Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. If you own a Nintendo DS, you might want to buy the DS version instead for the touch screen controls.
  2. 65
    The game's fun and frantic, but it doesn't really offer much than its face-value production.
  3. Diner Dash is a pretty addictive game and stands as one of those easy to pick and play games for fun. If you want a simple to play game that only requires reflexes and little thinking Diner Dash: Sizzle & Serve may just be for you.
  4. 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.
  5. While fun in concept (and on the PC), this game suffers from really awkward controls that don't respond nearly fast enough to keep pace with the customers. [July 2007, p.85]
  6. Another case of too much for too little. The extremely simple gameplay and unimpressive graphics just don’t justify a $30 price tag, and arguably wouldn’t even justify even a $20 or $15 price tag.
  7. 55
    It's just addicting enough for you to stick it out for the entirety of the game, but unless you're in the mood for a stress headache you probably won't bust it out again.
  8. An iffy buy for Diner Dash fans and not recommended for anyone unfamiliar with the franchise.
  9. A simply concept that makes for a fiendishly tricky and addictive game. Sadly let down slightly by some clumsy controls. [May 2007, p.89]
  10. If it was part of a larger collection of games we couldn't fault it. But it does seem a little much to ask when it is a stand-alone title, no matter how much fun it is. [May 2007, p.84]
  11. 46
    The price is too high for what you get, especially if you factor in the free version available online. [Issue#153, p.75]
  12. 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.
  13. It's as exciting as waiting on people in real life; which is to say, not very. [May 2007, p.114]
  14. 40
    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 fighting the poorly designed controls before then.

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