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  Restraunt Empire
OVERVIEW
Restaurant Empire is a sim/tycoon game where you can build a restaurant from the ground up –decorate, hire staff, choose your menu and theme, everything there is involved in starting a restaurant from scratch.

REQUIREMENTS
Operating System-Windows 98/2000/ME/XP
CPU type and Speed-500 MHz Pentium III
Memory-128 MB RAM
CD-ROM Speed- 4x CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive
Hard Drive Space- 700 MB
Video Card- NVIDIA GeForce, ATI Radeon, or 3D card of the same grade.
Other Needs- DirectX 8 compatible sound card

INSTALLATION
The install was very easy. It gave me a choice of which drive to install to, and it gave me the option of having a shortcut created on the desktop.

The graphics are simply wonderful in this game. The detail of the cities is incredible, very lifelike and real. Very well done, detailed graphics, from the flower arrangements, to the food, to the plasma screen TV- I was very impressed. The food looked so good it was making me hungry!

The movement of the staff and customers was very smooth. At times though, I found it was a bit difficult to change the camera angle, but I’m sure that would improve with some practice. While I was trying to figure this out I felt a bit dizzy zooming around the restaurant. (maybe I should sit farther back from the monitor?)

GAMEPLAY
There are three game modes in Restaurant Empire – Campaign mode, Adventure mode and Sandbox mode.

In Campaign mode, the tutorial will guide you through almost everything you need to know about this game. To get the most out of this game, I highly recommend the Campaign mode first. You must decorate, choose your menu, and hire your staff all before you open your doors for business. The tutorial is excellent – I didn’t have to look at the instructions at all. I was decorating, and hiring and firing staff in no time flat. This mode has 18 different story-based scenarios to complete, with different goals and objectives for each. I was hooked in no time!

Adventure Mode can only be accessed through Campaign mode, and it involves participating in cooking contests with your chef. There are also some mini games in here, but I preferred to be out in the “real” world of restaurant management!

Sandbox mode is basically a free-playing mode, where you can begin with as much (or as little) money as you like, and go from there. There was a bit more of a learning curve in this area of the game – I had to install everything in my restaurant– from washrooms to kitchens, bathroom stalls to stoves. These things are, for the most part, already there in Campaign mode. The tutorial didn’t cover a lot of this stuff, but I figured it out pretty quickly from what I had learned before. I did have to look at the instructions while in this mode of the game – no big deal though.

SUMMARY
If you like sim/tycoon games you will really enjoy this one. I was thoroughly hooked in no time and intrigued by the possibilities of continued play. Excellent graphics, great tutorial, and many levels and areas in which to play…I would have to give this game 9 out of 10.

Review ID Number: 61
  Product Details
Enlight Software
Review Date: 2003-05-20
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 9 out of 10
 
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