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Restaurant Empire (simplified Chinese: 奇迹餐厅; traditional Chinese: 奇蹟餐廳; pinyin: Qí Jì Cān Tīng) is a 2003 business simulation video game created by Trevor Chan. Developed and published by Enlight Software for Microsoft Windows, the player designs, owns and operates a restaurant.
The player controls the kind of cuisine the restaurant serves (American, French, or Italian), what specific food they serve, and the staff. The player has to keep guests happy and make money at the same time.
There is also a sandbox mode which is basically freeform. There are no confines as there are in the storyline mode (regular mode), but there are no challenges either.
In the game, a global culinary conglomerate, Omnifood, controls over 60% of the world's restaurants and is rapidly growing. The player must compete against Omnifood.
The player takes the role of Armand LeBeouf, a recent graduate from a French culinary school given the opportunity by his uncle to run his own restaurant. Later, the player is given the opportunity to attract investment capital and open more restaurants.
Enlight produced a sequel, Restaurant Empire II. Game publisher Paradox Interactive signed an agreement with Enlight to bring the game to stores in North America. The game's release was delayed over six times; it was finally released on May 26, 2009.
The game scored a 76 out of 100 on Metacritic. The game was hurt by poor soundtrack, blurry textures, and blocky character models. The game was helped however by overall good gameplay.
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