|a game by||Enlight Software|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.3/10 - 3 votes|
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OmniFood, the world's leading restaurant supply conglomerate, has decided to go into the fine dining business as well. Using their business expertise, extensive food supply and knowledge of cuisine, they have quickly become the major player in gourmet restaurants, and put many of their competitors out of business, including your uncle, the famous restaurateur, Michel LeBoeuf. Freshly graduated from the culinary academy, you are looking to make your name in the restaurant business. Can you take your uncle's old restaurant and make it one of the first of your vast Restaurant Empire? An excellent sim with a few minor flaws and need for polish, Enlight Software's simulation of haute cuisine actually has a lot going for it, despite this author's early reservations (no pun intended).
A few words about gameplay: Restaurant Empire's interface is, for the most part, easy to use if one has had sim experience before. A simple layout with easy to access menus will quickly get you in the swing of playing, and is rather intuitive. All aspects of restaurant building and managing are included, such as picking out a menu, hiring/firing staff, decorating your interior, and many other facets of the business. In-game graphics are adequate and portray the simulation well, as do simple audio effects. All in all, the game is a very well realized, yet simply comprehended, simulation.
There are a few flaws, to be certain. 3-D rendered animation cut scenes were somewhat sloppy and amateurish. There were aspects of movement in game that were, frankly, perplexing. During view changes, I often found myself at some odd camera angle, unable to right myself to a correct perspective. While the game offered a plethora of actual recipes, the nationalities represented were woefully inadequate (the game offers only Italian, French and American), though I can see the possibility for an expansion pack here.
All in all, Restaurant Empire is a nice little sim, with only a few flaws keeping it from reaching that higher echelon of sim titles. Still, if you're bored with the recent humdrum Tycoon-style titles, and have an appreciation for fine dining, I'd give Restaurant Empire a whirl.