"Mate, seriously, hurry up, get crackin'!" Whoa, I had no idea just how tough being a restaurant chef can be—until I decided to review today’s featured app, that is! There’s so much to take care of and to take into account: lots of hungry, impatient mouths to feed and a stressy kitchen to manage. Slip into the shoes (and chaos) of a top chef with Bistro Cook, but don’t forget to take a few deep breaths and get ready to stress out!
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Features & Use
Pork and Eggs ... Sounds easy enough, right? No need to flip out over such a simple order—unless it’s your 20th order that evening and you have 10 open orders.
Do it like a star chef using Casual Gameplay
The client is king, yeah yeah, we know, but the client is also in a hurry and really not in the mood to wait for their order. So get cooking and fry that chicken as fast as you can! As far as the veg goes: your patrons don’t appear too picky when it comes to healthy vegetables; a side order of cabbage will do them. Yes, erm, not quite my taste, but who am I to judge the gastronomic delights of virtual gourmets?
Don’t let your patrons’ desires get to you too much: there are three basic food categories, each containing six ingredients, and it’s your job to construct all meals from the produce available. Start working on orders as soon as they arrive using the four saucepans at your disposal. Don’t let the food burn and your patrons will reward you with satisfaction which in turn will earn you higher scores.
There are three degrees of difficulty to choose from: Easy, Medium and Hard. The difference between the levels is the amount of meals that have to be prepared as well as the amount of ingredients that have to be used to make a meal.
Money matters – Adventure Mode
Your beginnings are humble in the Adventure Mode. You start off with one frying pan and the goal is the same: get meals to patrons as quick as you can. Every time you successfully serve a dish you are rewarded with monetary compensation made to your account. Use this money to buy more pans. The faster you are the better you are, and you will be rewarded for speed throughout this game.
The tutorial shows you how it’s done
Check out the video tutorial to get a good idea how to play this game, including how to prepare and serve dishes to customers.
Bistro Cook is a fun game to play when you’re looking to kill a bit of time, but it’s not the type of game that will captivate your attention for hours on end. A few additional functions would be an extra perk, for instance tips from customers who really enjoyed their meals and received their orders very promptly. It would also be cool if the score were displayed in the Casual Gameplay mode.
Screen & Controls
Fun—and not just for kids
Bistro Cook isn’t one of those high-end-super-graphic-gameplay-enginge-mega-sh*t apps but the design is nonetheless nicely done. All the ingredients are reconisable for what they are at first glance, and that’s a good thing!
Controls are quite easy: a few taps here and there suffice to toss ingredients into pans and to send meals off to customers. Fun!
Speed & Stability
Bistro Cook ran well while we were testing the app for you. The application’s speed is good, it didn’t lag or crash and loading times are totally acceptable.
Bistro Cook can be downloaded for free from the App Center. There aren't any distracting ad banners, yay!