May 17th 2014. I was sitting on the couch with a dear friend, playing videogames. That day I was scrolling through the games on sale on Humble Store, and then a game got my attention. At that time I did not know that Cook, Serve, Delicious! would become one of my favorite videogames.
At that particular time of my life, I didn’t have much money. I had to save as much as possible to help my mother paying bills and groceries, but in the end, on May 19th 2014, curiosity got the better of me. Buying Cook, Serve, Delicious meant that I couldn’t buy a game for some time (the next title I got was Trauma Center: Under the Knife for 5€ on August 2014), and it was the best purchase I could ever made.

On 2017 Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! came out, but it was not as good as its predecessor. The missing Story Mode and Progression System were two of its biggest flaws. I liked the possibility of playing in other restaurants with preset menus, but it was not the same. I played the second chapter of the series for more than 70 hours and it is really funny, but something was missing.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! took everything that made its predecessors good games and improved every single bit, becoming the definitive chapter of the series.

In the game we are helped in our journey by two robots, Cleaver and Whisk

Its addictive gameplay […] made it one of the games I played the most on Steam

CSD3 took the idea of levels with preset menus from the second chapter, but now we can choose from a list of foods to create our own menus. The Story Mode is back, so we feel like we are accomplishing something, and, most important, the pacing of the game has completely changed.
Restaurants are gone, now we travel on a food truck with a number of stops (from 2 to 5). We have foods that rely on holding stations (we prepare some dishes in advance that spoil after some time if not served) which people order during our stops. We also have dishes that we cook to order while traveling, so there is never a moment without cooking.
Rush Hours are back, this time only once per day instead of two times. It usually is the last stop of the day, and it can be hard to manage every order.

Speaking of difficulty, Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! has a great degree of customization. We can toggle on and off both Prep Stations and Holding Stations, and we also have complete freedom for our menus. Dishes have different difficulty points from 0 to 5 (for example Lasagnas are a level 3 and Hamburgers are a level 4) and we can choose the ones we like the most. The only thing that we have to remember is that each menu has a minimum of points required, but they are not too much.

An example of a dish that needs to be cooked on order. On the left we have our Prep Stations and above the screen we have our Holding Station. For every recipe we need to follow the instructions on the bottom of the screen

[…] we also have complete freedom for our menus

Right now the game is available on Early Access on Steam for 12,49€. I did not have much time to play it, and by the moment I spent only nine hours for now. I am almost at the end of the second zone available: I am taking a bit of time to gain a Gold Medal on every level and I am trying to get better on as many recipes as possible.

This article is not intended to be a review because I want to play Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! for more time before writing one. I just wanted to share my first impression with this great title and invite you all to check out this great game!
I’ll try to keep you updated on my Facebook page and I will write a review as soon as the full game comes out!

My current progress on the second zone available. There are many more to play even though the game is still on Early Access!