Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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[Need some suggestions on how best to dash around your diner? Check out our Cooking Dash 2016 guide.]
For a game that’s so stressful at times, Cooking Dash 2016 is pretty fun. It’s a refined version of a format that’s worked so well in the past, so if you’re not keen on time management it won’t appeal. It is oddly fun though, kind of like how completing household chores in The Sims is fun, when really, it’s tedious in real life.
This time round, Cooking Dash 2016 is set in the crazy world of TV fame. You’re a celebrity chef trying to keep the ratings up by feeding people quickly. This doesn’t change too much, other than the fact that levels are divided up into seasons, and the customers are a little more eccentric than usual.
As before, you’re rushing from point A to point B to C to D then back to A. It’s busy work basically. You have to ensure there are vegetables being chopped up, while steak is cooking, and some fries are being, well, fried. It’s something that involves getting into the rhythm of things. You need to concentrate on what unfolds, keeping everyone happy and occasionally having to serve up a special dish.
It’s fun though, if sometimes stressful. As you progress, you earn money which can be used to upgrade your appliances, as well as how quickly you can prepare food. It’s a gradual thing, ensuring that you feel like you’re getting somewhere at a steady pace. Tying into the celebrity theme, you end up with special orders for the rich and famous too, which are trickier to accomplish but offer better rewards. It’s a neat touch in ensuring that Cooking Dash 2016 feels slightly different than the usual format.
That won’t sway all the naysayers but it will keep fans happy. Cooking Dash 2016 is a curious game in that being a waiter is no fun at all, but it is in this form. The only real downside is that it now offers an energy system, meaning that just as you get into the rhythm of things you’ll find yourself having to wait to play the next level. That’s when things turn a bit annoying.