After the Free-to-Play relaunch of the iconic Diner Dash franchise in 2014, Glu has went on to create multiple successful spin-offs namely Cooking Dash and Restaurant Dash. Diner Dash Adventures signals a return to form for the trailblazing Dash series, incorporating elements from different games in the Dash series, while adding in the story element as well as Free-to-Play mechanics.
In Diner Dash Adventures, Flo returns to Dinertown to help restore the town to its former glory. As of the review date, the game features three distinct venues – the diner, the hotel, and the seaside restaurant. Each venue comes with multiple seasons and plenty of levels. While these venues are different from one another in terms of theme and tasks, the easy-to-learn gameplay remains similar across the board.
The objective of each level varies from gathering hearts from customers and earning money to serve a target number of customers. In true Dash fashion, you are also encouraged to match the color of the customers to their seats in order to unlock bigger bonuses and the incredibly helpful DASH mode that speeds up all processes. In addition, the game also allows you to stack identical orders so they can be processed faster. This adds a strategic element of the game, which makes Diner Dash Adventures quite a challenging game to play.
Even for a big Time Management fan like myself, Diner Dash Adventures is definitely not an easy breezy game. Each level of the game awards you with one to three stars, several replays are usually needed in order to familiarize yourself with the level and achieve the most number of stars. These stars are crucial to the progression of the game as they are used to complete story-related tasks such as decorating the neighborhood and helping the citizens. To help make some of the harder levels more manageable, the game also introduces several single-use bonuses that really do make a difference if utilized properly.
There is no denying that Diner Dash Adventures is a supremely entertaining game with a level of complexity not usually found in Time Management freemium games. However, the game also has the potential to be rather frustrating due to its pricey in-game purchases. The game functions on two currencies; coins and gems. Both of these currencies are considerably difficult to obtain and the absurd amount of upgrades in the game is blatant cash-grabbing. Daily deals and various surprise free bundles here and there are nice, but there is not nearly enough of them to make the game less expensive.