Diner Dash 5: Boom!

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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New classic beat-the-clock game, now connected to Facebook.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Hard work and determination win out in the end. Plus there's also a mini-message in here about how it's really, really annoying to talk loudly on a cell phone in a restaurant.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Flo is endlessly upbeat -- she never doubts her ability to win out in the end. She is an industrious, hard worker, who actually seems to find her job fun. And she's a people pleaser, always looking out to make sure everybody is happy and satisfied. With the exception of some obnoxious customers, the side characters are great role models as well, always chipping in to lend a hand and help out when needed.

Ease of Play

Classic case of "minutes to learn, lifetime to master." Almost anyone can play, but as you become more experienced, you'll discover new strategies and smarter game plans you can try out.


In the setup to the story, Flo's diner collapses into rubble with people inside. It is very cartoony (i.e. giant cloud of dust), and no one is hurt.


Some customers will be dating couples who will smooch each other across the table. It's really quite tame.


The game is connect to Facebook and allows players to gift unlockable items to their Facebook friends. This is liable to entice non-Facebook users into joining the social networking service.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Diner Dash 5: Boom! is a downloadable computer game that can be connected to Facebook, allowing players to trade specially-won bonus items through the social networking site. As different parents have some very different opinions of and feelings toward Facebook, this is definitely a factor to keep in mind. In addition to that, parents should know that much eating of snacks -- popcorn, pretzels, cotton candy -- goes on in the course of the game. But there is also a salad bar.

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Kid, 12 years old June 24, 2011

The Diner Dash 5: Boom! Review

This game is very fun. The worker, Flo really shows that if you work hard, you will have great success! Flo is always happy and willing to do anything to anyo... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bywho_am_i June 30, 2010

What's it about?

In DINER DASH 5: BOOM!, plucky eatery owner Flo gets sabotaged by a greedy businessman who wants to swipe up her land. He takes the word \"Fat\" off of her \"Fat Free Breakfast\" sign, and the rush of customers proves too much for her tiny edifice, which bursts from overcrowding. Now Flo needs to work up the money to have her diner rebuilt before the villain can take over her lot (The legalities here are a little iffy, but that's not too important). With no restaurant to serve her food in, Flo sets up outdoor tables to create an impromptu street cafe.

Is it any good?

Diner Dash 5: Boom! is a gold mine for fans of time management games. There are so many nice details that make the gameplay far more interesting than simply moving around a little waitress and making her bring food to tables. For one thing, you need to be careful about where you seat different customers -- groups of lawyers who sit near each other are prone to argue, bookworms hate being next to noisy tables, dating couples want privacy, guys with cell phones will annoy almost anyone they're next to, etc. Some customers, like businesswomen, are in a rush and need to be prioritzed, while seniors are more patient and take their time. As the game takes place outdoors, you also have to contend with nature -- rain, wind, leaves falling into people's food, and even earthquakes (which do no more than shake the tables). Another nice bonus allows you to customize Flo's new diner as it is built, so that the last level, played inside the new eatery, will have a unique setting of your design. A worthy new installment to one of the most popular casual gaming franchises.

Online interaction: When special items are won in the game, they can be "gifted" to friends through Facebook.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about time management. The key to success in this game is prioritizing your various duties and making sure no responsibility is skipped or forgotten. What kind of real-life lessons can be learned from that style of gameplay? In what ways can you manage your daily responsibilities better? What are the benefits of good time management skills?

  • Families can talk about why this game is connected to Facebook. Parents wanting to know about Facebook can find it here.

Game details

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Price: $6.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: PlayFirst
  • Release date: March 15, 2010
  • Genre: Time Management
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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