Giveaway of the Day - Gourmania 2: Great Expectations

Gourmania 2: Great Expectations
November 23, 2013

Gourmania 2 serves up a smorgasbord of seek-and-find fun as you manage quaint cafes in three locations around the world. Clean up cluttered storefronts, repair broken down bars and outfit your restaurants with the finest furnishings available as you prepare for your grand openings. Then find the ingredients for the meals your customers order and prepare a feast fit for a king! Between chapters, enjoy a delectable side dish of hidden object intrigue as you investigate strange goings-on in and around your bistros.

  • Innovative gameplay;
  • Three countries to visit;
  • Seven restaurants to renovate;
  • 14 hidden object cooking scenes;
  • Five quests to complete.
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  • 86 (28%)
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System Requirements: Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7; 1.7 GHz processor; 1 GB RAM; 256 MB VRAM; DirectX 8.0 or higher
Publisher: Alawar Entertainment
Homepage: http://www.alawar.com/gam...
File Size: 285 MB
Price: $9.99

This software was available as a giveaway on November 23, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://www.alawar.com/game/gou....

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  1. Gourmania 2. Great Expectations:

    In Brief

    Gourmania 2 serves up a smorgasbord of Hidden Object fun as you manage quaint cafes in three locations around the world! Clean up cluttered storefronts, repair broken down bars and outfit your restaurants with the finest furnishings available as you prepare for your grand openings. Then find the ingredients for the meals your customers order and prepare a feast fit for a king!

    Brought to you by the Game giveaway team thanks to the generosity of Alawar games. (thanks guys)

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    Installation:

    Gourmania 2. Great Expectations downloads as a 285 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup file (the orange colored file with the key symbol), plus there’s a setup file with security (setup.gcd) that’s protected from being hacked (because the previous giveaway system was easily cracked). This file may case some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack, but it will be a false positive.

    The game giveaway team check all game giveaways for malware using several well known anti -malware suites. There has never been a game giveaway infected with malware since the project started back in Dec 2006. (The owners know that allowing such things would compromise their business, so they make sure all software given away via the giveaway and gamegiveaway sites are thoroughly checked for all types of malware before allowing community members to download any files.

    Some community members have been having problems installing games since the security software was added. It’s been found that turning off your security temporarily or configuring it to accept the setup.cgd file usually sorts the problem out.

    To register and install the game, click on the orange colored icon. The installed game requires 286 MB of disk space and installs to the following path (depending on whether you have a 64bit or 32 bit system by default:

    C:\Games\Gourmania2_game

    Shortcuts are not installed to either the desktop or the start menu programs list, nor is there an uninstaller. To uninstall the program you just have to delete the installed folder located by default via the path above.

    (If the install path shows the last game giveaway installed you need to clear your internet cache) you’ll also find a shortcut in the Start Menu for an uninstaller.

    Gourmania 2: Great Expectations works on both my Win 7 (64 bit) & Win 8.1 (64 bit) computers. I’ve not reinstalled Vista or XP yet.

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    Introduction:

    You can get Gourmania 2: Great Expectations free 24/7 from MyPlayCity or Jenkat Games . Just be sure to uncheck any checkboxes that may appear during installation and, in the case of MyPlayCity (MPC), whenever you boot up the game. Otherwise these games are okay. Personally I’d go for the Jenkat games as opposed to MPC games.

    Are you a frequent guest in snack bars? Of course, food there is quite unhealthy, but when you want to regale yourself with fried potatoes or roasted chicken, it’s difficult to find the better place for such unhealthy meal. And what if to open your own bar and become the head of the restaurant empire in your country? Good idea, – thought Candy, the main character of the new game Gourmania 2. Great expectations and asked her uncle for job in his grill house. She got the job but soon ran into difficulties: the shabby building didn’t attract visitors’ attention, so at first it was necessary to put the grill bar in order, remove trash, plant flowers and put flower beds near the grill bar, color the roof and strengthen the facade of the building. Finally the renovations were completed and the business went into overdrive. Be ready to create new dishes to please all the visitors with their different unusual tastes. In the new game Gourmania 2. Great Expectations you have to fulfill lots of quests in the genre “hidden object” and cook delicious food. Improve your skill in cooking, learn new recipes of tasty dishes and cocktails and travel all over the world! In the sunny Maldives you’ll study how to cook fruit salads and delicious mousses, in France – thick soups and seafood snacks. Come back to your grill house and impress the visitors by new menu and there will be no end of clients. Play the game Gourmania 2. Great Expectations and make your grill house the best in the country!

    Reference accessed HERE 22nd Nov 2013

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    The Game:

    If you don’t do enough chores in the real world, try Gourmania 2: Great Expectations

    It’s interesting that Alawar chose to give Gourmania 2: Great Expectations such a subtitle as I went into the game with the same – great expectations. Unfortunately, even for the appreciated mix of hidden object and time management gameplay styles, Gourmania 2 is a fairly disappointing game that focuses more on cleaning and building repair than on fun.

    Gourmania 2 tasks you with repairing restaurants from drab and even abandoned states to look as though they were brand new. This is done through a combination of gameplay types, including hidden object scenes and time management, if you choose to play the game in a “Timed” mode. Incredibly similar to games like Time to Hurry: Nicole’s Story and Shop-n-Spree, the gameplay here sees you completing each new day by serving a number of guests in your current restaurant.

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    Guests will order particular food items, which can be found in the incredibly cluttered hidden object scene to the left of their orders. For example, if a customer orders a hot dog, you’ll need to find an individual hot dog, hot dog bun, and even ketchup and mustard bottles, depending on what the customer orders. If you choose to be timed, customers will lose their patience over time (represented by hearts), and will pay you less for their food, whereas in the relaxed gameplay mode, customers will never become unhappy.

    You’ll work through a group of customers in the same way each day, and will pass the level if you reach the monetary goal. You’re then able to use your accumulated funds to fix up the restaurant itself. While you can never lessen the clutter inside the restaurant’s kitchen, you can fix up the outside with new coats of paint, new tables, decorations, flower beds and so on. In this is the game’s biggest problem, as instead of simply purchasing these items and moving on, you’re required (in many cases) to put in the physical labor to clean the walls, paint the roofs, grow the flowers, etc.

    You’ll need to use some of your money to purchase industrial strength cleansers, scrub brushes, and so on, and then use these expendable items to physically clean surfaces (click and drag your mouse), among other tasks. The last time I checked, picking up garbage off of the sidewalk and scrubbing graffiti off of a wall wasn’t very fun in the real world, and it isn’t very fun here either; this is compounded by the fact that you’ll need to spend even more money on cleaning supplies when you use your first batch up. This money would be much better suited to purchasing decorations for your restaurants, but I digress.

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    Breaking up this day-by-day serving and cleaning are short instances of more traditional hidden object gameplay, which see you working outside the restaurant to find items like legal documents that will help you stay in business, as but one example. These do a nice job of breaking up the monotony, and are fairly entertaining as well.

    Where the hidden object scenes are flawed, however, is in the kitchen scenes themselves, as the scenes may look static, but in fact change over time, moving items from one location to the next on the fly. As an example, you may see the bread that you’ll need for your next customer before it is their turn, only to have that bread disappear by the time you actually need it, forcing you to find it all over again. While this isn’t an issue in the relaxed, untimed gameplay mode, it can be a real frustration when every second counts.

    All told, Gourmania 2: Great Expectations seems to focus on all the wrong areas. With more gameplay time spent scrubbing walls or sweeping floors than actually serving guests, this is one game that’s better off as a demo, rather than a purchase.

    Reference accessed HERE 22nd Nov 2013

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    Video & Images:

    You can see a slide show of around 60 plus images showing the initial tutorial screens, plus in game screen capture of various aspects of the game play HERE .

    You can also see you a few You Tube videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

    System Requirements:

    OS: —- Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 (it also works on Win 8 and 8.1)
    CPU —- 1.7 GHz
    System RAM —- 1 GB
    Video RAM — 256 MB
    DirectX 8.0 or higher

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    Conclusion:

    Overall I did find d this game a little tedious, but that’s probably because it incorporates the two genres that I find the least attractive game wise. (i.e. Time Management and Hidden Object games; though there were some mini games thrown in for a little more variety. I’m certainly a little biased. That said I have tried to detach myself from my bias when scoring the game below. I think it’s a fair assessment of the game overall. I much preferred the original Gourmania, which I Beta tested for Alawar several years ago.

    It’s a well construct game (as you’d expect from Alawar). If you like TM or HOG games, then I’d recommend this game whole heartedly. Purists will probably consider it pretty poor, but the average gamer should have a decent few hours of game play to enjoy on a wet weekend.

    Pro’s:

    Colorful, pleasing graphics. Simplistic game play. Choice of game play difficulty.

    Con’s:

    Lack of originality. Cleaning up dirt isn’t very fun.

    Score:

    Gameplay: 7
    Graphics: 7.5
    Audio/Sound Effects: 7
    Help/Tutorials: 8
    Originality 6.5
    Replayability: 7

    Total score out of 60 = 43 which is equivalent to 7.2 out of 10

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    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — November 23rd, 2013 at 3:25 am
  2. cannot play windowed: “incorrect screen resolution” ?!??
    In full screen: 10% mouse (flickering)
    Before starting to play with programming packages: Learn about PC’s PLEASE

    …………………….Moderator comment……………………

    It’s not about PC’s its about programming. Some programmers are just lazy, or it may be that the game doesn’t support the resolution because it may not have been available when the game was created. There has been almost 3 thousand downloads already this morning, with only yourself reporting this problem. I’d like to know what computer/monitor you are using? It may be that it’s your hardware that’s the problem?

    Comment by Cas Schie — November 23rd, 2013 at 4:22 am
  3. Hey, Stephen, did you play the Doctor Who 50th anniversary Google Doodle (their biggest ever)? It’s on the U.S. Google search page today. It’s easier using the mouse. I found the info Giveaway of the Day needs to get voting under control on their main site, I’ll send it to them later today when I’m more alert.

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    Seen, but not interacted with it yet.

    We are really looking forwards to the 50th anniversary program this evening. My son wanted to go to see it at the cinema, but they were fully booked. I’ve been subscribed to the Dr Who DVD files for a couple of years now. Every fortnight I get a magazine (builds into one of those trashy encyclopedias – but I’m considering having them properly bound) plus I get a DVD covering one of the many stories from all doctors. I have around 120 discs now covering most of the latest series (since it restarted with Chris Eccleston), plus loads from all of the other doctors.

    Comment by Fubar — November 23rd, 2013 at 5:48 am

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