Running a little restaurant may sound like a calming game idea, but Cook, Serve, Delicious! is merciless. Both Pip and Graham have written about the mounting terror as orders stack up, you switch back and forth from station to station, you're texting your (virtual) partner, food starts to burn, you're mashing your (physical) keyboard, customers become unhappy, your buzz fades, and oh no everything's going wrong.
It'll all get worse in 2016, as developers Vertigo Gaming have announced Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2 [official site].
CSD!2 will start you back over from scratch in a new tower, building a new café back up to a five-star restaurant. Check out a few of the recipes you'll prepare.
If you missed the first one, CSD is a hectic take on cooking games. You'll need to prepare and combine ingredients, cook them to the right degree, and customise them to each customer's order. But you might be serving four customers at once. Or five. Or oh no these orders keep coming in. And then the toilets need cleaning, or the bins taking out. It's about juggling priorities, and once you get into the flow your fingers are hitting the hotkeys for each action without thinking. It's also got a management side, buying new equipment and better ingredients, and picking up new recipes, to become a classier joint and climb the rankings. You need to handle your 'buzz' too, shaking menus up to stay fresh and exciting. It's a right lark.
The original has a demo if you're curious.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2 is due in 2016. This trailer may be too sexual for you to watch at work: