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Diner Dash: Sizzle & Serve review

Noisy babies, jerkwad customers, and measly tips. That TPS report doesn't look so bad now, does it?

Pros

  • Super simple to grasp
  • Multiplayer oddly fun
  • 70 levels

Cons

  • $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.

More Info

GenreFamily
DescriptionServe dishes, clean up messes, and keep your customers happy as you build a restaurant empire worthy of Mr. T. G. I. Friday.
PlatformPSP, DS
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Release date23 May 2007 (US), 4 May 2007 (UK)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I was the founding Executive Editor/Editor in Chief here at GR, charged with making sure we published great stories every day without burning down the building or getting sued. Which isn't nearly as easy as you might imagine. I don't work for GR any longer, but I still come here - why wouldn't I? It's awesome. I'm a fairly average person who has nursed an above average love of video games since I first played Pong just over 30 years ago. I entered the games journalism world as a freelancer and have since been on staff at the magazines Next Generation and PSM before coming over to GamesRadar. Outside of gaming, I also love music (especially classic metal and hard rock), my lovely wife, my pet pig Bacon, Japanese monster movies, and my dented, now dearly departed '89 Ranger pickup truck. I pray sincerely. I cheer for the Bears, Bulls, and White Sox. And behind Tyler Nagata, I am probably the GR staffer least likely to get arrested... again.
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