Reviews for Restaurant Empire

75

Great but dated restaurant sim

TerenaKalir | July 23, 2012 | See all TerenaKalir's reviews »

I've played a lot of sim games, and I can say without a doubt, that I've not seen a better restaurant management sim than this. That's not to say it doesn't have it's downsides though.

The graphics don't look too bad when you're managing your restaurant, but during character conversations, you will be wondering what these hideous creatures are. ;) If you can get past the dated graphics, there is a sim with a great deal of depth waiting for you.

The tutorials ease you into the restaurant business, not throwing too much at you at once, but as you progress you'll discover a huge amount of options to tweak which can make or break your business. Later levels are nightmarish with the amount of micromanagement you need to do, and it's so easy to drive your restaurant into the ground and have to start from scratch. It does give you the option of restarting a level with lower goals to reach, which I had to do on occasion, but it's pretty painful starting over after putting hours into your restaurant.

Even with the punishing difficulty curve, it's a surprisingly addictive game. Later levels had me tweaking recipes and redesigning my menu, reorganising the furniture and a million other things to keep my restaurant profitable.

I do recommend it for those who enjoy a challenging management sim, but I would suggest buying Restaurant Empire 2 instead as it includes the campaign from this game.

88

Addictive

ruready12 | July 20, 2012 | See all ruready12's reviews »

This game is actually quite some fun. The graphics are terrible, but the gameplay is really where Restaurant Empire shines. You have to actually think and get somewhat involved in the game to beat any scenario. This game is one of the only simulators I have played in quite some time that actually requires brains, and skills. There are tons of different chefs to hire, and you can even interact with them in many ways. The only downside to Restaurant Empire is that it can be extremely glitchy at some points. One time I was about halfway through the campaign and the scenario crash and corrupted all my saving, forcing me to restart the entire game. I would recommend this game to any simulation fan looking for a fantastic game.