Sushi Go Round
Make beautiful seafood creations in this fast-paced iPhone game.
Mastering Sushi Go Round requires memorization, fast fingers and expert timing. Like Diner Dash, you must serve customers as quickly as possible, except instead of handing them random dishes, you'll need to learn how to make sushi. The designers give you a helpful assist in the form of a book containing recipes, but remembering them is easier said than done when faced with an angry (and hungry) penguin. Make no mistake. This is a difficult game, but it's also rewarding, enjoyable and a steal at .99.
This iPhone game stands apart from the competition because you're both waiter and chef. As customers sit down, you hand them menus, take their orders and get busy behind the counter, mixing different ingredients to produce such treats as dragon rolls, salmon rolls, California rolls and shrimp sushi, just to name a few. Screw up, and the result is a plate of mush nobody wants. Mismanage your resources, and you wind up losing rice, fish eggs and shrimp, which may cripple business. You can order more food, but doing so presents an interesting question. Do you endure a long wait and save money, or spend at times exorbitant amounts of cash to speed up the process? Since each level requires you to meet a certain dollar amount to proceed, one decision could spell doom for the entire operation. Customers leave if you take too long, but sake puts them in better spirits. Like everything else in the game, though, that also costs money.
We love the game simply because it adds a new spin on the old and tired time management formula. The developers did an excellent job with the touch controls, colorful and detailed graphics make it easy to identify ingredients and the cute music was stuck in our heads for days.
On the downside, the on screen conveyor belt only moves from left to right, so if a customer on the right is about to leave if he or she doesn't score a dragon roll, and the customer on the left asks for and consumes each dragon roll you make, that's potential money walking out the door. It's annoying.
Occasionally, we'll freak out after forgetting a certain recipe, and putting the food so close together occasionally results in some disgusting creation, but overall, Sushi Go Round is a fun, well-made and cheap casual game that you should purchase ASAP, regardless of whether you enjoy raw fish.
What's Hot: Catchy music, a good number of recipes, frantic pace, colorful graphics.
What's Not: Quite difficult, no online leaderboard, ingredients are a bit too close together.