Saturday, March 24, 2007

Diner Dash 2 - Restaurant Rescue





Diner Dash 2 - Restaurant Rescue
Brighter Minds Media
Rated "E" for Everyone
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$19.95


Diner Dash 2 must be one of the best "time wasting" games around. While that may not sound like a compliment, it really is. After a while, I get tired of games that have a reason and purpose. Don't get me wrong, this game does have a storyline, but the fun isn't really so much in the storyline, as in the game play itself. The story centers on Flo, a waitress that is trying to help save the restaurants belonging to friends from the evil Mr. Big. Mr. Big wants to convert all the small, family owned diners into a huge, unfeeling chain. Flo is determined to save her friends restaurants from an untimely demise.

When playing Diner Dash 2, you first complete an excellent tutorial on how to serve your customers. You start with just a couple of tables, but by the time you make it to the higher levels, you have quite a few tables to serve and keep happy. There's many power ups, perhaps not fitting the typical meaning of the word. There's several different types of customers, and they each have different traits, likes, and dislikes. Families must have high chairs delivered to them, or the babies scream and disturb everyone. Cell phone talkers jabber, jabber, jabber all the time while they eat, and distract everyone except families and joggers. Joggers wear headphones, so loud noises don't bother them. Bookworms get annoyed with noise very easily, but are pretty patient while waiting for seating and food. Seniors are very slow eaters, and are also very patient. Teenage girls are pretty easy-going, and eat fast. Businesswomen eat extremely fast, and don't tolerate slowness or distractions very well. You can feed your customers snacks, beverages, and desserts to keep them happy. You can also hire singers, busboys, and hostesses to satisfy guests.

This game will keep players of all ages happy for quite a while. I'm stuck at level 40 right now, out of 50 levels. I had a 10 year old and a 7 year old play this game, and they've mastered it pretty quickly, and really enjoy it. I appreciate that, after installing the game, you no longer need to insert the CD-ROM to play the game. Very handy! I highly recommend this game.

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