Diner Dash: Flo on the Go Review
Diner Dash: Flo on the Go Review (by Gamezebo)
Poor Flo can't catch a break.
In the smash hit Diner Dash, this young restaurateur built up her small eatery into a thriving business, while in Diner Dash 2: Restaurant Rescue, she helps out friends ward off a new "Mega Multiplex" food plaza.
Finally ready to take a vacation with her friend Darla, the two climb aboard a cruise, only to find the food staff has quit. So, Flo and Darla are offered the job to feed passengers in return for reimbursing their trip and a little extra cash on top.
Naturally, they accept the offer. And so here we are with Diner Dash: Flo on the Go, the next chapter in the wildly successful PlayFirst franchise.
Here's what the savvy game makers have "dished" up for casual game fans.
In case you've never clicked through a previous Diner Dash, these mouse-driven games challenge players to efficiently run a restaurant by seating customers, giving out menus, taking orders, serving food in a timely manner and then busing the tables to make room for new customers.
Performing these tasks for multiple customers at once can be daunting, but it doesn't take long to fall into a comfortable rhythm, and it'll be closing time before you know it. In order to move onto the next level, however, you must make a certain amount of money from your guests.
The game gets more difficult as more tables are added, different types of customers are introduced (each with their own specific habits and needs) and players must also deal with serving cocktails, noisy customers and entertaining guests in long lines so they don't leave.
Bonus points are awarded for placing customers in same-colored seats (e.g. blue with blue) and for chaining two tasks together, such as taking two menus to the kitchen at once instead of individually.
Gamers can also upgrade Flo's surroundings by improving the look or functionality of the restaurant, including better chairs, foliage or upgrading the kitchen (where Darla prepares the good eats!).
Available for both Windows and Mac users, Diner Dash: Flo on the Go doesn't stray far from what made its predecessors so popular - in fact, it's virtually the same game - but PlayFirst added a few new twists to keep the game-play fresh and fun.
For one, gamers can now dress up Flo in a number of customizable ways; every few levels or so you can gain access to Flo's Closet and unlock new articles of clothing and other accessories, such as open-toe sandals, Capri pants, a visor, floral shirts and aprons, and so forth - and then choose what Flo should wear before going back to work. It doesn't change the game any, but it's enjoyable to change up her outfits.
Being on a boat, Flo will also find herself in unique situations. For example, tourists may want her to take their photo before they order. Or a rough current means some water may spill off the table and onto the floor, which you will need to mop up. If the power goes out, you need a flashlight to see (and seat) the customers. Families with babies need a high-chair or two brought to them, and so on. You get the idea. By the way, after Level 9, the game gets a lot tougher to reach your goal.
Along with tourists, who tip well but don't like noisy neighbors, lovebirds take their time to order and eat. As you'd expect, you need to tailor your strategy based on who's ordering (e.g. you may have time to mop up before the lovebirds will beckon you, while cell phone users are less patient!).
Upgrades are also tied to the ship's deck, such as better-looking lounge chairs, lap pools and fancy umbrellas.
Without giving much away, Flo may begin her, so-called vacation on a cruise ship, but her adventures will take her in many other interesting places! We here at Gamezebo will let you discover this for yourself...
Diner Dash: Flo on the Go does exactly what a good sequel should: give gamers more of what they've grown to love about the series yet add new angles to keep the game-play interesting. Some, however, who may have expected more, or who don't care about dressing Flo up in new outfits, may be disappointed there isn't anything too new in this sequel. Overall, however, it's truly a game that's easy to play but hard to put down.
Diner Dash: Flo on the Go Review (by Gamemile)
Nobody's expected, but here she is! Flo on the Go, the third installment of the Diner Dash game series. Soon after the second, Restaurant Rescue, Flo decided to take a time-out after a crazy dash, but - poor thing, she has to work even on vacation.
As it was in the previous versions of the game your main task is to serve clients. The sooner you serve them food, take money and bus tables, the better profits you get.
Before sitting the customers you need to take into account the amount of people in a team and, of course, customer types. Very often this fact can enlarge your profit substantially.
After a customer has found a place, he/she studies a menu for some time. But once in a while he may ask a waitress to take a photo of him. And if you do, you will surely get your well-deserved tips.
Needless to explain, as your customer has decided on the food to order, take it and to bring to the bar stand. A cook starts working at once. When a meal is ready, it will appear on the bar. When you take an order from customers a number appears on their table, the same number will be on the dish prepared.
Once customers are done with the food, you need to take money and clear the table and put dishes into a special container.
Families with babies can leave you without any profit. Once a baby starts crying other visitors will leave your restaurant. To prevent such situation you need to bring a high chair for babies.
This is a real Diner Dash!Also you'd better be quick performing the orders for these families. If you are late, a baby will start crying at once.
It will be necessary for you not only to be quick in serving your customers, but also mop up the floor once in a while! The vessel is being tossed and it's easy to spill drinks. Visitors will not stay in such a wet restaurant.
Between the levels you will be able to choose clothes for Flo from her brand-new closet. From level to level the amount of her dresses will increase. You will be able to choose shorts, trousers, aprons, blouses and hats and also to create your own combinations and to use the clothes combinations you have created previously.
Tips: you can insinuate the most gloomy visitors by bringing them a cocktail at the expense of your restaurant.
Sometimes the power goes out and you need a flash light to be able to work further.
Get ready to work in extremal conditionAs always, all levels are time-limited. Besides, within one working day you need to earn a definite amount of money. If you are successful in it you will start the next level, if not, it is necessary to replay this level once more...
To sum up, Diner Dash 3 is a good sequel. Game play basics have been completely preserved with a little exception of some features; only the settings slightly changed. But the game remained same addictive.
Modem (56K): 37 min
ISDN: 16 min
DSL: 2 min