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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tasty Town is a casual free-to-play restaurant and farming simulator available for download on iOS and Android devices. Players work on building and running a restaurant supplied with ingredients locally sourced from their own farming operations. The game's basics are relatively easy to learn, though the difficulty quickly ramps up as the business expands, with more and more multitasking required for success. Tasty Town is free-to-play with a fair amount of progress possible without spending any extra money. But the game encourages players to spend real-world money to pick up bundles of in-game currency to speed up actions in the game and to buy special upgrades for their business operations.
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What’s It About?
TASTY TOWN challenges players to run a restaurant using only the finest of ingredients. How can you guarantee that only the freshest food makes it to your customers' tables? Why, by farming it yourself, of course. That's right, besides building, staffing, and maintaining your own successful dining spot for the masses, you're also responsible for raising and harvesting livestock and crops from your personal farmland just outside. It's not all about the food, though, as any posh restaurant worth its salt (and its pepper) is also about style. Make sure you "cater" to all your customers' needs and provide them the best service, the best food, and the best setting in town. Because in this town, if you're not the main course, you might be tossed out with the rest of the scraps.
Is It Any Good?
Running a restaurant is tough enough, but to be one of the best requires an extraordinary effort from a chic location with the most talented chefs, tastiest dishes, and freshest ingredients. While that could be overwhelming in most circumstances, in Tasty Town, it's just another day in the kitchen. By combining the restaurant building with the farming, it makes for an interesting and unique look at the food industry as a whole. Of course, it's also like playing two games at once, which can feel like a juggling act, especially since both parts of the game require a lot of individual attention.
Tasty Town's "two games in one" formula is both a dream and a nightmare for multi-taskers. The upside is that it feels like there’s always something different to do when you're in the game. But the downside is that it burns through resources quickly, leaving either hefty chunks of time waiting for those actions and resources to replenish or spending real-world money to speed things along. Still, if you've got the patience or you're willing to shell out the cash, there's a lot of fun to be had in the game and plenty to satisfy your mobile gaming appetite.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the relationship between farming and food service. What are some of the benefits to local sourcing of ingredients by restaurants? How does this benefit not only the customers but also the community at large?
What are some of the ways that games like Tasty Town push players to spend more real-world money in games? How much might be considered "too much" to spend, and what are some ways parents can keep kids from overspending on games?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: January 19, 2019
- Category: Simulation Games
- Topics: Cooking and Baking, Horses and Farm Animals, Science and Nature
- Version: 1.0.5
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or higher; Android 4.0.3 and up
- Last updated: February 18, 2019
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