Bistro Cook

Common Sense Media says

Kitchen time-management sim an engaging time-killer.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Players simply touch the screen to play. The better the chef gets the quicker the pace picks up. Multitasking may be difficult for younger kids. There are three difficulty levels, but even the easiest one can be challenging.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Advertisements run along the top and the bottom of the screen in between games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Scoreloop, where they can connect with friends using Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or Scoreloop username. Scoreloop allows users to upload real avatar photos and post scores to leaderboards. Also, advertisements may lead kids away from the game.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bistro Cook is a simulation game in which kids learn about time management and multitasking. The player acts as a line cook and must prepare the appropriate dishes in the time allotted without burning each item. The stovetop has four burners, and the idea is to place the correct ingredient into the skillet, and then on to the correct dish. In the beginning dishes come out with one ingredient at a time, but then as the cook gets better, the pace picks up with multiple dishes and multiple ingredients. There is also an "Adventure" section that teaches users the cost of running a restaurant. Parents should know that players can connect to the Scoreloop game network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • cooking

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet

What Kids Can Learn

Bistro Cook wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • cooking

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet

Bistro Cook wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

Players tap on foods in three categories (veg., meat, and other), then frying pans, then serving dishes when done. The veggie category has a tuber (potato) and a fungus (mushroom), and the \"other\" category includes shrimp, fish, and cheese (which you are supposed to fry!). Kids must work quickly or orders pile up. There are three levels and an adventure level that adds prices earned for each dish and costs for faster frying pans.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

BISTRO COOK is fun time-management game for aspiring little chefs. Along with the engaging entertainment value, the app also teaches kids the importance of being able to manage multiple tasks at one time. Players must find the right ingredient, pull it off the shelf, and place it in the skillet, while three more orders are lining up in the window. There are three levels of difficulty and an "Activities" section that teaches players the cost of running a successful kitchen. Players have to earn enough money to afford multiple frying pans and dishes and decide how to spend it, so there is some budgeting involved as well.

App details

Device:Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:July 16, 2011
Category:Simulation Games
Size:2.80 MB
Publisher:Quasar Studios
Version:2.0.4
Minimum software requirements:Android 1.5 and up

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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