“ Genre: Simulation / Publisher: PlayFirst / Platform(s): Windows / Mac / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) „
I bought this from PC World quite a while ago, it must be at least 3 or 4 years ago, and at the time it cost me £10. However, as the rise of downloading games started up now Diner Dash is probably around £5 from wesbites such as Big Fish Games, or available from Amazon at around the same price. I'd played a few time management games before buying this, and hadn't really looked at any reviews on the game, as at that time I was quite new to computer games!
But Diner Dash 2: Restaurant Rescue was a great game, that occupied my time for quite a while. If you played the previous Diner Dash, you'll get the idea of what the game includes. But for those who haven't, here is a brief outline of what you have to do throughout the game.
The plot centers around Flo, who is a waitress determined to save her friends restaurants from being bought by Mr Big, an evil tycoon who wants to demolish their restaurants and create Mega Multiplex Foodplaza. This story is shown in cartoon storyboards which show the cartoony characters either feeling really sad they're being challenged by Mr Big, or happy that Flo has helped suceeed in beating him.
Throughout the game, you control Flo, the waitress who is going to save the restaurants. The main objective of the game is to get all the people into the restaurant served keeping their mood happy and stopping them from leaving. To do this you need to drag people to tables, usually trying to match the colours of the table to their clothes as much as you can to gain extra points. Then you will need to make Flo go to their tables, take their order and then deliver it back to the kitchen. Then once the food is made, you deliver it to the people, and once they are done take away the rubbish they leave behind.
Points are gained throughout the game through completing the tasks and in every level you will need to complete the goal, and then for an extra challenge can attempt the Expert score. You can gain extra points for matching colours or doing actions in a combo.
There are two modes within this game which are Story Mode and Endless Shift. To get to Endless Shift however you need to complete a few levels in Story Mode to unlock it. In Story Mode you basically just complete all the levels with it progressing, and as it goes along more things are added making it more fun and it never gets boring. Endless shift is basically well an endless shift, but everytime you reach a goal that the game sets for you, you have the ability to upgrade things. Generally the upgrades you can purchase make the game easier to play as things get faster or easier to use.
The beginning levels are easy enough to help you get to grips with the game, but still provide enough challenge to keep you motivated. As the games progress, the game definitely does get harder and it can be quite difficullt keeping everyone happy and making sure you get the Goal score. Luckily, when new features are introduced throughout the game, there is always a handy tutorial explaining how to use them.
As the game progresses, you are faced with more and more features, one of these being the people that enter your diner. You have the normal single person, the pair of friends, the family (complete with baby that if cries annoys surrounding customers), cell phone addicts (who will annoy everyone as long as they are seated), Joggers(headphone wearing people who block out any annoying sounds) and Bookworms( who just want some peace).
There are new additions to the game is that as you progress you also get handy things that make playing the game easier for you. As now there is a Busboy, Hostessm Bartender and Performer to do various things to take tasks away from you and make customers happier.
This is definitely a game that will have you addicted trying to complete all the goals and it wasted a few hours of my time. When I am looking to casually play though, I do go to Diner Dash and play the Endless Shift. Story Mode can get quite boring, as after you have acheived the goals, there isn't that much to do.
The graphics are pretty decent for a game made that long ago, and they stick to the same cartoony look that many of the Diner Dash franchise look like. They are quite colourful to which makes for a nice change.
Overall, I would recommend Diner Dash for anyone looking for a casual and simple game with some challenge to keep you motivated. However, Diner Dash does have new games within the series which are better designed and have much more features to keep you entertained at the same price, so you might consider looking at them before purchasing this one.
Having always fancied myself to one day be a manager or chef at a big restaurant, I thought Diner Dash would be the perfect game for me. I had previously tried an online trial of Diner Dash and found it quite fun. I then bought Diner Dash 2 as I had thought there would be more entertaining elements than in Diner Dash 1.
Flo has returned to save her four friends' restaurants from being purchased by business tyrant, Mr. Big. He had tripled their rent, threatening to demolish their restaurants, to make way for his Mega Multiplex Foodplaza, should they fail to pay.
In the game, you are controlling Flo, who is a waitress. You drag customers onto tables. They will then read their menus, and they'll raise their hands when they are ready to order. You then direct Flo to their table to take their orders and pass it to the chef. The chef will take a while to prepare the meal and once ready the food will appear with a number on it. This number then corresponds to the number of the table where the food needs to be delivered to. After their meal, they'll raise their hands again for their cheque. Lastly, after their departure, you'll need to clean the tables and put the dishes aside.
There are two modes in the game - Story Mode and Endless Shift.
Story Mode simply means the game progresses in levels. At each level you are to reach a goal within a certain period of time. At the end of each level, you are then able to add decor to the shop to appeal to customers (you get 3 options of décor if you succeed with an expert score, but only 2 if you do not). Throughout the story mode, additions are introduced to make the game more interesting and challenging.
Endless shift is exactly as it sounds - endless. There is no time limit but every time you reach a fixed goal, you shall be able to upgrade something. This upgrade could be new tables, a coffee machine, etc. - something to ensure the smooth running of the restaurant. In this mode, you are not gradually introduced to things such as families. In this mode, everything goes.
Both modes are fun to play. I especially like the endless shift mode - it was simply hectic towards the end.
I have liked the new additions to the game. Four new characters have been added (and two characters have been removed). There is now the Family (family with a baby who will cry and disturb other customers), Cell Phone Addicts (people who drive other customers crazy with their talking), Joggers (My favorite: because they have headphones, they are not easily annoyed) and the Bookworms (who come to look for a quiet place to read).
Benches have been added to deal with waiting customers in the line. A more interesting addition is the Phone. After completing a few levels, you may call a Busboy (clears up the tables), Hostess (keep customer's happy while they are waiting in the line), Bartender (serves drinks constantly) or the Performer (entertains customers at their tables).
The graphics and animation are as great as ever. The design is pretty much the same as the prequel - it is just as pleasing to the eye.
I'll be honest; this game is addictive once you start playing it. But after a few times while, I got fairly bored of the game and found it pretty mundane actually. You have a fixed routine that you carry out and there's not much variation to the gameplay. While the additions are interesting, you'd have to go through the same routine every time to get them.
Well, you could also argue that the fact that the game is as straightforward and simple as it is, is in fact a plus - I found this game to be a great help when it comes to relieving stress and tension (especially in Endless shift where you just get lost in the chaos).
Altogether, this game is a must-buy if you're looking for a simple game to lose yourself in.
There are 2 game modes in Diner Dash 2; Story Mode and Endless Shift.
In Story Mode you play the part of Flo who seems to be some kind of super-waitress. She has to help her friends earn enough money, (basically re-vitalise their failing businesses), or else Mr Big the Landlord will bulldoze there cafes and restaurants for development.
You need to seat each group at a table, take their orders, serve their food, take their money and clear the table after they leave. Obviously it isn't that easy; some people have specific needs, for instance families have a baby and they need you to bring them a high chair. As the customers wait for you they get more and more impatient and if you're not careful they will leave and it will cost you.
After every level you get to choose and some decoration for the place where you are working, (there are 4 businesses in total, each with 10 levels). Every level has a target amount of takings as well as an expert target. When you complete an establishment and move to the next you open that business up in Endless Shift mode.
Endless Shift is another endurance type game where you continuously play the same business. You get 5 stars and every time a customer gets angry and leaves you loose a star and when you have no more stars the game is over. As you meet targets you unlock upgrades which make it a bit easier for you to keep up.
The graphics are quite cool but simple and the colours used are quite nice and fit with the game. The graphics are just 2D illustrations really but as I've said it works with the game.
Game play is easy - just point and click on what you want and Bob's your Uncle. The game does get a bit repetitive after a while and there isn't too much to keep your attention on the lower levels and when you get to higher levels you have to move so fast and it gets really difficult to get the Expert targets. I'm a bit sad and I always like to complete a game as much as possible so I did keep playing this game for ages!
The sound effects and music are as annoying as ever with general crowd noise, babies crying etc and up tempo cheesy music! Thankfully the music and/or the sound effects can be turned down or even off altogether in the options menu.
This isn't one of my favourite games but it is okay. I'm not sure it's worth it's £14.49 price tag from www.gamehouse.com, unless you really liked it. You can download an hours free trial first to see if it is for you.
Diner Dash 2: Restaurant Rescue lets you join Flo as she returns from Nirvana to help four fellow restaurant owners defeat the greedy tycoon, Mr. Big. Seat customers, take orders, serve drinks, deliver food, and collect tips - expert scores earn you more decor upgrades! New quirky characters, challenges, powerups, and a surprise restaurant await you in this sequel to the original smash hit.