My daughter loves playing on the Ipad and she often will download a game and then ask me to work out how she actually plays it so I end up playing through the game too and often end up helping her when she gets stuck. This game can be downloaded as a sample game with a few levels. I like game that you can have a try of first and make sure that it will be played with before paying for it. The game is set in a diner where Grandma cooks and you serve, there are tables in the diner and you start with 2 tables and then you get more tables as you go through the levels. At the start of a level you get people stood waiting to be seated, you seat them by tapping on the people and then tapping onto the tables. Once they are seated you have to wait until a bubble appears over their head showing what food they want and then tap to take their order. Once you have the order you take it to the kitchen where grandma will cook the order, when the order is ready the tickets come up on the counter with the number of the table on them. Once the people are finished eating you have to give them the check again by tapping on the people and then you pick up the dishes and put them onto a trolley to go for washing. There is music along with the game and it is the same instrumental over and over again so it gets very annoying. There is not a lot of skill to the game as you are just constantly tapping whereas I think there could of been some swiping or something to make the brain work a little more. There are bonuses through the game for seating people so that the colours of their tops match the colour of the seats and there is bonuses for taking more than one tables order at a time called a chain bonus, this is the same for whatever action you are carrying out at the time. The graphics are crisp and clean and the colours are based mainly around red, white and blue. You can speed the cooking up by combining orders which means just placing one ticket on top of another this means you get the orders done faster for more points. There are 20 levels in the game but the customers increase massively from level 2 so I dread to think how many customers there would be at level 20. If your customers wait too long they get an angry face although they look pretty evil when their faces change and the waitress stands and yawns when she is not busy which I find a little strange. For a child I would say it is a little limited but for an adult you would possibly be more inclined to compete against each others top scores.
I am good at the majority of games on the iPhone but recently I found one I am not doing to good at yet the concept it pretty simple. Diner Dash is a game which is about you rushing around a diner trying to serve customers as quickly as possible whilst trying to obtain a target score. You are present with different challenges each level and every restaurant requires you to complete 10 levels overall. You can try and obtain the score needed to advance and if you are fortunate enough to do that you then try to obtain the expert score which is usually considerably higher. You have to seat customers when they walk in and give them drinks if they are angry and try and seat them according to the colour they are wearing. If you find a man wearing green and a green seat empty you should put him there as it gives you extra points. Moving people around is what takes the time up. You have to use your fingers for the game but moving people around to the correct seats is tricky but also when you have many people entering and leaving you want to try and keep on top of things and this is not easy at all. You can get really angry and frustrated by how quick the game wants to go but you cannot keep up. It can be slow sometimes for a game and appear ready to freeze because I feel the memory on the iPhone and graphics are not able to keep up. You have to keep an eye on the restaurants because there are 7 to do and some you can purchase for a bit more cash but I got this game for 59p and not completed it at all yet and it can be annoying but it is a challenge. It is fast paced and the game play reflects that because you can tell your waitress orders and she can take up to around 5 orders you give her in one go and do them all in order so it does help. I appreciate the graphics are very good but I think sometimes the graphics can be a hit and miss. To many bright colours or a mixture of people the game tends to slow down and become very worrying in how slow it can go so that is a big downside. I also would say installation for me was very quick compared to some games so that is something else to mention.
I have been a number one fan of Diner Dash ever since I bought it for my Nintendo DS about 2 years ago. When I seen it was available as an iPhone app, I was slightly dubious about whether it would be as good but forced my boyfriend to download it for me to play and it certainly did not disappoint! Now, to get the app, you simple go on the 'app store' on your iPhone, go to search and put in 'diner dash' and there it is for a price of £1.79. Click this price and then that changes to 'buy now', so click again and type in your itunes password. Also, make sure you download this on wifi not 3G because 3G won't download anything over 10mb. Once you've entered your password, it downloads automatically and the app will appear on your menu. Easy! Alternatively, you can download it on itunes on your computer by going on the app store on itunes, then sync your iPhone and it will automatically go on and be ready for hours of fun! The large screen on an iPhone certainly helps and gives a nice clear picture. It is easy to just press on the screen what you want to do and doesn't feel cramped, which is what I was initially expecting. Infact it's actually probably a little bit better than playing it on the DS! The game follows Flo, a waitress who wants to improve her restaurant. We follow Flo through different levels of the game, with it getting a little bit harder each time. You have to seat the diners at the tables and with the iPhone, you simply touch the customer and drag your finger to a seat. You then try and serve the customers quickly before their happyness decreases and if you are too slow then they leave and you lose money. There are certain little extras you can do to earn more money, which become more important to do as the game progresses. Things such as giving the diners drinks, cleaning up water spills and serving desserts as well. If you have chubby fingers then it may become a bit frustrating when you do come to seving deserts as this is situated just behind one of the tables so as the game gets faster, it can be harder to press where you want Flo to go. It is immensely fun and addictive and as the game does progress, it does become very difficult to complete the levels! I may not be the best at the game but I am actually yet to complete the last few levels as it is just too difficult. This is a positive though as so many of these types of games are too easy to complete and a waste of money but Diner Dash is a real test against time! For the price of the app, the game is well worth buying. The graphics are very clear as you play the game holding the iPhone sideways so everything is laid out in the same way as playing it on a console. As there are no limitations to game play by playing it on an iPhone then it is much better to buy this than spend the money on buying it for the DS or PC which will set you back a lot more than £1.79! (Edited at top due to the comment by xx nic xx as to it coming across as me not playing it on the iPhone-sorry!)