Diner Dash: Sizzle & Serve review

  • Super simple to grasp
  • Multiplayer oddly fun
  • 70 levels
  • $30 is at least $10 too much
  • Impatient customers
  • Rough controls

To quote a very good movie about a group of very bad men named after colors, waitressing "is the number one occupation for female non-college graduates in this country." So, back in 2004, a casual games developer created a clicky, dot-to-dot waitressing game called Diner Dash. Finally, an entire legion of double-X-chromosomed potential customers could feel like they were slogging though a double shift at work even when they were actually at home “relaxing” at their computer.

Diner Dash: Sizzle & Serve brings the long hours and greasy aprons to PSP and DS. You’re Flo, a burned out white-collar business woman who clearly has no idea how hard waitresses actually work. So she chucks her cushy office job, buys a run-down, fixer-upper restaurant and embarks upon a career as a food server. 

Gameplay itself sees you mostly scurrying around like a chicken with its head cut off. You seat customers (bonus points if the chair matches their outfit), take their order, drop it off at the cook’s counter, bring the food when it’s done – maybe tossing in snacks, coffee or dessert, if you've unlocked the proper equipment – and when they’re done grubbing, bring the check and bus the table. It’s a simple process to grasp; the challenge comes from doing it for six tables of patrons at once, quickly enough to get decent tips.

More Info

Release date: May 23 2007 - PSP, DS (US)
May 04 2007 - PSP, DS (UK)
Available Platforms: PSP, DS
Genre: Family
Published by: Eidos
Developed by: GameLab, PlayFirst
ESRB Rating:
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