Saturday, September 19, 2009

There's something about mindless PC games that just gets so addicting you forget it's time to eat, drink or sleep. What is it about doing nothing productive that just makes you want to do it more?

The latest addition to my current list of Really Pointless Time Wasters is, yes, you guessed it, Cooking Dash 2. Now I've been a fan of these strategy games where you get to serve customers and stuff back in high school and even in college. Boy, these games can take hours off your precious time and make it seem like minutes have just passed by.

It all started with the famous Diner Dash saga where Flo, the star of this popular restaurant strategy PC game series, is a waitress trying to seat customers in their proper color arrangement, serve food, pick up the tab, clean up mess and provide high chair for those irritating crying babies. Put in that way, yes, it sounds a game a toddler would play but it's more entertaining than that, believe me. So entertaining that the original version generated sequels to further enhance its franchise giving birth to Diner Dash 2: Restaurant Rescue, Diner Dash: Flo on the Go and many more.

The latest addition to the Flo Restaurant strategy takes us to the land of the grill and fryers. She is now a chef trying to cook and waiter at the same time with the help of Grandma. Thus, Cooking Dash is born. I've also tried the first version of the said game and all I can say, aside from the breathtaking graphics, is that it is as addicting as its older sister. I didn't get to finish the whole game because I got stuck in a certain level I can't get past and my computer decided to have its annual issues at that time resulting to another re-installment of my OS.

Now, Cooking Dash 2 is out and, as expected, it delivered the usual customers we all know and love with additional characters to spice things up.
  • 3 New celebrity customers
  • Special power-ups
  • Over 25 decoration and upgrades to purchase
  • 5 New on-set restaurants, each with an original menu

I do not read the cartoon comics that comes up after each level depicting some kind of a story I don't really care about. All I know is that the setting is in some kind of a show shooting and it's Flo's responsibility to feed the production crew and the cast. It's not much different from its predecessor, meaning it will probably eat up my hours in the upcoming days until I get stuck in a certain level I can't get out of. Oh happy happy days.

I have just finished my 5-day BLS and CPR training and is now a Licensed First Aider. So, maybe, I deserve to waste a few days clicking and straining my eyes. *wink* :)

P.S. If in case you've paid close attention to the first image in this post, you may have noticed that it is welcoming a player who calls him/herself WAYSTED. Now, let me make it clear that I am not that player and I will never use such username in any account that I have or will have in the future. I have no affiliations with the seemingly alcohol induced player. He is a product of google image search. Thank you.


redamethyst said...

oh! I love diner dash! I enjoy playing it a lot. Now that there is a cooking dash I think I have to try this. I will have to look for a free game online. thanks!

Clarrise said...

You should! :) I think it's better than Diner Dash, actually. A bit confusing at first but you'll get the hang of it. There's a lot more variety of actions compared to DD's repetitive ones. :)

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