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. 70
    The game's fun and frantic, but it doesn't really offer much than its face-value production.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. It's simplistic, and unlikely to entertain for too long, but the concept is clever enough to deserve a look. [June 2007, p.119]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. A reasonable conversion of the successful casual PC game, Diner Dash isn't sophisticated or filling enough to truly satisfy DS gourmands.
  9. This fast-paced puzzle game, simple though it may be, is bloody hard to put down. [June 2007, p.85]
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Even if you make no mistakes and keep all your customers happy, you're still likely to fail. [July 2007, p.94]
  14. 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]
  15. 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.
  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. 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.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JustinDozier
    Jun 12, 2009
    7
    The addictive PC game comes to the DS, and it does all the right things. Annoyances that were in the PC version have changed for the better, and this game has even added a whole new assortment of new objects, people and appliances to mess with.

    It's simple, if you liked the PC version, you'll love this. If you've never played this before, this is very much worth a rent to experience how unique and addicting this game is. The point-and-click style of the older PC version translates perfectly with the DS touchpad, making it probably one of the easiest (and truest to original) ports ever done.
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  2. Shakina
    Jul 17, 2007
    9
    Its a great game but it looks better on psp, but with nintendo ds its like playing on the computer.
  3. JohnF.
    May 22, 2007
    9
    Nice game with a simple concept - fantastic