Do you like kitchen games like "Sara's Cooking Class"? Then you'll like Cooking Fever. In this adventure, with free basic content and optional microtransactions, you will be in charge of serving the clients of a fast food restaurant (burgers, pizzas, tacos, cakes...). The content is suitable for all audiences - everyone from children to adults can play.
Choose your destiny in the kitchen
In Cooking Fever for iPhone you must "survive" waves of clients who will ask you for all kinds of fast food: burgers, sodas, hot dogs... As the clerk you will have to follow the necessary steps to prepare each meal and each order. For example, to cook a good burger you must place the bread in the plate, the meat in the pan, take it out when it's done (take too long and it will be burned and you will have to throw it away!) and put it in the bread.
The rhythm and your micromanagement skills will be the key to succeed in Cooking Fever, especially when you get past the tutorial levels and start being overwhelmed by many customers at once. Take too long and the clients will leave angry... and without paying. Be fast and they'll be so happy that you will get tipped.
Up to now Cooking Fever looks like your typical cooking game. What's unique about it? Two elements: the progression and the establishment management.
At the end of a round or a level of Cooking Fever, you can invest your money in better kitchen tools. Improve your frying pan and the meat will be done sooner. Buy more tuppers and you can store more food, helping with your provisions. You choose what you want to improve, breaking one of the curses of this type of games: the linear progression.
When you have completed a few rounds, the game will allow you to invest money in improving the looks of your restaurant. This component is more strategic than it seems: entertain your clients with a better quality TV and they'll stay longer. Again, this part of the game helps you feel like you are controlling Cooking Fever directly, and not the other way around!
Lots of patience
Cooking Fever is not a 100% free game, ladies and gentlemen. The title includes optional microtransactions that will help you improve your equipment quickly or make certain progress faster. You can complete Cooking Fever without paying, but many times you will have to repeat the levels to get enough money to improve your equipment. You will need lots of patience.
Cooking Fever has great controls, which I have been thankful for in the most stressful moments. There is nothing I hate more in these games than when I lost time because the title doesn't recognize that I want to send the order to the client, for example.
In an aesthetic level, Cooking Fever is nice and even cute without having overloaded colors that slow down the action in older devices. Each interactive element has been designed so it's easy to recognize when you find yourself in the middle of a cooking frenzy, which is the most important thing.
Cooking Fever has nicely surprised us. We expected another cooking game and we found a title that recognizes that it is in a stagnated genre and needs some kind of revolution. Unlike other similar games, in Cooking Fever you are in control of your strategy and how you want to advance. We never thought we'd talk about strategy in a kitchen game, but we are sure that you didn't expect to read this recommendation either.