“ Manufacturer: Playfish / Genre: Family & Entertainment „
Restaurant City is a restaurant simulation where you own maintains and organizes a restaurant. This is done by different things, so you need to attract customers and thus generates an income. At the beginning of the game you've only got a small space available, but even with this space you can already create something beautiful with it.
In Restaurant City you do not yourself prepare and serve the meals. So you start with the hiring of staff, which you can select such as the waiter. The waiter will then immediately works in your restaurant and bring meals from the chef to bring the customers. Later in the game there are more things are possible in this area. At the beginning you can hire someone as a janitor, as a waiter and a chef. Later you can also hire a bartender and serve drinks for your guests.
When you decide to throw open restaurant, customers will automatically walk inside. Do you have enough staff in the service, then you go really very little to do. Restaurant City is a bit boring, because there is not always that much to do. Forntelaty there is a bit more than just running the restaurant.
You can decorate your own restaurant. So you choose for yourself which floor, walls, tables, chairs, windows and other decorations in your restaurant goes. In each category at least thirty different items to find, so there is enough to experiment. Buying decorations and other equipment for your kitchen also provides experience in which you can go level up.
Of course you're not always doing this and when your whole restaurant is full and there is nothing to do later in the game you can have your own sweets shop and you can join a new restaurant. There is also a market where you can trade in ingredients. Furthermore the game also has an award system that rewards you obtained in the form of decorations back.
I think the game is an ok simulation game but after a few game it already starts to get boring. For me three stars.
Restaurant city is an online game where you can manage and decorate your own restaurant.
The game allows you to employ a certain number of people, each of which must be assigned a task, such as chef, waiter or cleaner. The objective of the game is to level up your restaurant, and at the same time this increases the size of your restaurant and unlocks various items to decorate it with.
There are hundreds of items to decorate your restaurant with. The more you play, the more money you will accumulate. However, once you have set your workers to work (for a fixed period of time), gameplay is very limited and all you can do is wait until the time period is over. You are able to improve the ratings of your restaurant, which in turn increases the number of customers entering, and makes you more money. In order to improve restaurant ratings, there is a large menu where you are able to set different dishes to be served in your restaurant. By gathering the ingredients required to make the dish, you are able to level up these dishes.
You are able to rate other people's restaurants if you have chosen to be part of the rating system. If you achieve a score of over 4 out of a possible 5 stars with over 20 ratings, you will become part of "gourmet" street. This street is a collection of the highest rated restaurants in the game. In order to rate other peoples restaurants you have to go to "random" street, and this allows you to rate random users' restaurants out of 5.
Overall this game can be very addictive, with the constant desire to improve your restaurant's design, and achieve a high rating in order to get to gourmet street. With the ability to set a certain time frame to open your restaurant, this means you don't have to be at the computer playing the game in order to make money. I'd recommend this game if you like fun, but very pointless online games!
Restaurant City is an app on Facebook made by Playfish, which lets you "run" your own restaurant. The premise of which is very simple. You hire staff, you buy the necessities, such as a cooker, table, chairs etc. and make money, earn exp, level up and so on...
Whilst it might be fun to begin with, once you set your staff their tasks, there is NOTHING for you to do, and frankly watching these small computer people do their tasks endlessly ISN'T much fun... so you think, fine, I'll exit and come back later.
NO. In order to level up, you MUST have the window open! This not only takes up computer memory, but is useless and frustrating when it interferes with other tasks...
That aside, it is quite addictive and competitive as you want to gain that level, unlock that plot of land, get more staff, get more money etc... the premise that makes MMORPGs successful. A clever thing they have is a leader board system in the form of a street, where the friend with the highest level is on the right most side of the screen and goes down accordingly etc...
A nice little feature is the ability to dress your staff and your own little character. Personally, the range of outfits is at a bare minimum, and only a few I would actually consider using... Some cool ones include bunny ears, harry potter scar, and some more edgy outfits are available too.
The whole point of this IS a restaurant after all! And these are separated into four categories: Starter, Main, Dessert and Drinks.
Each of these also have about 15 different food recipes and encaptures ones in different ethnicities and cultures. Some favourites include: Caribbean Chicken Salad, Dim Sum and Bak Kut Teh.
Personally it would be nice to be able to cook yourself, a bit like cooking mama but this is absent.
These are used to decorate the interior and exterior of your restaurant and too much emphasis is placed on this. They should upgrade other playable features instead!
They do have some cool objects such as mushroom tables and chairs. However, most interior design objects are ugly and unusable, and exterior objects are so common almost everyone's restaurant looks the same.
One good thing is they have regular updates to the game, such as new objects and new recipes. One mega annoying thing is that as you reach high levels, the exp needed for the next one is also exponentially increasing. I am currently 6th on the leader board and once I reach No 1, I think I will stop.
At the end of the day, it is absolutely pointless and what am I going to get from it? NOTHING.
UPDATE: Positive update is that now, you can exit the screen and still gain EXP!! This is ONE huge improvement and will certainly be much less tedious to us, and less "in the way" for our PCs while running it!!
Also, a recent update meant that you can now use REAL MONEY to buy game currency. Whilst many apps do this too, the constant reminder and persuasion of this DOES get annoying!
Restaurant City, by Playfish Games, is available to play for free on Facebook, and as such you can't really go wrong trying this out for yourself. It is addictive though, and the game's shortcomings only become truly apparent after many hours of play.
It's a very passive game, first of all, and while your restaurant is running there isn't a lot to do. I usually have the game running while I do other things, checking back occasionally to clean the toilets and feed/rest my employees. The problem with this is that when you have levelled up a few times, the game can take up a lot of memory, so I often have to abandon it when I am doing other things such as playing a different game, watching a video or making a video call.
The graphics are nice, though it is kind of odd that there are no male/female avatars. They are all based on the same model, so many of the random customers look really odd!
Collecting ingredients is a fun feature, and you can create more dishes and level up existing ones as you get more. Ingredients can be traded with friends or bought (at a high price!). I wish it were possible to trade with strangers, but I think that is an incentive to make you nag your friends to play, especially as you get a free ingredient for each friend who joins.
The main issue is that there really isn't any goal. Different furniture does not have different effects, so paying extra for them is only for those who want to play restaurant dress-up. Dishes can level up giving you more gourmet points (XP) with which you level up. As you level, your restaurant grows and you gain more staff, but once you hit level 27 (the current maximum) there really isn't much to do.