Diner Dash
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Diner Dash

Our Review by Steven Wong on October 28th, 2008
Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RECOMMENDED
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Easy to pick up and play

Developer: PlayFirst, Inc.

Price: $9.99

Version Reviewed: 1.0Graphics / Sound [rating:4/5]

Game Controls [rating:4/5]

Re-use / Replay Value [rating:4/5]

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

If you're a casual gamer, you could be familiar with Diner Dash or similar games on other platforms. If not, this is a multitasking game in the vein of Tapper. A game that tests your multitasking skills may not sound appealing, but once you get going, you'll see that it can be a lot of fun.

The premise is quite simple. You play the role of a woman who quit her office job in order to pursue her dream of becoming a restaurateur. In career mode, you start out with a basic diner. As you serve customers on a daily basis and make money, you are able to make upgrades to the restaurant.

There are simple steps to serving your customers. First, you seat them (bonus if you can color-match them to a seat). Next, you take their order, drop off the ticket, and bring them their food. Finally, you give them their check, pick up their dishes, and drop off the dirty dishes to make the table ready for the next customer. The premise is basic, but it gets challenging as your restaurant expands with more tables and more customers. There are bonuses for efficiency (chain bonus for completing similar actions in sequence). There are different customer types and new items become available along your career.

There's also an endless shift mode where instead of following the daily operation of your business in career mode, you're endlessly serving customers until you anger enough of them to end the game.

The iPhone interface is pretty much ideal for a game like this, as you tap and drag customers around and tap on different stations to perform different tasks. The iPhone definitely keeps up with gameplay.

I enjoyed this game and do see myself going back to it. It's something that you can pick up quickly and doesn't require a huge time commitment either.

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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