Diner Dash: Grilling Green Review

Diner Dash’s heroine Flo has a busy life on her feet: waiting tables, clearing dishes, and reinventing the time-management genre every few years. Her latest restaurant-running endeavor for the iPad has stunning graphics and a fun series of minigames that will keep you busy for hours.

Grilling Green is based on the concept that in 2010, everything has to be energy efficient and kind to Mother Nature. The eco-police are demanding renovations to Flo’s restaurants, and she has to work extra hard to comply. Except for a few organic-themed menu items, the necessary energy-saving devices are never prominently featured, and the diner itself is run on old-fashioned people power.

Now we’re cooking!

You must tap to direct the overworked Flo to tables so she can take orders, bring food, entertain guests at the podium, and drop off the check at the end. At the same time, you have to navigate a few more tricky details: placing patrons into their seats (you get a bonus for seating them correctly based on the color of their clothes) and helping Grandma cook behind the counter.

It’s the cooking minigames that really make Diner Dash: Grilling Green special. By yourself or with the help of a friend, you can tap, swipe, and press to perform actions like chopping vegetables, stirring soup, or grilling burgers. If you can split your attention between tasks, you can master each day’s work, but it’s never too easy.

She’s choppin’ celery.

Grilling Green also features excellent graphics that resemble a vivid cartoon. Though the comic-book cutscenes before some levels are a bit disappointing, the game itself is detailed and gorgeous.

Our only other letdown is that we were left hungry for more. The two restaurants that are featured are distinct, but we could easily see the game expanding into a few more types of diners besides All-American and Japanese cuisine.

Diner Dash: Grilling Green is a great showcase for the iPad’s gaming capacity. The larger screen allows for beautiful graphics and you can have a second player help you prepare each dish. We think it’s more than just fine dining: It’s fantastic.

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