, which I found as a funny twist.Some upgrades that alows you to make different dishes or other treats, and some achivement.
I only played demo so far, and on bad side I really miss that you can see what/where you que your tasks. You can still que, but just not see it. Music gets annoying after a bit,but I got a mute button, and are not afraid of using it!
April 2, 2014
Pretty Good Game
I thought this was a good game, I liked the fact you were able to upgrade the restaurants all you wanted to, and then, go back to them. I thought this was challenging enough, (a typical time management game). I would recommend this game, I did not find anything wrong with it.
April 7, 2014
DinerMania Isn't Very Dashing!
I agree with the other reviewers that the mechanics of this game are a bit rough at times, not very user friendly. With that being said, the graphics are not bad. It's difficult to get into this game and I'm not sure what it is that prevents that. Perhaps because it's difficult to multitask at times, or just a lack of exciting products, either way I believe this game will be adored by some and loathed by others or in my case, I'm taking the middle ground on this one because it does have value, does have an entertainment factor, it's just not an over the top, gotta play just one more level kind of game. Customers enter the restaurant and you must click on that customer, click on a table, click to take their order, click to place the order with the cook and depending on what the customer ordered, click that dish and add whatever spices they want added to their dish. Now there are biker gangs that we don't want dining here so we add a ton of pepper to their dish so they will leave! (seems unethical?) With the money you earn you can buy upgrades, more tables, chairs, ovens etc. and you also need to purchase refills for your spices.
April 2, 2014
Not that bad
Based on the trial!
This game has potential, but it could have been so much better, because:
1) you can only carry one item at a time,
2) the tutorial isn't very clear about what to do with the gangsters,
3) you can make a chain of actions, but it isn't displayed in any way and you can't cancel it,
4) I didn't see a set goal, you just play the levels and collect the money.
Still, I thought the gameplay was decent. The mini games were fun and useful (making food for the next day) and the main game wasn't too frantic or clicky. I played through the entire trial and would have been happy to keep going for a while.
As for the people who say the game is biased against bikers, the thing is that this is a game, and you'll find simplifications and stereotypes in a lot of casual games. For example, don't the Diner Dash games portray old people as invariably slow and bad tippers or people who read books as introverted loners? I'm not saying it's a good thing, but I am saying that it's not fair to judge this game too harshly for it.
April 2, 2014
Four Restaurants is Too Short
The game was fun and all but it could have stood to have more restaurants. It was beat to quickly. There should have been more to do even after all four restaurants were played.
April 7, 2014
A biased and poorly programmed game.
It makes me wonder how this industry works when good companies with a history of great games release something as terrible as this.
You can line up tasks, but there's no checkmarks or indication to tell you which tasks you've lined up. You also can't cancel a task, so don't line-up too much in advance! I made it to the second restaurant before I turned it off. There's no option to have more serving plates, which prevent you from playing faster if you're good at these restaurant TM games. You can't upgrade your one server to either move faster, or carry more than one item.
Lastly, and perhaps most disturbingly, this game is biased against motorcycle groups. The goal is to serve the men in leather vests dishes with pepper so they leave without paying. If you don't, they just keep eating then also leave without paying. If you don't serve them at all - well, the poor excuse for a tutorial never made that clear, but apparently they get mad and kidnap one of your paying customers. A horrible generalization of "big burly men" on motorcycles with beards.
Most certainly will not be buying this.
April 2, 2014