Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. It's brilliant because it presents a slick and fast-paced management puzzle within firm boundaries and rules that manages to teach the player all of its lessons before he or she gets bored and moves on.
  2. 80
    Diner Dash is addictive enough that you’ll still want to bash through those crazy tough levels. When you’re willing to stick with a game through its flaws, that’s usually a pretty good sign.
  3. It's simplistic, and unlikely to entertain for too long, but the concept is clever enough to deserve a look. [June 2007, p.119]
  4. Diner Dash fits right at home on the Nintendo DS and it remains to be one of the most repetitive yet highly addictive games that shouldn’t be missed. The touchscreen features could have been a bit better but compared to the PSP version this one is by far the best portable version of this game.
  5. With the touch screen issue notwithstanding, Diner Dash: Sizzle & Serve should keep DS owners happy, providing they don't loathe waiting tables. After all, video games should help people escape reality instead of sending them to work the tables for tips.
  6. 70
    The game's fun and frantic, but it doesn't really offer much than its face-value production.
  7. Die hard fans of the Diner Dash series or simply anyone welcome to the idea of casual games will be nothing short of satisfied, but players wanting more than just a 15 minute game break may just want to ask for the check.
  8. Diner Dash is a challenging game that will keep you on your toes from start to finish, but it's too simple to keep you coming back.
  9. Even if you make no mistakes and keep all your customers happy, you're still likely to fail. [July 2007, p.94]
  10. Most levels in Diner Dash: Sizzle and Serve last five minutes tops, which makes it a flexible on-the-go offering. We’re increasingly annoyed by publishers’ tendencies to toss a casual PC game onto portable consoles for a notably higher price than its PC version.
  11. A reasonable conversion of the successful casual PC game, Diner Dash isn't sophisticated or filling enough to truly satisfy DS gourmands.
  12. You will learn a few valuable lessons playing Diner Dash. First of all you'll learn that the hospitality industry can be a total grind, and second, you'll understand why so many waiters and waitresses are so miserable.
  13. Overall, you can own up 5 restaurants, each with their own different theme (Mexican, seafood, etc), similar upgrades, different wardrobes, same annoying customers, and all selling the exact same slice of pizza.
  14. This fast-paced puzzle game, simple though it may be, is bloody hard to put down. [June 2007, p.85]
  15. 60
    Even though the difficulty ramps up dramatically halfway through Career mode, dedicated gamers will be able to complete the whole thing in a day, if they don't get tired of the somewhat shallow and repetitive gameplay before then.
  16. 50
    Despite my many complaints, Diner Dash is not a lost cause. It is still a fun game, but the price is way too high to justify a purchase under any circumstances. I would recommend this game, but only as a rental or if you can buy it for under $20.
  17. It's very little fun to play, and since you can play a limited version online for free as a Flash game, there's no good reason to put it in your DS. [June 2007, p.70]

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