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80
Ramsay might get paid to be a total jerk, but his psychotic bravado lends a great deal of excitement to the culinary gaming genre. Admittedly, casual cooking games can be extremely addictive, but few turn up the heat as much as Hell's Kitchen. Getting cursed out because customers are getting [email protected]%*# impatient or because you nearly set the [email protected]%*# kitchen on fire is always worth a chuckle. Whether you follow the show religiously or not, this kitchen of malevolent design is definitely worth cooking in.
80
Nintendo DSN-Europe (Oct 11, 2008)
Hell’s Kitchen: The Videogame is an example of a game which is easy to pick up but harder to put down as you go back to earlier days to raise your rating to that all important 100%. It can easily be played in those spare breaks you have in the day, due to the simple gameplay which can be picked up and reacquainted with in seconds.
80
WindowsGameZebo (May 30, 2008)
Overall, Hell’s Kitchen is challenging and a lot of fun. Hearing Gordon Ramsay’s voice cheering you on when you succeed (“I like that. I really like that!” and “Finally I’ve tasted something delicious!”) is great for any fan of the show. If you’ve never experienced Chef Ramsay’s personality through his television shows, the game might seem a bit harsh to some, but it’s all in good fun.
65
WindowsThat Gaming Site (Aug 15, 2008)
I wasn't expecting much from this game and that's precisely what I got. If you are a causal gamer then this game was probably intended for you. Many hardcore gamers, however, might not be able to conform to this particular style of gaming.
60
WiiWorth Playing (Apr 09, 2009)
Anyone who likes simple simulation games, is a fan of the "Hell's Kitchen" television show, or was a die-hard Root Beer Tapper fiend will find that the Hell's Kitchen game is definitely worth a play. It's not as deep as it could be, but the graphics are clean, the gameplay is frantic and fun, and the controls are smooth and intuitive. Now get out here and greet the customers, you donkey!
60
Nintendo DSEurogamer.net (UK) (Nov 26, 2008)
At least the game bit's quite good fun. The visuals are too small and too brown, but the gameplay's still classic; it's a bit like playing chess with pieces made of rat plops. It may be unoriginal but it's still addictive, and before long you too will be spending hours serving pixel-sized sandwiches to characters the size of ant babies. As my wife Jools says, it certainly passes the time while your husband is out telling poor people what carrots look like.
52
iPhone4Players.de (Jul 14, 2009)
Hell's Kitchen bietet unspektakuläre Unterhaltung für zwischendurch. Basierend auf Mechaniken, die durch die so genannten "Zeitmanagement"-Spiele wie Diner Dash bekannt wurden, findet man sich schnell in die einfachen Kontrollen ein und wird in den folgenden etwa drei bis vier Stunden der Karriere zunehmend gefordert. Doch wenn man schon wie ein Wirbelsturm in der Küche kulinarische Genüsse produziert, hätte ein Hauch "Cooking Mama", also die aktive Zubereitung der Gerichte, nicht geschadet, um das auf Dauer etwas zu trockene Herumgetippe aufzuwerten. Auch bei der Visualisierung der Geschehnisse in Restaurant und Kochstube tut man nur das Nötigste. Unter dem Strich bleibt ein schaler Beigeschmack, da mit etwas Feingefühl, mehr Mut zum Risiko sowie dem Hinzufügen von nur ein oder zwei weiteren Zutaten mehr als nur ein Kochquickie für zwischendurch herausgesprungen wäre.
50
iPhoneNZGamer (Aug 08, 2010)
A couple of other omissions knock a few points off the Hell’s Kitchen app, such as the lack of other chefs to compete against or to even work side by side with (as there are in the TV show). But the most glaringly obvious problem with it is how tame Gordon Ramsay himself is. Obviously the developers have opted for a PG rating, but even having “beeps” over swear words like “you’re f**king pathetic!” would have made Hell’s Kitchen a lot more authentic (and entertaining).
50
WindowsIGN (Dec 08, 2008)
Though devoid of fun, I'd like to say that the gameplay was challenging in the sense that it does offer a sense of accomplishment; quickly analyzing the dishes and prioritizing the cooking order feels like some kind of nerdy challenge. However, the sheer, mind-boggling repetitiveness of the game nullifies that; the only thing Hell's Kitchen teaches you to do is click on a mouse quickly. In fact, the mouse clicking is so repetitive and rapid it actually started to hurt; jolts of pain raced up my fingers and arm. So you've been warned: the only real recipe in Hell's Kitchen is the one for carpal tunnel syndrome.
50
WiiGamesRadar (Oct 08, 2008)
It’s simple fun, but fun that’s worthy of a decent score as a cheapo Wiiware game, not on a full-price disc. At that price, it can go **** **** and **** itself – as Gordon would say.
50
Nintendo DSIGN (Dec 17, 2008)
Though devoid of fun, I'd like to say that the gameplay was challenging in the sense that it does offer a sense of accomplishment; quickly analyzing the dishes and prioritizing the cooking order feels like some kind of nerdy challenge. However, the sheer, mind-boggling repetitiveness of the game nullifies that; the only thing Hell's Kitchen teaches you to do is tap on the screen quickly.
30
Hell’s Kitchen tries to capture the essence of what the show is about, but falls short. While it strongly emphasizes strategy and prioritization, Hell’s would have been greatly improved by a distinguishing ability to prepare the food. Sadly, I enjoyed watching my Chef Boyardee explode in the microwave more than trying to cook up a dish in this game.
0
WiiGame Shark (Oct 07, 2008)
You can’t fault Ubisoft for false advertising – you are truly in Hell’s Kitchen – I would assume if you were in Hell, this is exactly how it would be. This game is definitely in the running for worst game of the year – avoid it at all costs.