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Hell's Kitchen: The Game review

Not quite as horrid as it sounds

For

  • Surprisingly not terrible gameplay
  • Intense enough to hide crappiness
  • Acceptable sound effects

Against

  • Too few real Ramsay VOs
  • Hardly genius innovation
  • Repetitive art

It would have been fair to expect Hell%26rsquo;s Kitchen to be a Cooking Mama-style cook-%26lsquo;em-up, but instead it focuses on all aspects of the restaurant. You%26rsquo;ll take orders, serve customers, cook food and placate CGI Chef Ramsay at every turn. Gordon begins each round just as he begins each day %26ndash; incandescent with rage, ready to hurl (cuss-free) abuse at any lesser food-makers who dare to set foot in his kitchen. Successful service will lower his fury, but poor performance will turn him into a fuming monster who%26rsquo;ll demand you %26ldquo;stop ******* around, you ******* stupid ********.%26rdquo;

Actually, no he won%26rsquo;t. Gordon is a static 3D render who spouts reams of text and the occasional voice sample. He%26rsquo;s emblematic of the game%26rsquo;s uncompromisingly lousy presentation. Everything in the game looks bad, and the environments never change. It has the look and simplicity of a Flash game, but with a not-even-budget price tag. And yet it%26rsquo;s not terrible. Like classic coin-op Tapper, the game keeps you under such constant and unrelenting pressure that you%26rsquo;ll rarely get a chance to notice how crummy it looks and sounds. You%26rsquo;ll seat your customers with a click, take their order with another, switch to the kitchen, prepare their meal (ensuring each of the ingredients leaves the pan at the right time), switch to the dining room, serve their meal and move onto the next customer.

It%26rsquo;s simple fun, but fun that%26rsquo;s worthy of a decent score as a cheapo Wiiware game, not on a full-price disc. At that price, it can go **** **** and **** itself %26ndash; as Gordon would say.

Oct 8, 2008

More Info

GenreFamily
Description<p>It's ugly and simple, but then so is Gordon Ramsay, so we suppose it's fitting. You can place this game in the good enough section.</p>
PlatformDS, Wii, PC
US censor ratingTeen, Teen, Teen
UK censor ratingRating Pending, Rating Pending, Rating Pending
Release date:9 September 2008 (US), (UK)
Available platforms:Wii
Genre:Family
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