Order Up!

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Order Up!
Order Up! Coverart.png
Box art for Wii version
Developer(s) SuperVillain Studios
Publisher(s)
Director(s) Lee Cummings
Composer(s) Robb Mills
Platform(s) Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Wii
Release date(s) Wii
  • NA July 22, 2008
  • EU October 24, 2008
  • AUS October 23, 2008
PlayStation 3
  • NA March 1, 2012
Nintendo 3DS
iOS and Android
  • NA January 19, 2012
Genre(s) Cooking simulation
Mode(s) Single-player,
Multiplayer (PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS versions only)
Distribution Wii Optical Disc, Blu-ray Disc, Download

Order Up! is a cooking simulation-styled mini-game compilation developed by SuperVillain Studios and published by Zoo Games and Funbox Media. It was released on July 22, 2008 in North America and October 24, 2008 in Europe for the Wii.[4] An enhanced port titled Order Up!! was released for the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS on December 9, 2011.[5] The game has been released on iOS and Android as Order Up!! To Go.[6]

Plot[edit]

The player assumes the role a budding chef who has landed in Port Abello, one of the most important locations on the culinary map. After learning the trade in a local fast food joint, the player decides to buy his/her own diner. But, being a proud owner of a restaurant isn't the player's only goal. The Fortified Chef Competition is about to visit town and winning it would launch the player to the centre of the culinary stage.

Gameplay[edit]

The game sees the player purchasing and managing various restaurants and trying to earn 5 stars at each by completing goals such as unlocking recipes or impressing a food critic. Certain customers that appear frequently will have special requirements for their meals and the player will have to buy different spices and seasonings to get a bigger tip from them.

The cooking portion of the gameplay sees the player using the motion controls of Wii Remote (or PlayStation Move control and 3DS touchscreen, respectively) to prepare dishes for customers. Although similar to the gameplay in the Cooking Mama series, Order Up! focuses more on speed, multitasking and time management to ensure a table's order of multiple dishes is sent out on time rather than to simply successfully complete a single dish. In addition, there are a number of non-cooking minigames such as washing plates and shooing away rats.

PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS versions[edit]

In addition to those mentioned above, the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS versions also have additional features:

  • The PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS versions will feature a turn-based multiplayer option.
  • There is an extra restaurant available in the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS versions.
  • Order Up!! features higher resolution textures, enhanced scene lighting, and other additions and alterations.
  • New characters, such as ninja waiters will be added.

Development[edit]

On April 23, 2008, Order Up! was announced by SuperVillain Studios and was dubbed as "Cooking Mama meets The Sims meets Diner Dash" by some critics.[7] Lee Cummings, who was previously creative director for the games Grand Theft Auto and Bully was working as director for Order Up!.[8]

On May 20, 2010, SuperVillain Studios released a teaser image for a possible sequel to Order Up!. It was later confirmed on March 9, 2011 that an enhanced port of the original game would be released for the PlayStation 3, for the Nintendo 3DS as Order Up! 3D, iOS and Android as Order Up!: Take Out Edition and another "TBA" platform.[9] The final title for the port was later confirmed to be Order Up!! on May 18 alongside promotional images for the game.[10] It was also announced on June 20, 2011 that Robb Mills would be composing an original soundtrack for the game after composing the music for the games Fat Princess and its sequel.[11]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 76.90%
(based on 26 reviews)[13]
Metacritic 76 out of 100
(based on 25 reviews)[12]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com B[14]
GamePro 4.3[15]
GamesRadar 7 out of 10[16]
IGN 7.7 out of 10[17]
NGamer 75%[18]
Nintendo World Report 8 out of 10[19]
Official Nintendo Magazine 80%[20]

Order Up! has received a generally favorable response from critics, garnering a Metascore of 76 from 25 reviews at Metacritic,[12] and a score of 76% from 26 reviews at GameRankings.[13]

1UP.com awarded the game a "A-", citing that it is much more fleshed out than most cooking games.[21] Order Up! also received a 4.25/5 from GamePro,[22] a 7.75/10 from Game Informer, a 7.5/10 from GameSpot,[23] while IGN gave it a 7.7/10, calling it a "surprisingly fun restaurant sim".[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Order Up!! (PlayStation 3)". Funbox Media. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Order Up!! (Nintendo 3DS)". Funbox Media. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Order Up!! at Nintendo :: Games". Nintendo. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ Official Order Up! Website
  5. ^ SuperVillain Studios Website
  6. ^ Order Up!! To Go on Chillingo
  7. ^ Chester, Nick (April 23, 2008). "SuperVillain's secret Wii title, Order Up!, announced". Destructoid. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Order Up! announced for Nintendo Wii". Nintendic. April 23, 2008. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "2011 marks the return of Order Up!". SuperVillain Studios. March 9, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Exotic! Delicious! Flame-Throwing Shark?". SuperVillain Studios. May 18, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ "ALL NEW whistles, toots, and honks!". SuperVillain Studios. June 20, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Order Up!". Metacritic. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Order Up!". GameRankings. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  14. ^ Donahoe, Michael (July 22, 2008). "Order Up! Review". 1UP. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  15. ^ Noble, McKinley. "Order Up!". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Order Up!". GamesRadar. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Order Up! Review". IGN. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  18. ^ NGamer Order Up! Review: It's short and fairly basic, but well presented. [Jan 2009, p.71]
  19. ^ DiMola, Francesca. "Order Up! Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  20. ^ East, Tom. "Wii Review: Order Up". Official Nintendo Magazine. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  21. ^ 1up.com Order Up! review
  22. ^ GamePro: Order Up! review
  23. ^ GameSpot Order Up! review
  24. ^ IGN: Order Up! review

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