The Xbox Live Arcade is steadily growing in popularity. The number of games that you can download and play boggles my mind. You can write and sell your own games on Xbox live if you have the know how. I was recently given the opportunity to download and play Diner Dash.
Diner Dash comes to life in 3D on next generation consoles when players have the option to take direct control of Flo as she runs around to seat patrons, take orders, deliver food, receive payment and bus tables as efficiently as possible within the time limit allowed. Players fond of the traditional control schemes may also use a point-and-click style with hotkeys to aid Flo in her quest for customer satisfaction, which is reflected in a heart meter that empties as customers lose patience. If the meter empties completely, then the customer will leave the restaurant. Servers looking to play with co-workers can join with up to seven other players in multiplayer across four diners in Team Dash or go 1 on 1 in head-to-head mode.
The nice thing about Diner Dash and a lot of other arcade games is that you can download the free trial. Go to the Game Marketplace on your dashboard, and then to Explore Game Content, then Arcade. From there you can browse in the Arcade menu and put in "d" to search. You will need to scroll down to find Diner Dash. Then you have the option to purchase or try it out.
· Top-down action viewpoint inside one of five diners, with 10 levels in each.
· Seat patrons, take their order, deliver their food, take their payment, and bus their table as efficiently as possible and within the time limit allowed.
· Customer satisfaction is reflected in a heart meter that empties as customers lose patience. If the meter empties completely, they will leave the restaurant. Remember, service with a smile!
Backbone Entertainment and Hudson Entertainment, Inc. sent me a code for the game to review. The only problem with downloading games from the arcade is inserting the codes. 😉 Once you get past the code everything is easy. Diner Dash is about taking care of customers, but instead of doing one thing you are in charge of it all at the same time. Wish I had a pair of skates like in Ratatouille. The pace is fast and challenges me just enough to keep playing, not being frustrated but interested. You seat people, take their orders, deliver the food, give them the check and clean the table. You can play mutli-player locally or on-line. It’s hard to find games locally multi-player for my husband and I, nut it is quick games like these that he uses to increase his gamer points.
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