Create your own delicious dishes in the kitchen and make sure your guests get there orders on time.
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Serve Your Own Custom Dishes in Family Restaurant
Family Restaurant's tutorial pretty much speaks for the entirety of the game. It will test your attention to detail by tasking you to make a Carrot Salad. There are no special instructions here. All you have to do is take a good look on the dish at the upper left side of the game screen and drag ingredients to their proper places. This also means that you need to consider the amount of ingredients to use and gauge how much sauce to top it off with. It is important to pay attention so you can be familiar with the dishes. If you're too hasty and you miss even one ingredient, you may end up with a backlog of orders later on. And this is how the rest of the game plays and feels.
Check Your Marks
Once you are done with the tutorial, you will be given points based on how well you replicated the dish. There is a time limit for each of the orders which will make it harder to please impatient customers if you lose rhythm while juggling orders. Keep in mind that there are times when you actually need to wait for the ingredients to cook and the timing for these vary as well.
Most of the time, you will be forced to multitask as the orders have a tendency to stack up. For instance, while you're waiting for some chicken wings to fry, you may be able to squeeze in some fries too. Or maybe you can whip up a simple dessert while your pizza is in the oven. If you do this right, you will be able to serve customers efficiently. On the other hand, if you overcook ingredients, you may as well exit to hit the Replay button on later levels. If you don't, it is likely that your dishes will be flashing red all at once.
As an experienced virtual chef, you will be asked to create a custom dish after every few levels. You will not only be able to choose the ingredients for these special menu items, you will also be given the chance to name them yourself. The only downside is that the game limits the number of ingredients you can use for your creation.
Family Restaurant certainly has a challenging system. Although this may be a welcome change of pace for veterans, it does make the game somewhat frustrating for those who are new to time management titles. This certainly gives the game a disadvantage, most especially because there are so many other time management titles that have better balanced systems and are also readily available to play.
That shortcoming aside, Family Restaurant does have a high replay value. This title has a total of 35 levels and it features over 60 ingredients. It also has two modes of play. You can go for its Story Mode to help Jenny's family improve their restaurant or you can go for Endless Mode to put your assembly skills to the test. The latter features three levels of difficulty so you can enjoy it however you want.
Seems a Little too Light
Though it's not too shabby, the graphics are not as stylized or polished as those found in, say, the Gamerias from Flipline Studios. The art style has obvious anime influences, which isn't a bad thing but it also makes it a bit generic. The colors are bright and the layout is easy to navigate, however we would have preferred a more uniform palette just so it's more pleasing to the eyes. The proportions of the character portraits could also use some work as the perspective looks a bit skewed.
The Verdict: Good Pace, Good Times
If you're bored of your slow paced, run-in-the-mill time management cooking sim then Family Restaurant could just be the thing for you. With its realistic cooking system, the game's challenge level is sure to keep you on your toes. It also has plenty of content, with two modes of play that extend its replay value significantly. Having the ability to create a custom dish every few levels also adds a unique game play mechanic that sets it apart from the rest of the pack.