Cake Mania: Lights, Camera, Action!
A great game after all
I bought this game when it came out, finished half the bakery levels and 2/3 of the Italian restaurant and boutique levels then got annoyed with not being able to get superstar scores and stopped playing. I came back to it and found that it's actually not that tough so I finished the whole game with all superstar scores (after having to repeat some levels).
This is actually three different TM games in one. The main game is the bakery and is straightforward: customer orders cakes specifying shape, frosting and topper and you click on various machines to bake, frost and top the cake for them before they run out of patience. In the Italian restaurant, customers order pasta or pizza with various additions like chicken, meatballs, mushrooms, etc. In the boutique, customers request 1-3 pieces of clothing, accessories or shoes. Then you have to find them in your store's shelves and racks and give them to the customer.
What makes the game challenging and adds strategy is that each type of customer has unique traits. Some customers don't like specific other types and will lose patience more quickly with them in the store. Some can influence others in line and make them change their orders. Some can freeze other customers so they can't take action (including accepting their order). And some can even turn other customers into a different type!
This is where I ran into problems before when I got frustrated. I would just fill orders as they came, and be out of luck when their orders were changed or they were frozen. I also paid no attention to the "chain bonus" (where you perform three or more of the same action consecutively) which can give quite a boost. Once I played with greater awareness to these, the superstar scores on the later levels were achievable; it also made the game more fun by giving it an added challenge!
I love buying lots of upgrades and additions, and this game was certainly satisfying in that respect. In the bakery you can upgrade your ovens and frosting machines and buy new toppers, increase your baker's walking speed, buy TVs, display cases, etc. In the Italian restaurant you can purchase more ingredients. In the boutique you can buy new collections of clothes.
I also love trophies, and there are a good number in this game. The trophy room is the baby's nursery, and the trophies are items like toys, crib, etc.
I'm a fan of the Cake Mania series and I was unsure about the addition of the boutique and Italian restaurant at first (their gameplay resembles the Shop-N-Spree and Cooking Dash series respectively). But I appreciated the variety. If I got sick of one game, I'd go play another one.
The graphics are cartoony goodness. The locations and characters are done wonderfully, with exaggerated animations. The comic-style cut scenes and are perfect for the over the top plots. The music is repetitive but I tune it out, and the sound effects for each customer type are also cartoonish. The various upgrades like toppers, ingredients and clothes all look great!
This game had most of the things I look for in a TM game and I loved it!
September 2, 2012
Will keep you busy for a while!
In this game, its as if you've just bought three games for the price of one. You have Risha's boutique, Evans Bakery, and Gordo's pizza. Risha and Gordo each have a a lot of levels, while Evans Bakery has DOUBLE the levels. This game has a lot to do, and will definitely keep you busy for a few days with all the different things available. My only complaint is that the voice overs for each character can be a little bit annoying, you'll see what I mean when you buy the game.
July 16, 2012
Not as good as previous games in this series....
Lots of glitches in this one. Surprised there's not a lot of reviews complaining about that. The game will shut down and black out occasionally, in the middle of a level.
And in Rishas Fashion shop, I've found that a customer will request something, usually at the end of the round and there are no more of that specific item in the shop, so you have to wait for the customer to get mad and leave, which will potentially harm your score and cause you to redo the level when you were already at goal.
The story line was just meh...as with most of the cake mania games. Which isn't that big of a deal...
Also, I found the items in the bakery to purchase were lacking in this one...and why is there not a third oven?
All in all, there's just a lot I wasn't pleased with on this one.
March 2, 2013
Time management in slow motion
I've played other Cake Mania games before, and while they've never been a favorite, they've been entertaining enough that I didn't give much thought to purchasing this one. I HATE IT! The pace of the levels is ridiculously slow and it would be really great only if I were using a Commodore 64 and it were 1986. So learn from my mistake and go buy Wedding Dash or anything else.
May 21, 2012
this is Exellent
this is fun that i want to really play it in real life :) :D :)
June 13, 2012
Great except the story line the story
July 2, 2012
the game is in slow motion on my pc
I was looking forward to the game but it is too slow on my pc
May 5, 2013
Entertaining and Cute!
This is a cute game with a funny storyline. Yes, it's a little cheesy, but c'mon, it's a cake game. I love the quirky characters except for the gross ones like the kid digging in his nose and the guy who spits on everyone. Other than that they were cute and funny. You get to do more than bake cakes in this one. It is very similar to the main st. game. Lots of levels and lots of challenge. Anticipating the baby is the best part, so worth playing for that. I didn't care for the way Jack is portrayed in this game. I won't give anything away, but his character could have been developed in a different light and it would have had more appeal. Anyway, it is an entertaining game and well worth the money. Very sweet ending, so don't miss this one!
February 27, 2013
i love 2 do cake maina all the time
November 7, 2012