“ Genre: Simulation / Publisher: Majesco / Platform(s): Windows / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / Media: CD-ROM „
Cake Mania is a strategy came that is available to purchase on disc (see ebay for the best prices) or as a download from numerous websites (including pogo.co.uk).
When playing Cake Mania you take on the role of Jill who is inspired by her grandparents in to baking and Jill goes off to cooking school, on her return Jill opens a small bakery and then this is where the game begins for you as you attempt to work your way through miscellaneous levels to build up money and also get to work in bigger & better bakeries. Jills' ultimate aim is to make enough money from her business to enable herself to purchase her grandparents old bakery back.
The aim of the game is to successfully manage your time in order to prepare, bake & sell as many cakes to customers in your shop as possible in an allotted time in order to pass a set challenge that has been offered to you at the start of the round.
While working through the rounds there will be different customers who arrive and each of them has a varying amount of patience before they get fed up and leave the bakery. Also, each customer will be more or less generous with tips depending on how fast they are served & how well entertained they are.
Jill (you) can purchase lots of additional items with money earnt and use this to purchase extra ovens, frosting machines, a cupcake microwave, a TV, faster shoes for Jill and some of these items you can purchase a couple of so that you can have 2 or 3 ovens cooking different cakes at the same time.
As the rounds proceed the demands of the customers get harder; they may want a different combination of cakes or flavours and you will need to have several ovens to make the cakes fast enough to stop yourself from losing customers.
This game has hours of good gameplay in it and it's one that I thoroughly enjoyed time & time again. I did find that towards the end rounds I reached a point where I just could not get past a set round for quite a few tries and I left playing it for quite a few weeks as I was just so frustrated, however, when I came back to the game I managed to pass it fairly quick and then continue with the game.
I have a 9 year old niece and she would adore a game like this as she is at the age where she is enjoying time management & strategy games so this would be perfect for the younger generation too as it has no obscene images, bad language etc and although it might be a little bit high to purchase the DS version of this I have seen this online/PC version available for between £5 and £10 on various websites so it is worth keeping your eyes peeled for a bargain.
I have returned to this game a number of times over the past few years and I always find something to enjoy about it and I just love to try and predict what cakes the customers are going to request and then be proven wrong! It's a fantastic game & I am rating it 4/5 and have knocked off one point because towards the end it got extremely hard & I think that younger people would struggle with this.
This game was about a girl who ran the cake business in the town. She has to sell the cakes every day to make the business keeps running and she was able to solve her problem. The objective is how to solve every level in this game to be able to get the money she needs. You would not only have to save the money, but you have to redecorate the shop with the newest and the best appliances to help this girl make better cake faster.
This is a really easy and simple game. You have to make the cake as fast as possible to sell it to the customer. There are many different kinds of customer, the patient ones, and the impatient ones. You would have to serve the cake as they wish.
The goal is getting higher each level, and you need to upgrade the kitchen to be able to reach the goal of every level. The customer is getting more various every level.
The game is very light, you don't need lots of HD space in your computer. The minimum requirement to run this game were also quite low, so it was very easy to install. The graphic was average, and it is interesting for kids because of the colorful images in this game.
I like this game to spend some times when I really had nothing to do. It is quite interesting, but there's nothing different from the start until the end, so that after some levels, I started to feel bored with this game. I like it, but I have never really finished this. But if you really like something to kill time, this is one of a good choice.
I am a sucker for all the free trials of games you can download from the internet. If it's a really good game, I have been known to buy it, especially if I think my older daughter would get some use from it too.
Cake Mania was one of the chosen games I purchased a while ago. It will cost you in the region of £10 to purchase via a download, however now you will be able to find it available for online play if you can put up with it being slightly slower over an internet connection.
Cake Mania is part of a game genre called Time management games. This means that you are on a timer to achieve certain goals. If you achieve these goals within the time limit, you can then move onto the next level.
Made by Sandlot Games in 2006, this is not very old in comparison to a lot of games, but it certainly is a good game for wasting a couple of hours with.
The plot attached to Cake Mania is a simple yet effective one. Jill tales over her grandparents closed bakery and promises to re open it and make it great like it once was.
You start off in the game with a basic shell of a bakery shop. It's your job to serve customers and buy furniture and improve equipment to progress along the game. Each level has targets that you will need to complete. For example you may have to serve a certain number of customers, or sell a certain amount of cakes to make over a minimum amount of money.
The game is controlled by your mouse, and you have to produce a series of clicks in the right places. There are tutorials at the beginning to get you started, but it really is simple and a child can play it without any trouble.
Scenario - Customer comes in, click on customer. Jill then walks over to customer. Click on menu, Jill then gives the customer a menu. Once the customer has chosen what they want a thought bubble appears above them with their choice of cake. Click on correct shaped cake over oven, Jill then walks to oven and places cake in. Once the cake comes out, click on cake and then on the correct coloured icing as is on the thought bubble. Jill then takes the cake and ices it. Once the cake is ready you can click the cake and then click the customer to make Jill take the cake to the customer.
The customer will take the cake and disappear leaving a pile of money on the counter. You must then click the money to make Jill collect it.
All of the above happens in a series of quick motion clicking when you get the hang of it. The customers all have happy bars over their heads too so you need to serve them as quickly as possible to ensure they don't leave before you have given them their cake and collected the money.
At the end of each level, you will be taken to the upgrades section. This is the place where you can use the money you have taken from the customers to buy better products for your shop. These could be anything from extra cake toppings, faster ovens, and extra icing machine or faster boots for Jill to get around quicker.
All of the upgrades will help you out during the game and also help you make more money by charging more for your cakes.
The game is set through different months of the year and you see Jill progress through the map, crossing over each month as you complete it. Each level comes with its own target and mini story, so you may be serving Easter cakes in April and finding little people dressed up in scary costumes around October when they come in to buy bat shaped cakes.
The first few levels are sickeningly easy and you will probably wonder why you are playing the game. It does get challenging as the months go on however, and you will find yourself clicking in a frenzy trying to get things done. It will be explained to you after a while that if you manage to get what is called a combo (doing the same task for a lot of people at the same time), you will be given bonuses. In later levels you will have no choice but to achieve combos otherwise you won't get it all done.
The graphics are very standard in Cake Mania, but it's not a complex game and therefore doesn't need complex graphics. The game is played in 2D, and each level is laid out very similarly to ensure you know where you need to click.
Cake Mania covers over 45 levels so will keep you entertained for hours if it's your thing. Minimum system requirements are Windows 98/XP/ME/2000, 128mb ram, directx7 or above.
You can see from the requirements almost everyone will be able to play this game.
Help a young baker show big bad business who's boss in this fast-paced treat! When the retail behemoth "Mega-Mart" moves in, Jill's beloved family bakery is forced to close. But she's determined to get the business back on its feet with delicious sweets. Help Jill open her own bakery, bring in customers, and earn enough money to re-open her grandparents' bakery! With 48 levels and four different bakeries, Cake Mania is full of mouth-watering fun. Let's get cookin'!