#1178 Father like son

June 12th, 2015, 4:44 pm

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He actually hadn't heard anything,
he just had a fart lined up.

It went back in.

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Reply NtKGar, June 12th, 2015, 5:01 pm

Neko's feeling left out.



So the Steam sale has started and I've got to try and keep away from it. Got a job interview on Monday which I think I've got a pretty good shot at (marketing assistant for an organic yogurt company) but am still watching my pennies.

However one of the games I was playing during the week has come up on sale and I'd like to give it a shout-out.

In Cook, Serve, Delicious! you play a budding restauranteur. You start out with a premises and some money to buy basic kitchen equipment and menu items, then you serve customers to make money to unlock more kitchen equipment and menu items. It's your basic Skinner Box, and the premise doesn't sound that exciting, but it's got some of the most frantic and intense gameplay I've experienced in years.

Customers come up to the counter in one of four slots, you take their order and play a little mini game to prepare it- get the toppings right on the salad, pour a beer without over or under-filling the glass, don't burn the fries, that kind of thing. They're little WarioWare style games that only take a second or two. Get them right and your Perfect Service combo builds. Missing an order or getting one wrong loses you your combo and generates negative buzz for your restaurant. You've got to make it from 8AM to 10PM (about ten minutes in real time) serving as many customers as possible. Positive buzz at the end of the day means more customers the next day, meaning more money but a greater challenge.

It starts out nice and simple, you've got a clock running in the corner and the view out the window telling you what time of day it is, customers walk up and you serve them, you get little chore notifications (bathroom, dishes, trash etc) giving you different minigames to play.

And then rush hour happens.

When lunchtime rolls around, you start getting WAY TOO MANY CUSTOMERS. The time limits to take an order are very tight, so there's a hectic juggling act of playing the minigames as quick as you possibly can so you can select the next order before it times out, and then a chore ticket comes up and you've still got all these customers coming to the counter and you can see their timer bars depleting while you're mashing buttons trying to clean the dishes before the guy who just wants a pretzel walks out the door.

It may not sound exciting, but trust me, I had to quit playing this game after a while because my buttcheeks got sore from clenching so much. Rush hour lasts about a minute and happens twice a day, at lunch time and in the evening. I've defeated demon kings and fought off alien hordes with less of a sense of victory than I got from making it through the lunchtime rush without losing my perfect service combo.

It's currently 75% off and is recommended for anyone who likes arcade games and aching buttocks.

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Reply Connorses (Guest), June 13th, 2015, 2:03 pm

Daaaamn I might have to get this game. I haven't played very many intense arcade games like that lately, but I usually enjoy them.

Also, as a game developer, I love how you refer to it as a Skinner Box; that is incredibly apt, although the comparison to lab rats is sort of unsettling. :L

Reply Connors, June 15th, 2015, 8:27 pm

I wound up buying LUFTRAUSERS because I've wanted it for a while. It's great. :L

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