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Carpal Tunnel is an Option
on May 18, 2011
Diner dash is what I like to call a "click click" game. It's a repetitive, time management based game that offers slowly increasing challenges as you move through the levels and open new restaurants. Sequels have improved on this concept in relation to Diner Dash substantially, and can color your opinion of the original quite a great deal. That having been said, this isn't a terrible game. It isn't too hard, nor is it overly simplistic. It offers a very cut and dry story and progression without any sudden changes to throw you for a loop.
This can be great if all you want is some mindless relaxation, it can become tedious and annoying if you're looking for something different. Holding this game back is the fact that there's very little progression, and when you couple that with the "Endless Shift" setting where you upgrade things like your podium, drinks, and have stereos - but you cannot have those options in the story mode - it doesn't improve your situation of really enjoying the game.
There is little replay value if you're looking for something new, the levels never change order so once you've "figured it out" you're never going to have an issue when you try it again.
The game is pretty steady, it isn't boring and it isn't great, it just is. If you do like it, try the sequels and they will impress you far more. If you were on the fence, the later games will push you over the edge in one direction or another.