Niche games are nothing to the video game industry. Some games are made directly for a certain audience in mind. Diner Dash is one of those games that is targeted toward casual female gamers. With a mix of time-strategy and quick controls, it makes for an experience that can be addicting. Originally released on the PC in 2003, Diner Dash has made its way onto various consoles and handhelds including the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable. In 2007, developer PlayFirst and publisher Eidos Interactive teamed up and released Diner Dash on the PSP. We’re serving up a fresh hot plate filled with a Diner Dash PSP review today.
Diner Dash PSP Plot:
You are a woman named Flo, (no not that Flo who sells insurance) but instead, you work at a stock market company located in Dinertown. Flo has had it with the stock market and feels burned out on that career. She quits her job and spots an old diner that is falling apart. Flo decides to buy it and magically has enough money to fix it up too. She must have done very well in the stock market.
Flo begins to become very successful in running her diner and opens up new restaurants and locations. (The beauty of capitalism!) She becomes so successful that she opens up a restaurant in a dark forest and it becomes a big hit. This is where Diner Dash gets wild and takes a turn I never saw coming. I had to confirm this with my wife because I thought it was some prank after reading the plot. (My wife is the one who played the game) Anyway, this is all true!
After the success of all her openings, Flo is transported to the clouds where she meets a SHIVA GODDESS! What the heck is going on?! The Shiva Goddess has her own restaurant and challenges Flo to 10 Indian trials inside. To help Flo, the Goddess gives her two extra arms! Flo completes the trials and the Goddess congratulates her and flies away. After coming back from the clouds, Flo sees a young man burned out from the Stock Market and offers to make him a waiter. What a wild turn of events! I never thought that Diner Dash would have any type of plot but here we are with career burnout, launching restaurants, and satisfying a Shiva Goddess!
Diner Dash PSP Gameplay:
Diner Dash is not my cup of tea, and I mean no offense to people who love it. I simply enjoy other games but my wife loves these types of games. Her thoughts and notes are in this review, not mine. I’m simply the vessel for this Diner Dash PSP review.
Overall, my wife found her Diner Dash PSP review very enjoyable. It’s a short game and can be fully completed in a number of hours but its addictive nature of time management and bustling food orders out to customers had her hooked. Diner Dash looked great on the PSP and she had no issues with the screen.
Where she did have issues was the controls. Sometimes the controls would annoy her because she’d had to hold down the back trigger to go to the right side of the screen to get a mop or an item. This was a bit of a nuisance because of all the other buttons she was mashing at the time. She hoped there were easier ways to complete those tasks.
To beat a level you need to reach a certain of money earned. Seating customers and getting their orders to them in a timely fashion is the main aspect of the gameplay. Aside from seating customers, and getting their orders out to them you must also give them the check and clear their dishes so the next customers can sit. Chaining combos with multiple orders is the best way to raise your score. Each time an order is delivered to a customer in a timely fashion, you’ll receive points. Fail to deliver an order and you miss out on points. Customers give indications on their mood based on how many hearts they have over their heads. You can help gain hearts by having Flo talk to the customer or serving them drinks. When all the hearts are gone the customers will storm off and leave the resturant. There were times that she had to decide on what would be best for her point total based on the outcome. She’d be at the point of chaining four orders together which meant four times the amount of points and then a special order would come up. She could either take the special order and receive those points but it’d break the chain she had going. It was a bit of a “Catch-22” for her.
Her favorite part of her Diner Dash PSP review was decorating the restaurants. You’ll be able to choose different interiors for each restaurant including the wallpaper, and other items in the restaurant to make it yours. It added another element to Diner Dash.
I picked up the PSP about 10 years too late and was just getting into retro game collecting. For a while, it sat on my shelf collecting dust with just a few games to go along with it. My wife found out I had the PSP and decided she wanted to buy a game for it for herself. She ended up with Diner Dash which I immediately rolled my eyes at.
She played it a few times and then put it away. It was about two years later that she busted it back out and played the hell out of it. I think she was getting burned out on Two Point Hospital for the Switch so she wanted something else. She quickly beat Diner Dash in a matter of days and bragged about how she got “expert” on each level. Good for her, I love seeing her happy and seeing her face when she beats a game.
Diner Dash PSP Review Score:
Diner Dash is extremely popular with casual gamers for a reason. Its sheer addicting nature of time management puts players in the role of growing and expanding the restaurant business. If you’re looking for deep gameplay elements, look elsewhere. If you want to kill a few hours without having to learn new skill sets or advanced concepts, Diner Dash is a great choice.
Diner Dash PSP scores an 8 out of 10.
What would you write in your Diner Dash PSP review? What were the main differences from the other Diner Dash version? What was your favorite restaurant? Did you struggle on any levels? Let me know your thoughts and comments on Diner Dash PSP, I’d love to read them.