Delicious (series)

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Delicious is a series of time management casual games that is developed by Zylom Studios and published by Zylom, with the aid of Gamehouse Studios and Gamehouse. However, on the contrary, the latest release of the series' Honeymoon Cruise version is developed by a completely different developer, Blue Giraffe.

The games tell the story of Emily, a waitress who aspires to one day run her own restaurant, and who works in several other restaurants in order to earn the money to eventually make her dream come true.

After releasing the first 3 games of the series, Zylom decided to "renew" the series by adding some factors to it to make Emily's world more memorable and natural. As a result of this, from the fourth game onwards, the series received high appreciation and reviews from casual game critics and gamers, such as Gamezebo, who gave the seventh game, Emily's True Love, a maximum 5/5 star overall review.

History[edit]

The idea for the series of casual games was thought of in 2005. Each individual game in the series was designed by the following people:

  • The first game, the special Winter Edition game and the second game: Jakko van Hunen by himself;
  • The third game, Emily's Tea Garden: Jakko van Hunen and Sebastiaan van Waardenberg;
  • The fourth game, Emily's Taste of Fame, the fifth game, Emily's Holiday Season and the sixth game, Emily's Childhood Memories: Sebastiaan van Waardenberg by himself; and
  • The seventh game, Emily's True Love: T'jíen Twijnstra by herself.

The first game and its counterpart, The Winter Edition[edit]

The series was publicly released on July 13, 2006. Originally, players were challenged to successfully run eight restaurants that went for five days each. The first series game, however, did not have much of a storyline, and instead focused on the gameplay instead.

In November of the same year, a special edition of the series was released: The Winter Edition. The Winter Edition was similar to the first game, but with a winter/Christmas theme and no achievement trophies. The game was originally rated 3.5/5 stars by Gamezebo.

In 2007, the series was nominated for the 2006 Best Casual Game of the Year award.

The second game[edit]

On June 29, 2007, the second game in the series was released with a number of new features compared to the first game, such as options for the player to decorate the restaurant however they want, to put items on their plate ahead of time rather than only directly at the time that the items were ordered by a customer, and the inclusion of trophies along with a storyline with cutscenes. The game also contained five 10-day restaurants to play through, instead of the eight 5-day ones available in the first game of the series.

The main storyline of the game is as follows: Emily is asked by her Uncle Antonio to help him in his restaurants when his son Marcello runs off and leaves him to run the restaurants by himself.

Like the first game in the series, this game was rated 3.5/5 stars by Gamezebo.

The third game, Emily's Tea Garden[edit]

On September 24, 2008, the third game in the series, Emily's Tea Garden, was released. The game was similar to the second game, its only changes being a greater variety of dishes and reservations, as well as mini-game in which the player collects mice.

In this game, the main storyline is that Emily wants to pursue her dream of running her own tea garden. But for this to be achieved, she must apply for a loan at the local bank, for which she needs the aid of Uncle Antonio. He helps her get a waiting job at a friend's restaurant so she can earn the money she needs, and through referrals, Emily gets to work at four other restaurants before she finally earns enough money to be able to make her dream come true.

Like the first two games in the series, this game was rated 3.5/5 stars by Gamezebo.

The fourth game, Emily's Taste of Fame[edit]

On June 3, 2009, the fourth game in the series, Emily's Taste of Fame, was released. This game included "special events" that change daily and need to be completed separately from the normal time management gameplay, as well as a change in how the storyline is displayed: from classic cutscenes to an inclusion during the gameplay instead.[1] The game also picked up a cast of more than 30 characters, making it the game with the largest cast of talking characters and the largest number of emotions per character of any casual time management game available to the public at the time of its release.[2]

The main storyline of the game is as follows: Emily is offered a chance to host her own cooking show on television. Unfortunately, her car breaks down during the trip to the studio. As she tries to find help getting her car fixed, she, in turn, decides to lend a helping hand to others out of sheer kindness.

Gamezebo rated the game 4.5/5 stars, higher than its rating for the first 3 games of the series.

The game was also nominated three times by the 2010 GameHouse Great Game Awards in the gaming categories Game of the Year, the Game of the Year People's Choice, and the Top Time Management Games. It won the award in the category of Top Time Management Games.

Delicious: Emily's Holiday Season[edit]

On November 18, 2009, Delicious 5 was released as Delicious: Emily's Holiday Season. Emily has settled in a little town called Snuggford to celebrate the holidays with her friends and family. Meanwhile, two handsome young men, Paul and Richard, are being introduced to Emily's life. Emily finds herself having to choose between the two young men, as well as dealing with problems among friends and family.

Gamezebo rated the game 4 out of 5 stars, and praised the well-written story and dialogue.

Delicious: Emily's Childhood Memories[edit]

Delicious 6 or Delicious: Emily's Childhood Memories was first released as Premium Edition on February 3, 2011.

In this game, Emily goes to the house she grew up in as child because her parents are about to sell it. While there, she, her sister Angela, her parents, and her friend Francois remember all the things that happened to them at the house, from Angela's baby days to meeting Francois for the first time to Emily's prom night.

At the end Emily discovers the real reason why her parents are selling the house: they have financial problems. Nevertheless, after obtaining the money they need they still sell the house so a new family could create their own memories there.

Gamezebo rated the game 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Delicious: Emily's Childhood Memories won the "Best of 2011 award" in the Time Management category on Jayisgames.com

Delicious: Emily's Childhood Memories won "Best Casual Game 2011" from Dutch Game Awards.

Delicious: Emily's Childhood Memories Platinum/Premium Edition

A special edition of this game was also released, with bonus features that include six additional upgrades, a comprehensive in-game strategy guide, a concept art video, and a Delicious screensaver.

Delicious: Emily's True Love[edit]

Delicious 7 or Delicious: Emily's True Love was released as Premium Edition on November 30, 2011. The new Delicious game takes place one year after Emily has opened her own restaurant. Her restaurant is doing well, then a love letter arrives and turns her world upside down. Emily must travel the world to find her true love, helping out at restaurants along the way.

Gamezebo rated the game 5 out of 5 stars, and it is the first game in the series to get this maximum rating.

Delicious: Emily's True Love Platinum/Premium Edition

A special edition of this game was also released, with bonus features that include 10 bonus game play levels, 10 exclusive restaurant items, a helpful strategy guide, a Delicious screensaver, and Delicious (computer) wallpapers.

Delicious: Emily's Wonder Wedding[edit]

Delicious 8 or Delicious: Emily's Wonder Wedding is the first game in the series to be divided into "episodes". On every Friday starting from June 29, 2012 and ending on November 23, 2012, a new episode was released. Resulting in a total of 25 episodes and 50 levels with 2 levels in each episode (normal game only, platinum/premium has more episodes). The full game was later released to purchase as a whole. In this game, Emily is getting ready to marry Patrick when Patrick's mother and ex-girlfriend Iris show up and complicate things for the couple.

Delicious: Emily's Wonder Wedding Platinum/Premium Edition

A special edition of this game was also released, with bonus features that include a bonus restaurant with five episodes, a musical soundtrack, Delicious (computer) wallpapers, and a gallery of Emily throughout the years.

Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise[edit]

Delicious 9 or Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise was the second game in the series to be divided into episodes. The full game was released on September 26, 2013. The option of playing the full game is only available if the game was bought before October 4, 2013. If bought on October 4, 2013 or later, the customer has to wait for a new episode each week. The game has 17 episodes (normal game only, platinum/premium has more episodes).

In the story line, Emily and Patrick are going on a cruise for their honeymoon. Patrick tells Emily he wants to have kids, but Emily isn't ready yet. While on the cruise, Emily and Patrick discover that the whole family is helping on the cruise.

Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise is slightly different from the other games in the series. In this game, players get to control characters other than Emily in shops other than restaurants, as players help Emily's sister Angela in the cruise ship's boutique, Patrick's mom in the cruise ship's spa, and help Emily out on the cruise ship's daycare.

Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise Platinum/Premium Edition

A special edition of this game was also released, with bonus features that include a bonus restaurant, a concept art, and a Delicious (computer) wallpaper.

Gameplay[edit]

In the Delicious games, players take the role of Emily, and are given the task to run a restaurant. Customers come in, alone or in a group, and choose to either sit down at a table or take out. Emily must serve them their order, and accept payment, before they become impatient and leave. Order sizes vary from 1 to 2 items for a single customer, and up to 4 items for a group. Fast service and entertainment, along with creative restaurant decorating, can keep the customers happy and result in a bigger tip.

Serving orders[edit]

There are a number of types of items that customers can order, which increases in number and complexity as the game progresses.

  • Items that are ready to serve, and have no limit capacity. When ordered, these items can be served right away, without preparing or restocking.
  • Items that need to be combined, and restocked after a few servings. Nachos, for instance, need to be combined with a dip before they can be served. The Nacho-machine holds only a number of servings, and needs to be refilled when or before it's empty, before nachos can be served again.
  • Items that are first combined, and then stocked up to 9 items. Ice cream for instance is made by combining basic vanilla ice cream with a choice of fruit.
  • Items that are first grilled or baked, and then prepared. Crepes for instance are first baked a few seconds, and are then combined with ice cream. Steaks can be prepared as medium or well-done, depending on how long it's grilled. These items will burn if they are baked too long though.
  • Items that are prepared using a timer that must be stopped in time, such as crème brûlée or profiteroles.
  • Tea is served by combining tea leaves with water. When Emily is out of a certain type of leaves, she must pick new ones and restock them.

Cleaning[edit]

Aside from serving customers their orders, Emily must also keep the tables in the restaurant clean, when customers have used them. If there are no clean tables available when new customers that were planning on sitting down come in, they will leave.

Although cleaning the tables is just a matter of one click, it does take up valuable time. During the later days of a restaurant, help is automatically hired to clean the tables.

Entertainment[edit]

Customers can be very impatient. This is why after a few days of a restaurant, an entertainer is introduced. When an entertainer is sent to a table with customers, this will make them happy and give them more patience while they wait to be served. Happier customers also leave bigger tips. In the first Delicious there are chocolates instead of an entertainer, and in Delicious: Emily's Holiday Season, newspapers are used instead of an entertainer in the Snuggford Hotel. In Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise and Delicious: Emily's New Beginning the entertainer has to be bought in the shop.

Decorating[edit]

Aside from the profit Emily makes during a day, she can earn a certain amount of money that can be spent on decorating her restaurant. These decorations vary from new furniture, to aesthetic items like paintings and plants. A well-decorated restaurant keeps the customers happy and patient, and result in bigger tips.

Mouse mini-game[edit]

Delicious: Emily's Tea Garden introduced two new features. One is the mouse mini-game. A mouse is hidden in each level, popping into view every now and then. To catch it, the player must click on it, adding 100 points to the day's score. The player will hear a squeak when the mouse appears on screen. The mouse can be easy or hard to find. This mini-game has continued into every game after Delicious: Emily's Tea Garden.

Reservations[edit]

The other new feature Delicious: Emily's Tea Garden introduced is reservations. At one level in the game, a telephone will appear. The player can click on it when it rings and after the player clicks on the phone a bar will appear showing the size of the group and when the customers will arrive. The player must then grab a reservation card, under the phone, and place it on a table with enough seats for the group. No other customers can sit at a table with a reservation card. When the timer is empty, the customers arrive. If they can take a seat at a table with a reservation card, the player gets a 100 point bonus. Aside from one mini-game in Delicious: Emily's Wonder Wedding, Delicious: Emily's Tea Garden is the only Delicious game to have reservations.

Easter eggs[edit]

In Delicious: Emily's Tea Garden, Delicious: Emily's Taste Of Fame, Delicious: Emily's Holiday Season, and Delicious: Emily's Childhood Memories, Easter eggs are hidden around different levels in each game. If the player finds all Easter eggs in the games, a trophy is awarded. Also, in Delicious: Emily's Childhood Memories, a small memory card mini-game is hidden in each restaurant. Winning the memory card mini-game awards the player extra time.

Menu choices[edit]

In Delicious: Emily's New Beginning, a new feature was added that allows players to make menu choices according to preferences of customers. At the beginning of each restaurant day, the player gets two options per dish of which one can be chosen according to the customers that are expected that day.

Recurring characters[edit]

Emily O'Malley is a woman with a love for cooking, who hopes to one day open her own restaurant. In Delicious: Emily's Wonder Wedding Premium/Platinum Edition it is revealed that Emily is around 32 years old. She is the game's main character, and is kind-hearted, though sometimes a little naive. No one would dare say she's not a hard worker though and when she has her mind set on something, she really goes for it. Managing your personal life can be quite a challenge. Especially when you have to manage your own restaurant on top of that! At the end of Delicious: Emily's Wonder Wedding, Emily marries her husband Patrick. At the end of Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise, in a bonus scene that players must unlock to see, she is shown to be going into labour with her and Patrick's first child, daughter Paige, the same scene is shown in the beginning of Delicious: Emily's New Beginning.

Francois Truffaut, a young man of about Emily's age, is Emily's best friend. Francois is an interior decorator, and he advises and helps Emily with decorating her restaurants. In Delicious 2, he also helps Emily in the restaurant by cleaning tables. In Delicious: Emily's Tea Garden, Francois takes the role as an entertainer, playing his flute for Emily's waiting guests. In Delicious: Emily's True Love, Emily puts him in charge of her restaurant while she is away. In Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise, he runs the restaurant on the cruise ship.

Patrick O'Malley is Emily's husband, a florist who had a long-standing crush on her before revealing his feelings in Delicious: Emily's True Love; he and Emily became engaged at the end of that game. Patrick had an important role in the sample game Delicious: Emily's Big Surprise and he and Emily are married in Delicious: Emily's Wonder Wedding. In a bonus scene that players must unlock to see at the end of Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise, Patrick's wife, Emily, is seen going into labour with their first child, daughter Paige. So far he has only helped out by being a cleaner in a couple of restaurants in Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise.

Angela is Emily's younger sister. While she is extremely flirtatious and irresponsible in her early appearances, she settles down and gets married in Delicious: Emily's True Love, to an older man named Jimmy. In Delicious: Emily's Childhood Memories, Angela is shown to be just as much of a troublemaker when she was growing up. Despite their differences, Angela and Emily are very close, though Emily is frequently exasperated with her sister's antics. Angela has helped out in several of the restaurants before - however, several "crisis events" involve Emily trying to prevent Angela from causing trouble in between serving her customers. In Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise she runs the cruise ship's boutique.

Edward and Evelyn are Emily's parents, who are retired. Edward is laid-back and enjoys his retirement, while Evelyn is a bit more high-strung: many of her early appearances focus on her attempts to get Emily a boyfriend. Edward and Evelyn are shown to have very similar personalities to their older selves in Delicious: Emily's Childhood Memories, and both have helped out in Emily's restaurants - Evelyn as a cleaner and Edward as either a cleaner or entertainer. Evelyn tends to over-protect her daughters, while Edward tries his best to stay out of his wife's way.

Uncle Antonio is a somewhat older man, uncle of Emily and father of Marcello. He owns a number of restaurants, but when his son bails on him, he needs Emily's help to get things back on track. When Emily wants to open her own tea garden, he helps her with advice and gets her a job so she can apply for a loan.

Brigid is Patrick's mother. It has been mentioned in a couple of the games that she and her husband are divorced. She dislikes Emily and does not want her to marry Patrick in Delicious: Emily's Wonder Wedding, but in Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise it seems that she has warmed up to Emily as she kind of comforted her when she couldn't find Patrick. In Delicious Emily's Honeymoon Cruise she runs the cruise ship's spa.

Jimmy is Angela's husband, they marry in Delicious: Emily's True Love. In Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise, he buys/owns the cruise ship Emily and Patrick go on for their honeymoon.

Paige O'Malley is Emily and Patrick's first child.[3] She was born at the very end of Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise. Her first appearance was in the tenth Delicious game, Delicious: Emily's New Beginning.

Location[edit]

In Delicious: Emily's Taste of Fame, it is revealed that Emily and her family and friends live in the imaginary town of Snuggford. While Snuggford's actual location is not ever revealed, it is a town that experiences all four seasons and is in the mountains (considering it has a ski slope and an annual skiing contest). In Delicious: Emily's True Love, Patrick asks Emily to attend the Sundance Film Festival with him, which implies that Snuggford is located in or around the U.S. state of Utah.

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