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Stand'o Food

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but this is too pretty to resist.

Stand O’Food (developed by Shape Games and published by Alawar) is yet another tasty Flash title that has taken a bite into the popular restaurant pie, which today has a scrumptious buffet of titles such as Diner Dash which saw its third version out last year, Diner Dash: Flo on the go, and Snowy’s Lunch Rush, Delicious Deluxe and so on.

In Stand O’Food, you play a fast food server and you make burgers by stacking them in the correct order. Bottom bun, meat, pickles, top bun. Egg, bacon, cheese. You get the idea.

The trick here is that the order of the condiments on the conveyor belts cannot be changed. As such, you will need to grab the right condiment first and anything after goes on top. Stack them wrong and your customers will not take them. Take too long and you will start losing customers, which in turn loses you money. Money you need to upgrade your fast food joint with nifty little things like a jukebox to calm your customers down, plates on which you can place wrongly picked up condiments, a coffee maker that helps give a little speed boost and so on.

The graphics are, as mentioned several times, sweet. Very popular with my kids since and this is a kid-friendly game that will do nicely to sharpen your prioritising skills. And it’s simple to play too: Simply point and click.

They could’ve come up with a better name though, than Stand O’Food. I mean, wtf?

An appetising little addition, Stand O’Food is downloadable in full for US$20 give or take, under 11MB in size.

Time and money, that's what.

I now have FOUR games to keep my gaming sanity in check: World of Warcraft, Oblivion, Civ 4 and Diner Dash 2.

Yup, you guessed it. Lokes has just left.

And no amount of gaming in the world will cheer me up.

It is these times I wished I hadn't given up smoking.

Screenshot of Delicious Deluxe, from Big Fish Games.

This isn’t something to which a self-proclaimed gamer likes to admit, but I play a LOT of downloadable arcade games.

You know, those you can either play online or download for 15 bucks? Love ’em.

Screenshot of Snowy Lunch Rush, from Big Fish Games, my new favourite of the restaurant/diner casual games.

From busing plates and taking orders to hunting down criminals to assembling teddy bears to delivering pizza to baking cakes to ringing up shopping, casual games, which have been the domain of online female gamers, are just becoming better and more fun with time. Best of all, they’re cheap to develop, easy to market (all downloadable online), and appealing to women. The golden formula to a game publisher.

While I still play the ‘triple A’ games that often challenge my hardware (and my husband’s wallet every few months or so), it is these cartoonish, 2D casual games I am getting fond of. Low maintenance, entertaining, gentle or no learning curve, and best of all, easy to put down, these surprisingly well-made and oftentimes beautiful casual games fill nap times and school hours and pre-bedtime boredom nicely, without asking for too much in return.

A non-commital, casual relationship. Ironically, that’s what we girls like. In our computer games, anyway.

Perhaps I’m just getting old, but I see myself playing these games for a long, long time. Much longer than Counter Strike or World of Warcraft or any other triple A game.

And that, my friends, is sustainable business.


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