Disagree with other reviewers
This is by far one of the best progression games I’ve played. I see reviews with complaints of not getting enough gems...on the contrary I find the balance to be almost perfect. First, you will have to play the levels MANY times and once I start a restaurant, I like to work on it until I have 5 stars on all levels. In the slots, it’s only worth it to spin on 500 coins each time...the single diamond will hit maybe once a day, giving you 15 diamonds a day. And if you commit to a restaurant, you can quickly accumulate coins and XP, which is another way to get diamonds.
I have yet to spend ANY money on this game and while I find myself in a stalemate every now and then with the coin or diamond situation, I keep coming back to play more! In my opinion, all the best restaurants are on the first page (except for the corn dog level on the island haha). All in all, if you like games like this, I would highly recommend. You can play fairly consistently without paying for it.
For the developer: I have experienced few glitches. The one thing I would like to see is a reward after completing a restaurant with all three stars that can give you easier access to a new restaurant. As mentioned in other reviews, the purchases of new levels is a little outrageous. And has anybody EVER hit two or three diamond jackpots? Come on.
Becomes pay to play very quickly
I like this game a lot for a cooking progression game. I like that you eventually open up new restaurants for the variety. I sought this out because it was a free game; but how many gems you end up needing for food, equipment, and interior upgrades, is unreasonable if you aren't willing to put money into this. Some people disagree and I have no idea how they are doing it. I have gone back through to get 3 stars for each level and played levels over. I enjoy the game so I don't mind this but how often you have to replay versus getting gems to even open a new restaurant gets tiring. Some levels you won't get 3 stars without certain upgrades to your equipment or interior store to boost quickness or tips. Some restaurants that you open - the interior upgrades and food/equipment upgrades will ALL take gems. I play the casino casually because you rack up tons of coins playing over and over. I have one time received a gem win and never received anything else, even coins - and that is playing on the 500 bet only. I am not someone who will spend money on a phone game, so I'm not sure how much longer I will keep this installed. However, another issue I find is that the price to buy gems with real money versus how often you need the gems in-game is very high. I feel bad for people who can't control themselves and do end up buying gems because it must end up being an expensive, addictive cycle.
Great game, but gems are hard to come by
I enjoy this game but once you get to a far enough experience level, gems (necessary for making upgrades to complete levels) are harder to get, as more and more experience becomes necessary. Also, when the game has a promotion, the likelihood of winning gems in the “casino” lessens. These are all tactics the game developers use to try and get you to make in app purchases. $10 for 125 gems will only get you so far, when many of the necessary upgrades can cost 10-20 gems (Pizzeria) and new restaurants cost 25-50 gems. It can get very costly when this needs to be done over and over again to make progress. The only other option is to replay levels over and over again to gain experience. Additionally, some levels (Chinese restaurant), customers stop coming even if none have been lost because certain upgrades have not been purchased. Still a four star because it’s fun and the best time management game out there, but definitely designed to get you to pay, a lot. Get your wallets ready.
Edit: I haven’t won a single gem since giving this a four start review - 5 days. So I’m going to edit to 5 stars and see what happens.
First cooking game I downloaded, loved it, but moved on
This was the first cooking game I downloaded. I loved it when I was playing the food court stage with the burgers and fries. I have since bought the pizza and Chinese restaurants. While I loved this game I’m the beginning, I agree with many others that it simply is too costly to get upgrades on equipment because the amount of gems needed is just too much, and the payoff is not enough. To upgrade your equipment (just to get 2 stars in a higher level) costs coins and 10-15 gems!
I liked this game because, unlike some other cooking games (or mobile games in general), it doesn’t supply only a limited amount of lives to play and that you’d have to wait for the lives to replenish. I think that’s why upgrading the equipments, food, and restaurant are so costly, because the developers probably want people to play the levels over and over. I won’t say this game is bad but I will say that this game is not suited for my work lifestyle anymore. I want a game where I do spend effort on each level and revisit each level to earn more currency, but not to the point where I have to play the levels an x amount of times just to earn some measly coins and gems. The payoff is just not worth the time spent.
I loved this game but I have moved on to another cooking game.
Great! But you need to work on it
I really like it, I do! But there are some things you need to work on, say, have you ever thought of making the gems easier to get? Or making upgrades less expensive? I bet you thought of a few things, but I would think there’s much you haven’t thought of! Like making it easier to finish a lvl with all three stars, a way to do this is making the ppl have more patience, or you could make the lvls more interesting, a way to do this is making the patience faster or slower going down depending on the gender or order, say a hotdog and a coke, that would make it faster, a coke would be a little slower, a burger and a coke would be a little faster than a hotdog and a coke, a hotdog alone would be slow, and a burger would be a little faster, girls would have less patience than boys to add on more!
To be honest, I really hope you try to add one of these, and I hope it comes trough to work! It has always been my dream for the developers to reply and or see my comment, and a add on to that dream would be for them to add it! I think my ideas would make more ppl try it, share it, or like it more! Please and thank you! 😄😁
Obsessed, by far my favorite
This game is very addicting, which is definitely a good thing! I've been playing it for almost 3 years now, basically since it came out and I have not stopped or gotten bored which is definitely saying something! I love the new updates, restaurants, and foods available.
I don't have a problem playing levels over to gain coins, I enjoy it! It does get a bit frustrating sometimes how getting gems isn't a little easier. I will say in the 3 years I've played I've spent an excess of 25,000,000 coins on the "slot machine" trying to get gems (yes, I did the math and I low balled the approximations lol). But, I have NEVER gotten the 2 gem or 3 gem result. I spin on 500 every time and I have only ever won the single gem result to get 15 gems. Also, I have never won the 3 coin result either. Only the single and double coins to get 600 and 1000 respectively.
I have never spent any money on this game and I keep playing so it's not something that holds me back or makes me want to stop but it's hard to believe that spinning is fair at all.
I hope something can get changed so getting more than the one gem result is actually possible. Thanks for the fun!
Fun but frustrating
So...this game is incredibly addicting and it is mostly a lot of fun. However, the paywall is real. You simply cannot progress in the game without gems, and you have to either wait days, sometimes weeks, for more, or you have to pay actual money. There is at least one restaurant (can’t remember which one at the moment) wherein it costs 5000 coins and 40 (!!!!) gems to increase the in-game cost of an item from 10 to 12. That is absolutely absurd. You end up spending hours playing the same levels over and over to accumulate XP, and when you finally level up you only get 7 gems. Yes, once a day (sometimes) you an win 15 gems in the casino. Combine that with literal hours playing levels repeatedly and MAYBE you can come up with 30 gems per day. Then you can either unlock a new restaurant, which you will only be able to play for a few levels before you need more gems, or you can upgrade maybe 2-3 items in another restaurant. It’s infuriating. Anyone who says that this game is reasonably playable without spending real $ is either being paid by the developer to leave reviews, or is satisfied by extreme repetition. And yet, I play this stupid game every day.
Gems, Gems, Gems.
Love this game, it’s very fun and progresses fairly quick. My only complaint is the amount of gems required to upgrade EVERYTHING. The first restaurant wasn’t too bad, I completed all the levels with minimal gems spent. However, after purchasing another restaurant, I was only able to make it through 7 or 8 levels before it becoming virtually impossible to complete the level without upgrading equipment...upgrades which almost all of which required gems that I didn’t have😡 I didn’t mind playing the levels over and over to rank up and acquire more gems, however, after a certain point it takes FOREVER to rank up and I have to play the same level over and over and over, which becomes annoying. Also, the casino isn’t much help. I tried to acquire gems through the casino, and after spent 50,000 coins, I had landed on the gems 💎 ONE time. Like I said, the game is very fun, but after ranking up a few times expect to play the same level 40-50 times just to get a few extra gems...unless of course you feel like forking over some of your hard earned cash $$$...no pun intended.
Love playing this game, really do. Recent changes make it difficult to play. I enjoy playing this game on my iPad which does not have cellular data, therefore, at some times, I can not play this game because it needs to be connected to the internet. Despite other annoyances with the game my biggest annoyance: wifi needed. I've recently being very diligent about playing daily to receive +2 gems, but I recently Where played the game without wifi due to internet outages but in my apartment complex. When I played, I still received my daily streak, but never connected to wifi. Unfortunately the next day when i played with wifi I lost my 20+ day streak even though I had played, just without full connection. (Someone explain this to me please). As someone that travels and plays on an iPad without constant wifi connection this game become meaningless when you can't play it outside of your home. As a second note; I really wish gems were easier to come by. I try to connect to this game daily so that I can receive my daily gem bonus. I also play the casino daily to receive gems. I still never have enough gems to succeed in the levels.
Pretty good game
Game itself is fun, looks good, keeps the mind working, and is not too confusing visually. The only thing I don’t like is how expensive the restaurant upgrades (couch, tables, etc.), and the purchasing of new restaurants are. Like seriously guys, people are obviously going to still play your game, don’t you think that it gets a little tiring after awhile having to play all those levels to get XP and therefore get diamonds? It’s kinda ridiculous and a little greedy on your part it seems. The game is awesome, people will love it and spend money on it on their own time, I’ve gotten two $10 packs already and I STILL don’t have enough gems to get a 4th restaurant... it drives people away, and they’ll stop playing after awhile because it just takes up too much time. Maybe just lower costs, or make the upgrades MORE coins with less or no gems. Keep the gems for buying restaurants, it’d be easier for people to save them up if they didn’t have to spend them on extra dumb crap like a couch or table upgrade.
Challenges are crazy hard!
By Mama wren
So I have enjoyed this game, and splurged and bought like 40 stars. A challenge came up, which I’d usually avoid because the challenges require an obscene amount of stars, but I had a bunch and decided to read the rules. It cost like 15 coins, but you’d win 30 and you had like 24 hours to beat 15 levels. I can knock out 15 levels in a couple hours, so I thought I’d try it! Well just so happens the levels in the challenge are ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE (Impossible in my case) TO BEAT! I get going at a good pace, but then the customers just don’t come! The only way I can see beating these challenge levels is to have upgraded every item in that level so that they are operating at full speed and quality. AND to have made all the interior improvements so that the customers come at a more frequent pace. So all this challenge did for me was take my 15 gems (plus thousands of coins) and make me quickly dump all the other gems I had to make upgrades hoping it would get me closer to being physically capable to beat the first level!! These people are really smart. And I fell for it. AVOID THE CHALLENGES! And you’ll be just fine.
I really enjoy this game. Hadn't played anything like it since Diner Dash years ago and I like this better! I enjoy this game so much that I have spent a little money on it... but then it became a little ridiculous so I stopped playing and just "visited" the game each day to rack up the 2 gems you get for daily play. As you progress, the amount of gems needed does indeed get a little crazy. I have plenty of coins. How about being able to buy some gems with the coins? It gets to a point where you're not earning gems at a formidable rate and some restaurants' upgrades cost too many gems which leads to you not passing boards because those upgrades are needed just to pass. That's when the frustration sets in a bit.
Like I said, I spent a little money on it, sure. Once I got into some other restaurants and saw how much was asked for stuff? NOPE! I'll just keep visiting each day for the 2 gem bonus and play something else in the meantime. This really is an enjoyable game to pass the time... but not enjoyable enough for me to spend considerable amounts of money on it. Think about that gem-earning issue would you Nordcurrent?
Gem upgrades cost too much
I don't care about the decreasing time upgrades with gems but upgrades to increase the price on dishes are WAYYYYYY to much. If anything take gems down and add more coins. Don't get me wrong I LOVE. The game but it's just too much gem cost. Also on the daily reward if after 10 days you can increase it from 2 gems to three gems and another 10 days it's 3 to 4 gems and another 15 days it's 4 to 5 and another 20 days it's 5 to 6 gems. It could stop at 5 or 6 gems. That would totally help sooooo much. Thank you so much for the game I love it it just takes a long time to buy new restaurant and upgrade things and because of that I'm taking of a star. 1 last thing please could you make it so you don't need internet to play because if I'm playing the game and I have internet and then I keep playing it or at least keep the screen on and I drive to town where I don't have internet I can keep on playing but if I try to get on when I don't have internet it won't work. Thank you so much for using your time to read my review and I LOVE the game
I find it really difficult to keep up with the amount of gems you need. You unlock a bunch of things, but you only get a few gems every level gain. It makes it harder to be able to unlock some of the things you need to pass the levels with full stars, and can become frustrating. Even if you buy gems, you use them insanely fast just upgrading the few things that you needed. The first 2 or 3 restaurants aren’t too bad, but after that, it’s about 10 for every useful upgrade. There’s a little casino thing to try your luck at getting gems, and spinning a few times once a day can you about 15 gems if you play with 500 coins. But after that it’s almost pointless because there’s almost no way you’re going to get more gems than that. It’d be better if there were easier ways to get gems, or more chance to get the bigger cash of gems. Otherwise it’s just a grind game, and there’s no way you’re going to get enough to upgrade one thing with just the level up. 7 gems is nice, but it’s really just not enough.
First, to everyone complaining about gems being too hard to come by, you’re not doing it right! 2 gems a day just for checking in, 7 gems with each level up, and 15 gems can be won TWICE a day, 12 hours apart if you have the coins to spend. I don’t think that’s bad at all! I have purchased gems twice but it was not out of necessity. I had some leftover money in my iTunes account and the double gem sale sounded good at the time. Plus, I’m enjoying their game and that’s how these people get paid!
I love this game. I just finished 3 starring the last available restaurant so I’ll be working on fully upgrading the others while waiting for a new one. My only request is a “next customer” button. Extra customer waiting time is usually a must early on, but with machine upgrades to increase speed, I usually end up waiting several seconds for the next customer to come. This is especially annoying at the Salad Bar. Aside from that, this game is perfect. :)
If you like spending time replaying boards to get gems this game is for you
I love when I am able to enjoy a game without having to spend my own money!!!!! So far the game has awarded me enough coins & gems to progress just fine & I'm past level 20 (in my first hour of playing). It's not like other games where the most desirable items can only be brought with game cash that you must purchase! Also, you can play for as long as you want!! There are no certain amount of lives & then you have to either purchase more time or wait for the lives to reset. For these reasons, I will continue to play & hope that the developers keep up the good work!! Because there is nothing like a game that you can enjoy without a bunch of hassle. O & there are no ads that I have noticed or annoying pop-ups asking you to play another game.
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I SPOKE TOO SOON!!!!! Once you get pass the first restaurant, you will be hard pressed to advance without spending real money!!! Every new restaurant as well as the necessary upgrades will cost coins AND gems but the game does not give gems often enough to keep up so if you want to continue playing (new boards) you will have no choice but to buy gems.
By Elsie Hao
At first, this game appears to be very interesting as you can progress into more levels, getting more food items and purchasing more restaurants. However, once you are on 3rd or 4th restaurant you will find out the deal: to purchase more item or upgrade your restaurant, you needs both coins and gems, you can earn coins by playing levels and selling ‘food’ to customers, whereas there is very little way to earn gems, and the amount you get is very very little. However most of the upgrades down the road are very expensive and requires relatively big amount of gems (compared to the poor little 7 gems when your experience level increases); also most of the levels down the road are programmed to be very difficult, which is almost impossible to pass if you don’t continuously purchase all kinds of upgrades , which then requires tons of gems. Since you can only earn so little gems through the game, the only way to get more is to use cash to buy gems, then before you realize, you’ve spent too much.
Overall, it’s an interesting game but it’s way out of balance for the amount of gems required.
Im addicted to this game. I've been playing for maybe 6 months and am already on level 160. But I have not gotten the two/three gems in a row in the casino despite playing it every day, multiple times. As I've seen its a major complaint amongst everyone. Why even put it on there if you can't ever get it? Isn't that some sort of false advertising? Also, I have over 1 million coins give or take at any time, but they're pointless. Everything costs diamonds, which again are near impossible to get. Restaurants should cost gems, but upgrades inside them should not. And I think there should be bonuses for reaching certain milestones, like every 50 levels, you get double gems (I.e 14 gems instead of 7). You should be rewarding loyalty to the game. Also, there should be a free revive once a week/month or at least an option to purchase one if you miss a day (like every other game has). Like I said I've been playing for 6months I should have to start over bc I missed one day every so often. If these two things are fixed, it would easily be a 5 star game.
Have been playing for about a week and I can't stop playing! Really am enjoying it but I'm not one who will pay cash for games so I wish there were other ways to get diamonds.
*******Been playing for @ 8 months now. Still love it! Definitely recommend if you like fast paced games. And with the many restaurants available, I’m sure it will keep my interest for quite some time. I’ve learned now how to earn diamonds on a fairly regular basis. Because I enjoy playing the games (even ones I’ve completed with 5 stars) I usually complete a level-earning 7 diamonds-every day or two. I visit the casino almost daily- choosing the $500 level-and win 15 diamonds. And just by signing in daily you get two diamonds. So I’m able to purchase equipment and upgrades. This does take lots of playing but I really enjoy the games. I prefer playing multiple restaurants to change things up. Give it a try, I think you’ll like it too!
Please fix something
I like this game so far, but I agree that you have to play over and over again for more coins and XP so that you can earn gems faster. However, I can never unlock the box off each restaurant, the box should be unlocked after completing 40 levels, I completed all levels in each restaurant but none of the boxes can be unlocked, please fix it! And again, maybe there can be some video ads for earning gems, once you stop playing, you can never get gems.
I am using iPhone, when you try to swipe the food/ingredient/side dishes from/near the bottom, it’s so easy to swipe the iPhone setting menu accidentally, and what happened is when you go back to the game, the dishes that you supposed to be ‘delivering’ to the customer got DISAPPEARED! and you have to redo the dish, but the frying device/drink machine never got restock/give you appropriate portion, and I have to restart the whole game again! I don’t know if anyone experienced the same thing, which is super ANNOYING:(
By Parity in Life
I have never played another ‘free’ game in my life like this one. People are correct. How would you like to play the same repetitive level 40 times to get 5 diamonds to you can upgrade the time of an almond drink dispenser by a few seconds? So you can do it all again, so you can then upgrade the dispenser to prepare 2 drinks at the same time? Does that sound fun to you? If so, you will love, love, love this game. I blame the customers. We get what we pay for, and if we don’t pay to play, well, then what do we expect. Developers need to make money. I just wonder how so many other great games, I am thinking of one where you build a little feudal town and clash against invader (hint), I played this successfully for 3 years without needing gems. Whereas, Cooking Fever? I played for 3 hours on Sunday, and now I need gems to do literally anything. Honestly, I would rather pay $5 to buy this game, and be able to play it without worry for gems. But, I don’t want to be involved in an endless money pit. There used to be a time when we just bought games. I think it was actually a better system.
need more options for diamonds
This game is fun but the ONLY downside is that it’s hard to earn those diamond things, it seems like I get 6 diamonds every time I level up but that’s the only time I get diamonds even though almost every thing that needs to be bought requires diamonds so it’s hard for me to pass levels well without diamonds. Please give us more options to get diamonds besides leveling up, casino, and sharing on social media. Thanks! 🙂
I've done the casino many times and have only won once with the diamonds and then once with coins. I think to give us more diamonds maybe have our achievement awards be diamonds. Because let's be honest, I can earn over 800+ coins just by playing a level so one achievement award of 100 coins is nothing.
Everyone else seems to have the same problem I have, can't level up until we get enough diamonds to buy more things to get 3 stars on a level. And it gets annoying to play levels over and over because we are stuck until we are leveled to the next one so we get another 6/7 diamonds... Which is nothing when things are asking for 20 diamonds just to get something like cook faster or something.
Great game but need more levels
I love this game! I’ve played every area and replayed to get four stars everywhere. I play just about every challenge and tournament. But there hasn’t been a new area to play in at least six months prolly more. The challenges don’t make up for this because they can repeatative for someone like me and not challenging enough. Also the tournaments are a little ridiculous because they last for days and the players that win must play non stop because they get to level like 250 or something. And also I’ve noticed for the tourneys u need everything at its max and gems to buy the special desert otherwise you don’t make enuf coins. And I have purchased gem packs to make it happen because I love this game that much. Hopefully this new update will have a new area. And maybe develop additional levels of difficulty for the challenges. I’d like to serve 40 maybe even 50 dinners during a level but it’s gotta be fast I hate it when I’m waiting for them to show up
Great game, BUT....
This is a great game and I absolutely love it and have been playing it for quite some time. I don’t mind spending the money on it because I genuinely love it. Yes things could be better in receiving Gems when a restaurant is completed with all three stars for each level or for doing your upgrades in addition to the XP points gained to help you level up. Not to mention the casino...all I do is waste my coins. NEVER won anything from it so I just avoid it.
Now to my issue that is honestly making me consider is abandoning the game all together is this new thing where you are required to have an internet connection. My game seems to be running ONLY when I am on WiFi. Which means I can only play this at home which is super annoying. I like to play on my free time when I’m out or on the subway. The game should also pick up LTE connectivity...for the life of me I cannot figure out why it doesn’t. Everything was working fine before you required internet connectivity so what gives? Why this change?