Game Review by Debbie Winkler
Creator: Mean Hamster Software
Publisher: Big Fish Games
# of Players: 1
Target Age Group: 10 and up
Average Game Play: 4 – 8 hours
Type of Game: Time Management
My Rating: 3/5 stars
“Use your time management skills to run the world’s very first deli! After her uncle invents the sandwich, Elise decides to try her hand at selling them to the lords and ladies of the village. Play as Elise and make each sandwich to order as quickly as you can to keep customers happy and maximize your profits. Use the money you make to upgrade your shop and buy extra ingredients. The full version of Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe features:
- Lots of ingredients and shoppe upgrades
- 48 progressive levels
- Timed or Untimed modes, plus unlockable Hard mode” — Shockwave.com
This is a fairly typical time management game where you bake bread, cut meats & cheeses, add tomatoes & lettuce, slap a little bit of mayonnaise or mustard on the bread and then pour a drink in a glass and serve. Everything is point and click, but I had a difficult time chaining actions together as you could really only click on the sandwich twice and then you had to wait for your person to fulfill those requests and then you could click on it again. This means that you cannot get too far ahead of yourself as you are building the sandwiches. The other difficulty I had with the sandwiches is distinguishing what item the customer wanted on their sandwich. They show you what they want by showing you a picture of the sandwich above their head and you have to kind of squint to see what kind of meat is on the bottom and how many kinds of cheese they want. I made some mistakes sometimes just because I couldn’t figure out what the customer wanted. About halfway through, they introduce two different kinds of bread and then it really becomes an exercise in mental focus!
Customers show you how patient they are by their request bubble filling with pink. When the pink gets all of the way to the top, the customer will be bouncing around and eventually walk out. I was a little bit frustrated with the lack of upgrades to help you out with your customers. Sure there are curtains and rugs that you can buy which supposedly give your customers more patience, but there is no candy or music or anything that you can use to give the customer a boost in patience. This means that it is pretty easy to lose the customers if you are not careful.
The graphics are not the best and I am not sure if they were trying to go for an antiquated look, but I was not that impressed with the graphics and the smoothness of the game play. Is this game fun?, sure. I like time management games so I play almost all of them and this one was fine. It is not my favorite. That said, this games is plenty challenging as it is difficult to win the expert level on many of the game levels, which was a surprise as it started off as a very easy game. You can find this game pretty cheaply online and I would recommend that you play the free hour to make sure this game is your style before you buy it.
This game is appropriate for gamers of all ages, but recommended for ages 10 and up as you do have to be pretty rapid in your mouse clicks.