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A Recipe for Success: Tech-Gaming Reviews Order Up!

              Although it appears that the chef is giving the middle finger to us, this title is rated “E”.

One could forgive Wii owners for overlooking the recent release of Order Up!. From the dodgy quality exemplified by a majority of third-party Nintendo titles, the generic cover art, and lack of marketing push, gamers could easily bypass this buried gem. As publisher Zoo Games inaugural title, the game is a near-perfect combination of engaging gameplay, solid controls, and colorful graphics.

As the game opens, players are treated to a brief cinematic that utilizes the title’s in-game engine. Although Order Up!’s graphics are cartoonish, they are effective in establishing the mood, and are well polished. Players are first walked through a brief tutorial where they create a hamburger and fries.

                                    Cactus, bell pepper and propane tank? We must be working on the taco truck!

Unlike Cooking Mama’s unresponsive Wiimote controls, Order Up! strives for simplicity and efficiency- gestures are clear and typically easily performed.  Players chose steps from a recipe card, pressing the “A” button to initiate an activity. For the hamburger, players first place a patty on the grill- then once an overhead cook meter reaches the green ‘perfection’ zone, players flip the patty with the ‘B’ button and a gentle tilt. Finally, the player removes the patty, once the other side has cooked sufficiently. Players are then introduced to the mechanic that sets Order Up! Apart from other cooking games- the need for multitasking.

Players are called upon to prepare multiple meals concurrently; otherwise food will slowly cool on the cook counter, shown by a handy temperature gauge. And here lies Order Up!’s most intriguing balance- players can rush individual meals for smaller tips. But smaller tips mean less money to spend on expansions- from spices, additional employees, extra recipes and new restaurants. Occasionally, everything will descend into an entertaining disaster- food will burn, thereby ruining meals and displeasing customers.

                       We don’t know what looks less appetizing- the dirty griddle or the coagulated fry oil.

Occasionally, puzzle aspects surface in the game- Players will need to discern how a vampire character takes his steak, for example. Bosses recall the food critic from Ratatouille– tough, demanding individuals who can elevate or ruin the reputation of a restaurant. Additionally, inspectors will show, requiring the player to prove they can expertly wash a virtual dish.

While cooking, cleaning, and micro-managing a greasy spoon may sound mundane, the game is consistently entertaining. The title consistently offers new bits of content and presents new challenges, to keep the game from growing stale. The game expertly bridges multiple audiences; children will be able to accomplish basic tasks, but may require the finesse of an adult to truly excel. Wii audiences of mixed genders will also want to seek out this entertaining, creative game.

Final Grade: B+

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.


  1. Never heard of this game! Looks decent, tho.

  2. Vampires in a cooking game? Hell yeah!

  3. They should make a bar tending game, where you use the wiimote to pour booze, mix drinks and stuff.

    Imagine the blender sound coming out of the wiimote.

    That would be cool!!!

  4. Flip-off pic on top FTW!

    Funny shit, techies!

  5. Those pancakes look pretty good.

  6. I’m sorry- I’m turned off by the main charcter- he looks like a penis with a chef’s hat on.

  7. I saw a peanut, you saw a penis. Hmmm..

  8. Me likely the cooking

  9. Funny captions, but this game looks LAME!

    I don’t think I could ever buy a cooking game, no matter how fun it sounds.

  10. Thats one dirty ass kitchen.

    I think I ate there last week.

  11. So you pay to work in a virtual fast food restaurant.

  12. ive played money to join the virtual russian mob and the virtual army so why not?


  14. Thats what your mom said.

  15. Great review, guys

  16. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. I saw the game at a friends house and said Let me play. Later that night I bought the game.

    Nuff said.

  17. Its $30 at Circuit City this week.

  18. Good review… Looks pretty fun aswell, maybe i’ll get it.

  19. Great review. 30 seems fair.

  20. Another great review. You wrote some keepers.

  21. I Gameflyed it. Awesome 3rd part game. I high recommend it. Esp. if you have kids or teens.

  22. Looking into this.

  23. thanks for the review, I was on the fence for this one.

  24. I’ve been hearing great things about this game. Plus, I really dug Cooking Mama on the DS.

  25. I bought this and like it much better than cooking Mama. I agree the controls

  26. Great another must-get game. Tech-G, your killing my wallets.

  27. Bell Pepers and pancake, yum! Can you miz them for KRZY recipes?

  28. Cool little game. I might have to pick it up, “for the wife and kids”.

  29. Can you make Sushi? Must buy for me if so…

  30. Not my kind of game, but good review anywayz.

  31. So they have different varieties of food- Mexican, American, Italian?

  32. Im about 50 times more likely to buy this than that NFS crap.

  33. Great review!

  34. I want this game!

  35. Funny title and caption. You guys are great? Did Tidegear play it, too?

  36. Cooking Mama is so ’06 now.

  37. Tidegear is getting his alien-bee costume ready for the review of Galaga Legions.

    Seriously, I don’t know if he’s played this one yet.

  38. Nice review. This is defitely a gam worth tryign out if you wish to see something unique and new….or just wanna see how much more stuff you can pretend to do on the Wii…

  39. Hahaha I’m LOLing at the captions!

    Looks very cool.

  40. Amazing captions.

  41. I think my nine year old daughter would love this.

  42. Bleh… I’m tired of all these minigame collections on Wii. We need another Zelda!

  43. Hahaha, I’m laughing at the flip-off in the first picture.

  44. Looks very cool.

  45. You comedians write some funny ass captions.

  46. I’ve be hearing good things about this game. I might pick it up since I did enjoy Cooking Mama on the DS.

  47. lol….this game looks amusing

  48. $30 seems very fair for this game.

  49. The perfect game to prepare the next wave of teenagers to work at McDonalds. Kind of like that video game created by the army.

    Perhaps we should have a “Juno” inspired game called Teen Pregnancy. Think of the fun you could have with that one!