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Fabulous: Angela’s Sweet Revenge (Gamehouse.com)

Emily’s fun-loving sister, Angela, moved to the Big Apple to start her career as a fashion designer.  Unfortunately, she has to work for Yum-mee, a stuck up boss who thinks she’s all that. To make matters worse, Angela’s husband, Jimmy, doesn’t support her.  Is it because there’s something going on between Jimmy and Yum-mee, or is Angela just being paranoid?

Yep, it’s a simplistic cheating plot.  Though, I have to say, I’m glad that Angela’s mad at both of them.  Warning, there will be spoilers for the game so read with caution.  The name of the game is Angela’s Sweet Revenge and she takes it out big time.  Don’t get me wrong, cheating is not a matter that you should take lightly but the way Angela goes about it seems very wrong.  With Jimmy, she goes so far as to throw seeds on his car so that birds will poop on it.  Yum-mee, on the other hand, gets to be publicly humiliated at an event she organized.

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Something similar happened in Emily’s True Love and I had a problem with that as well.  Once again, I will say that Angela has every right to be mad.  However, there are better ways to go about things like this.  I admit, people have screwed me over in the past and it is tempting to sink to their level.  That doesn’t mean that you should do so.  Let’s take the song, Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood.

When I first heard it, I thought it was a song about empowering women by destroying the cheater’s car.  I told my mom about this and she said that the behavior is destructive and insane.  You can take the moral high ground by confronting the people who’ve hurt you honestly and openly.

The game play is similar to Delicious with clothes replacing food.  You deliver the required clothes to customers and check them out at the register.  Some of the customers will try on an outfit before they purchase it.

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During each level, you can make new clothes and complete a mini-game associated with each one.

Unlike previous games, this one’s layout is made of Facebook entries for each level, and you can like each comment.

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I thought it was a unique system.  It also shows how different Angela is from Emily.

The game is short but fun.  I give it 7 out of 10, it doesn’t take up that much of your time.

Delicious: Emily’s New Beginning (Gamehouse.com)

Emily just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and she and Patrick couldn’t be happier.  That is, until Emily goes back to work.  Now she has to learn how to balance running a restaurant with taking care of a child.

You read that right, the plot is about career vs. family.  Emily’s trying to run a restaurant while keeping her baby under control.  Surprisingly, some customers don’t like having a baby bothering them while they’re eating.  This starts to become a plot point in the cafe portion of the game where many of Emily’s regulars don’t like Paige (her baby).  I can’t say I blame them.  When I go out to eat, I don’t really want some stranger’s baby bothering me.  Though it really becomes a plot point when Emily has to work for her competitor, Wu, after her family restaurant burns down due to her father and her uncle competing to be Paige’s favorite relative (I’ll explain later).  Wu doesn’t allow babies in his restaurant, so that means Emily has to sneak Paige in there behind Wu’s back.  Wu also won’t let Emily have any say over the menu, though I do see Wu’s point about having a baby in the restaurant and I’m not sure if pies fit his atmosphere.  However, that doesn’t give Wu the right to treat Emily like his slave.  Therefore, I can’t hold her rebellion against her.  This doesn’t end even when they get a restaurant together, with Emily having no say about how her restaurant’s run, though she does stand up to him and makes it clear that she’s the one in charge of the menu.

Again, Emily’s family is a huge part of the plot and you can always count on them to make the plot fun.  For starters, I mentioned Edward and Antonio competing to be Paige’s favorite relative.  This escalates into them buying similar presents with one of them being better than the other and even buying similar toy cars, then racing them around the restaurant to prove that their toy car is better.  Of course, this results in them accidentally burning down Emily’s restaurant.  This forces her to work for Wu.  Though Edward and Antonio learn their lesson, they still have to one up each other at Christmas by dressing up as Santa.  Truthfully, my favorite family moment includes Jimmy when Emily yells at him for buying Paige (who’s three years old in the Christmas levels) a lighter.

The game play is similar to the previous Delicious games with Emily serving customers who sit down or order from the counter.  After the customers at the table finish eating, you clean up after them.

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In between levels, you can purchase equipment to help run your restaurant including an entertainer that you can send to your seated customers to cheer them up.

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The only problem is that the entertainer takes a little too long doing their job.  The game also has a new feature where you can decide your menu based on what customers will be going to your shop on that very day.

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Choose right and you can get generous tips to help you achieve a three star goal.  Some levels will require you to complete an activity relating to the story.  Another thing that separates this game from previous ones in the series is Paige, who will crawl around exploring the restaurant and bother some of your customers.  Therefore, you have to take her back to her playpen.  This feature still exists in the Christmas levels, when she’s three years old, which makes no sense whatsoever.

This game is simplistic yet fun.  I give it 8 out of 10, a fitting installment for the Delicious series.  Though I do have one question.  If Emily’s so busy with work, then why can’t Patrick take care of the baby?

Delicious: Emily’s Honeymoon Cruise (Gamehouse.com)

After getting married, Emily’s family books them all on a cruise.  Unfortunately, that means that their family will be along for the ride.  Can Emily and Patrick have a wonderful time while dealing with everyone else’s issues?

The main storyline is Emily and Patrick’s argument about having kids but there are plenty of small stories in the mix.  Some examples are Angela discovering her passion for fashion designing, Evelyn having a crush on old flame Jon Tones (guess who that’s supposed to be) while Edward gets jealous, and Brigid having to deal with the unwanted advances of Emily’s Uncle Antonio.  What I like about this is that even though the game stars Emily, it’s really about the other characters.  Each of them have their own problems they have to deal with and don’t always have time for Emily, which is realistic.

The game play is the same as the previous ones in the Delicious series with a few exceptions.  You now have to serve Emily and Patrick a few times in order to get a gold star.  Sometimes you only have to serve one of them and in a few venues, you serve different couples.  You still have to serve people and pass the minimum goal in order to advance (trying for expert to get more decoration money), but you can’t get the money for decorations when you replay the level.  That’s all right because you can actually visit the venue again in order to finish collecting decorations.

This game is addictive and amusing.  I give it 8 out of 10; the best and possibly last of the series.

Delicious: Emily’s True Love (Gamehouse.com)

It’s been a year since Emily opened her restaurant and business couldn’t be better.  Her personal life is another story.  Then she receives a letter from an old summer romance and goes to Paris to reunite with him once more.

The plot’s about romance and not just for Emily.  Angela also manages to find a husband in a serious character derailing moment.  In Holiday Season, Angela seemed less concerned about getting married and more with just dating around and having fun.  Now, she’d rather marry the first loser she finds than be single.  It seems to be a recurring theme throughout the game, “ladies, you’re nothing without a man so find one right away.”  The only character whose love life the game won’t explore is Francois and there are implications that he’s gay.  So apparently it’s okay to have implied innuendo in the game as long as it’s heterosexual but Heaven forbid that Francois so much as hints that he has a boyfriend. Just so you know I was being sarcastic about that.

For those of you who haven’t played the game, let me warn you that there are spoilers in this paragraph.  When Emily finds out that Jean-Paul (her summer romance) is cheating on her with her friend Amelie and another girl, Amelie sabotages a food critic’s meal, thereby causing Jean-Paul to lose his restaurant.  While I get that he’s a scumbag, I think making him lose his livelihood is white trashed and insane.  There are also people who work in his restaurant who are now out of a job.  Do the employees have to suffer just because of what their employer did?  What really bothers me is that they show the whole scene in a positive light. Personally, I think the only people who were cheering about this are the same ones who think of Carrie Underwood’s song, Before He Cheats, as a theme song for feminists everywhere.  In that case, it could be less insanity and more a case of simply being naive.  I know I used to think that way.

The game plays out like a TV show.  Each level is a different episode with each restaurant being a different season.  You serve the customers at the table while some prefer to order takeout.  You can also complete different events that happen in each level for extra points.  You earn trophies in the form of candy that you can watch Emily eat with her one true love.

This game is addicting yet cliché.  I give it 7 out of 10, a good addition to the Delicious series.

Delicious: Emily’s Wonder Wedding (Gamehouse.com)

When Patrick finally proposed to Emily, she couldn’t be happier.  Unfortunately, Patrick’s mom comes to town and everything is one bad omen after another.  Can Emily remove the omens in time for their wedding?

Like the last game, this one uses an episodic format.  The plot of this story is revealed by the title, Emily’s getting married.  Unfortunately, problems arise from the very beginning.  As the game goes on, Patrick and Emily are constantly fighting and you’ll wonder if they’re going to cancel the wedding.

The premium edition comes with ten extra levels that explain what happened while Emily was away.  Edward’s trying to run the restaurant, which isn’t easy with Angela’s obnoxious husband Jimmy thinking he can completely change the restaurant without Emily’s permission.  In addition, am I the only one who finds it creepy that Jimmy calls Edward dad?  Jimmy’s just as old as he is if not older, which makes Angela marrying Jimmy disturbing if you think about it.

The game play is the same as ever.  You serve customers at the table or deliver takeout.

During the second day of each episode, an event occurs that you have to take part in.  The only difference is that in this one you can play various scenarios that allow you to invite previous characters to the wedding.

Some of them are Emily’s ex-boyfriends and an ex-girlfriend of Patrick’s, so I really don’t get why they’re invited.  Watching shows like Friends and How I Met Your Mother have taught me that you never invite your ex to your wedding.

This game is fun and addictive.  I give it 7 out of 10, a possible finale for the Delicious games.

Delicious: Emily’s Childhood Memories (Gamehouse.com)

Emily’s parents are selling their farm causing her to relive all her memories.  You will be experiencing her life from the 1970s all the way to the present.

The premise is simple; it’s about Emily’s childhood.  During the game, you learn what made Emily the person she is today.  You also learn how she met Francois.  Not to mention that you see every friend Emily’s made, how she and Angela are so close and you get to meet Emily’s first crush.

The game play is the same as every other one in the series.  Customers come to your shop and you have to serve them before they get angry.

You can go for the goal of the level or try for expert.  During each level, an event happens and if you finish it, you get more points.  During the story, you can snap pictures of a moment and add it to the album.

Sometimes you get more information about Emily’s childhood when you do this.

The game is fun and informative.  I give it 7 out of 10, not bad at all.

Delicious: Emily’s Holiday Season (Gamehouse.com)

It’s the holidays and Emily just got a new job working at a hotel.  She’s managed to catch the eye of her manager and a co-worker.  Not only that, but she’s also preparing for a visit from her eccentric family.

Okay, the romantic choices are both extreme.  Richard is so worried about his own issues that he makes little to no time for Emily.  Paul is so clingy and dependent that he falls in love in a day and proposes excessively soon.  It doesn’t occur to either one that there might be a middle ground.  However, I have to say that I did like the introduction to Emily’s family.

I especially loved her free-spirited sister Angela.  They’re both so different and yet you can tell that they love each other.

The game play is the same as the last one.  In each level, you serve customers who either sit at the table or order takeout.

You also have an in-game event that you can complete for extra points.

You can get the target score and have one hundred dollars for spending on decorations or get the expert score and have two hundred.

One thing that separates this game from the last one is that you answer questions based on your opinion.  When you get to the credits, you see how popular your views are.  You are also the one who gets to choose who Emily ends up with.

It’s fun and a great introduction to Emily’s family.  I give it 8 out of 10, an experiment on adding romance to the games.

Delicious: Emily’s Taste of Fame

Emily’s back and this time she has a chance to make it big.  A television network just offered her a prime time cooking show.  Only problem is that her car broke down and she might not make it to the studio in time.  All she has to rely on is the kindness of the citizens of Snuggford.

This story is actually pretty cliché.  It’s about fame and fortune verses friends and family.  Emily makes friends that help her with her car in return that she helps them with something.  Each one makes a meaningful connection with her that she doesn’t find at the studio.  On her show, she pretends to be happy and is just selling stuff.

I won’t tell you what she chooses but it’s pretty obvious from the get go, at least it is to me.

The game play is the same with one added feature.  Each level comes with a scenario that you can participate in to earn extra points.

Other than that, it’s the same as usual.  You make products for your customers, buy stuff for each restaurant, catch a mouse each level and unlock an entertainer and cleaner.

The only place you don’t get an entertainer is the Snuggford State Fair and that’s only because you can have passersby singing on stage.

This game is fun and addictive.  I give it 8 out of 10; it’s the one where the series finds its footing.

Delicious: Emily’s Tea Garden (Gamehouse.com)

Emily dreams of having her own tea garden.  In order to get it, she has to work at various restaurants and remember to pay her bank loans.

This game might sound like a repeat of the first one but you couldn’t be more wrong.  There is a plot in this one, only instead of solving someone else’s problem Emily’s doing something for herself.  Along the way, she interacts with new people and makes some mistakes.  The one thing this plot shows about her is that when Emily wants something she works hard to get it.

The game play is just like the last one.  Customers walk into your shop and you give them what they want.  Some eat at the table while others order takeout.

You can purchase stuff from Francois to pretty up a restaurant you’re working at.

While playing, you not only unlock an entertainer and cleaner for each restaurant, you also get one-step closer to completing the tea garden.  The entertainer is unlocked through the story line while the cleaner just randomly appears after a certain amount of time, something I really don’t get.

The game is fun with a good storyline.  I give it 6 out of 10, doesn’t quite have everything that makes the Delicious series great but getting there.

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Emily dreams of running her own restaurant.  Fortunately, her uncle has given her a small one to help her get started.

This game is all play and no plot.  First, you have the option of playing a tutorial restaurant to see what you do.  The game is like Diner Dash except you don’t actually seat the customers; they find a seat themselves.  Sometimes they may just want to pick up food at the register and take it home.

You have to meet the goal of each level in order to advance to the next one.  After you complete the first restaurant, you have a choice of which one to complete next in order to get an upgrade.  The upgrades range from an extra spot on your tray, chocolates to make your customers happy, an extra star for your restaurant, and a guy that cleans the tables for you.  My advice is play the restaurant that has that guy right away.  It’s a pain in the ass to have to serve and clean.

The game is fun and addictive.  I give it 8 out of 10, the perfect start to a brilliant series.

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