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Hells Kitchen well what can I say I actually felt like I was there whilst playing it and that wasn't excatly a good thing all the time!
The game is based on the tv show Hells Kitchen and as you will know if you have watched the show it can get pretty hot in the kitchen.
The game is broken into the 3 essential parts of running a good kitchen the preparation of the ingredients, the cooking of the food and good service. Once you have played through the sequence Chef Ramsay marks you on how well you have done. Its best to play in arcade mode to start with before moving onto career mode in my opinion so you can practice your tecniques before setting up your own retaurant! Once you have set up your own restaurant the game gets interesting and also quite stressful! I actually find myself shouting quick, hang on I am coming to you next lol best to play this in a room on your own else people will think you have gone crazy. The better you become at the game the more people who come to your restaurant and the quicker you need to be on your controls which in this case is the stylus.
The graphics are quite simple and basic but its actually a simple game to play just hard to master. Its aimed at 12+ I would say this is more for the fact you get abused by Chef Ramsey if you fail than anything else lol as I am sure under 12s these days would be able to operate the game.
The game costs as little as £5 online. It makes you sweat thats for sure and I can feel my blood preassure rising as I play so I can only play for short amounts of time.
3 stars because it is a stressful game but addictive.
I love the show Hells Kitchen so when I came across the game for £5 in a sale I bought it. A chance to work for Gordon Ramsey, I couldn't miss that opportunity. I fancy myself as a bit of a little cooking god at home so now was the time to show the best in the business how its done.
The game itself is very simplistic but provides a nice little challenge. Its not really a cooking based game at all. The game spreads itself between the dining room and the kitchen but you don't really do any cooking as such. People arrive in the dining room, you seat them, take their order and switch to the kitchen. You touch ingredients to prepare them and then put the right ones in the right pan based on colour coordination and timings. Each pan takes a different time to cook, you want everything ready together. When it is you switch back to the dining room and deliver the food to the table and then clear the table when they are done.
Its all a balancing act, as the levels go up you get more customers and you have to balance the dining room function with what's happening in the kitchen, don't burn the food or make your customers unhappy or else they will start getting visibly annoyed sat at the table.
Whilst it is simple game mechanics and there isn't much to the game play it does provide a nice little challenge trying to get 100% on all the challenges. You monitor your progress as you go by the two burning flames either side of Chef Ramsey at the top of screen, put the flame out and you have a perfect score. I find it only entertains me for a short while though and then I get a bit bored.
The more the levels go up the more customers and harder menus you have to prepare. As you unlock more of the game you unlock more real life recipes for yourself and the game has a quaint appeal as a recipe book as well. For £5 I am not unhappy with the purchase but I wouldn't really pay anymore than that if I were you. Not enough to keep you there over the long haul and not really enough recipes to act as a proper cookbook. If you can pick it up cheap though then why not.
This review is for the Nintendo DS game, Hell's Kitchen, developed by Ludia Incorporated and published by Ubisoft. The game is based on the television show starring Gordon Ramsay.
The aim of this game is similar to the television show, and aims to show that there are three essential parts of a successful restaurant, the preparation of the ingredients, the cooking of the food and impeccable service of the food to the customer. When you've created and served your food, at the end of the night, Gordon Ramsay will give you a mark for your overall efforts.
You can play the game in either arcade mode, or in career mode. If you opt for career mode, you start in a small restaurant, and then continue to improve your experience and rank before taking over a five star restaurant. If you go for the arcade mode, then you just have to ensure that the food is prepared and cooked well, although as you progress in this mode, everything gets harder and faster.
The game requires quite a lot of concentration and the ability to jump between different requirements continually, whether it be mixing ingredients or seating customers at the table. The cooking element isn't too in depth, and just involves really selecting ingredients, which does all become a bit repetitive quite quickly.
Controlling the game is easy enough, and most of the control in the game is used by the stylus and the touch screen. I found the whole control process to work well and be quite logical and this is a plus in the game.
Graphics in the game aren't too bad, the imagery of Gordon Ramsay himself is good, and you can hear Gordon himself give his views on how well you're doing. The amount of sound effects though is a little disappointing, and more could have possibly been done in this regard. Although they're not the greatest compared to some other games on the DS, the graphics and sound do add atmosphere to the game.
If you do well in the game, there are some unlockable elements which you can discover. These include some unique Gordon Ramsay recipes, which is a good idea and is something which is worth preserving for in the game. Don't forget though when playing the game, if you fail to reach the standard, Gordon Ramsay can shout at you and close down your kitchen.
In terms of the long-lasting appeal of this game, this is limited heavily by the relative ease in which this game can be completed. Even a very average games player could well find themselves finishing this game with only a few hours of play, which is disappointing for a product that was being marketed at the thirty pounds price point.
There are unfortunately no multi-player options to speak of, which is a shame, as this could have extended the shelf life of this game. As things stand, it's unlikely that many players would keep playing this game for weeks, it's a game which once one played doesn't really get played again.
The game retails full price for the quite steep 29.99 pounds, but is currently available on Amazon for 9.49 pounds. If you're happy with a second hand copy, these are available for around five pounds each at the time of writing from sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated as 12+, so is only suitable for older children.
In summary, this isn't a bad game and it is fun to play through the career mode and gradually build your reputation and work in ever better restaurants. However, although the graphics and sound aren't too bad, the game is a bit repetitive (but nonetheless addictive for a while), and it doesn't take that long to complete the game. So if you can find this game cheaply, it's worth a look, especially if you're a fan of Gordon Ramsay, but if not, it's not really worth hunting out for.
I absolutely love Gordon Ramsey, I can't get enough of all his shows, have a collection of his books and was once fortunate enough to meet the cooking god, but for some reason I was quite sceptical of this game! I mean cooking and video games don't mix, Right?
Wrong!! This game, although simplistic, is very addictive!! And to be honest, it is only very loosely based on cooking. The action is split between the Kitchen and the dining room - In the dining Room you have to seat diners, take their orders and clear their plates, and in the kitchen you have to click on pots to prepare them, and then cook them at a variety of start times so that they are all ready to be served together - luckily I was better at this than I am with a Sunday Roast!!
The trick is to balance both these rooms at the same time - cooking to time is easy but there is probably a queue of people waiting to get served, so you have to flick between the two. Your performance is monitored by two burning flames at the edge of the screen, and if you manage to extinguish them then you achieve 100% for that level. If anyone is left waiting too long or you muck up the timings in the kitchen then the flams go up and Gordon starts hurling abuse at you. It is bleeped out but it is pretty clear what he is saying , so not a game for the easily offended!!
This game gets steadily harder as the levels progress and more tables, customers and courses are added!! By the end of the game the levels are going on so long that it starts to lose its fun factor - its appeal is the short frantic darting between rooms, but serving 5 tables 3 courses takes forvevr and by the end I was completly bored. Its only the last cluster of levels that made me feel like that though, it seemed to be a stage to far.
For each level you complete you get one of Gordans recipes - I barely even glanced at these - If I had wanted recipes I would have bought Cook with Jamie, but its a nice touch if that is what you are into.
I picked this game up for £10 in Sainsburys, and for the money it was a pretty good buy - I wouldn't want to pay much more than that. It was a good enough game but not one I would pick up again and again - not enough Gordon in it for that!!
Yes, there is a Gordon Ramsay video game. That's right... video games and cooking shows are now THAT popular that the notorious foul-mouthed angry chef has his own game on a DS near you. Remember 'Can't Cook Won't Cook' on the Gameboy Advance? How about 'Ready Steady Cook' on the Playstation? Delia Smith's classic SNES outing? No...these games didn't exist. This one does.
Getting over this initial shock of seeing this game in the shop, I just had to pick it up, to see what kind of awesome gameplay experience Mr Ramsay could offer me. Weirdly, although I was expecting something awful, I was pleasantly surprised.
Have you ever played 'Diner Dash'? Well, this is a bit like that. Except 'Hells Kitchen' has an absolutely earth shattering feature that no other game in the WORLD can lay claim to. That is, the top screen of your DS is dedicated to an animated, digitised, walking talking and swearing (censored-don't worry kids) Gordon Ramsay.
Using your stylus you will be tapping frantically to prepare, cook and serve food, juggling orders and cooking times in order to please a restaurant full of customers. This fast paced title is full of snap decision making, and at later stages it tends to get rather tricky - as you aim to please both the customers and Gordon with his ever-decreasing patience.
Okay, there IS a certain amount of novelty value here, I admit. But this game is genuinely fun in short bursts. Yes, at points it gets infuriatingly difficult and you just want to throw your DS out the window... but at the same time, it's incredibly addictive and you will strive to get that 100% score on each stage.
The graphics aren't really special, nor is the concept particularly innovative, but this game works great as a quick burst of arcade fun. And especially if you're a big fan of Gordy!
A more grown up version of Diner Dash, this combines running both the dining room and the kitchen sides of a restaurant - all with Gordon Ramsey overseeing you.
This game, consisting of you clicking where you want the waiter to go, or which foods you want prepared is based on an extremely simple concept and a very addictive one. The objective in career mode is to run the restaurant for a full night, before you get fired, switching between dining room and kitchen. Each level becomes progressively harder (word of warning, when the oven becomes available remember to check if food needs to go in there I kept just doing the stovetop foods and forgot the oven completely, needless to say I got fired) as you complete each level one of Gordon Ramsey's recipes become unlocked. I haven't tried cooking any of them yet but all look good.
In arcade mode you are just in the kitchen, you don't actually prepare the foods a la cooking mama just choose which section gets prepared (presumably by your underlings) and put them in the right pot/oven to be ready at the same time. If you make too many mistakes or run out of time Gordon Ramsey will throw you out of the kitchen.
While the game is simple to play I wouldn't recommend it for children, as Gordon's language is comparable to that on the TV show - complete with bleeps but easily understandable as swearing