Funky Restaurant

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Simplistic, redundant arcade game tosses food, fun away.

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The game uses simple touch controls but can be challenging.

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Players earn coins by playing or watching ads, which are used to change your restaurant or your chef. Players can also watch ads to keep playing when they lose. An ad-free version is available for purchase.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Funky Restaurant is a physics-based arcade game for iOS and Android devices. Using simple touch controls and rudimentary physics, players have to toss food onto the serving tray of a nearby waiter who uses a varying size of tray to carry items to customers. But aside from giving questionable ideas about the food service industry, this has no objectionable content. But it does have a fair number of ads, including ones you can watch to keep playing when you fail or to earn coins that you'll need to hire a new chef or open a new restaurant (though you can also earn these coins by playing). Not surprisingly, an ad-free version is available. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In FUNKY RESTAURANT, you're the chef and have to get the food to your customers ASAP. So you toss your burgers and other dishes as soon as they're ready onto the serving trays of your waitstaff. Hopefully, your aim is good, and your food lands accurately on the tray so that it can be served to your customers. Why do you do this instead of carefully placing the food on the trays like a food service professional? Well, because then there'd be no action for this arcade game.

Is it any good?

Though it can be fun for a while, the overly simplistic gameplay makes this arcade game redundant very quickly. In Funky Restaurant, you use your finger to decide at what angle, and with how much force, you're going to toss food so that it lands onto trays your waitstaff are holding. Adding a bit of challenge: Some of these trays are larger than others, which can sometimes mean large gaps between trays, demanding accuracy of your tosses. At other times, you get bonuses for landing the food in certain spots. 

The problem is that after you've played this for a bit -- say, about as long as it would take you to eat that burger you just tossed on-screen -- it becomes easy to figure out how to get the food to go where you want. Doubly so since, unlike in real life, salads and hamburgers in this game fly the same way (they also stay on their respective plates, so maybe realism isn't this game's strong suit). Regardless, because this doesn't have much variety, save for the size of the trays, this gets rather boring after a while. Which is why Funky Restaurant will entertain you, but only as long as it takes your waiter to bring you a burger and side salad.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. Given that you earn coins by playing Funky Restaurant, does it make sense to watch ads for them as well? Or does this not bother you?

  • While Funky Restaurant is fun, being a waiter is a hard job. Does this job make you want to treat waitstaff better and be nice to them even when they make a mistake? Does this say something about you as a person?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 8, 2019
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Topics: Cooking and Baking
  • Size: 449.50 MB
  • Publisher: Digital Melody
  • Version: 1.0.3.
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: July 11, 2020

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