Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the popularity of diner-style games as pioneered by Diner Dash. Yet, most of them are aimed at a more mature audience. That’s why when Cupcake Digital contacted us about their latest app called Lalaloopsy Diner, I was excited to give it a try. Soon afterwards, everyone in my household were playing this Diner Dash for kids on almost all of our iOS devices.
Race the Clock and Impress the Customers
The game starts with a simple tutorial of how to cook a burger to fulfill the customer’s order. You start by grilling the beef patty, flip it, and put it on top of a burger bun. Then, apply the sauce and put another bun on top. Voila, you’re ready to serve your first order.
As you progress through the game, the difficulty level starts to increase. More customers start to show up at the same time. Their orders start to get more complex as you unlock more topping options. You’ll get more cooking pans and an additional space for plating, but you need to manage all the moving parts without burning the food or mixing up the orders.
In total, there are 40 levels spread across four chapters. The first chapter, which has 10 levels, will have you flipping burgers. Whereas in the subsequent chapters, you will be serving hot dogs, pizzas, pancakes, and waffles.
Each time you successfully serve an order, you get coins and tips. You can use the coins to upgrade your equipments, and use the tips to buy new decorations for the diner. After all, you want to be the best diner in Lalaloopsy Land.
Parents Need to Know
Looking at the complexity of the gameplay, Lalaloopsy Land is more suitable for kids ages 7 and up. There are too many things going on at the same time that requires good time management skill. With up to three customers showing up at the same time and each requiring up to four toppings, things can get messy and complex real quick.
The gameplay requires fast-paced dragging, non-stop concentration, visual queueing, and other skills a diner-style game typically requires. Three things that you want to avoid in this game: burning the food, mixing up the orders, and taking too long on any order. Any of these will lead to a dissatisfied customer and lost of sales.
Things I Like
Once you unlock a level, you can replay it as often as you like. You might want to do this if you want to unlock all the stars and get the maximum number of coins and tips. Upgrading your equipments can sometimes help you in achieving these goals, especially if you find yourself burning your food more often than you like.
The designer’s decision to include a maximum of three customers at the same time makes the game more manageable for kids. My three-year-old can play up to the first three levels, whereas my five-year-old can play a bit further. I believe many kids ages 7+ would be able to complete most of the challenges in this Diner Dash for kids game.
After completing all 40 levels in this game, here are a few playing tips that first-timers would appreciate:
- Try to do the preparation as early as possible — even when there is no customer. For example, you can start grilling the patties and sausages to prepare for your burgers and hot dogs. This is especially true for steps that are most time consuming.
- Due to the limited number of plates, you can just leave the cooked meal on the cooking pans. Just make sure you turn off the cooking pan to avoid burning the food. As soon as there’s an empty plate, you can drag the meal onto the plate.
- You may want to finish plating for one customer at a time to avoid mixing the orders. Don’t panic even though you have three orders in queue. Just finish them one at a time, first-come-first-served.
- As soon as you deliver an order, put the next meal on the plate and start cooking again. Never leave a cooking pan empty if possible. You might want to check the next order to make sure you’re cooking the right thing.
Lalaloopsy Diner is a fun Diner Dash style game that’s approachable by kids ages 7 and up. The increasing difficulty is manageable by younger players, but serves enough challenge for adult players too. Take some time off and help your kids flip some burgers. You’re going to love it.
App was provided for our honest review.