Pucca Noodle Rush [rating: 3.5/5]
Sooga Village is invaded by Texas Lugie and his fast food restaurant. The restaurant happens to be directly across the street from Pucca’s uncle’s restaurant. In this game you control Pucca who is working tooth and nail to make sure her uncle’s noodle restaurant stays in business by out-performing the competition across the street. This is a time management game where Pucca’s uncle’s restaurant hangs in the balance.
I was intrigued to get my hands on Pucca Noodle Rush for iPhone because I haven’t played many time management games on my iPhone, especially none like this one. I honestly didn’t see how serving, busing and essentially being a waiter/waitress would be much fun but it was a pretty cool game. The main character, Pucca, has appeared in cartoons and online all over. This is also why when you start up the game you have several languages to select from which I felt was a pretty cool little perk. You have the choice of selecting one of several languages and one of three difficulties. While the gameplay is simple, it gets pretty challenging fairly quickly. For those of us that have worked in a restaurant setting, this feeling is all too familiar.
You, acting as Pucca, [$.99] are tasked with the incredible challenge of seating, taking orders, serving, busing, running the cash register and yes even chasing away ninjas. Sound like plenty to do? It will certainly keep you occupied with all of the action that is going on. The amount of time it takes you to complete the tasks mentioned about is how you are essentially graded on your performance. Special customers come into play fairly early in this game. By serving these customers expediently, you get a special reward. These rewards come in the form of an extra table, extra help in the restaurant and even some aid with those pesky ninjas that seem to pop up at inopportune times. Then again, when is it a good time to be attacked by ninjas?
Rewards come from the special customers and from the pay you receive at the end of the work day. For a successful service you earn cash that can help pay for extra food, tables and other items to help you along your journey through the everyday struggle of running a restaurant. Items that you purchase or are rewarded have different effects on your customers and you will see dividends based off of your selections.
Overall the game is not overly complex but if you’re into time management or have never tried it it’s a pretty cool little game to check out. You won’t be overwhelmed by a heavy learning curve and the game does a great job of helping you learn the ropes before dropping you out into the wild. I definitely knew what was going on after the first round and seemed to get better and better as I went.
The visual appeal of this game is not overly impressive but it is plenty for a time management game. The game is a 2D game but the gameplay provides enough challenges and intrigue that it is not necessary to have heavy graphics. After playing the game for a while I truly felt that the graphics were well balanced and got the job done well.
The audio of this game really impressed me. Whether it was sounds from the tasks that you were carrying out or the elevator music that played in the restaurant, it was fairly diverse. I especially liked how the music would change in given situations like when the ninjas would appear. This broke up the monotony of the constant single tune that plagues many other games.
The game has a nice balance between a wide variety of sounds and suitable visual appeal. I would recommend giving this game a try if you’d like to see what a time management game is like.
- Sounds of this game were pretty cool
- Simple yet challenging
- A little to be desired visually
- Can be monotonous at times
$0.99 (View in iTunes)
Released: Feb 03, 2011
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 9.4 MB
Seller: Bigben Interactive
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Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later