Time to Get Very Serious About Sundaes in Papa's Freezeria
This game is one of the most addictive waitress games available today. If you've played the other games of the series, when Papa hired you to make burgers, pizza and tacos, you know what to expect. The game has improved a little for this last installment, but hasn't changed much. If you haven't met Papa yet and Freezeria is your first encounter with him, set aside a few hours each day for making deserts, because this is one game that doesn't let you go easily.
The goal of the game is - obviously - to serve sundaes to your customers. However, these sundaes are not easy to make - you'll need perfect time management skills, accuracy and a lot of attention to get it right every time. You have to manage several stations, where you take the orders, select the right ingredients, get the correct mixing time, and place the correct toppings, in the correct order and position. One inch to the left or to the right, and your score will decrease.
It seems that all the customers that come into Papa's Freezeria are extremely picky, and very knowledgeable about their sundaes. If you drop even a crumb on the table while preparing their orders, they will penalize you with a lower score and a lower tip. Even worse, they'll remember you messed up their order when they return the next day, and will penalize you again! But the characters are so lovable and charming, you'll end up knowing each of them by name, and you'll be able to match the name with what they order in no time. Besides, the moment when you deliver a complete order and you wait for the client's feedback is the best in the game - a few seconds when you hold your breath and wait for the verdict.
The storyline in Papa's Freezeria is very cute - it starts with how you landed your dream job on a tropical island... but soon, the island is invaded by impatient, ice cream-craving tourists. Even worse, your employer expects you to use your tips for buying upgrades for the store. However, the game could use an option to skip the cutscenes. They are fun the first time around, but, since this game is so addictive, you'll end up watching them over and over again, every time you restart.
One of the best features of this waitress game - and the most important improvement compared to the other games in the series - is the high number of upgrades available. Your shop is highly customizable - you can buy posters for the walls, speed-boosters for the machines (though, be warned, they're not as good as advertised, the improvement is barely noticeable), clothes for your character and entertainment for the customers. Then you can take a moment to watch how your clients interact with all the items you've bought... in fact, you won't have time for that, too many orders to deal with.
While this game does get annoyingly difficult at certain stages, the progression from the tutorial level is quite smooth, allowing you to get the hang of all the actions. By the time you reach seven or eight customers in a day's work, you'll find yourself very quick with the mouse - but also wondering where the past hours have gone. Not to mention that you'll most certainly get a strong urge to eat some ice cream, with chocolate syrup and cherries on top. Perfectly aligned cherries, that is.
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