Time management and simulation games are part of an ultra popular iPad genre, but most of those titles, like those in the Diner Dash series, give players little challenge.
That isn’t the case with Cook, Serve, Delicious, a serious restaurant simulation game that incorporates innovative touch gestures for cooking and preparing food.
Cook, Serve, Delicious was originally a PC game that was ported to the iPad with great success.
Like many food sims, players will begin Cook, Serve, Delicious in a worn down old restaurant that needs to be returned to its former glory, with hard work and dedication.
You will start out with a small amount of money that can be used to purchase a few foods to begin with, like hamburgers, ice cream, and soda. Each food has good and bad bonuses, which will be used when calculating the daily popularity of the restaurant. Popularity determines your number of customers, leading to more profitability.
For example, a hamburger might be a food that people like on a rainy day, but it is also junk food, which is fattening. Each of these attributes adds or detract from the daily buzz, and foods can also experience “rot,” which means you need to change up the menu quite often.
Though that sounds like a complicated game in itself, it’s just a small portion of the gameplay that happens in between levels. The real game consists of serving customers and accurately preparing food.
When customers arrive in the restaurant, you will tap on them, queueing their orders on the left side of the screen. Each order ticket will slowly disappear, and that is the timer for how long you have to prepare each dish.
To fulfill an order, simply tap on the ticket and you will be taken to the food preparation screen, which is different for every menu item.
Many foods require several different steps to complete. For example, when preparing a hamburger, you need to cook the patty. When that’s done, you need to add the other ingredients to the customers specification, and the sheer number of ingredients can make completing orders properly a challenging prospect.
Cooking often involves tapping and swiping to complete orders. For example, you may slice a fish three times to filet it, and then add seasoning before tapping to cook it.
If you make a mistake, there’s no undo button. There’s no option to recreate an order, so one mistake means you get an unhappy customer, which will impact the next day’s buzz rating.
In addition to preparing food, there are also chores to complete, like washing dishes, taking out the trash, cleaning the bathroom, and laying rat traps. Chores add another layer of difficulty because not only are they time consuming, skipping them angers your patrons.
At certain times you will experience a daily rush, with a flood of customers to take care of. Expect to make quite a few mistakes during the first few days as you learn the ropes.
The money that you earn each level can be used to upgrade your restaurant, purchasing new foods and cutting down on the amount of chores that you need to perform.
The game has several other little additions that you need to keep an eye on, including emails, challenges, catering jobs, and safety inspections.
Game levels last for six minutes each, and the ultimate goal is to receive a higher star ranking. It takes a minimum of 20 rounds to get your first star, so there’s a ton of gameplay included. There are also Game Center achievements to earn, which will keep you busy for quite some time.
What I liked: Cook, Serve, Delicious is a restaurant simulation game. It is seriously challenging to complete, and will test the patience of even the most dedicated gamers. I didn’t previously mention the graphics, which are crisp, sharp, and perfect for the gameplay.
What I didn’t like: Because levels last so long and it takes so long to get new stars, the gameplay can feel repetitive.
To buy or not to buy: Cook, Serve, Delicious is a must have for simulation enthusiasts.
- App Name: Cook, Serve, Delicious
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.3
- Category: Games
- Developer: Vertigo Gaming
- Price: $2.99