Game Review by Harry Balls
Game Rating = 5/5 Balls
It was fun playing this new innovative game, ‘Chocolatier: Decadence By Design’ by PlayFirst games which is an economic simulation game, placed post WWII, where you play as the CEO of a chocolate company owned by Baumeister family. Alex who owns the company appoints you as the next CEO, while she goes on a wild goose chase to find her husband who hasn’t returned from the war. You are expected to run the company while she is gone and build on what she has given you.
Game Play [5/5]
As an entrant, you are expected to meet some basic goals, or Quests as they are called in game, to progress further. The game is story based and you get to travel around some of the most famous cities of the world in your quest to produce different chocolates type and recipes which are made by adding new flavors. It is pretty simple to understand. You have a gun which shoots out ingredients. There are 5 circular cases which go in a circular motion around the gun. You have to shoot your recipe combination into the cases and make as many cases of chocolates as you can. For each recipe the cases start moving pretty slowly at the beginning, but as you progress without any flaws, it starts spinning really fast and you will have to be accurate. The faster the cases go, the more you can make at the end. Although if you miss or shoot a wrong one, it goes back to normal speed, which is bad considering you get only a minute to make the most of it.
The game graphics are pretty neat and clean. The menus and the interface is not edgy, but smoothened pretty good. You get to notice the game’s graphical ability when you use the map to travel. You can see a miniature world map take right out of an explorer’s inventory, and a small aircraft flying to the place you want to go.
Not much that you get to hear, but the sounds which are there are enough to give you a great feel of the game. the detailing for the sounds is awesome. You can hear the machine growl when it completes the work, the sound of a plane flying overhead in the map, and the sound when buying articles are pretty good and described in the best manner possible.
Being a sequel, most people would anticipate it to have a different game play. But what it has is more than you can ask for. After a bit of play, you get to visit the company’s Secret Kitchen. This is the place where you get to make new ingredients. You choose to make new recipes using different add ons given to you and you can make them. You can also add names to your recipes and give a description, which really calls for the player’s creative side to well.
One of a kind game, where you take control of everything. From how it starts off to how it progresses. Once you are promoted to being the CEO, you can ‘haggle’. You can either sell your good for a higher price or buy commodities for a lower price. But it can go the either way too. You use the wrong choice of words and you can end up selling your goods for a lower price or face an increase in the price of the commodities. It’s really very interesting to play this game as it is completely user dependent and it can vary depending on your choices. So it also has a high replay value and you can take different routes and make things better or worse.
Concluding this review, it can be easily rated as 5, the best game on the small games arena. The money spent on this will be worthwhile. Everybody will enjoy playing this game. After all, who doesn’t love chocolates.
OS: Windows 2000 Windows XP Windows Me Windows 98SE
Memory: 128 MB
CPU: P3 700
OS: Mac OS X 10.4+
Memory: 256 MB
CPU: G4 800 MHz