“ Genre: Simulation / Published by Big Fish Games / Release date: 2009 „
I am not going to compare this game with the first Cake Shop for the PC as I have never played it so am going to do this review as if this game was a stand alone one.
There is a little bit of story before you start the game but these always bore me so I skipped therefore I do not know if you are supposed be a certain character or have a particular role in the game. You have your cake shop interior which only comprises of a conveyer belt of cake pieces to start with and a bar that customers stand at on the outside of the shop to request their cakes. You simply click a base, a middle and a top piece to construct the cake to how the customer would like it and then click the customer or their thought bubble to serve them and you are given the money immediately. There is no clicking the customer to give them a menu or clicking for their money/tips either as in some games of similar type. You have a bronze, silver and gold goal for each level which depends on how much money you receive and not how many customers you serve, you don't need to serve all the customers to be able to get the gold award for the level in the early stages.
This is a very simplistic looking game in 2-D with basic colours and very easy to see so should work very smoothly on all PC's. The audio track is non-offensive on the ears and can easily be blocked out if you are concentrating on the levels. You could simply switch the music off through the options and have your own music playing instead as you don't really need the audio to play the levels.
This is a very easy game to play - too easy in fact. There is no option for the level of difficulty so your stuck with mundane click and go easy rounds. You have no in-game character that moves around to where you click on screen, just your cursor. Sometimes it is annoying that you click the customer to give them the cake and it doesn't click on them so you have to click a few times sometimes or click on the bubble to get rid of the cake so you can carry on with the game, this can break your flow, if you have gotten into one, quite easily and just makes it that little bit more frustrating.
As you go along you meet three different characters that allow you to buy other machines, upgrades and start building the next shop. You have no choice on when you can buy all these things with your cash, they simply pop up after certain levels and you typically have a choice of buying one of three things. It doesn't matter which ones you buy as it doesn't affect the game, you end up buying them all in the end anyway.
After ten minutes of game play I had completed about seven levels but had already become extremely bored with the game as it is really too simplistic, there needs to be just something a bit more to it for me.
This game doesn't take up much space being installed on my computer so I will leave it installed and see if I go back to it every now and again just to get the game completed, otherwise it is too boring for me to play more than a couple of levels at a time.