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Hot Dog King review

Disappointing
AT A GLANCE
  • Fantasy world of food service
  • Minigames distract from main game
  • Uninstalling, defragging your hard drive
  • Rampant sexism
  • Almost no strategy involved
  • Not realistic enough, damnit

This is the most bizarre sexploitation game mash-up since BMX XXX. Thankfully, Hot Dog King is far less exploitative and grotesque. Sadly, it's not much better.

It's a cross between your average management game and Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball. Yes, you have to buy equipment and manage staff. Yes, you have to arrange for assorted condiments to be delivered to your fast-food restaurant. Yes, you get to twiddle with the percentage of profits on every item and worry about your reputation. But… you also get to get to choose whether your staff wears string bikinis or thong bikinis.

This is actually a key tactical element. Different items provide different stat-boosts, but if your shop is in a classy district, customers are going to be distressed by too much flesh. Plus, each girl you hire has a different personality. Some get depressed if the people waiting for their lunch can see her lunch every time she bends over.

Not that you'll ever know. Hot Dog King is as determined to obscure any useful feedback as it is to expose its female protagonists. The real opinions of customers and staff alike are hidden in sub-menus (and occasionally not even there).

There are four separate screens to deal with your food stocks - purchasing, pricing, inventories - and none are linked, so you have to flick back and forth endlessly. Even working out whether the floor is dirty requires you to desperately scan the room. Aside from that, the main problems you face are where the game omits to automate a process, e.g., you need to manually order floors to be cleaned until you upgrade to a level 4 shop - at which point, the shop just keeps on ticking as long as you order stocks. In other words, for a strategy game, there's laughably little strategy. It even resorts to sub-Flash games - rat whacking, UFO zapping - in an attempt to distract from the tedium.

Oh - and it's clearly sexist too. But that's the least of its problems.

More Info

Release date: Apr 09 2007 - PC (US)
Apr 09 2007 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: PC
Genre: Strategy
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence

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