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  • Summary: Welcome to Port Abello, one of the most important locations on the culinary map. As the town’s newest upcoming, chef you have a lot to prove. After learning your trade in a local fast food joint, you decide to buy your own local diner. But being the proud owner of your own restaurant isn't your only goal. The Fortified Chef Competition is about to visit town and winning it would launch you to the centre of the culinary stage. On your journey you'll become master of all types of fare until you own your a World Class eating establishment. With the Wiimote in hand, you'll be taught every aspect of running a kitchen from burgers to chateaubriand using the Wii’s motion sensing technology to simulate cooking, with real kitchen tools like knives, wooden spoons, tongs, spatulas and more. [Zoo Digital] Expand
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  1. 85
    Order Up! offers up just enough addictive fun to make it worth your while. It's not going to unseat Cooking Mama from her culinary throne, but it is an entertaining experience that's perfect for a few rounds of bite-sized fun.
  2. A fresh take on cooking games, Order Up isn't just another mini-game compilation. [Nov 2008, p.78]
  3. As a whole, Order Up! provides a wonderful blend of both managing and cooking.
  4. If you love games like Cooking Mama, Order Up! is a must-get. If you don't, give it a try, because it may surprise you.
  5. Nonetheless, it's an entertaining, well-balanced game that provides a good deal of fun while it lasts.
  6. Order Up! is an inexplicably fun affair and gamers with an uncalloused heart will find it difficult to resist its addictive nature and endearing charm.
  7. I applaud Zoo Games and SuperVillian Studios for packing a great deal of charm and humor into Order Up!, from the edgy style to the free chef hat.

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  1. MarkS
    Aug 3, 2008
    10
    Tremendous amount of fun...my kids and their cousins played non-stop until they finished the game. Took them about 25hrs...so a little more than a buck per hour to entertain them...good value. Expand
  2. EricC.
    Jul 22, 2009
    10
    Order Up! is great fun for anyone who enjoys cooking sim games. I brought this game home by fluke and was pleasantly surprised by what ZOO & SuperVillain Studios had produced here. My wife and 9 year old daughter had played the Cooking Mama games a dozen times over and after recently trading them in I wanted to bring home something new in the same category. Order Up! hit the spot. It's a totally fleshed out cooking sim and miles ahead of any other cooking game I've seen. After giving it a whirl myself I can say cooking feels natural, the game puts you in control of every aspect of preparing a meal, and you can delegate tasks you don't enjoy to your assistant chefs. The Wii-mote is used really well and does not feel gimmicky at all. In fact, it's as close as one can get to the real thing with a game controller. You twist the remote to dredge meats on a board or flip foods on the fryer, you thrust it downward or jerk it upward to put food in or take food out of the deep fryer respectively, and you point and click to select tables in your restaurant you wish to serve. You also give the Wii-mote a vertical shake to chop things or ring a bell for your waiter/waitress to come and deliver meals once you've completed the whole order for a table. The visuals and the sound suit the game well and the in-game chat is hilarious. Order Up! really delivers however with really simple yet satisfying gameplay. Once you've earned a five star status for your restaurant the heat really turns on in the kitchen and you'll get to flex your culinary chops. The pace picks up, your joint gets packed, and the tipping is off the charts for well prepared meals. You can end a day with some generous coin if you spice and prepare everything perfectly. If you enjoy Cooking Mama or any other cooking sim then you simply must buy this! At the now price of $19.99 there is very little reason not to add Order Up! to your Wii collection. It's an absolute gem. Expand
  3. DanaW.
    Aug 2, 2008
    8
    A fun game that crosses Cooking Mama with Diner Dash. It's a fun and funny game that really gets you into the restaurant business. My two complaints are: 1) There is no head-to-head mode for a cook-off against a friend 2) With only four restaurants I'm not sure about the replayability once you win the game. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2010
    8
    Order Up! is a game that seems very similar to the Cooking Mama series but it focuses a lot more on speed, multitasking and time management to ensure a table's order of multiple dishes is sent out on time rather than to simply successfully complete a single dish. It is a lot more in-depth that the Cooking Mama series which is good and you actually get to manage your own restaurant which is even better. Unfortunately, the game is really short with only four restaurants to manage, meaning it does not have a lot of replay value. However, if you are looking for an alternative to the Cooking Mama series, then this is certainly the game to get. Expand
  5. JonathanC
    Aug 6, 2009
    7
    This game is fun taking both aspects of Cooking Mama and restaurant simulators and combines them into a fun game. Cartoony and zany it's great fun. Heck dare I say Better than Mama? Yes it is If you want a cooking/restaurant simulator this is the game for you. My only problem is there's too much repetitiveness. Expand
  6. Aug 24, 2010
    7
    Order Up! is a cooking-simulation game that seems to rival the features of the Cooking Mama series but it focuses a lot more on speed, multitasking and time management to ensure a table's order of multiple dishes is sent out on time rather than to simply successfully complete a single dish. This game is able to take all of the main features from the Cooking Mama series and make it much better. Unfortunately, the game is really short with only four restaurants to manage, meaning it does not have a lot of replay value. However, if you are looking for an alternative to the Cooking Mama series, then this is certainly the game to get but don't expect to be playing for a long time. Expand
  7. jg
    Jul 29, 2008
    3
    I had hope that this would be entertaining and challenging like so many of the online computer games.... but this boring with long narrative pauses and no real challenge, you just do what you do and move on to the next order. this game will sit on the shelf, definitely not worth $40.... i lost interest after about 10 minutes, but kept playing for an hour or so hoping it'd get better as you got into the game, but no luck. Expand

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