Conclusion: Diner Dash: Flo on the Go extends the addictive formula, while adding a few new twists along the way. While the presentation feels cramped and a bit clunky on the DS, fans of the series will nevertheless enjoy this entry. Some tweaks to the presentation and control would’ve definitely improved the experience, but what is here still packs enough new content for casual gamers who enjoy the Diner Dash formula.
Excerpt: I can blast Martians, win illegal street races and save the realm from powerful sorcerers like nobody's business, but I'll come up short nearly every time when I'm asked to help a soccer mom find a quiet place to eat a meal as a couple with a screaming baby makes its presence known at an adjacent table. There are several distinct environments to conquer, but I struggled just to reach the second venue, a mere ten stages into what proved to be a much larger game.
Excerpt: Everyone's favorite waitress is back in Diner Dash: Flo on the Go for the Nintendo DS. I played the original handheld offering, Diner Dash: Sizzle & Serve , and found it to be under-serving (no pun intended). Of course the version that I reviewed was for the PSP, making it far less appealing than the touch-screen gameplay of the Nintendo DS. How does this sequel stack up?
Summary: Diner Dash: Flo on the Go is a typical Diner Dash experience. The gameplay is fun and addicting, but there isn’t much else to the package at all. The presentation is poor, the bonuses are a wash, and it doesn’t have the legs of other games in its genre. That being said, the gameplay is good enough for you to try. If you’re willing to make a few sacrifices because of the DS’s limitations, then go for it. Otherwise, you can pass on this and grab the PC version instead.
Excerpt: The PSP is capable of some really good games. Just look at Burnout Legends, Grand Theft Auto, LocoRoco and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops for proof. When developers for the PSP try to do what has made the Nintendo DS a more popular handheld, they usually fail. In the case of Diner Dash, this is no different. A casual game whose controls are better suited for a touch-screen than a d-pad should have remained exclusive to the Nintendo DS.
Conclusion: At $30 it's difficult to wholeheartedly recommend Diner Dash on the PSP or DS, especially when you can play a limited version of the game for free on the PC or get the full version for just $20. Sure, it's fun while it lasts, but once it's over there's very little here to get you to revisit it.
Pros: Strikes a nice balance between being challenging and fun, Touch-screen controls work well, Multiplayer is a decent addition.
Cons: Very simple graphics, Little variety to the audio, Not much replay value.