Dairy Dash (Bigfishgames.com)

When Mr. Smith gets a farm from a relative, he thinks it will change his family’s life.  If only he know how much he was getting into.

The story’s quite simple; a family moves to a farm and has to work hard.  Therefore, there’s nothing special to mention except that Flo shows up.  In this game, you have to feed the animals, give them water, clean some of them and then you get the produce to sell.  After a while, you grow plants to sell.

Sometimes Flo will call and ask for some of your products.

If you’re having trouble, you can drink a glass of lemonade to speed up.  Sometimes you play mini-games at the county fair.

This game is fun and addictive.  I give it 5 out of 10, a typical Dash game.

Cooking Academy 2: World Cuisine (Bigfishgames.com)

After graduating from the Cooking Academy, you sign up for a contest to learn cuisines from different countries.  The winner receives a million dollars to start their own restaurant.

Like the last game, there’s not much of a plot.  You go to different restaurants and make various dishes.  There are parts of certain recipes where you have to cut shapes from the dough, but in this one, the mouse takes the form of a dough cutter to give you a better idea of how to do so successfully.  There is also another mini-game added that allows you to get ingredients from the refrigerator.

Many of the steps in the recipes are like the ones in the old game with a twist.

This is definitely a fun game.  I give it 7 out of 10, like the first game with a revamp.

Cooking Academy 3: Recipe for Success

You’ve graduated from cooking school, won a million dollars and even started your own restaurant. So what’s next? Why, writing a book of course! In order to do so, you have to go back to school and learn some new recipes.

The characters are nothing special and the only memorable one is the French guy. You don’t even see what the character you play looks like or learn anything about their background, all you know is that he or she wants to cook. Therefore, it’s you; only instead of saving the world (like you’re usually doing in video games), you’re making food. Don’t worry; as tvtropes.org will tell you, it’s much better than it sounds. No, the game doesn’t have a page on that website; I’m just not sure if I have the rights to say that. Well, that and the website has pretty much ruined my life.

Each section of the game has you focusing on a certain type of food with a list of recipes. There are a number of steps to complete each recipe and you even get to read a fact about the food you’re trying to make. After you’re done with all the recipes, you get to take a few exams. Don’t panic, you just have to do a certain mini-game and you can earn up to five stars based on how well you do it. That’s also how the game rewards you for how well you do a recipe. It’s like cooking except you don’t have to wash your hands after certain steps. In addition, you don’t feel gross after doing certain steps in recipes. There can be 5 steps or 15 depending on the recipe. You will also recognize some of the food, as I’m sure some of you have actually had it in real life.

This game is fun and addictive. I give it 7 out of 10; it’s like having your own virtual kitchen. A little warning, you might want to eat some of the food, so do not play if you are on a strict diet.