Thursday, August 7, 2008

An ingenious Wii game is a restaurateur simulator

In this jaded world of inventions, who would have known that there is still room for interesting Sims, especially in such a non-obvious genre as cuisine? Zoo Games has launched the SuperVillain Studios-developed Order Up!, a Wii-platform based game. Order Up! is a sumptuous blend of professional restaurant cooking and gourmet empire building, combined with memorable characters and intelligently humorous situations. The game puts you under the tutelage of an up-and-coming chef on the fictional island of Port Abello. Players will make the food, and, true to Order Up!'s sim element, they will build a restaurant from the ground up, obnoxious customers, food critics, health inspectors included. It is just like a real job, except no one gets paid and no one eats any food. Using the Wiimote in hand, a player graduates from burger to chateaubriand, and masters every aspect of running a restaurant kitchen. This is the real lfight simulator for anyone who has ever dreamed of being a world-class chef or restaurant mogul. The central gameplay of Order Up! is actual cooking. Players must whip up dishes in the heat of a restaurant kitchen, juggling their cooktop stations of grill, griddle, range, cutting board and the pass, while also having to manage assistant chefs. The gameplay in Order Up! is successful in being it all: fast, intuitive, fresh, creative and wholly original. Beyond cooking, the gameplay includes climbing the ranks from fast-food to world-class restaurants as chef and owner while continuously expanding your cookbook (database) of recipes and also continuously upgrading your equipment. The realism always stays fresh with the pressure provided by demanding patrons and discriminating food critics. Designed specifically for the Nintendo Wii, Order Up! takes advantage of the Wiimote’s motion sensing technology to simulate real cooking, with real kitchen tools like knives, wooden spoons, tongs, ladles, and more. Check out this Order Up! Trailer The premise wins the prize for inventiveness and combination of ideas - Cooking Mama plus the Sims plus Diner Dash. SuperVillain has shown that they have a solid development team, and the team has came up with a sophisticated, interesting experience for the Wii, which is more than a lot of teams can say.

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