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Developer: Eidos / Ages 3 and over / Release Year: 2007.

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      23.11.2011 15:19
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      5/5 overall, a great buy for all ages.

      ==Price and Availability==

      I'm a big fan of simulation games and always try to tend to try them out online and Diner Dash is one of my particular favourites. When I saw there was a version on DS I bought it new from play.com for about £17, it is available new on Amazon for just under £12 now. It's also available second hand from CeX for £6 which is a great price as you can often find a nearly new version.



      ==Idea of the Game==

      The player is in the role of Flo, a waitress/ restaurant owner who is trying to build up her restaurant. The idea of the game is that you start with a basic American diner and you have to seat and serve customers and make sure they stay happy to advance to the next level. The restaurant is very basic to begin with; just a few tables, shabby decoration and basic counter, over the course of the game as you earn more money you upgrade the restaurant with more tables, drinks machines and new decoration.
      As you work your way through the game there are 6 different restaurants to unlock. To unlock a new restaurant you work through 10 different levels which get harder as you go along. For each level there's a target and an expert target, if you achieve expert status on every level the 6th restaurant is unlocked and 20 bonus levels.



      ==Playing the Game==

      I found Diner Dash really easy to play from the start, even if you've never played before. I found the game a little bit slow and boring over the first couple of levels, but it is for anyone age 3+ so I can understand this, and there's a very simple to follow tutorial which makes it very easy for players to get used to the game. There are two options available when playing, Endless Shift or Career Mode, my favourite by far being Career Mode as this is when you work yourself up through the levels onto different restaurants. Endless Shift is, in my opinion much more difficult as you don't have a set target to work towards you just keep playing until customers walk out because they're tired of waiting. Endless shift does become extremely fast paced and if frustrating, and I much prefer the progressive Career option. If you finish a level as an Expert you can choose one of three upgrades at the end of each level so there's loads of choices to get the restaurant how you want it which I think is a really good idea, there are also different outfits for Flo to wear which again gives the opportunity for lots of different choices. The game is really cartoony and easy to follow, although I don't think a three year old would quite get the grasp of the game I think they'd definitely be able to follow it. My partner's sister is six and she gets really into the game and is progressing really well on it. As the game progresses though it does get harder which also makes it great for adults to play.



      ==Overall==

      This game is a really good buy, it keeps me amused for hours and the fast pace and working towards targets really requires concentration at times. Although it's a bit sad there's a great feeling when gaining an expert badge after a particularly difficult level. It's great for all ages and is a game which can be played over and over again as I should imagine it will take me a long time to reach the last level. It doesn't get boring because there's so many different options, upgrades, outfits and customers as well as working your way through the different restaurants. Overall, a great game.

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      13.02.2011 15:38
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      A good basic game but not for you if you don't like repetition!

      I was given this game as a gift for Christmas about two years ago having recently treated myself to a (pink) Nintendo DS. It's exactly the sort of game I would choose for myself - easy to get the hang of, simple actions, not too complicated and increasingly challenging as you progress through the levels - so I was really pleased to receive it.

      THE STORY

      Diner Dash is the first in what is now a series of 'dash' games revolving around the central character, Flo. Flo lives in Dinertown and buys a rundown diner, which she then has to proceed to make enough money to refurbish. As you work through the levels, you gradually improve and update the restaurant until Flo decides to move on and purchase another restaurant - and you go through this process again. By the end of the game, Flo has owned and run four different restaurants. At the end of the game, there is then a rather bizarre plotline involving a goddess and trials in the restaurant (I personally didn't really understand, or see the need for this part, but that' the story...).

      AIM OF THE GAME

      The aim of each level is to seat and serve customers in the diner. You control Flo as you greet the guests, seat them at a table and wait on them - first collecting their orders, taking these to the chef, then bringing out their food, bringing the bill, collecting payment and, finally, clearing their tables - phew! This starts off pretty simple, with just two tables and one type of customer (the patient kind). The customers also have 'colours' that if you match them to a table that matches their colour (where guests of the same colour have previously sat) you gain more points. It sounds a bit complicated at first, but it really is very simple and you complete a tutorial which will explain this far better than I am! You also get more points (cash) if you 'chain' actions - for example seat two tables at once, or take bills to three or four tables in a row. To pass each level you must raise the minimum cash amount, although there is also an 'expert' cash amount to aim for too.

      As the levels progress, you meet more and more different types of customer. Each have their own needs and requirements and can be difficult to please. Throughout the game you meet families (complete with crying babies who make a mess that you will need to clean up), bookworms who like peace and quiet and therefore don't like sitting near the aforementioned families or the businessmen who talk constantly on their mobile phones and annoy all other customers. There are also the businesswomen who are very impatient, the old men who like to take their time over meals and the joggers who listen to music. This means that, as you progress through the game, you face increasing challenges with seating to ensure happy customers! Further colours are introduced too, making it harder to score points for colour matching.

      As well as different customers, new aspects are also added to the game and more demands placed on Flo as waitress. For example, desserts and coffee are added, or nacho chips can be ordered by customers as well as their meals. Customers waiting in line also get impatient and need to be spoken to, or music played, or seated on a waiting bench. As the levels increase, the rate at which customers appear also quickens.
      Each customer has a five hearts above their heads, indicating how happy they are. Full hearts mean they are happy, the longer a customer waits for something, the more hearts they lose. These can be lost quicker if sat near another customer they don't like and also restored with coffee. If the customer loses all hearts, they leave the restaurant and you lose points.

      GAMEPLAY

      The game can be played in two ways. There is the story mode, which is what I have described above, but also the marathon mode. In this option, you simply play for as long as you can and the game ends when you have lost a certain number of customers.

      CONTROLS

      The game is really simple to play on the DS. You use your stylus to drag customers to tables and tap the stylus on the screen to perform actions - for example tapping on the table you wish to serve to take their order and then taping on the chef to distribute, and so on.

      MY OPINION

      I found the game to be really easy to play and surprisingly addictive, but then this is right up my street. My husband just thinks games like these are boring and can't believe that this will keep me entertained for hours. He finds the repetition involved in this game monotonous and he won't last longer than 20 minutes or two or three levels. I can understand his viewpoint as there really isn't a lot to this game. There is no real brain work or things to 'work out' as such, so it is personal preference as to what you are looking for in a game. This is part of the appeal to me as I like to relax rather than really think things through, but at the same time be challenged - you can't simply walk through the levels, you have to think about seating and chaining a little.

      I like the fact that the controls are so simple and easy to get the hang of, for me there is nothing worse than a game with overcomplicated controls that you never think you'll get to grips with. This means that this game is really suitable for all ages

      It isn't the longest lasting of games however, as once you get the hang of it it's really only the last few levels that you will find particularly challenging. This means that you could feasibly complete the game in a day or so (depending on how much time you spend) so it may not offer you much value for money in that sense. If you are purchasing for children, I suspect that it may take a little longer, although I know a few are complete whizzes at things like this these days!

      I would recommend this game if you like simple challenge games and don't mind a bit of repetition. The game won't win any awards for amazing graphics or anything like that, but this sort of thing doesn't bother me. It's also a great game to pick up and put down as you please as the levels all follow the same format so you don't have to worry about where you are with the game.

      Diner Dash for the DS seems to be pricing between £10-£15 at the moment online.

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        15.11.2010 01:33
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        A strategic cooking game for the whole family to play and enjoy

        I am a fan of simulation games, and have particularly grown fond of the rise in cookery games available on and offline. The 'Diner Dash' brand is already a huge internet phenomenon, so if you have played it before, i highly recommend trying this game on DS. For those of you who haven't played 'Diner Dash' before but enjoy strategy and simulation, i suggest you give this game a try.

        -PACKAGING-
        You can tell that this game is meant for children because of the cartoon image and brightly coloured packaging. The game is suitable for ages three plus, although i think it's addictive fun for all. The front cover features Flo - the diner waitress - balancing two plates of food. It is really obvious that the theme of the game is food and restaurants. The back of the packing shows some game-play stages and highlights the key features of the game.
        Like all DS games, the packaging is standard size. The really thick plastic protects the game itself plus the various booklets. You get given a health and safety sheet and simple instruction manual (although it's really easy to pick it up by just playing it straight away!)

        -GAME PLAY-
        When the game is started, you choose which language you want to play in and you proceed to the main menu. The main menu consists of Career, Endless Shift, Multiplayer, High Scores and Options. There are three separate game slots to play the Career mode in so up to three separate people can play their own games. Personally, i would prefer it if there was more slots so more people can play... considering an average sized family is 4 people minimum.
        There are a range of restaurant levels on the next screen but you need to start with the American diner one first to work your way up. Each restaurant has 10 levels to complete. There is a bonus unlockable restaurant too which opens up an extra 20 levels... if i remember rightly, it is gained by getting 5 stars per restaurant level.
        I won't go into how to play, but there are tutorials in the beginning to help you get started, along with really simple levels so you get used to the controls really easily.
        Endless shift obviously gets more difficult the more you play. I find it increasingly frustrating because there's no closure... you are constantly in competition with yourself. It is good to play against your friends, but i much prefer the career mode.
        Each level lets you choose a new feature for the restaurant (e.g. more tables, telephone for help, quicker service) so there is always help available if you are struggling on a certain level. Flo has her own wardrobe too so the game becomes customisable too. These features would really appeal to children.

        -EASE OF USE-
        As i have mentioned before, this game is really easy to pick up without reading the instructions because there are tutorials available if you need them. It is much easier to play this game with the Nintendo DS stylus. You do not have to press the buttons on your Nintendo DS if you do not want to, but i find the L button really useful to drag the new customers over really quickly.
        The game is suitable for all ages... i recommend older people try the Endless shift mode because it is more challenging. Furthermore, you could try getting 'expert' on each of the restaurants.

        -GRAPHICS-
        The bright colours help bring this game to life. There is a lot of detail in every screen - you only have to see the comic book story-line and main menu to see this. The buttons are really easy to press with the stylus because of their large surface areas, which is good for children.

        -WHERE TO BUY & PRICE-
        I bought this game from Ebay, for around £9.99. Because it is such an old game now, you could probably pick it up for half the price. I would recommend looking in second-hand stores such as Cex... or the second-hand sections of Gaming shops if you do not mind a used edition.

        If you are a fan of this game, i would recommend you look at Diner Dash: Flo on the Go, which is the newer edition. It is around £12.99 from new... although auction websites and second-hand places would give you a better deal.

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        28.09.2010 00:03
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        A good, fun game.

        I have played this game lots of times on the internet on game sites so thought I would quite like it on the DS.

        I do quite like it but again it's a repetitive boring game!!

        You are Flo, and you run a cafe, you have to see people to their tables, take their orders, put them into the chef and then serve them, you then have to take the customers payments and clean up.

        As the levels progress you get to update your cafe and also move cafes!!

        It is quite fun and fast paced and there are a few different modes of play.

        It sounds quite simple, serving customers and clearing up, but it does get pretty hectic, pretty quickly. The tutorial level keeps the game fairly simple but as you progress you get more customers coming in than you have tables. You need to keep the flow going smoothly in order to keep your customers and keep them happy.

        There's a range of different customers who will come to cafe, including families and food critics. It is important to give families a high chair for the baby and try to serve them quickly as when the babies cry this put's off other customers but not families. Try to get everything done on time when the food critic arrives as this affects your final score.

        To help you along and get things done quicker.... don't forget you have two hands.... you can serve two tables together, or clear one and serve another etc.

        It is a fun game but some could find it boring, me?? I like it!

        You can also customise your cafe as time goes on, but it is quite limited to what you can do.

        Can be purchased on amazon for £17.00

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        A good game

        I do not own a Nintendo DS console but recently when borrowing one from a friend for the week he left me with a game I was quite impressed with. The game was named Diner Dash and the title says basically what the game is about.

        You are running a small diner and you have to deliver food to the customers who come in, greet them and make sure they are happy all the time. You work alone and as you serve customers quickly you get paid and you aim is to reach the target each day. If you reach the target you move on to the next day and you eventually unlock new ideas such as baby chairs and treats for the customers such as side dishes.

        You end up with mops to clean the floors and even a waiting area for customers when no seating is made available. The way the game is done is there is a timer to let you play the game you're always being told what to do in terms of instructions and you will constantly be on the go.

        You never get a moments peace but as you play the game you need to position customers in places which will not affect their amusement and happiness. The game eventually as you continue to progress opens up new diners for you with various themes.

        You get more customers and plenty of other things as well and as you complete each day you get to arrange and decorate your diner in your own ideas. You get told all the time what to do if you fall behind and you can have hours of fun. You have got to keep an eye out on problems because you're not always told and the game is fast paced all the time.
        The graphics were decent although half the food items could hardly be identified and the game play was quick and constant all the time.

        I would recommend this game because you're constantly going to be on the ball and never stopping for a moment too soon. I have to admit price wise this game has been hard to find in most locations so it might be tough to find it.

        The idea is good for this game and it could be suitable for any age group also and there is nothing else to note except you can complete this game within a day which might be seen as bad.

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        17.09.2010 14:53
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        Really enjoyable DS game

        Diner Dash is a game for Nintendo DS in which you play as Flo, a woman who becomes fed up with the corporate life and sets up a diner. You progress through various types of restaurants as Flo's business grows, and of course the game gets harder as you go.

        Getting started is easy enough. You work your way through the menu options, choose where to save your game and then which mode you will play in. The standard is career mode - this allows you to progress through the game. The rather scary sounding Endless Shift is pretty much as it sounds.

        The games starts off easy. You have a small number of undemanding customers to break you in. Numbers increase as you progress, as do the customers specific needs. Different types of customers expect different things from you - bookworms want peace and quiet, businesswomen want speedy service. In each level you have a goal to hit - you earn the points from this by carrying out all your restaurant tasks, and from tips; the happier the customer is, the higher the tip!

        You have to seat customers, take their order, serve their food, take payment and clear up. Additional options include serving drinks (which keeps them happy and makes them tip higher) and dessert. Families need high chairs for babies and you usually have to mop up spillages.

        The game is played using the touchscreen and stylus of the DS. The top screen shows an information display - time, how far through your shift you are, any reservations, score/tips, and how stressed you and your chef are. The touchscreen shows the restaurant itself. The controls are easy to use - you just tap what you want Flo to do, and she does it; for example, touch a table to take an order and then touch the counter to give the order to the chef.

        I find that the touchscreen is very responsive, but one problem is that some of the areas you have to tap on to start an action are very small. For example, you take an order from a table. You then have to place it with the kitchen - but the spot you have to tap on is very small. Once you're several levels into the game, things are moving quickly and you don't always take the time to check you have tapped on the counter. As a result, I've sometimes noticed that Flo is going around doing all the other things I've asked her to do, still carrying a customers order. I think there is a sound to indicate that you have placed the order, but I've been playing with the sound off as it is a little annoying.

        Another screen related problem is the size of the screen. This is of course part of the nature of the DS, that it has a small screen, but with this game I find that an awful lot is being packed into that small space, and that once you are into levels with several tables for six, the screen is very crowded and when the action is fast, it's not always easy to see who needs what.

        Once you get past the introductory levels and start meeting new types of customer, the gameplay really does start moving fast. You can't stop to glance at the TV or carry on a conversation - you'll be losing customers if you do! Levels aren't too long, but they are fast-paced and hectic. I find it a relief when I have a few tables of bookworms, as they are really slow to order and eat, and it gives me time to make sure I'm caught up with other customers

        Graphically, Diner Dash is nothing special. The graphics on the menus and cut scenes are reasonable, but in the actual gameplay they are fairly standard DS - not bad, but then hardly brilliant either (you don't buy a DS for its graphics after all).

        In terms of longevity, at first it appears there is not much longevity to Diner Dash, as you can progress through the early levels very quickly. However, by the time you reach the fourth restaurant (of five - ten levels each), it is actually getting really quite difficult and the levels last longer. The game takes longer to complete than you may think at first appearance. And of course there is always the endless shift option.

        All in all, I would recommend Diner Dash. It's a fun and surprisingly addictive game, if a little fast!

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          27.03.2010 12:19
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          I'm always looking for games for my DS that look like there going to be good, but alot of them don't really appeal to me.
          This one did, so i'm going to review Diner dash on the DS.

          The front cover is of a cartoon girl, wearing an apron holding to trays with lots of food and drink on them.
          It is classified for ages three and upwards.

          When you turn on tha game you can select what language you need it to be in, once you've done that it goes to the main menu.
          The main menu is a picture of the main character, Flo and she is standing outside a resturant.
          You have to touch the screen to start and you then get onto another menu, which has three empty game files for you to choose.

          Once that is done it takes you to another menu with the options of:
          Career
          Endless shift
          Multiplayer
          High scores
          Options

          Career: If you select this option you are taken to a different screen, which is sort of like a park and there is a fountain in the middle and just to the left of it is a resturant with Diner on it, you touch that with the stylus, then you have the options of a red cross and a green tick, the red cross takes you back to the park and the green tick gets you started on the game itself.

          Then there's a liitle mini story about Flo and how she becomes a waitress.
          Once that is finished you are welcomed to the diner and there is the options between play and wardrobe.
          The wardrobe allows you to put Flo in a different outfit.
          Play will take you inside the diner and the game begins.

          There is a counter and two sets of tables, Flo stands in the corner.
          Then you here a sound that indicates that some-one has entered the diner but you can't actually see them.
          On the top screen there are instuctions to tell you how to proceed, so this level is sort of the training level.
          There is an arrow at the bottom of the screen which you can either touch that or you can press the left button on the side of the DS.
          When you do this the bottom screen scrolls to the sideof the diner where you can see two people standing, you must drag them to one of the tables using the stylus.
          They then look at the menu for a while, then when there ready to order they wave at you, you have to tap the stylus on their table and Flo goes over to them and takes there order, then you have to tap the ticket machine which is on the left-hand side of the counter.
          You can then see the silloutte of a chef cooking the order, then when he's finished there's a ping sound and the order is on the counter labeled with the number of the table it's going to.
          Tap the food and then tap the table you need and Flo will serve the customers the food.

          They will eat the food, then when there done they will wave at you, you must tap the table and then they pay and dissapear, then you tap on the empty food plate and Flo will pick it up and on the right-hand side of the counter there is a little sink, tap on that and Flo will take the plate and drop it off there.
          During this training level you will be shown how to serve more than one set of customers at a time and also how to create a chain of actions, where you tap several things in an order and Flo will follow them in that order without having to stop.

          There are ten levels per diner and each one gets slightly more difficult than the next.

          There are also more appliances that get added the further through the game you get.
          There is a fridge, so you can serve pudding, a snack stand so people can eat while there waiting, and also a drinks section so that you can give the customers that are getting impatient a free drink to cheer them up.

          The aim of the game is to make lots of money, but also keep the customers happy so that they tip better.

          The customers all have little hearts next to each of them to indicate whether their happy or not. When it's completly red it means that their happy but it will gradually go down.
          So you have to serve them drinks to keep the heart red.
          If the heart loses all the red then they will leave without paying, they will get impatient if they have to wait for a long time of if there sat next to particular customers.

          The customers are all different and have specific requirements to where they want to sit.
          Theres the family that doesn't mind being sat by other noisy people like the business men on mobile phones.
          Or the joggers who wear headphones, so they don't mind being sat by the family or the business men.
          Every other customers like to be sat by other quieter customers and will get annoyed if they are sat by the noisy people.

          There are many other features to this game which you can have fun exploring.

          I did really like this game as you have to do alot of strategic thinking and you have to get quicker and quicker for each level.

          The only thing that bugged me during the game is the part when you have to use the stylus to drag peolpe to their seats.
          I found that there kept going back to queing once you'd dragged them to the tables and I had to do it a few times, which was losing me money because it was taking me too long and the games very fast paced.

          There are five different diners for you to choose from and the last one is extremely hard, I haven't quite completed it yet.

          Its very addictive I was up half the night playing on it, it is very repetitive so you have to have patience to play it aswell.

          I'm giving this 3 out of 5 becuase although it's a good game I did have difficulty with my stylus.

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          23.03.2010 17:28
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          help I need another game

          I recently brought myself a Nintendo ds to keep me occupied when I am being driven on these horrible long journeys. When I was looking for a game in Gamestation the other day I came across diner dash and it sounded like the kind of game I would like. I only paid £7.00 for it and could not wait to get home and try it. I have to say it is the most addictive game I have ever played.

          You have two options when playing diner dash and that is either to play endless shift or career mode.

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          When playing career mode it takes you through a story of a girl named Flo. The idea is that you help Flo to improve her restaurant. You have diners come into the restaurant and you have to sit them at the right table, you then take their food order whilst they are awaiting their food you can give them a drink to boost their mood so as they don't walk out. You then take the food to the correct set of customers and wait until they have eaten their food. You then take their plate away and collect their money. As you progress through the levels you can but additional items which will increase your customers mood such as a drinks machine, a piano a seat which you can put your customers on to wait if there are no spare tables. After each level is complete you can change a piece of the decor.
          Once you have finished all ten levels it is then on to another restaurant to start all over again. All in all there are 5 different kinds of restaurants in which you can change the decor.

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          Each of your guests will be dressed in a colour and if you sit a coloured guest on the same coloured chair you get bonus points. Your guests will also give you more money if they are happy so it is a good idea to give them free drinks and serve them quickly to keep them happy.

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          In endless mode you are against the clock you have to keep serving as many customers as you can. It is the same as the career mode but you do not go up levels it just keeps getting harder and the idea is to beat your score each time.

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          I absolutely love this game and I do not think I will find a game to beat this. It is so addictive. I have also got my family addicted to the game from my niece who is 6 to my mum who is 54, so I feel it is safe to say this game is suitable for a wide range in age group and is money well spent. I have now completed the career mode but still cannot bring myself to sell this game on as I am still continually trying to beat my score in the endless mode. I think the graphics are brilliant and I hope some of you who have played this can give me any more details of games as good as this!!!!

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            08.01.2010 13:43
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            Diner Dash is an Action Puzzle game for the Nintendo DS which is fairly easy to play and can be played by children as young as three. I bought Diner Dash because I had played it a few times online at Big Fish Games and quite enjoyed it. So instead of paying £20 to download the PC version I decided that it would be better to buy the Nintendo DS version.

            In this game you are playing the character Flo and your goal is to keep the restaurant up and running, making as much money as possible and meeting the daily targets. In order to make money and keep the business alive you have meet the customers needs as quickly as possible so as they don't get grumpy and leave your restaurant.

            There are two different modes of play for this game which are as follows ~
            Career Mode

            The first level in career mode is a tutorial level which teaches you the basics of playing the game so as you can succeed in the rest of the levels. I picked up a few tips in career mode which helped me to reach the goals for the up and coming levels. In career mode there are over 70 levels and the more levels you complete the harder the game gets. I found the levels fairly easy to play until I got to level 25 then I noticed that they were getting a lot harder, but the goal was still fairly easy to achieve.

            At the beginning of career mode you start off with only 2 tables and a few customers, but as the levels get higher you have a lot more tables and customers to attend to. There are 8 different types of customers in the game and you have to pay attention and meet the needs of each of them in order to receive your tips and meet the level criteria. I think that the career mode is the best and most enjoyable to play as you have to meet goals and you can buy upgrades for your diner as you progress further into the game. (4/5)

            Endless Shift

            Endless shift mode is still enjoyable to play but not as good as the career mode as you don't have level goals to reach. Instead all you have to do in this mode is to serve as many customers as possible and play for as long as you can. Because there are no set goals in this mode I found it rather boring to play because you don't have the option to get the upgrades for your diner. (3/5)
            Graphics

            The graphics for the game aren't great but you have to bear in mind that this is partly because the Nintendo DS screen is rather small therefore the graphics are limited. The characters in the game are really small and as you progress further into the game in career mode the diner becomes really crowded and it is sometimes hard to notice a queue of customers gathering, so you have to bee careful and watch out for customers arriving so as you don't loose tips and fail the level. The graphics are still colourful and you can clearly identify which of your customers are happy and unhappy. I think that this game would have looked a lot better if there was a bigger screen on the Nintendo DS because the graphics would have been bigger, clearer and less cramped. (3/5)
            Sound

            The sound effects for the game are the most annoying, because here are only five different songs, so if you are playing the game for a while hen the songs will start to annoy you. I just play the game with the volume muted now because of the sound effects. It would have been better if there were more sound effects and songs on the games so as it wasn't as annoying and repetitive. (2.5/5)
            Controls

            The game is really easy to control and the youngest of people can get to grips with it extremely quickly. This is because all of the movement in the game is done with they Nintendo DS touch screen and stylus. There is no challenge when it comes to the controlling of the game but this is what makes it more appealing and easy to play for younger people. It is simple and not challenging to play and get to grips with the controls everything is done by tapping on the relevant section in order for Flo to do the desired task. (5/5)

            My Opinion

            This game is good to play however I wouldn't go as far as highly recommending it. I would give the game a total of 3/5 partly because there is a lot of repetition and all the levels are fairly similar to one another, the only difference being that there is a higher amount of money to reach in each level. The lack of graphics and sound effects in the game also makes it quite boring to play as well, but I suppose younger children wouldn't really mind the lack of this and they would find the game enjoyable and easy to play.The game is only good if you play it in small doses when you have a spare 5 or 10 minutes on your hands. I would say the best way to find out of you like this game or not is to play the free online version first. This will give you an over all feel of the simplicity of the game as well as the sound and graphics. It would also stop you going out and wasting £28 buying the DS game.

            Graphics ~ 3/5
            Sounds ~ 2.5/5
            Difficulty ~ 1/5
            Enjoy ability ~ 3/5
            Value for money ~ 2/5

            Thanks for reading
            :o) Lisa x

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              14.02.2009 21:21
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              A challenging game for grownups and older kids

              Diner Dash is surely one of the most addictive games available for the Nintendo DS. I bought this game for my daughter a while ago, but as soon as I started playing it, I could not put it down.

              The Game -
              The game is about a girl called Flo who owns her own diner and basically starts to progress the further into the game you get. When you start the game, it will show you how to get through the very first stage, then you are on your own. As you progress through the first diner it will obviously become more difficult, you have to try and seat people and serve them as quickly as you can, then you get families in and you have to get a high chair for the baby, if you dont do this quick enough you will earn less points. Each party will have 5 love hearts and the idea is to keep them fully red, they will gradually lose colour if you dont seat them quick enough or, serve quick enough etc. The parties will start coming quicker etc. In later stages you will have extras such as coffee, this will calm the impatient customers and their love hearts will start to fill up again, you also may have music to please the customers too.

              There are 5 different restaurants each with 10 stages, once you complete the 10 stages of the first restaurant you will unlock a new restaurant and a new outfit for Flo to wear. and so on. If you complete 5 stages of any restaurant at Expert level then you will unlock the fifth restaurant but only 4 stages at a time. So it's best to strive for Expert level all the time.

              My Opinion -

              The game says it is suitable for children aged 3 an upwards, although they may initially enjoy it, I don't think it will keep there attention for very long as it can be quite tricky. I love this gave as it does get addictive, I just don't want to be beat, it has taken me a while and I have not completed it yet, but I have become quite good at it. It is certainly challenging and you can get annoyed with it but I could sit and play for a good hour. I love how it gets faster and more intense. I think this is more suited to adults or teenagers, my 7 year old will play it but gives up after a short time.

              This game is currently available from amazon.co.uk from around 10 pounds.

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                04.09.2008 00:08
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                A great game which you will get addicted to

                Diner dash has got to be the most addictive game on the nintendo ds that i have played. It is about a character named Flo and she owns a resteraunt. She starts out with a basic resteraunt, here you get simple customers and you have to guide them to their seats, take their requests, hand them their food and clear up. As you complete the levels you go onto harder and harder resteraunts with different customers who need to be seate in a specific way and also customer care becomes more important aswell as a lot harder. This game is the most repititive game out there as you more or less have do the same thing on every level. After you finish each level you can start to customise your resteraunt by choosing a new floor, tables, door, etc...
                Overall i would recommend this game to anyone who wants a simple game to play, it is great for children.

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                  03.04.2008 04:52
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                  Fantastic game for everyone to play.

                  Diner Dash is a fantastic game. This game revolves around Flo who runs a restaurant business. It can be highly addictive as you go through various levels with new challenges added at each new level. There are new kinds of customers coming in at each level to make the game more challenging and interesting.

                  A great adventure game for food lovers and more so for people who either own a restaurant or similar service business or aspire to own one. The graphics are very good too which really adds up to the fun level of this game. This game is also great for the mind as it makes you do multi tasking as well as think ahead.

                  In this game, make sure to keep your customers happy by serving them on time as angry customers means minus income, thus, not being able to reach your target. From my experience playing this game, I certainly enjoyed it and am pretty confident you will too.

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                  The main character Flo, is sick of pushing paper in the world of finance, she's ditched her desk job and is rolling up her sleeves and setting out to build her very own empire of top-notch restaurants. It won't be easy, though! Diner Dash is the latest action-puzzle game that is sure to bring out the entrepreneur in all of us.