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Sorry have not been posting reviews/rates lately been really busy with my design project but will catch up this weekend!
I first heard of the game when I was looking for a simulation to play, after having played 'Theme Hospital' and Roller coaster tycoon series and came across this surprisingly fun and addictive game!
The game offers two modes: Campaign and Sandbox. Campaign mode features 18 timed scenarios (each day represents a month and earnings are multiplied accordingly) you have to complete through a storyline where you are upcoming chef Armand, who has just been given his uncle's old restaurant and it is his goal to restore it to it's former glory, whilst competing with culinary brand Omnifood.
The early scenarios will require you to focus on a single restaurant, though later on expanding to atleast eight, of three different cuisines, French, Italian and American. You will even be asked to participate in cooking contests and can buy ingredients to improve your score.
Micromanagement includes staff (hiring, training), selecting what dishes goes into your menu (you can even customise the menu design and font), set dish prices, design your restaurant (placing tables, choosing decor, building toilets and kitchen etc), paying for advertising, renovating the exterior and more.
Whilst there seems like a lot you have to do, many of these aspects you either only need to do once, or do not need much managing at all. In this way, the game does not feel like a chore and you can focus on completing the scenario without having to take care of every little thing of every restaurant you own.
I found the earlier scenarios rather difficult given you start off with very little money and not a lot of freedom in terms of improving your restaurant and you are kind of thrown into the deep end. Despite the useful, yet long, tutorial, some of the goals were very difficult to achieve. I remember failing scenario 5 completely and had to restart with an easier setting.
A good thing about the game is that it doesn't allow you to get stuck. You can always try the scenario again with a lowered goal and hence progress the storyline relatively easily. However, everything you do during the time you spent will be reset to the beginning of the scenario which kind of sucks.
Once I got past Scenario 7 or 8 the rest were pretty easy, perhaps far too easy. I could easily complete it within a month or two, but usually chose to wait it out to get more money or spend the time improving my staff skills. The game was relatively short in that respect and I completed it in under 30 hours (which is perhaps too long) though I really enjoyed every aspect of the storyline.
You get cut scenes at the beginning of scenarios which are simple, but nicely done and the animations, whilst are nothing compared to today's standards are enjoyable to watch and some of the dialogue is quite hilarious!
Once I completed the story, I was eager to play sandbox mode, getting my first personal restaurant up and running and trying to get it to 5 stars. After selecting your restaurant and renovating it and then opening it, there isn't really much left to do other than to up your staff skills and wait. It was surprisingly dull to play as many recipes were already unlocked, obtained fromt he chefs you hire, and many options were closed, such as contests.
All of a sudden, there seems very little purpose of playing this free mode as there is no goal to achieve and not much point to any of it. This could easily be improved by opening up the contest arenas and allowing you to participate in contests so you actually want to improve your chefs' ratings and so on.
Even though the game offers replayability, I got bored of it quite quickly, and I was not too keen on carrying on much more after my third restaurant. I wasn't able to obtain 5* but they were making money and that's all that really matters. I would much prefer to replay the story mode than this sandbox.
One thing that is missing is the ability to continue your 'story save game' after you complete the last scenario, as I'd love to continue and manage those 8 lovely restaurants I set up during the storyline!
Whilst many moan about the blockiness of the dishes and the lack lustre graphics, I found them to be pretty nice and acceptable. I'm one of those people who don't really care about the graphics as long as the game play is good, and whilst it would be great to see the lovely dishes in HD and like they are really edible, it didn't make a difference to how much I enjoyed the game.
Restaurant Empire was a surprisingly enjoyable simulation game which offered a good variety of micromanagement set in an entertaining storyline and immersive setting. A good variety of options let you take control of your restaurant to very minute details.
With the unfortunately easy storyline, the game was quite short and left you desperately wanting more, but the game does not fulfil with it's lacklustre sandbox mode. Thankfully the second game is out. Whilst it is more like an upgrade (the first game with all its scenarios is included), it does offer improved graphics and new cuisines, recipes and decor, so I'll be looking forward to trying that out!
In Restaurant Empire you have the chance to play as the owner of your own restaurant and carry out all of the real things that would be done in real life in order to make any restaurant a success.
At the start you get your building and have to start outfitting the building in all you need to make it a successful restaurant (kitchen appliances, lighting, seating, tables, toilet ares, welcome desks, artwork, flooring, etc) which in most sim games would be fairly easy but in this game you have to think ahead and ensure that your restaurant is well designed for both diners and staff (ensure the kitchen is big enough to cope, ensure there is enough room for waiting staff to take food to tables without having to knock over others, etc).
So you now have a restaurant? Well no...you now will have to hire your staff including waiting staff and welcome staff but the challenge starts when you have to get your chef/chefs as you need to check what they specialise in, how much salary they take and figure how many you need (or how many your kitchen can handle). Once you have all of this in place it is just the small matter of developing your menu by deciding on the dishes you want on this and how much you will charge. Throughout the game your diners will give you suggestions of what to improve whether it be food improvements, design improvements, etc.
This game is a very in-depth sim which you will need to stick to but if you do then you will have the joys of having a successful restaurant.
**INTRODUCTION** I have recently been playing a game that I can get into, and is very good and a lot to do and achieve in this game. Great effects during the game and great graphics and sounds too. Let me share with you what the game is about. I like this game simply because I like any sim based game and any tycoon game and this fits in with the collection just nicely. **WHAT IS RESTAURANT EMPIRE** Restaurant Empire is a sim/tycoon type game, and very fun to play. This game will suit everyone in the family, as it is easy when you know how to play the game, the basics are you have to run your very own restaurant, of course you will have your staff to help out, and you can also decorate your restaurant to your tastes. Watch your guests in your restaurant for complaints too, this will give your restaurant a bad name if you get too many, they mostly complain about the staff, food, or that the restaurant is too noisy for them. There are goals set for you to complete too, like the first one I had was I had to get 35 customers in the restaurant and also make sure I have £30,000 in my bank by the end of the month, but it keeps you on your toes. **INSTALLATION** The installation process is very easy to do, all you do is place the cd into the rom drive, and wait for it to load up, then browse to where you want the game installing too, and click ok then It will then install to the destination f your choice, this process with only take a few minutes, so you might as well go make yourself a cuppa, as once you start playing this game you will find that you cant drive yourself away from the game. **STARTING THE GAME** When you get into the game you will notice you can have the tutorial to help out what you have to do and where to find things that will help. The tutorial is by voice and illuminated arrows. First of all you will get to know how to move around in your restaurant with ease, then on to where things are like
your restaurant, and how to decorate it to your taste, and then onto the menu making, you design your own menu, the colour and font of the menu by the ready-made colours and fonts in the game. The tutorial will help with the how to of each things added to the restaurant and the adding of the recipes to the menu. Then you will move onto the hiring of staff you will need to help maintain a good service in your restaurant. There are a few people that have to work in your restaurant and make sure you get someone with a lot of skill for the job. You can also up/down their wages, and fire or hire them, and look at their skill. Then we move onto the reports and extra things to do with the game that you will need to know occasionally. You can see various reports to do with your restaurant and the running of it, how much profit you are receiving, how much goods you?re selling, how much you have left. Here you will also find any complaints made by your customers whilst visiting the restaurant, make sure you keep checking this tab, as then you will know what to change in order to keep your customers happy and wanting to keep coming back. You will have tips throughout the game to help too, and also the mail box at the bottom which will let you know certain things to help with the running of your restaurant, things like complaints or compliments made by customers, or other things in order to make you aware of things either slipping or running perfect. Like I said before you will certain goals to complete, if anyone have played theme hospital where you have to cure so many patients and a certain amount of money then this is basically the same thing, the goals you will found where the reports are and also where you will find the complaints too. **AVAILIBILITY** You can buy this game from any computer stores or you can buy it from http://uk.special.reserve.co.uk/q_JL8500_restaurant_empire.html you can also download the demo of th
is game from http://www.fileplanet.com/files/120000/120779.shtml **PRICE** The price is around £24 which if you have played this already is pretty good for the money, if you haven?t but not sure about paying that much a game you barely know then I advise you to download the demo and see what you think first.