Choose your weapons...
Mr. Chubigans (only member of Vertigo Games) is arguably one of the most well-known game makers on GMC. His more recent titles are the highest quality ones you'll find made with Game Maker. But his older games are just as good; In particular Ore No Ryomi 2, which is the sequel to Ore No Ryomi (which is a remake of Ore No Ryori, a game released in Japan that didn't make it overseas. Ore No Ryori roughly translates from Japanese to 'I Am Cook' in English, or something like that), another game made by Mr. Chubigans. Ore No Ryomi 2 is a frantic cooking game that requires lightning-quick reflexes and strategy, as you are both the manager and the cook of a restaurant.
The graphics are not all that good, which is the signature of some of Mr. Chubigans' older games. The music is mediocre, and the sound effects are nothing special. However, if you do play this game (which is a must-play), I ask you to look past the graphics and sound and look at what truly matters: gameplay.
The gameplay is where Ore No Ryomi 2 shines, and very brightly. There are two roles you play: Manager and cook. When you're a manager, you have to buy food for your restaurant, as well as other things like tip jars, TVs, dishwashers and disposal machines. Then you can expand your restaurant with things like buffets and pizza delivery. And last, but not least, you advertise, and try to get as many people to come to the restaurant as you can. The advertising seems strangely counter-intuitive; the more you advertise, the less you get most of the time, a minor oversight. After prepping your restaurant, it's time to cook. Bars appear on the left side of the screen, and start sliding left. These bars have names of food on them; click on one or hit the corresponding button to prepare the food. Each type of food brings up a little mini-game. For example, preparing salad requires you to 'drop' on the ingredients demanded in the order by pressing buttons on the keyboard. Serving soda will have you fulfill the order by choosing the correct soda, perhaps adding in a drop of 'Flavor Blast,' pouring, and serving. Let one of the bars slide off screen and you will lose a customer. Some foods need to be cooked after being prepared, like nachos and pizza, but you have to be careful not to overcook the food while you continue to make other types of food. Depending on how well you prepared the food, you earn or lose different amounts of money. All this alone makes very hectic, fun, and addictive gameplay; but no, that's not enough. You have to wash dishes, dispose of garbage, put out fires and catch crooks in order to please the health inspector who visits every few days. Items can be bought while not cooking to help with your job. During most of the day, there aren't many people, but during lunch and dinner, called 'Rush Hours' in game, the flow of customers is relentless; this is when the game is most frantic. And then, finally, the day (which is about five minutes long) is over and you can rest.
I can't say ONR2's gameplay is flawless, even if it is great. It seems Mr. Chubigans prioritized realism over gameplay; most of the foods aren't 'balanced.' Some give reasonable money for their difficulty. Others are too hard for too little, or too easy for too much. Also, the lack of options is also a small hindrance. I would have liked to play in a window instead of full screen. When a robber robs your restaurant, it takes a while to catch him and causes you to miss several orders doing so, especially during Rush Hour. These are some things Mr. Chubigans could have fixed before release.
The calm before the storm...
Despite its flaws, I still can't stress enough that any reader of this review must play this game. The addicting and frantic gameplay will have you on your computer for quite a while, and other games by Mr. Chubigans should be welcome additions to your hard drive. If you like Ore No Ryomi 2, it'd be a good idea for you to download the first. Hopefully, Mr. Chubigans will release the long-promised sequel Ore No Ryomi 3 soon. Until then, this is a must-play game for anyone reading this review.
Edited by quick12, 01 December 2010 - 06:53 PM.