Fantastic Chefs is Indian sport studio 99Games’ latest sport and identical to Star Chef, it’s primarily based on the planet of cooking. Fantastic Chefs is a match-three game besides you can match as many adjoining tiles in any path as you need. This implies that it’s simpler to make enormous combos however it could additionally dilute the expertise by making the sport too straightforward, if it’s not finished effectively. We performed over 60 ranges of Fantastic Chefs to determine if it’s the brand new Candy Crush Saga or one more clone that doesn’t fairly stay as much as its billing.
Before we communicate in regards to the gameplay, we’d like to say the setting briefly. Yes, that’s proper, Fantastic Chefs does have a little bit of a again story. You begin with one man who’s bored along with his company job and he begins his personal meals truck. You can assist him make incredible dishes by amassing the elements he wants and levelling him as much as enhance his cooking velocity.
Along the best way, he meets a number of different cooks akin to a ballerina who additionally cooks and a grandma who specialises in making pie. Each of those cooks has a particular energy akin to blasting close by elements to clear the trail, turning all adjoining tiles into the identical color, and far more. You want to decide on the suitable crew for every stage and bear in mind to stage them up or danger getting caught.
There are completely different areas akin to Mysterious Pyramids, Charming Countryside, and Enchanting World that you just unlock each 20 ranges or so. New areas deliver new challenges akin to shifting tiles or fungus, which you have to cope with whereas matching tiles of the identical color. Matching tiles is basically easy — simply drag your finger throughout elements of the identical color which can be adjoining. All of those add an additional layer of problem to Fantastic Chefs. There are a large number of cooks and you’ll unlock some solely by paying in in-game foreign money initially, however later they change into accessible to you as you progress.
Each of the cooks has a caricature type introduction that provides some depth to the story and breathes some life into the characters. However we want that the builders take it a step additional and add to those tales as you play alongside. After the introduction there’s just about no story for any character, which prevented us from getting hooked up to any character for something aside from their talents within the sport.
The gameplay in Fantastic Chefs seems easy initially as you get a lot of tiles of the identical color. Matching turns into far more troublesome as you play extra of the sport and you will see your self struggling to interrupt boundaries in every stage or to match the suitable set of elements. You can match diagonally, sideways, vertically, and mix all three if you wish to create a huge combo. This is vital as you solely get a restricted variety of strikes inside which to finish every stage, so larger combos usually yield higher outcomes. We do have one criticism although. It’s fairly troublesome to rethink your giant combo. For occasion, we as soon as created a massive chain of crimson elements solely to see that we missed one proper at the start. Now we needed to swipe all the best way again to the start to keep away from triggering a smaller combo by chance.
There are several types of targets on this sport — one which asks you to gather elements of sure colors, one the place you may be requested to prepare dinner a sure variety of dishes, or one the place you have to catch particular objects referred to as Yummies. There are extra goals and these are made clear at the start of the extent. It’s straightforward to get distracted and match elements of the mistaken color or hold searching enormous combos when all you have to do is catch Yummies. These targets and the altering ranges hold Fantastic Chefs feeling recent. But for a sport that’s free to play, the catch is all the time within the limits it imposes to make you pay.
There are three several types of in-game foreign money in Fantastic Chefs — stars, gold bars, and wheel spins. You earn stars and gold bars as you progress however you may as well purchase these with actual cash. Wheel spins let you “win” sure prizes and also you’re restricted to at least one spin per day. You can spin the wheel extra by paying with gold bars. Another factor that limits you is hearts — you solely have 5 of those and also you lose one each time you begin a stage. Even in the event you clear it in a single go, you continue to want one other coronary heart to start out a new stage.
The sport additionally has a few advertisements on the primary display screen (which immediate you to put in a random app or sport, and to purchase Fantastic Chefs’ subscription) however total we felt that advertisements didn’t disrupt the move of play and that’s nice to see. You can get subscriptions beginning at Rs. 159 per week that provide you with further every day spins, sooner coronary heart refills, extra hearts, gold bars as a every day login bonus, and additional cooks.
These issues restrict how briskly you may progress within the sport and regardless that they’re commonplace throughout free-to-play video games, we nonetheless don’t like the truth that Fantastic Chefs limits the time you may spend within the sport by imposing such restrictions. We really feel that the sport has acquired the stability nearly proper for the builders to earn cash, but it surely’s not essentially one that may let you spend hours within the sport with out worrying about paying. We didn’t just like the restricted variety of hearts you get and the truth that you lose a coronary heart even when retrying ranges you’ve did not clear.
If you get caught at a stage and fail to clear it twice, Fantastic Chefs makes the extent a lot simpler. During the third try on one such stage, we cleared it with round 12 strikes remaining, whereas earlier makes an attempt had us wishing for a minimum of 5 further strikes. This made us really feel as if the AI was dishonest.
When you play a troublesome sport, you need to have a small likelihood of victory via extremely expert play. With Fantastic Chefs, we felt as if we have been taking part in in opposition to a random quantity generator that merely lowered the variety of potential combos to decelerate our progress. Ideally it is best to be capable to match round 5 to seven tiles even within the troublesome video games however that’s not the case. In essentially the most troublesome ranges you may be fortunate in the event you can match three tiles in a single transfer and in the end you lose all of your hearts, which brings out a timer to replenish them and drives you in direction of shopping for these hearts.
Fantastic Chefs does have some good paintings and writing the place each character’s description is 2 strains of rhymes. However, the animations don’t look as slick because the likes of Candy Crush Saga, and another parts – such because the in-game diary that reveals your targets – might look a lot higher.
Fantastic Chefs does have a very nice core loop which had us hooked to the sport, however we’ve grown bored with the monetisation techniques of most free-to-play video games and that prevented us from having fun with this sport a lot extra. This sport’s paintings is fairly good and so is the gameplay, however its AI wants work. We’re stunned to see a match-three sport that’s nonetheless enjoyable to play and we predict Fantastic Chefs is value taking part in regardless that it has its share of weaknesses.
- Too few hearts
- Gamed AI
- Lack of character depth
- Too powerful to undo a massive combo
Overall ranking (out of 10): 6
Adapted From: Gadgets360