Diner Dash: Sizzle and Serve
Enter the thrilling world of demanding customers and strenuous waitress abilities. Enter Flo.
Originally released as an internet game, Diner Dash is getting a proper release this May thanks to publisher Eidos. Diner Dash places you in the role of Flo, a young woman who has decided to leave her desk job and become a restaurant entrepreneur. Flo must work her way up in the world though, starting from a fledging business to a full five star restaurant.
In Diner Dash players have to do all the work of waiting at a much faster pace than it ever would be in real life. The game is all about being able to work multiple patterns at once. When a customer comes in you seat them, take their order, serve them, bill them, and then clean up after them. While this at first seems like a very easy task it swiftly picks up the pace as players are faced with managing multiple tables which are at different parts of the food service sequence. Add to that the fact that you also get additional steps as you progress in the game, such as serving coffee to patrons who are waiting, and Diner Dash becomes much more intense.
Diner Dash also has an interesting "tip" system that gives the title more strategy than one might think. Customers come in that are designated certain colors and if the player seats them at appropriately colored benches then they will make a larger tip, allowing them to afford more accessories for the store. Accessories come in handy in the game because they make it easier to appease upset customers.
The handheld release of Diner Dash has some added elements that were not present in the internet version. Diner Dash DS adds an additional element to managing the restaurant in the form of food critics. Food critics will pop in and require extra attention in order to gain extra points. Diner Dash for DS also has the added two player face-off mode where players see who can be the best restaurateur.
The DS version of Diner Dash uses the touch screen to navigate the game. Players move Flo around by sliding her about with the stylus, much in the same way players did with the mouse in the internet version. Players also move the screen about to see parts the different parts of their restaurant by dragging the view around with the stylus.
While Diner Dash may not appear to have much depth, there is still a lot of potential here for a great casual game. The internet version, which players can try for free online, can provide a lot of fast paced enjoyment. Diner Dash won't win any awards for its depth of play, but might be worth it if you are looking for something to play in short bursts.