Game Basics (3 out of 5)
Facebook is becoming the place to play Café games with titles such as Café World and Baking Life. Cooking City is another game in this genre with the goal of making the ultimate baking shop. In the game you have several stoves you can use to make your baked goods and then once they are done they are served in the serving trays by your cash registers. Patrons come to your store to either sit down or take their treats with them. As you level up you gain access to more stoves, counters, and decorative items you cana add to your bakery to make a great looking store.
Recipes (1 out of 5)
Cooking Life doesn’t have a whole lot of options when it comes to recipes you can make. You have basic items such as donuts, cakes, pies, and so on. With only tow pages of treats to bake your very limited as to what you can cook and you quickly get tired of producing the same thing. There’s no recipe book either you can only access it from the stove prior to cooking something which is a bit frustrating.
Decorations (4 out of 5)
The game has quite a few different decorations you can add to your establishment such as tables and chairs for your guests in various colors. There’s a few floor tiles, wall coverings, signs, lamps, plants, and other items. Decorations can increase t=your tip rate from your customers and earn you more money for your store. Like most Facebook games the better decorations will cost you game cash to purchase. You’ll also find themed decorations such as those for Halloween or Christmas to give your store some added touches.
Expansions (2 out of 5)
You can expand your store by adding more stoves, counters, and cash registers which will take electricity, gas outlets and phone lines. You can purchase these in the game store once you reach the required level for more of them. The space of your store can be expanded with Facebook friends, coins and game cash too. But currently only a very small 10 x 10 is available at the top level which is disappointing.
General Game Play and Conclusion (2 out of 5)
Cooking City does have some nice graphics and nice outside scenery. Inside your store there’s a few too many large icons obstructing your game play and the overall area of your store is far too small at the beginner level. The avatars are colorful and the game loads well with an easy to use interface. Cooking City isn’t a bad game but this genre has been done before and it doesn’t offer anything new. There’s simply not enough recipes or added content to keep it interesting. Developers need to add great graphics, or game play if they’re going to copy established Facebook genres or they risk being left in the dust. Cooking City needs improvement before it can join the ranks of recommended Facebook games.