Flo is back in Diner Dash 2: Restaurant Rescue to help her friend Deb defeat the greedy business tycoon Mr. Big. His plans involve demolishing Deb's diner and building a Mega Multiplex Food Plaza. Players must get Flo through many levels at five themed restaurants while waiting tables, cleaning spills, and offering dessert. As in the original release, gamers can upgrade their restaurant with over 130 items including coffee, a mariachi band, and high chairs. Four additional patrons join the existing roster of customers that will frequent the eatery including gabbing cell-phone addicts and families with screaming children.
Lately, there's not a waitress alive who wouldn't love to have me as a customer: I'm the guy who's polite, never asks for a substitution, and tips 35 percent. What's turned me into the best table of the night, every night? The culprit is more than a few hours of PlayFirst's Diner Dash 2, which has taught me just how hard food service industry folks are working for their money.
This is the second iteration of the best selling casual game, but the formula remains the same. You play Flo, the former exec that's left the boardroom for the dining room. As customers enter your restaurant you'll need to take orders, serve food, fetch high chairs and bus tables, all fast enough to keep the customers happy.
The core gameplay is the same as in the first title - but that's not a complaint. This is a solid formula that has been imitated but not duplicated, and shouldn't have been tampered with.
At its heart, it's a challenge of multitasking. Just when you think you've mastered serving and cleaning, a new facet is added, like cleaning up spills from families. These changes keep the gameplay fresh and the difficulty constantly increasing - but more on that later.
When you do keep the people happy, and make enough tips to complete a level, you'll get to choose one of several improvements to your restaurant.
But in Diner Dash 2, you're not improving your own business, but those of your friends. By filling their coffers, you'll be keeping them out of the clutches of fat cat land developer Mr. Big. It's not exactly a deep story, but the plot that is there did help to keep my interest. The varied settings didn't hurt either. You'll serve food in every locale from a Mexican canteen to an Italian pizzeria, each with different items to give to your customers, breaking up the stages nicely.
Like all of the game's graphics, these stages are colorful and are chock full of details such as cracked walls. Also, the games' soundtrack is much improved from the original. Also, Diner Dash 2's high-quality sound effects are the best I've heard in a casual game.
An all-new crowd of customers also differentiates the sequel from the original. As if it wasn't bad enough keeping diners happy, now you'll have to keep them as far as you can from power lunchers on their cell phones, and give special attention to the food critics that visit your friends' restaurants.
Keeping all these proverbial plates spinning sounds difficult, but it's not - at least not at first. Control is easy, and confounding items are added gradually enough so that it doesn't seem overwhelming.
Ironically, the game's only real problem is from the occasionally excessive number of customers. There are just too many mouths to feed too soon, making some levels an exercise in frustration.. There were other minor issues with the title, including imprecise controls, but these were insignificant in the big scheme of things.
The game's difficult isn't a deal breaker. On the contrary, you can see the challenge as setting Diner Dash 2 apart from other casual games. Rather than being a mind-numbing click-fest, this is a pulse-pounding quick jolt of excitement.
And remember, if things get too tough, you can find your Zen serving groove in the game's "Endless Shift" mode.
Flo, the spunky entrepreneur returns in Diner Dash 2 Restaurant Rescue that continues from the previous installment and delivers another exciting puzzle game to players across the world.
Since we last saw Flo, her restaurants have become a huge hit, however upon returning from Nirvana, our heroine learns that her former corporation, the B.I.G. Corp is planning to demolish her four local restaurants in order to build the Mega Multiplex Food Plaza.
Always putting others before herself, Flo decides to assist her friends by assisting them upgrade their restaurants, expand their business and pay their rent in order to prevent this nefarious action from taking place.
Although the title follows on from the previous installment, this current game allows both new and old gamers alike to jump straight into the gameplay with some new puzzles and surprises.
This current incarnation of the extremely popular Diner Dash series includes quite a few more challenges and tasks to perform and is more difficult than the original title.
The title contains two gameplay modes available that include "Story" and "Endless" which offers players new gameplay challenges and missions as they attempt to turn their restaurants into a budding business and would make the notorious Chef Gordon Ramsey envious.
There are even new customers that the gamer must now deal with such as children which add some additional elements into the game and makes you rethink your methodology as you attempt to create the ultimate restaurants.
In conclusion Diner Dash 2 Restaurant Rescue once again contains some sturdy gameplay, decent graphics and best of all some interesting and fun gameplay that will make you come back for more.
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