Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! Gameplay Review

I'm playing Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!, a restaurant management simulation by Vertigo Gaming.

In addition to growing your own restaurant by purchasing new foods and adding unlocked cosmetic decorations, the game features a large number of established restaurants to try with a variety of menu items (180 different foods to prepare are in the game). Also, you can play cooperatively with a second player (one on the keyboard, another on the mouse or gamepad), which is very enjoyable and makes handling more hectic scenarios easier. The goal is to prepare orders by pressing keys in a specific order; some entrees (and all sides) can be prepped ahead of time in holding stations to complete orders more quickly, but food does eventually expire. The simple, intuitive gameplay gives way to chaos, as many complex orders come in at once. Chores (like refilling the drink machine, cleaning the toilet, or taking out the garbage) also must be completed, adding to the disorder. The game is very addictive, and once specific key combinations become memorized, fulfilling orders becomes fun and majestic. Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! is a very enjoyable sequel, adding new strategic options through the holding stations, lots of new foods and restaurants to prepare them in, and rewarding cooperative gameplay.