A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cooking Fever is your basic, Diner Dash-style food-assembling time-management game. Customers get visibly annoyed when you take too long, but that's about the worst of it. Parents should be aware that there are many opportunities for in-app purchases to speed things up, and gameplay gets pretty challenging as customers make demands, so some kids may get frustrated. Some also might be concerned about the food itself: You have to serve lots of burgers, hot dogs, fries, and sodas when the game begins.
What's it about?
In COOKING FEVER, you're an aspiring chef who finally gets a restaurant. Starting off with a diner that serves burgers, sodas, and hot dogs, you have to move burgers onto a grill, onto buns when they're cooked, and into the hands of waiting patrons. As your eatery does well, you'll get more customers and make more money: As a result, you can upgrade both your grill and your restaurant's decor and add more complicated meals to the menu, which will bring in ever more customers, continuing this delicious cycle. As the game progresses, it gets exponentially more difficult, as you manage more ingredients and more customers. If you don't have enough money to upgrade ingredients or the restaurant, you can either wait or pay real money.
Is it any good?
Though this may be a basic time-management game, Cooking Fever is quite addictive. As the game progresses, the meals get more complicated to prepare, and the customers come more quickly. But the game wisely amps things up slowly, while also enticing you with the option to upgrade your restaurant, which can make your job slightly easier. Cooking Fever also does a good job of not being as much of a money grab as some similar games. In fact, the only downside is the nagging feeling that it's been done before and doesn't add anything new to the well-worn formula -- that, and the fact that it might make you hungry.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about in-app purchases and set expectations before downloading game that contain them.
Talk about running a food-service business. What are the priorities? How are they reflected in the game?
Discuss healthy eating. How could you change the meals in the game to make them healthier?
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