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.