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Gaming Nexus (Sep 05, 2008)
Order Up! will be entertaining and easy to learn for all ages. At an average of six hours to complete, though, it suffers from the lack of a multiplayer challenge mode.
Daily Game (Sep 16, 2008)
In addition to the cooking activities, Order Up! includes a smattering of mini-games, such as the need to occasionally shake your Wii Remote to wake up dozing assistants and scrubbing dirt from the dishes when the Health Inspector makes a surprise visit. But these activities are really sporadic; cooking provides the core gameplay of Order Up!, and it provides it very well. Cooking Mama seemed like an insurmountable franchise at one time, but Order Up! has -- at least to this editor -- added just the right amount of gameplay spice to surpass the competition. Look out, Mama, there's a hot new chef in town, and he's got a whole restaurant full of happy patrons.
Gaming Nexus (Sep 05, 2008)
All in all, Order Up! was very entertaining. I found it both approachable and fun. The repetitive statements of some of the characters can be somewhat grating (heh!) on older folks, and even the 14 year old tester that I employed for a second opinion was soon looking for the options menu to shut them up. The biggest weakness in my opinion, though, is the lack of a multiplayer challenge mode. Even so, Order Up! scores a solid B+.
Game Vortex (Sep, 2008)
If you've resisted cooking games for any reason, now is the time to latch onto Order Up! and be impressed. The game even comes with a white, paper chef's hat! What could be cooler than that? Progression in the game where you build new restaurants and make better food keeps the shelf life strong. It's a shame that there wasn't any multiplayer option included, to have an Iron Chef-style battle or something similar. Perfection in gaming may not be possible, but Order Up! certainly feels well cooked.
GamingExcellence (Nov 10, 2008)
Order Up! Is a perfect example of a budget title done right. There are responsive controls; graphics that, while not system-breaking, are pleasing to the eye; a number of extras for you to explore; a unique and colourful setting; and an experience that can be enjoyed by anyone. Even the soundtrack is a pleasant mix of genres, depending on the restaurant you're cooking in. The game's not perfect, of course, and there's a feeling that there's just not enough meat in this hamburger of a video-game, but what it offers is worth a second helping.
NintendoWorldReport (Nov 07, 2008)
As a whole, Order Up! provides a wonderful blend of both managing and cooking. The charming nature of the game makes it a great choice for people of all ages, and the more complicated strategy elements provide for a more engaging experience than Diner Dash and Cooking Mama can provide on their own.
Video Game Generation (Sep 13, 2008)
Order Up! offers a very rewarding and challenging career mode that frankly puts Cooking Mama to shame. Rather than blindly creating dishes for a cute little anime chef to smile at you and praise you, you're cooking for a purpose. It's honestly a great way to experience the hectic world of restaurant ownership without all the muss and fuss. On my initial playthrough I found myself lost in the fun cooking action for easily three hours. I hadn't even realized the time had passed. It's ridiculously fun, it looks like a well-animated cartoon, and it offers a completely unique experience that merits sequels and spinoffs. However, even amongst all of this good karma, you have to know there's some bad--the Wii Remote is horrendously inefficient when it comes to doing some tasks, and it can make playing very frustrating. It's nothing that couldn't be cleared up in a sequel, though.
GamePro (US) (Jul 31, 2008)
All in all, Order Up! offers up just enough addictive fun to make it worth your while. It's not going to unseat Cooking Mama from her culinary throne, but it is an entertaining experience that's perfect for a few rounds of bite-sized fun.
Worth Playing (Aug 22, 2008)
While Order Up! definitely owes its existence to other cooking sim titles, it does more than enough to differentiate itself from the pack, and it does a really solid job of creating a great experience for both casual Wii fans and even the more hardcore demographic of gamers. The overall presentation is slick and inventive, and the controls are pretty intuitive, if not always correct, but the real fun comes from managing your orders, assigning tasks to your AI partners, and creating more and more complex dishes for each new restaurant you obtain. Fans of titles such as Cooking Mama should find a lot to enjoy with Order Up!, and new players who have never tried the cooking sim genre will find themselves caught up in the addictive nature of the gameplay and the managing of a full staff of chefs and menus. Check it out as soon as you get the chance.
It does suffer from repetition (you'll often be asked to make the same dishes for repeat customers), but it remains fun for roughly 10 hours, and concludes in style with a hilarious spoof on the Iron Chef competition.
Gamers' Temple, The (Sep 20, 2008)
For someone who didn't particularly enjoy Cooking Mama, Order Up was a pleasant surprise. If it were a straight cooking game it would have held my attention for five minutes at best, but franticly juggling multiple dishes at once while striving for perfection in each one adds a lot to the game in terms of enjoyment. It's not the sort of game that will appeal to everyone and it will still leave you wishing that there was a bit more to the game, but if you're looking for something a little different then it may fit the bill nicely. Plus you get that free chef's hat...
The final sequence is so charming that it makes me wish there were more story cut-scenes throughout the game. As it stands, all of the light drama is mashed into the last 15 minutes.
Retroage (Jul 16, 2011)
Pierwsze i najważniejsze – niech nie zraża was tematyka. Wbrew pozorom Order Up! na konsoli Nintendo Wii jest grą bardzo dobrą. Zdecydowanie bliżej jej do znamienitego Pizzy Tycoon aniżeli do popularnego ostatnimi czasy Cooking Mama. U nas w nadwiślańskim kraju jest to tytuł kompletnie nieznany (a szkoda), ale warto nadmienić, że przez zachodnie serwisy i pisma branżowe przyjęty bardzo ciepło. Polecam wszystkim, którzy szukają jakiejś odskoczni od zalewu tytułów przepełnionych schematami i brutalnością. To pozycja dla tych, którzy szukają powiewu świeżości i oczekują stosunkowo rozbudowanej rozgrywki. Mam nadzieje, że przynajmniej kilku czytających ten tekst zdecyduje się zaryzykować i zainwestuje w Order Up! Gwarantuję, że nie będziecie zawiedzeni. To by było na tyle mojego zachwalania tej wyśmienitej gry, musze kończyć, bo czeka mnie jeszcze wyskoczenie na targowisko po sos barbecue i papryczki chili do tacosów dla tego zrzędliwego kowboja.
IGN (Aug 15, 2008)
If only all casual games were of this quality. The developers took the time to create some nice visuals, a unique art style, and motion controls that actually fit the experience. But here's the real evidence: my fellow IGN editors frequently stop by my desk to see what crappy Wii game I'm playing. After watching me play Order Up! for a few minutes, they all said, "Wow, I kind of want to play this!"
Cheat Code Central (Aug, 2008)
As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed Order Up! It had everything I had hoped for and was surprisingly fun. Unfortunately, it is just a single-player game with forgettable mini-games that can be torn through in just a few hours. Additionally, the only replay value to be found is in honing your skills to perfection and upping the difficulty for a second play through. Nevertheless, this is a nice casual title that should be very appealing to most who pick it up. I can't wait to see what innovations a second edition to the series will bring.
76 (Sep 06, 2008)
If you enjoy cooking sims, then you definitely need to check out Order Up. For all other Wii owners, Order Up is a solid weekend rental. And as an added quirk, the game comes bundled with a paper “chef” hat.
Game Chronicles (Oct 30, 2008)
Order Up! might not be the most exciting game, but it is definitely and enjoyable and challenging experience. Fans of the Cooking Mama series are surely going to find something to like in Order Up!, and Sims and Tycoon vets will appreciate the refreshing addition of motion-based minigames in amongst their micromanaging tasks.
GameSpot (Jul 30, 2008)
Order Up is most engaging when you get into the rhythm of striving to cook perfect dishes, earning big money, spending it to improve your operation, and trying to cook more perfect dishes. It's simple enough that it's accessible to all, and its charming visual style and sense of humor make it an attractive package. Unfortunately, it feels a bit light on content, even at a less than full retail price point, and it would have benefitted nicely from a two-player mode in the vein of the final cook-off. Nonetheless, it's an entertaining, well-balanced game that provides a good deal of fun while it lasts.
Gamernode (Aug 06, 2008)
It's the variety and tasks outside of cooking (including the Diner Dash-esque handling of customers) which makes Order Up! a surprisingly addictive game. It's not perfect by any means-and some of the food preparation actions do showcase that-but Order Up! has a unique charm to it. It may be a grind at times when you need to make money for that next upgrade or restaurant, but at least it's a fun one you'll be glad to come back to for some time.
1UP (Jul 22, 2008)
So who's the king of the kitchen, then? Well, Cooking Mama does have more recipes than Order Up!, but it lacks that special ingredient that keeps me coming back for more. In fact, now that I've tasted what a fleshed-out cooking-game experience can really be, it'll be hard to go back to Cooking Mama -- I'll definitely be coming back for more Order Up.
Game Freaks 365 (Sep, 2008)
Overall, Order Up is a worthwhile investment that will keep amateur chefs craving more dishes. The game is too short, lasting only a good six or seven hours, but with a harder difficulty level, you can get enough replay value out of this to last you a while. I really wish that a two-player split-screen cook off mode would have been included to play against a friend. Other than that, this package is solid for the price. In that sense it is neither McDonald's nor Steak & Ale. It's more Applebee's than anything.
Thunderbolt Games (Oct 27, 2008)
Even though there are a lot of games like it, Order Up! really surprised me in the end as being very competent and fun. Certainly, games like it are a dime a dozen, but its charm comes from the way the developers approached things in a more original manner, instead of just making a bunch of cooking-themed mini-games. The timing meta-game, as well as the restaurant management makes it a worthy title for the genre, and worth a look if you’re sick of Mama’s cooking.
GamesRadar (Aug 20, 2008)
We didn’t appreciate the way the mini-games – flicking rats off the counter, shaking a sleeping assistant awake, or washing dishes in front of the health inspector – constantly popped up. They’re far too frequent and annoyingly intrusive, and if they’re designed to keep things from getting redundant, they actually have the opposite effect. Order Up! does get stale over time. But it’s got charm for miles, and that’s a lesson many, many games could stand to learn.
Such flaws can be overlooked if you're in the right mood, but they're still disappointing. Another few restaurants and three or four times the distinct patrons could have made Order Up! really special, but that's all stuff that we'll have to put on our wish list for a possible sequel. In the meantime, what we got this time around is a fun game if you play it for an hour or two at a time and then let it sit for awhile. If you're okay with that, its strengths warrant a possible purchase. Otherwise, look for it the next time you're ready to rent.
GameZone (Aug 06, 2008)
Few will be blown away by anything Order Up! has to offer, but if you liked Cooking Mama, you will enjoy playing through this game as well. There aren’t any multiplayer options, and there isn’t much to do once the four restaurants have been completed. Consequently, replay is limited, making Order Up! a fair purchase for the cooking enthusiast but a rental for everyone else.
AceGamez (Aug, 2008)
Order Up! is an inexplicably fun affair and gamers with an uncalloused heart will find it difficult to resist its addictive nature and endearing charm. The suggested retail price of $39.99 is a bit steep for a game with limited modes and a short single player mode, but Order Up! is still a satisfying and addictive Wii experience with a surprisingly rewarding premise that cooking game aficionados should not miss. If only my former McBosses could see me now, chopping carrots with unrivaled precision and buying entire restaurants on a whim. Maybe they wouldn't have fired me. Then again, maybe they would have; Ronald McDonald frowns upon anarchic thoughts.
Game Revolution (Jan 16, 2009)
I applaud Zoo Games and SuperVillian Studios for packing a great deal of charm and humor into Order Up!, from the edgy style to the free chef hat. It demonstrates a level of artistry and light-hearted fun that I wish every studio had the time and budget to achieve. Oh, and it’s a fun cooking game too.