Game: Cook, Serve, Delicious!
Genres: Simulation, Strategy
Platforms: PC, iOS, Android
Price: $9.99 (Steam), $4.99 (App Store), $3.99 (Play Store)
Cook, Serve, Delicious is a restaurant simulator that gives players the option to customize the restaurant’s food, equipment, chefs, etc. This game is truly an authentic restaurant simulator in every regard. There are even moments of the games where you have to stop serving customers in order to wash the dishes, clean the toilets, take out the trash, etc. (Thankfully, you’re always washing your hands afterwards…) Other core elements of the game also help add a sense of strategy as you must choose new and exciting additions to their menu in order to maintain buzz while balancing the difficulty of cooking each meal and the time required.
My take on it
This game balances the mundane chores with the exciting game play very well. It excels in the strategic genre because it really makes you consider which foods you will serve on each day and in turn make you consider how each item will affect various levels of your restaurant. It can affect your popularity, the number of chores you need to do each day, how healthy your restaurant is viewed, and even if you can pass safety inspections. In addition, the art style is very aesthetically pleasing and colorful. I also liked the sense of progression. When you start off the game you have just a one star restaurant, but as you work each day you slowly build up your collection of menu items, equipment, and other nifty devices that can help improve your day-to-day restaurant experience. Eventually, your restaurant will blossom from a one-star to a five-star and you’ll feel a very proud sense of accomplishment (or in my case wonder why you dedicated a large portion of your limited free time into such a game that you’re not ridiculously passionate about.)
Now, let’s talk about the not-so-great things. If you’re like me, you may not be a huge fan of the simulation genre. This can make it a little hard to invest a large amount of your time to games like these. Cook, Serve, Delicious is no exception. Although it is beautiful, strategic, and has a strong attention to detail, it can still be a little repetitive at times. That’s not to say that the game is boring by any means, but unless you are really dedicated to trying to reach a five star level it can be easy to put this game down. Also unless you are playing this game with a controller on steam, the controls can be a tad bit overwhelming. It is hard to quickly identify the keys you need to press and the order you need to press them while navigating between customer orders.
I would give this game in general 7.9/10. (If we were just talking about games in the restaurant sim genre, then a 9.3/10.)
TL;DR Wrap up
+ Aesthetically pleasing
+ Easy controls (with controller or tablet)
+ Strategic game play elements
+ Good sense of progression
+ Fun and a great time waster during a commute or something
- It can be a little repetitive
- Caters mostly to simulation fans and not everyone
- A tiny bit stressful (Just my opinion, but this didn’t affect my rating)
- Difficult controls (with computer keyboard)
Should you buy it?
If you are huge into games like diner dash or restaurant sims, then yes! This game would be perfect for you. However, if you just are on the fence about this genre, then perhaps it may be wise to check out the demo first. I really recommend that you check it out for yourself.
Thanks for reading!