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Cooking Fever iPhone iPad Game Tips and Tricks Guide
Imagine yourself in a food truck sitting in the middle of a restaurant... That's essentially what it feels like when you start a level of Cooking Fever.
In front of you are some different ingredients and cooking equipment to pump out fast food dishes quick to your hungry customers. And when I say hungry, I mean hungry! As soon as they walk up, the timer starts! If you give them what they want quickly, you'll get a tip (the faster you feed them, the better the tip). If you're somewhat slow, you'll get the price of the food but no tip. And if you are slow or fail to deliver the food or drink in time, then they storm off and you lose out.
Each level starts with a target revenue number, and as long as you don't have too many hiccups, you should be able to advance to the next level. But once the difficulty rachets up, you're going to need to use some tricks and shortcuts to keep up with the pace.
Cooking Fever - Cooking Fun
In the past couple of years, there have been a lot of cooking games. Perhaps it's because it's a demo-friendly game for all ages and genders to enjoy. I mean, who doesn't enjoy putting together delicious looking food and collecting money?
Cooking Fever for IOS devices sets itself apart with fresh visual effects, RPG-style upgrades and frenzied action that will have you shaking your head when you're overrun with customers. It's fun, it's addictive, and it's free, so what more can you ask for? Well, for starters, it's easy to pick up and yet blindingly difficult after the first 10 levels, and this game could very well take over hours of your life at a time. And you won't regret a moment.
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Upgrading Your Kitchen
Two or three levels into playing Cooking Fever, you're presented with an opportunity to start upgrading your kitchen equipment by using cash you've made from playing and winning levels.Your kitchen upgrades basically come in these varieties:
- Increased cooking capacity. When you start out, you're able to cook 1 burger at a time, build 1 burger at a time, and get 1 cola at a time. But with upgrades, you're able to cook multiple burgers, have multiple cooking stations, extra colas at once, and warming plates so you can cook in advance and build later.
- Increased price. Not quite as useful, but still important. Think of it as going from regular corn-fed beef to grass-fed and to Snake River Kobe beef on your burgers. You can then sell each item for more and make more money!
In addition to your kitchen upgrades, you'll also be able to upgrade the restaurant itself with some of the following benefits:
- Increased wait time. Your customers will be more patient and more resistant to walking away as you toil behind the counter to build their order correctly.
- Increased tip time. Your customers will be more generous with tips and more forgiving when you take an extra second to deliver their burger or cola.
- Increased customers. Is the game too easy for you and you wish you had more customers? Well, you can achieve that too by upgrading your restaurant. Just don't blame me when you're ripping your hair out in frustration.
Cooking Fever for iPad and iPhone
It Gets Chaotic Quickly
Five levels in I was cruising through the gameplay and getting 3 stars on every level. Building burgers and sending out colas became 2nd nature, and then it happened...
Suddenly customers were asking for hot dogs, which meant I was building 1 more food item. And that meant that not only was I getting colas, placing hamburger buns, and grilling hamburger patties. Now I was also cooking hot dogs, and placing hot dog buns. And the crowds were growing! And there were wait times, customers stomped away angrily, and I had hit the wall!
Cooking Fever Gameplay
So You Need Tips
And if, like myself, you are now hopelessly devoted to advancing in the game, you start to think of shortcuts and tips for winning. Here are some starters for you:
- Invest in increased kitchen capacity ASAP. The easiest way to get 3 stars in the game is to make sure that every customer gets what they want before stomping off in anger. When you get an extra grilltop, or an extra warmer, then you always have food on hand so no one is waiting an extravagant amount of time for their food. This is where the bulk of your money should go when you start out. Bump up your grill tops, your building stations, and your cola machine.
- Cook first, build later. Placing buns on the plate happens at the touch of your fingertip. And cola fills automatically when a cup is available. So when an order of hamburger and cola comes in, the first thing you need to do is get the patty on the grill. While that's cooking, plate your bun and serve your cola so you're not wasting even a moment.
- Tip time beats wait time. Once you get the hang of the game, you'll be tempted to upgrade the restaurant. But if you've been skating by at 3 stars, then it's more important that you collect big tips rather than worry about customers walking away.
- Serve easy orders first. Just because a customer got to your counter first doesn't necessarily mean you should serve them first. For example, if you have someone waiting on a hot dog with ketchup (which you have cooking) and then someone walks up wanting a cola (which is just waiting to be sold) dish out the cola. Collect the tip.
- Don't spend a dime of real money. One of the banes of my existence is the freemium game model that basically urges you to pay money or suffer the consequences of mediocrity. Cooking Fever is generous. If you need more money to upgrade, play a level you've already beaten to get more money. Keep your real money in your wallet.
How many stars do you give Cooking Fever?
How many stars do you give Cooking Fever?
The Verdict: Lots of Fun
In short, Cooking Fever is awesome. It's free, it's fun, and I completely lose track of time when I play. If you've ever dreamt of running a restaurant and slinging out soda and burgers for money, then you're going to have a whole lot of fun. And even if cooking is not your passion, but you value a game that tests your reflexes and taxes your mind, you're in for a treat.
If you're on an iPad or iPhone, give Cooking Fever a shot.
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