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Game Giveaway of the day — Gourmania

Try on the role of a serious chef and a venturesome head of a little café!
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 12 (86%) 2 (14%) 4 comments

Gourmania was available as a giveaway on October 1, 2022!

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Gourmania, a toothsome hidden object game, gives you an incredible chance to try on the role of a serious chef and a venturesome head of a little café! To fulfill your everlasting dream of an amazing and delicious restaurant you will have to make an effort. Buy new equipment, chairs, and tables; find all the hidden kitchen-stuff and complete spicy mini-games. Earn your own ticket to a place in the sun!

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/2740/gourmania-f2740t1l1/?pc

File Size:

70.8 MB

Price:

$9.99

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In Brief:
If you are a fan of both time management and hidden object games, then you might want to check out Gourmania. It's a cooking themed game that blends both genres and ingredients in a fun but unoriginal dish, modelled after the popular Go Go Gourmet. This is an old game so should work on older Windows platforms.

I Beta tested this for Alawar fourteen years ago but didn't enjoy the game play; but that's probably because of all the arcade genres available, TM games are my least favourite, as I like to play my games at my own pace.

Features:
• Gorgeous Scenes to Search
• Original Storyline
• Loads of Challenging Levels
• Hours of Hidden Object Fun
• 6 stages
• 24 levels
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Gourmania was originally given away on the January 27, 2013, where it received a positive 67% from 379 votes with 21 comments, which you can see HERE. We've also been given Gourmania 2: Great Expectations on the 23rd Nov 2013 and Gourmania 3: Zoo Zoom twice, on the 21st June 2015 and 20th July 2019.

You can see a few videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE.
The Game:
Gourmania isn't big on story. Your goal is to build your fortune and earn a reputation as a stellar master chef. You get to start at the local fast-food joint and work your way up to bigger and more prestigious spots as you advance. Throughout the game, you'll get to acquire a variety of restaurants and work with different cuisines. There's a sushi bar that serves a variety of eastern foods, an Italian restaurant, a beach bar, and a vegetarian kitchen to name a few, with 8 locations and 60 levels in total.

The mechanics of Gourmania are virtually identical to Go Go Gourmet. In a nutshell, you find ingredients in the kitchen hidden object style. Then, you use those ingredients to prepare dishes for customers before their patience runs out. The actually cooking part is much simpler in Gourmania, however, and mostly involves dragging food to one of the appliances overhead, like the chopping board or fry cooker. Once an order is complete, you pick up cash, and work on another order. Clicks are mostly (but not always) responsive. It can sometimes be tough to access an item that is laying behind another one. There's a 20 second penalty for random clicks.
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For the most part, ingredients are straightforward, though you might be asked to find the occasional unusual one like a garnet or guava. Also, not all items are clear – the coffee looks a bit like chocolate mousse. If you don't know what something should look like, you can use the hint function, which continually refills. Also, hovering over any food item will eventually bring up a named description. Don't expect all of the items to look the same – a plate can be any colour or shape or size, and a kiwi might be cut, sliced, or whole. This is kind of neat and makes the game more challenging.

It should be mentioned that specific items are only in several places on the screen. So, there might be only 3 bottles of wine, or four ice buckets in the room, and these will disappear and reappear as you play. Eventually you can become very familiar with item locations and get expert scores more easily.

There are lots of ways to earn bonus cash, and you'll need to master these in order to win. Gathering all of the items to fill one order in one swoop will earn you an “order + $10” bonus. It's worth it to aim for an expert score on all levels, since this will earn you more customers, which ultimately means more profit on future levels. It's also worth upgrading your appliances when you can, since this will increase your overall speed. If you use three appliances at the same time, you'll get a money bonus, and the appliances will temporarily work twice as fast. Lastly, if you can chain picking up cash, you'll also receive a bonus.

Sometimes there are extra items hidden in the boards which can help you out. Hourglasses are the most common, and these extend the amount of time you have to complete the day, which means a better chance of earning expert level cash. Batteries will speed up your appliances.

Unlike most time management games; you don't need to play through the restaurants sequentially. If you can afford to buy a new restaurant and have met the basic requirements, you can do so even if you haven't completed the others yet. The difficulty level stays pretty consistent for most of the game.
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Every three levels, there's a bonus game where you can unlock new recipes. This is pretty simple and involves matching food items to their corresponding silhouettes that roll by on scrolling bars. As far as I can tell, there's no way to lose, so all this really does is break up the game a bit.

The graphics and artwork are all pretty good, though much of the character's speech animations are funny to watch. The music is hardly noticeable in the background. With unlimited opportunities to try and get expert scores, there's plenty of replay value. The game itself is on the long side, considering the genre, so you can expect at least 5 or 6 hours before you beat every level and obtain Master Chef status.

I couldn't help but add, the recipes are very odd. It's never made very clear what you are cooking. I can't imagine what type of gourmet pizza involves ingredients like mayonnaise, hotdogs, and mustard. I'm not sure I want to know, either...but, maybe that's why I'm not a chef!

Reference originally accessed 5th January 2013 HERE. Originally posted by Lisa Haasbroek 14 years ago. Reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 30th September 2022
Conclusion:
Time Management TM games are not one of my favourite genres, in fact, apart from a few such as the first few Farm Frenzy games, I just don't enjoy playing TM games. For me a game is for relaxation or excitement. TM games just create too much stress, so defeat the whole point for me.

That said I do think this game deserves your attention. It's nothing original, but it is well constructed and for TM aficionados, I'm sure you'll get some decent game play out of today's freebie.

The following conclusions are from Gamezebo (see reference at the end of The Game section).
Gourmania isn't quite as involved or challenging as Go Go Gourmet, and it lacks a good story to keep things focused and interesting. Giving players a chance to jump around allows more flexibility, but also makes the game feel like it lacks structure. However, on the whole, Gourmania is still a fun game to play if you enjoy hidden object gaming and want something that's not too “dark” or story focused, or if you happen to be a cooking game junky who can't get enough culinary-themed diversions. It's fun and relaxing to play and offers just the right level of challenge for most gamers.
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Pro's:
Nice graphics. Good variety of food items and restaurants. Hidden objects are mostly clear with a good hint system. Challenging. Flexible level system allows users to jump to different restaurants at will.

Con's:
No storyline. Peculiar recipes. Lack's structure. Food item locations repeat. Unoriginal concept.
Scoring:
The following scores are a little biased/skewed towards my own feelings towards these games, so please take with a pinch of salt. ;-)
Gameplay – 7
Graphics – 7
Audio – 6
Re-playability – 6
Originality – 6

Total = 6.4
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  2 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#3

I LOVE this game!! I DLed it last time it was offered, and unfortunately lost that machine... sooo glad it's being offered again!

Reply   |   Comment by leia  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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This game is visually nice for hidden objects. You have other genres like arcade and time management skills built into the game where you have to find items for multiple orders at once.

That is where the challenge comes in. If you are a person who likes to take your time finding the objects, this one may not be for you. It can frustrate some people as you're on the timer. But is a refreshing change from some of the other hidden object type genre.

Unfortunately I faced a compatibility problem with todays game. The mouse cursor flickers very bad in full screen mode at least on my system. There is no way to turn off the custom cursor, it causes severe frame drops moving the mouse around. The only way to fix it was to go to Window Mode.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

"There is no way to turn off the custom cursor, it causes severe frame drops moving the mouse around. The only way to fix it was to go to Window Mode."

I believe the main difference between full screen & windowed is Windows Full Screen Optimization, which like Direct X streamlines some processes for better game play. [In Win11 Screen Optimization can be turned on for windowed mode too.] Don't know if turning that off in the compatibility settings will help or not, but it's recently become pretty much mandatory on my wife's PC running Win11 for these older games.

devblogs.microsoft[.]com/directx/demystifying-full-screen-optimizations/

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  Last month  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
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