Danny is a waiter at Les Fancy Pants...well he was a waiter there. At the moment he has been banished to kitchen as a dishwasher after dropping too many of Les Fancy Pants' fine china and flubbing far to many orders. Our protagonist's feeble hope is that if he somehow proves himself as the best dishwasher the restaurant ever had they will reinstate him as a waiter (but then again if he?s such a great dishwasher why would they want to...oh never mind).
Yeah, what's more fun than simulated dish washing? Cool your jets there, bucko, this is a game after all so, wouldn't you know it, washing dishes is kind of fun. For those oldsters who remember the ancient arcade game Klax, you?ll be right at home with the gameplay mechanics. For the rest of you, imagine a very wide conveyor belt dropping off an endless stream of different colored dishes. As Danny your mission is two fold, first and foremost you need to catch these priceless pieces of fine china dropping off the end of the conveyor belt (drop four and it?s "Game Over" for Danny). If this weren't enough fun you have the second layer of gameplay which is tossing these caught dishes into the sudsy tub in such a way so as to have three or more liked color dishes line up vertically, horizontally, or diagonally which, as anyone who has washed dishes by hand knows, not only instantly cleans said dishes but magically puts them away in the appropriate cupboard! This is all you need to know how to play but, alas, leaves out the key to getting reinstated as a waiter.
Chef Louie, the one man who stands between you and working back out front, is stark raving mad. If you want to get back on his good side your best bet is to simply comply with his weird orders. Chef Louie is not so concerned with color but with the way in which the dishes are cleared. If he demands you give him a vertical stack of dishes, just do it and you'll see you score multiplied for 30 seconds. If within those 30 seconds you comply with his next crazy order of dish arrangement, that score multiplier will go up to x3! It is all good fun until you fail to complete one of these orders in time at which point the party is over and you're back to normal scoring. In the end if you can manage to make it onto the restaurant?s legendary top 20 dishwashers of all time (thankfully just getting a place on your device's top 20) you'll be reinstated as a waiter otherwise you?ll be told to "not let the door hit you on the way out" never to return.
The graphics are crisp cartoony 2D. The animation is pretty minimal with Danny just sliding left and right without even having to walk. About the only thing close to animation might be when Chef Louie steps over to bonk you on the head with his wooden stirring spoon when you drop a dish (try not to do that).
The sounds are decent. There is fancy classical sounding music playing as you hear the click of stacked dishes, the splash when you drop dishes into the suds, a magical little ditty when you clear a group of dishes, and the combined crash and head thunk when you drop a dish. The game even has an annoying ?tick tock? sound when your current special stack orders are about to expire. Everything wraps up in a tidy 6.6 MB game file.
Pros: -Easy pick up and play mechanics. -Old school retro arcade fun. -Save game state if needing to make a quick exit. -Top 20 local scoreboard.
Cons: -Controls, while straight forward, can sometimes get jumbled if not careful (Danny moves left when you were trying to drop a dish). -Only one game mode. -Not much variety in gameplay, just more hectic in later levels.
It is good simple retro arcade fun that combines catching and strategic match 3 stacking.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: -3.5- Nice cartoony 2D with minimal animation. Sound: -4- Decent contextual stuff with a nice classical sounding soundtrack (as one would expect in Les Fancy Pants). Controls: -3- While the controls are intuitive it is easy to get tripped up with Danny moving left or right when you were just trying to drop a dish. Gameplay: -4- It is good simple retro arcade fun that combines catching and strategic match 3 stacking.
Playing Hints and Tips:
-All dishes are not cleared the same! This game not only rewards larger groups of dishes more points as would be expected, a diagonal clearance is worth more than a horizontal grouping which in turn is worth more than a vertical stack of dishes.
-Keep the crazy chef happy! If you can keep following Chef Louie?s orders consecutively you can rack up some huge points!
Game Facts: Developer: RockAByte Release Date: July 13th 2009 Genre: Retro Arcade/Casual File Size: 6.6 MB Price: $0.99 Buy Game: iTunes App Store