Version Reviewed: 1.01
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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The original Order Up! game was a fun time management title bound to hook casual gamers aplenty. Order Up!! Food Truck Wars doesn't bear much of a resemblance to it, instead focusing on a multiplayer gaming experience that wants to rival the likes of Draw Something or Words With Friends.
Yes, it's an asynchronous multiplayer game vying for your attention like all the others. The problem is that it's really not as fun as it should be. Players take it in turns to serve as many customers as possible in a round in order to gain the most points. This is done through matching up meals with the customers' expectations as well as dishing out cans of drinks. Players only get to use a certain number of plates per round so it's down to them to figure out the best course of action, while following it up with a can based power up. These cans frequently either sabotage the other player's attempts or get rid of a few customers to aid the player.
It's all quite simply done in a Match Three style way and could have been something reasonably enjoyable. Unfortunately, it all feels too slow paced. There's not enough strategy or thought required to want to take your time planning the next move, such as in other asynchronous multiplayer games. Instead, it lends itself to fast paced action, something that Order Up!! Food Truck Wars lacks.
Other problems stem from the lack of opponents. The Order Up!! Food Truck Wars community just isn't as busy as one would hope, meaning that players really need to encourage friends to join in if they want regular competition. Ultimately though, there are better games to participate in. Order Up!! Food Truck Wars tries to rectify things by adding a purpose in the form of being able to customize a food truck with coins gained from wins, but it's not enough to lift the game higher than mediocrity.