January 30 2011
For some reason, cooking translates really well to the world of videogames. That's probably why there are so many great cooking themed casual games out there. From the time management play of the Diner Dash series to the slicing and dicing mini-games of Cooking Mama, there's something for everyone. Here are some of the best games that are all about making and serving food.
1. Diner Dash 5
Poor Flo. As if almost single handedly running a restaurant by herself wasn't enough, the star of the Diner Dash series has run into yet another snag in her latest outing: her restaurant blew up. But that doesn't stop Flo, who decides that the best thing to do is continue to serve customers anyways, wherever they happen to be. This twist helps differentiate Diner Dash 5: BOOM! from the rest of the series, while still maintaining the intense, fast-paced action that's made the series such a hit.
Restaurant themed time management games are nothing new, but on Facebook the genre is woefully underrepresented. So thank the heavens for Heaven's Diner. The game brings the same core gameplay that has made games like Diner Dash so successful, only it's playable on Facebook, with all the expected features. There's even an iPhone app that lets you bring real world food into the game.
If you ever wondered what Flo, the star of Playfirst's "Dash" series of time management games, was like as a teenager, Cooking Dash 3 will answer that very question. The game is a prequel of sorts, starring a young Flo tasked with revitalizing a struggling amusement park. And it also features some fun new twists on the gameplay the series is known for, with new customers, mini-games, and even a drive thru window.
Mama sure does get around. After numerous releases across game consoles, handhelds, and even mobile phones, the Cooking Mama series has finally landed on Facebook. And nothing has been lost in the translation. The game sports the same bright and happy style coupled with great mini-game-based gameplay that has made the series so popular.
After reviving her grandfather's restaurant in the big city, Amelie is back. But this time she's decided to take on a new challenge by opening up a brand new establishment on a tropical island. Amelie's Cafe: Summer Time plays almost identically to its predecessor, which means it's a solid time management experience that's unfortunately lacking any real new ideas.
Everyone needs to eat, even prisoners. In Death Row Diner, it's up to you to make sure that those prisoners get fed, doling out their daily portions of slop. But there's more to it than simply spooning out stew, as you'll also have to keep the warden happy and break up gang fights before they get too bad. The life of a death row lunch lady rarely gets boring.