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Finally, iOS users are able to scratch that itch to get their hands dirty and serve up a smile in strategy restaurant sim Cook, Serve, Delicious. Right off the bat it’s easy to see that this is an outstanding port of a game originally released on PC - a game that has been creating some buzz for some time.
Heating up the restaurant simulation genre to a sizzling degree, Cook, Serve, Delicious is one wonderfully addictive game that had me hooked the second I picked it up. For first-timers here, there’s a lot to learn, but it didn’t take long before I was juggling orders and taking out trash, trying to appease the masses of customers who expect the crème de la crème.
It’s no easy feat; even the handy tutorial didn’t prepare me for what I was in for. Starting off with a set amount of money, players can choose from a variety of recipes to kick-start their restaurant menu. But just to boost the difficulty meter, each recipe has various positive and negative attributes that will contribute to the overall buzz and quality of the restaurant at the end of each working day. As each day passes, alongside the ability to purchase ingredients, there’s a whole catalogue of equipment available to eventually unlock, each with their own benefits.
Along with the mad dash of cooking, preparing, and serving the various meals ordered by the most finicky customers, it is the player's job to ensure chores are also taken care of. So missing taking out the trash or flushing that toilet will cause a stink up (pun intended!). As gameplay continues, emails will pour in from all kinds of characters. Safety inspections, cooking challenges, even top-rated chefs may get in touch, but the main goal is to keep the customers as satisfied as possible.
The ultra-smooth touch controls make Cook, Serve, Delicious a joy to play. Reflexes will be tested to the highest degree, and the difficulty will soar as each new day passes, but practice is one element that makes perfect in this beautifully crafted game. Even for the most hardcore player, this game will tickle those tastebuds, as it’s the perfect game no matter how it’s played; short bouts or lengthy stints, it’ll be tough to put this one down, and even tougher to crack it.
If this hasn’t sold the game, surely the chance to star in the Iron Cook Television show will, or just simply knowing that the bouncy melodious soundtrack alone is enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face.