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Game Giveaway of the day — Gourmania 2: Great Expectations

Manage quaint cafes in three locations around the world!
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 11 (85%) 2 (15%) 9 comments

Gourmania 2: Great Expectations was available as a giveaway on October 8, 2022!

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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!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: x86, 800 MHz; RAM: 2 GB; DirectX: 8.1 or later

Publisher:

ToomkyGames

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/6153/gourmania-2-great-expectations/?pc

File Size:

278 MB

Price:

$9.99

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In Brief:
Gourmania 2: Great Expectations is a time management game with hidden object puzzles. Manage cafes in three locations around the world! Clean up cluttered storefronts, repair broken down bars and outfit your restaurants with the finest furnishings.

Gourmania 2: Great Expectations was originally given away on the 23rd of November 2013 where it received a positive 70% from 359 votes with 26 comments which you can see HERE.

You can see a video of game play HERE.
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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.

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 labour to clean the walls, paint the roofs, grow the flowers, etc.
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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.

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. Originally posted by Brandy Shoul on the 21st of February 2011; reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 6th October 2022 with minor editing
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  4 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

Whiterabbit-uk, I feel you on the Photo Bucket storage things. I had important pictures such as wedding photos, family photos, vacation pictures stored on their free service. But then they made a format change as you said and my pictures were held hostage. There was actually a backdoor to install their phone app and I was able to download my photo albums from their server to my phone and I was able to save them to Google Drive. I also despised Photobucket Free Edition due to the massive advertising that set my antivirus scanner off quite a few times with malicious ads.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  4 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Whiterabbit-uk,


Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found 3 hits (VBA32, Jiangmin & BitDefenderTheta) from 64 antimalware engines. These three are amongst only several antimalware suites that often tag Falcoware Games compared to most better known and more reliable antimalware engines; so, it's very likely to be a false positive.

You can see the results of the scan HERE

The downloaded executable for installing the game 'may' include some low-level adware that only opens your browser once to Falcoware's home page after the game has installed and also places four shortcuts onto your desktop (these can be safely deleted once the game has installed with no effect on the game).

The installation DOES NOT inject any malware into your system. When your browser is opened to Falcoware's home page following the games installation, it earns Falcoware games some money, part of which is given to the developer of the game for allowing the game to be given away for free. Once you've installed the game, there are no more browser redirections. This is because Falcoware removed their installer almost two years ago (that installer would show an advert for a game while the game was loading (which always took about 20 seconds to ensure you'd seen the advert). It would also always open your browser each time you closed the game after playing it.)
If you're still not convinced of the games efficacy and want to be absolutely sure that the game is safe to install, please use a sandbox program to check that the game is safe to install before installing it to your C drive or other drives on your computer (assuming you have more than one drive).

Personally, I've never had any issues with any of falcowares games, even when the Falcoware installer was included.

There are free sandbox programs such as Sanboxie, GeSWall, BitBox, Windows Sandbox, Bufferzone (a six month commercial license was given away via the applications side of the project back in December 2009 HERE), Shadowzone, as well as others. (You'll find them all on the same page from Techwhoop.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  4 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
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Reply   |   Comment by Lawrence Carter  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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Love the graphics of Gourmania 2. Some of the fruits look so real and juicy!

I've played a few levels and it's been fun so far. The different kinds of tasks (repairing things, cleaning the area, fulfilling orders, etc.) add to the variety of the game. I only hope it does not become boring as the game progresses.

Reply   |   Comment by Sunil Suresh  –  4 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Sunil Suresh, the cut scenes helped make this better in my opinion - The first Gourmania was too chatty in all the wrong places in the interface.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hi Jason, I haven't played the first Gourmania so I wouldn't know.

Anyway, I've mainly put this for my 12-year-old daughter, though I too will play it when I have the time. (She was complaining that I've only been installing the "spooky" or "dark" HOG games--which she's too frightened of--so there weren't any nice ones for her to play.)

She's enjoying this one so far, so that's good!

:-)

Reply   |   Comment by Sunil Suresh  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
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The first Gourmania was recently given away but had technical problems on my laptop due to the cursor moving around in full screen mode. It also was not enjoyable in my opinion.

However Gourmania 2 fixes upon the flaws that the first had and even adds in some pretty decent cut scenes to tell the story. It plays well on my laptop!

It has some pretty decent elements to provide a good TM experience while providing a relaxing hidden object experience as well.

The first scene was very enjoyable as I had fun trying to repair the store front and find all the objects to repair. Then I had to place them at the top to start the TM portion of the game.

For those of you with mobility issues with your hand, you don't have to hold down the left mouse button to drag the pieces, one click of the button will allow you to have the piece stick to the cursor so you can move it to the area to replace the sign.

For the TM section of this game you have to have a keen eye to detail and know your veggies and other items in order to get customer orders out quickly. There is LOTS of clutter there :)

I can forgive the shortfalls of Gourmania 1 as 2 really makes up for it with enjoyable gameplay.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  4 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

sailorbear510 aka Jason,

Thank you for your feedback, J. I noticed this had been given a negative vote; I really don't understand why as it gives feedback about the game?

Personally, I think to give a negative vote you should first have to post why you are giving it a negative vote.

Anyone agree?

Thumbs up from me. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  4 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
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