Hot Dish 2 is the new edition of the Hot Dish series, which natural as it sounds, it’s about cooking. So if you like to cook, prepare your cooking tools and come aboard. In this fun and exciting game you will be cooking all kind of dishes all over America. In each location you will know traditional dishes of the place and will learn how to prepare them. Then you will have your chance to prepare it and get rated by the experts.
Hot Dish is a multitask game, just like real life cooking is. You can’t do only one task at a time if you want to finish your dish on time, so while you chop an onion maybe you will be boiling water on a pot and baking something else in the oven. This is what makes this game really entertaining and kind of difficult to play. You will need to be very focus and try no to loose track of the several tasks going on.
Each activity in the kitchen requires special interventions from you at special times. What you will see is a rectangular frame with a view of the task and a time line below. A symbol in the frame will indicate what you have to do. If there is a pointer icon you need to click, if there is a double arrow you need to click and drag your mouse sideways, if there is a curvy arrow you need to click and drag your mouse counter clockwise (to stir), and so on. The complex tasks will require different interventions in the same activity. You will keep track of the time looking at the time line and will make the moves when indicated. If you fail to act in the right moment the activity will be ruin and you will lose points on the dish.
Two game modes are available in this game. The Adventure Mode makes you a contestant in a cross country tournament. You will be cooking at different locations around the country and will have to succeed in each location in order to move forward. The A la Carte Mode allows you to cook in the location you wish by selecting it from the special screen for that. In the beginning of the game this mode is locked and you need to pass the first level (location) in the Adventure Mode to unlock the A la Carte Mode.
The first time you play the game you access to a tutorial which will help you learn all the basics of the game. When you are done with this you will be ready to start playing the real game.
When you first enter the game, you’ll see the welcome screen with the following options:
- Choose player: the first time there’s no existing player. After you create one or more, they’ll be saved. When you enter into this submenu, you’ll be asked for a name as a new player. It’s possible to have a list of different players and record their performance. This way, you can play home tournaments with family and friends.
- Adventure Mode: it leads you to a brief game introduction that you can skip at any time. Then, you will be playing the first level.
- A la Carte: it leads you to the location screen to choose the location where you want to cook at. It’s locked at the beginning of the game.
- Options: shows the options menu from where you can set some game settings like volume, full screen, custom cursors and else.
- Quit: Closes the Game
You can try this game for 60 minutes before you buy the licensed version. If you like it, you can buy this game for only 19.95 dollars, right from the Oberon Media Game Center on the Web.
About the systems requirements, here you have a list to check out:
• Windows OS: Windows Vista/XP
• Pentium III 1 GHz or faster processor
• 256 MB RAM
• 800 x 600 minimum screen resolution
• DirectX 9.0 or later
• 88 MB available hard disk space
- It’s easy to learn how to play with the tutorial
- It allows you to know traditional dishes
- It offers four languages for the interface
- One game mode is locked at the beginning
- It’s not a multiplayer game
- Use on network is not supported