Diner Dash: Hometown Hero Tips & Tricks
Check out our Tips & Tricks for Diner Dash: Hometown Hero and help Flo turn her hometown back into a happening place! Read on for general tips or click here for a walkthrough with hints for how to complete specific levels.
In some levels you have to compete for tips with another waitress, I think this level is very funny and quite challenging as well. In order to distinguish your waitress from Flo, you may want to change Flo's clothing so that you can keep better track of the waitress. She will try to steal all your customers so there are a few tricks you can do in order to beat her:
1.Chaining does not help you too much in these levels, the goal is to accumulate more money than the waitress so you have to be fast.
2.Try to do things that will keep her from making extra money such as color combos. Color combos in this level give you a big point advantage especially when you seat customers in seats that have a high number next to them.
3.Don't let the waitress get the Dash Bar or she will move a lot faster than you, keep an eye out for it and if it appears try to get it before she does.
4.If you don't want the waitress to get checks and clear tables, there is a little trick that will speed things up. When a customer is ready for their check, click on their table twice right away and that will make sure you get the check and collect the dirty dishes at the same time. That will ensure that the waitress does not make any points from that table.
There are certain items that will help you advance in the game by helping keep the customers happier, by making you gain chaining bonuses and by making things run faster. Here are some of those items and how they will help you progress in the game.
DRINKS: Serving drinks will boost the heart level of your patrons. When you see the customer losing hearts, just give them a drink and their mood will improve right away. It is also good to give a drink right before someone finishes eating so that you can get the biggest tip possible from them. If you have several customers that are about to finish eating, give it to the patron that tips the most, like celebrities, food critics, cell phone addicts, the business woman and tourists.
FLOWERS: Place flowers on empty tables before seating customers there. Placing the flowers on the tables prior to customers seating down will make the patrons stay patient for longer than usual. Flo can carry two flowers at a time so carry as many as possible to get the task done faster. You may not need to place the flowers every single time but in some levels you will really need them in order to make the impatient ones stay calmer. You can ONLY place the flowers before people are seated not after.
PODIUM: Stand at the podium to increase the patience of the customers waiting in line. There are several ways you can use the podium, you can stand at it in the beginning of a level before you seat your first customers in order to improve their patience while they are seated. You can stand at it in between serving people, if people are getting restless in line while you are serving customers try to get to the podium as fast as possible so you don't lose anybody. The podium has to "recharge" itself in between uses, you will know when it's ready to use again when you see the big heart in the middle surrounded by a bunch of tiny red hearts. If you want to increase the hearts at the podium more than once in a row, you can stand there and it will automatically boost hearts once it's recharged. This is good to do when you have a lot of impatient people in line and you want to increase their moods before they are seated.
MOP: Flo can clean up several messes with the same mop. Depending on the circumstance, it is sometimes a good idea to wait until you can mop several spills at one time so you can earn chaining bonuses. There will be other times when it's busy that you will not be able to wait until you can mop up several spills at once. This will sometimes cause some of the people to stop eating until you clean the mess up. In these cases go ahead and clean it up because you need them to finish eating so you can sit some more people.
HIGHCHAIRS: Bring the families highchairs to help keep a baby from crying. If you keep the babies from crying it will make the rest of the customers happy. Whenever possible bring the highchairs to families that have babies. There are some instances that if you have big crowds, you don't have to use them, just make sure to seat them next to folks that don't mind the noise. Not seating them in highchairs does not make the families themselves lose hearts faster, but it will affect some of the other people around them.
CAMERA: The tourists are the only type of customers that request to have their picture taken. Try to take the pictures before you perform any tasks that require chaining actions since taking pictures breaks that sequence. Take the pictures first and then proceed to chaining. This may not always be possible but do it when it's convenient. Snapping pictures gives them a quick heart boost as well.
SNACKS: Customers will ask for snacks at any given moment. Try to fill as many snack requests at one time as possible since you will be able to get chaining bonuses for doing so. Most snacks add an extra 80 to 100 points for the first snack and then it doubles each time thereafter.
DESSERTS: Happier customers are more likely to order dessert. There are times when the dining room is full and you will get a lot of orders for desserts, try to fill as many of those as you can since each dessert adds 80 to 100 points for the first one and then it starts to double by the second one. Chaining desserts is a great tool in helping you obtain an expert score, because it gives you extra points towards the end of a meal. (any form of chaining boosts your score)
BENCH: At times there will be a bench available for people waiting in line. Sometimes you are not able to replenish a customer's heart at the podium because it will not be ready in time. Place people that have a short fuse on the bench and they will be patient a lot longer and their hearts will replenish every time Flo stands at the podium. It's a good idea to bench celebrities, the cell phone guy, the business woman, food critic and the tourists (in that order if possible) before anyone else since they lose patience quickly while in line.
DASH BAR: A Dash Bar appears periodically throughout the levels and it gives Flo an added burst of energy. I wish that they would have made this appear more frequently. It really made Flo go at lightning speed.
SHOES: Periodically you will have the choice of choosing certain items that will help you speed things up. The faster shoes are really helpful when you have large crowds of people and you want to make sure Flo can keep up. You are only able to get these when they pop up at the beginning of certain levels.
PRO CHEF: Once in a while you will have the option to opt for a faster chef. This will come in handy when you feel that a faster chef will help you finish a level faster. This is also good to have when you have a lot of impatient people that want fast service.
Once you know the customer types it will be a lot easier to plan your seating arrangements. Seating customers properly will help you earn extra points quickly, while seating people improperly can make you lose points very quickly. Here are all the customer types and their likes and dislikes:
Celebrity: boosts mood of customers seated nearby, impatient, orders and eats at average speed, super high tipper, dislikes noise
Food Critic: slow to order, eats at average speed, impatient, hates noise, super high tipper
Teenagers: average patience, order and eat at average speed, low tippers, always noisy except when flirting
Hungry Man: always orders seconds, average patience, low tipper, dislikes noise
Cell Phone Addict: fast to order and eat, not patient, always noisy, doesn't mind noise, high tipper
Family: orders and eats at average speed, average patience, noisy when they're not happy,d oesn't mind noise, average tippers
Bookworm: slow to order and eat, very patient, strongly dislikes noise, low tipper
Senior: slow to order and eat, very patient, dislikes noise, low tipper
Jogger: orders and eats at average speed, average patience, don't mind noise, average tipper
Business woman: fast to order and eat, not patient, dislikes noise, high tipper
Tourist: slow to order, eat at an average speed, impatient, dislikes noise, high tippers, occasionally asks to have picture taken
Young Lady: orders and eats at average speed, average patience, dislikes noise, average tipper
Lovebirds: slow to order and eat, very patient, don't mind noise, average tipper, can only be seated at a table that seats 2 people, occasionally kiss and annoy people around them