reviews\ Sep 22, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Diner Dash: Flo on the Go - PC - Review

Flo is taking a well-needed vacation with her co-worker, Darla, on a cruise ship. Unfortunately, she has lost her suitcase and doesn’t have any clothes for the trip! Luck steps in, though, in the form of a job offer in one of the cruise ship restaurants. Not only will she get paid, but her trip will be free! Yippee! She immediately slaps on an apron, grabs Dana, and springs into action.

Diner Dash is a popular online arcade game that has been released in several versions for various platforms, as well as the downloadable online version. Flo on the Go is the latest to hit the PC market. It features the same gameplay as before, with new customers and restaurant decorations, plus cool threads for Flo.

The premise is simple: seat customers, take orders, serve orders, present checks, and clean tables. To mix things up a bit, Flo will also need to hand out high chairs and mop floors. Flo gets extra points for seating customers in chairs that have the customers’ matching colors, and extra points for doubling tasks, as in when she hands in two orders at once. It’s easy to gauge the customers’ happiness ratings, as there are large hearts displayed beside them.

The game begins on a cruise ship, and then moves location to a train, where Flo once again loses her luggage. But here again she is able to work in the diner car and earn some money for new clothes. The action is the same, but new customer characters are added, the lovebirds. If they become impatient, they start smooching and gross out the other customers, thereby causing them to lose hearts. After a certain number of levels are reached, Flo’s location will change once again.

Players are able to upgrade certain items in the restaurants, and also change Flo’s outfits each time she earns new clothes. This was rather fun, but the clothes were mostly the same style, and it would have been more fun if they had been more different.

The game is drawn in a 2D cartoon animated style with bright, vivid colors. Everything looks very bright and cheery. The music is also upbeat and cheerful.

Diner Dash has been around a few years, and has already seen several versions. This version presents the same basic gameplay, which is to accomplish certain tasks in the amount of time allotted. There are several varieties currently online that all feature this same type of casual gaming, Cake Mania, Wedding Dash, Burger Island, etc. Diner Dash is a fun and entertaining casual game that is atypical of the genre. If you like these types of games, you will enjoy Diner Dash Flo on the Go. I had fun with it, but have to admit I like Cake Mania better, because it has a bit more variety of tasks in the gameplay.

A good family game that will entertain everyone!

Review Scoring Details for Diner Dash: Flo on the Go

Gameplay: 7.0
This is casual gaming! Casual and easy to pickup, but nothing to tax the brain too much. Simple and fun.

Graphics: 7.0
The graphics are cartoony and attractive, and fit the theme well.

Sound: 7.0
The music is also fitting to the general theme.

Difficulty: Medium
The game isn’t difficult to play, but does present difficult goals at times.

Concept: 6.0
This game is the same as other task-oriented casual games.

Overall: 7.0
This is a basic and simple casual arcade game that’s a lot of fun to play. It’s one of those games where time can go by very fast, and players will find themselves wondering how it got so late so soon. The rules of play aren’t hard to learn, and all ages can play. This is a good choice for a family game, and one that everyone can enjoy.


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