By Jeann Wong
Price: 1000 Points
Gamers everywhere are familiar with Diner Dash, as one of the top-selling downloaded games available on iPhone, DS, PC, PSP, Xbox Live and now Wiiware. Diner Dash is a time management action/strategy game where the main character Flo starts her own restaurant. Your task is to keep customers happy by quickly seating them, taking their orders, bringing out their food, and cleaning the table when they are ready. As the restaurant gets busier, you’ll have to manage these tasks as efficiently as possible. Customers have a “happiness” meter where the happier they are, the more tips you will receive. If their meter runs out, they will leave without paying.
The wiiware version of Diner Dash uses the remote keypad and nunchuck to control Flo. For a game that started out as a point and click version, these controls are quite inconvenient as you have to physically move Flo through the restaurant with the keypad. Allowing the wii pointer would have been a better option to speed up the gameplay. The graphics have been updated with 3D. Unfortunately, like a lot of new wiiware titles, the camera is zoomed out too much which results in eyestrain trying to focus on the tiny objects on-screen, and the writing is almost unreadable. The game features online and local multiplayer modes.
While Diner Dash itself is a fun, simple and strategic game, the wiiware port could have been better adapted to different screen sizes and the controls to include the remote pointer. Get the PC version instead.