Last night, I excitedly installed the pre-release of the new Cooking Dash 3 Thrills and Spills. I’ve played a few casual games in my time, but haven’t delved into them lately. If you have played previous Diner Dash games, you will remember Flo & her Grandma as the main characters. They are back again, yet this time Flo and her friends are teenagers.
The time management game presents a nice introduction, with a simple story line for youngsters to follow. My 6 year old daughter jumped in right next to me to explore the secrets this game has to offer.
As the story unfolds, my daughter desperately tried to ‘skip’ the intro movie. I stopped her from doing so in the hopes that she would get more into the story of the game. She still wasn’t convinced, but I was impressed with the introduction movie. Flo is approached by Mr. Big to take over his theme park restaurants because he is having an awful time running them. Of course, Flo accepts the challenge. The intro scene has character audio and text that you can read, and for those impatient 6 year olds, a skip button!
After the intro scene, you dive right into serving customers, bringing them their food, taking the bill, cleaning up, and even cooking! Flo does her share of cooking on the deep-fryer with Fries & Fish as her specialty. The game is very fast paced. I especially appreciate the coordination and color matching it has to offer for children. Customers are different colors, such as red, yellow, or green, and can only be seated at a matching color table. You have to multi-task a great deal to make sure all the customers are satisfied. If you keep a customer waiting too long, they will get upset and leave, thus draining your points and keeping you from the next achievement.
The game also offers a really nice Help section. I was really impressed to see this, as most casual games of this type just throw you in with a small tutorial and don’t spend a lot of time on documentation.
Your kids will enjoy this game, and it offers a great way to expand their mouse and multi-tasking skills. It also includes some really fun mini-games. Secretly, you will end up playing the game for hours. Cooking Dash offers a nice stress relieving activity, after a long day at work or being a mom!
As I explore this game more, I will give you a sneak peak of some game play footage!
For now, give it a try. You can download the game at Big Fish Games. Enjoy!