“Cooking Dash” is another edition of the Diner Dash series. This series includes titles like Flo on the Go, Flo Diner Dash Deluxe, or Diner Dash Seasonal Snack Pack. Like in those other editions, our protagonist is Flo, which you’ll be representing in this game. This particular character supposedly is an expert in the food business and owns many restaurants. This time, Flo has to take care of the diner with her grandmother all by themselves, since the chef has been employed for a TV show production.
This game is a lot of fun and pretty easy-to-play. The basic goal is to keep the customers happy by waitressing as soon as you can. Grandma will be at the kitchen cooking food and you’ll be the waitress dealing with the customers. The general routine is the same with all the customers: first of all, you have to give them a seat and hand them the menu. When they decide what to eat you’ll have to take their orders and take them to grandma so she can cook the food. When the food is ready you have to take it to the customer. Once they’re done eating, take the bill to be paid.
Several types of customers will arrive to the diner, each type with special needs and characteristics. Some of the types are the following: young lady, kindly senior, business woman, hippie girl, tough guy, among others, all varying in needs and patience.
When you first enter the game, you’ll see the welcome screen with the following options:
- Change player: this is the option from which you can create the profiles. The first time you play the game there’s no existing players. When you access this submenu, you’ll be asked for a name as a new player. It’s possible to have a list of different players and record their performance.
- Story mode: the game offers two modes to play. The Story mode creates different scenarios where you will be playing, organized into levels.
- Endless mode: the game offers two modes to play. The Endless mode doesn’t have levels. You just play as long as you can.
- Medals: here is where you can see which prizes you have won so far.
- Options: this is the menu from which you can set some game options like sound volume, music volume, environment volume, and full screen. You can also access help information from here.
- Help: view a card-style help information screen.
- High Scores and Quit: no further explanation required.
When you’re playing the game, you can always click on the Pause button to access to a pop-up menu with these options:
- Options: the same Options menu commented before.
- Help: it leads you to the help.
- Resume: to finish the current game.
- Restart Level: to start all over again.
- Quit: to go back to the welcome screen
You can try this game for 60 minutes before you buy the licensed version. If you like it, you can buy this game for only 6.95 dollars (special price for GameSaver Platinum Members only), right from the Oberon Media Game Center, on the Web.
About the systems requirements, here you have a list to check out:
- Windows Vista; Windows XP
- 256 MB Ram
- 800 x 600 minimum screen resolution
- Sound card recommended
- Easy to learn how to play the game with using help and tutorials
- Affordable price
- Very entertaining game, yet easy to play
- It’s available only in English
- It’s not a multiplayer game
- Use on network is not supported