Excerpt: Order Up is part Cooking Mama, and part Diner Dash. The combination of the two is good, clean, wholesome chaotic fun. Players get to play a chef who slowly builds his diner into a success. People come in, their orders are taken, and then the meals are prepared. Order Up starts the player with a few, and then allows the player to purchase more menu items. Food critics can be brought in and impressed, which leads to greater exposure. Employees can be hired to help out.
Excerpt: Ever dreamed of being a short order cook in a variety of restaurants but don’t want the hassle of dealing the nasty heat of the fryers and cleaning up people messes? Order Up for the Wii allows you to use the Wii Remote not only to slice, grate, and cook food, but to prepare up to four dishes simultaneously and plate them all in a timely fashion. The challenge of accurately prepping each ingredient while coordinating multiple dishes is highly engaging.
Fun, accessible cooking sim teaches international dishes.
Common Sense Media
6 February 2009
Summary: Parents need to know Order Up!! is a family-friendly cooking simulation. Aside from a bit of crude comic mischief, including burping and farting, there isn't anything parents need to be concerned about with this game. Even the multiplayer mode puts competitors in the same room using one TV, so there is no way to play against (or chat with) strangers.
Excerpt: If you dismiss Order Up as just another Cooking Mama clone, then you'll miss out on your free chef's hat. Yes, Order Up really comes with a little burger chef hat that you can wear while playing the game. It's not required to play the game, but it will get you in the mood for the game's lighthearted sense of humor. And if you're going to spend your leisure time flipping simulated burgers, then you'd better have a sense of humor.
Pros: Very intricate career mode that puts anything, Cooking Mama, and, Diner Dash, offers to shame, Easy to pick up and play, and easy to progress through, Fun, interesting characters, Cartoony art style is a treat for the eyes, Preparing food has never been so fulfilling
Cons: The Wii Remote is not responsive enough to complete some tasks, Music can get repetitive, You can finish the game in a relatively short amount of time