I don’t know why I tortured myself for less than a hour with the trial of Happy Chef 2. Just like the first time around, I found it exhausting, and the customers were the most impatient little peeps I had ever seen since Rollercoaster Tycoon 2. this time we start with a pizza and pasta restaurant where we make bland vegetarian dishes featuring pizza pies or pasta with only mushrooms, tomatoes and snap beans as garnishes. Along the way, we add upgrades to make the customers more patient or more likely to spend more money. After a fortnight, you move on to another themed restaurant, but I never got past the Italian one.
Making Mr. Right was about as wrong as it gets. This game was a sure-fire stinker from the start. We play as a love expert, whom is not married herself, gee, wonder why? She goes from town to town selling services at a studio to help hopelessly romantic men build their skills to catch the local girl of their dreams.
There are several tiers in this game, and it falls into many categories, so it can all get very confusing. We have the time management part, in the studio itself, where the guys work on their skills. The builder game, where we build homes and shops to help the love grow in the community, and a match 3 game, where we match up stuff like candy, gems, and flowers in the gift shop as a side project. It’s a HGTV show on Lifetime sponsored by Every Kiss Begins with Kay. Too much going on here, way too much!
There are many games with the Alice in Wonderland theme, but this is the first one I have come across that uses the time management theme. in Alice’s Teacup Madness, Alice follows the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole, as we all know, and he actually stops to talk to her. She’s a bit frustrated, and just wants to go home, but it is going to take some cash to get to the exit.
There are many teahouses across Wonderland, and they need some upgrades and someone to look after them. The White Rabbit sets her up at the first stop, The Mad Hatter’s Un-birthday Party, and from there, Alice is serving up green and red zinger tea, and even the classic black, with pastries with strawberry and lemon toppings. The teahouse counter is round, and the customers, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and Cheshire Cat come to visit, and to gain colour-matching bonuses, you match the shade of their coats with the colour of the stool at the counter. If someone gets upset and impatient, you can call on Walrus to boot them out the door.
Those of you whom like city builders and enjoyed the Sierra City Builders back in the 90s and early 00s will very much enjoy this game. It has much of the same graphics as these games, plus a back story featuring two amazing heroines, Queen Hatsheput and Cat Goddess Bastet. This game tells us how they got the people together to rebuild the kingdom after Anubis and Set tore the land up in a vicious sandstorm when Ra went missing. We get not only the time management building classic, but logic games as we follow Hatsheput on her journey through the divine realms to get help from lesser gods, and they test her worthiness through logic games and even some match 3 puzzles. Thankfully, there are no hidden object puzzles in Egypt: Secret of five Gods because that would have just been way too many categories to place this game under. I really enjoyed this game, maybe because I love Egyptology and cats. Maybe because I find the history of Hatsheput to be fascinating, or just because of the nostalgic look. If you are into any of these things, or maybe you just might be a fan of Stargate SG1, then log in and get your Kemetic groove on!
This is the third in a time management series that started with Sally’s Salon, which I will test in a few days. I really had fun with Sally’s Studio, in which she took her business for getting people in shape and relaxing them at the same on a worldwide tour. We start in Denver, then move on to Rio, and to Vancouver, and that’s just the beginning. As our business progresses, we are able to hire more people to help us out, and gaining the income for upgrades is not all that difficult. Sometimes, Sally has to give her personal touch to help the patrons of her exercise studios.