Diner Dash: Hometown Hero Walkthrough, Cheats and Strategy Guide

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By Margie Bissainthe | Sep 27, 2007 |

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.

GENERAL TIPS

 

 

  • There is more than one way to get and expert score in all levels. Different things will help you along the way, like chaining, color matching, serving drinks, keeping hearts full etc. Some will help you more than others depending on which level you are playing. In some instances speed will help you the most taking care of customers fast and not chaining will be key. In other instances what will help you get ahead is to match the color of the customers' outfits to the color of their chairs. Sometimes you can get a hint on which skill you will need in a certain level if you pay attention to the opening screen before you begin to play, it will say something like "customers will only seat on chairs that match their outfits."

     

     

    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.

     

     

  • The podium is your friend. It will help you keep the masses happy and a little more patient while they are standing in line. If you stand at the podium and don't move, it will automatically start working again once it's recharged. It is recommended at times to let it go more than once before you start seating customers. This way they will be more patient while waiting to be served and they will also leave a bigger tip since their hearts are fuller.

     

     

     

  • If you're about to lose a customer and drinks are not ready and there is nothing you can do to save them, click on their table so you can get their check as soon as they are ready. Just stand there and wait for them to be ready because at that point every second counts and you don't want them to leave.

     

     

     

  • You don't have to clean a table right away, at times it's better to leave the tables dirty until you can get a bigger chaining bonus for cleaning.

     

     

     

  • In Hometown Hero, you don't lose points if a customer stops requesting something once it's in your hands, it just simply disappears.

     

     

     

  • There will be time when it's beneficial to wait and seat certain groups together. Try to group people according to their patience level and how they get along with each other. It's good to seat joggers, cell phone addicts, families and teenagers together since noises don't bother them. Bookworms and seniors are slow to order and eat, dislike noise and are very patient so when possible seat them together.

     

     

     

  • Teenage boys and girls are best when seated next to each other. Try to wait and seat teenage boys and girls next to each other since they flirt with each other and keep each other occupied with their flirting. You also get 20 bonus points when you seat them close by. Teenagers tend to be noisy when they are seated by themselves so keeping them flirting keeps them from annoying those around you.

     

     

     

  • Lovebirds will only sit at tables that have 2 chairs. If you try to seat them in something other than that they will not do it. Also be careful where you sit them since they tend to annoy most folks around them. It's a good idea to sit them in a corner so they will not annoy too many people at one time.

     

     

     

  • Celebrities are great customers because they make everyone around them "starstruck." Try to seat them in the middle of the room since they improve the moods of everyone around them. Pay close attention to them since they are short on patience and dislike noise but they are very high tippers so make sure to keep them happy. If a celebrity leaves it cost you twice as much as if a regular person leaves (3000 points instead of 1500). Also try to seat them near impatient people or people that come in with low hearts since they will improve their moods.

     

     

     

  • Hungry Men always eat twice, they can mess up your chaining bonuses but they don't have to. If they've already finished eating and are ready to order again, just make them wait until others are ready to order as well. Try to sit them in corners and next to quiet people so that they will not lose patience faster.

     

     

     

  • Food Critic is a great tipper make sure you cater to her every whim! Keep giving her drinks and serve her as fast as possible. The faster she gets out the bigger the tip will be.

     

     

     

  • If you want to get experts on all levels, the first time around, you can just stop playing whenever you think you're not going to make it. Click on the pause button on the lower right hand corner and then click on the "restart level" and you can start that level over and over again until you get it right.

     

     

     

  • Some dining rooms will experience a power outage and all you have to work with is a flashlight. This level can be difficult but it doesn't have to be. To make things easier you can stand at the podium (when available) and boost hearts while at the same time looking at the room with the flashlight so you can see where everything is located. Once you know where thing are, look at the customers waiting in line and plan seating accordingly. You can periodically wave the flashlight around the room so you can monitor who needs what. Even though it's dark you can still see the room on the side where the flashlight is not shining.

     

     

  • On the levels where you have the bar seating, try to place bigger groups on there so that it will be easier for you to take care of the customers. When you place too many small groups at a time, it can get confusing.you can also leave a space in between customers so you can click on the tables with ease.

     

     

  • When placing people on the bench, you cannot place them back in line, you can only move them once you're ready to place them at their tables.

     

     

  • Placing flowers on the tables before anyone sits down will earn you 100 bonus points per table.It may not always be possible in some levels but it makes a big difference, so do it when you can.

     

     

     

  • There are certain levels in which you have customers that have reservations. They are only willing to wait a short amount of time for their table before they leave. You will know a table has reservations coming in by the flashing sign next to the table. You will be able to recognize the customers with reservations because they have the matching symbol next to them. At the beginning of a level when you see that sign, try not to seat anyone on there (especially a slow eater, since they will hog the table longer); instead leave the table empty so that it's ready when the customers with reservations show up. If there is somebody on their table serve them first and quickly so you can get them out of there as fast as possible. The only time it's OK to seat someone on those tables is when it's almost the end of the shift and there are no people with reservations waiting.

     

     

     

  • You don't have to seat the customers the moment they come in. It's best to let them pile up so you can see the different types coming in and seat people accordingly. For example, bookworms do not like a lot of noise so it's not a good idea to sit them next to cell phone addicts or teenagers since all their noise will make the bookworms lose patience faster and leave if he becomes too irritated.

     

     

     

  • Chaining is very important in the game since it will allow you to build up points faster. Chaining is when you perform the same action in a row. You can chain serving desserts and snacks, taking orders, serving orders, mopping, cleaning tables etc. For instance, you should serve all the meals at one time instead of doing something else in between. Try to do as many things in order without interruption to accumulate more points. It's great if you can serve all the meals at once, followed by all the deserts and then pick up all the checks in one swoop. The only time that it's not good to pay too much attention to chaining is when you are playing the rounds in which you have the waitress competing with you for the tips.

     

     

     

  • You can sometimes seat people in a certain way in order to make it easier for you to seat the next round. For example, try seating groups that have 2 colors on the same side all the time. Place all the blue shirts on the left side and yellows on the left. Whenever possible try to keep the colors on one side of the table to make it easier for your next round.

     

     

     

  • In order to obtain large bonus points it is a good idea to sit people on chairs that match their outfits, it's an even better idea to match the outfits to chairs that have a high number next to them. The number next to the chair shows how many times you matched a particular color to that particular chair.

     

     

  • When you are trying to chain certain actions it is best to serve the people with the least amount of hearts first and then serve all the ones that have the most hearts last. This will keep you from losing anyone that is irritated and close to leaving at any given moment

     

     

     

  • There are certain actions that will NOT break your chaining combos so therefore you can do them in between chaining. Taking customers to their seats and standing at the podium will keep your chaining actions intact.

     

     

     

  • Certain actions WILL break your chain combos. In order to avoid breaking the chains perform the chain breakers first and then proceed to chaining. Chain breakers are things like serving drinks and snacks and taking pictures.

     

     

     

  • When you have large groups of people, usually five or more, you can "push" tables together to accommodate them. Just place the group in between 2 sets of tables and the tables will automatically be pushed together. Once the group has finished eating, the tables will automatically go back to their original positions. There were a few times when I was not able to push the tables together.

     

     

     

  • The happier the customer the bigger the tip they'll leave. To ensure the patrons are happy make sure to monitor their heart levels at all times. Serving them drinks, highchairs, pictures, the podium and sitting on the bench will add hearts. Placing flowers on the table before they sit down also allows them to stay patient a little longer than normal. It is also a good idea, if time permits, to fill the hearts of the customers right before they finish their meal so that you can get the full tip from them. Serve them a drink right before they finish eating in order to boost their heart.

     

     

     

  • If you don't make sure the customer is happy and they get angry and leave, you will lose points for every customer that leaves. You will lose 1500 points for the majority of the customers that leave with the exception of the celebrities, in which case you lose 3000 points instead.

     

     

     

  • At times when the line is long you will not be able to see all the people waiting in line. Even if the sign says closed, the people are still there and will appear once you start taking people off the line.

     

     

     

  • It is recommended in the game that you only seat the mothers with the babies on tables that sit four but it's not always necessary or beneficial to do this. You CAN sit them on the tables that only have two chairs and you DON'T have to bring them their high chairs when you do that. This tip will help you in levels where there are a lot of people to serve at one time and bringing highchairs takes away some of your time to do other things. Bringing highchairs usually keeps the babies from crying. Since they are going to cry occasionally when they are seated in the tables with 2 chairs it's best to seat them next to people who don't mind too much noise, like the joggers and cell phone addicts etc. This will not cause the family itself to lose hearts faster.

     

     

  • It is best to do things in an organized fashion so you can keep Flo doing tasks in a pattern. There are several ways to do this: Start placing flowers on the tables that are closest to you and work your way to the podium. It's generally a good idea to go to the podium after you've placed the flowers since placing flowers can sometiimes slow you down. When delivering orders try to deliver them in rows close to each other. You don't want to walk from end to another - it takes too long.

     

     

  • You can do several jobs in advance by just clicking ahead. You don't have to wait until you've finished clearing one table to go to the next, click on several jobs at a time and Flo will perform them in the order that they were clicked. You will know what jobs are next by the checkmarks next to the tables.

     

     

  • On the Waterpark restaurant (optional purchase) you have to do things in an organized fashion since Flo has to walk long distances. Try to seat as many people on the right side as you can since the trashcan, drink and snacks are located on that side. Try to take orders on one side and then take orders from the other side, instead of doing 2 different sides at one time, that takes too long and you have people waiting in line. Grab the dash bar as soon as you see it so Flo can walk extra fast. When you get the dash bar do not go to the podium, take care of the tables instead so you can maximize your temporary boost of speed.

     

    ITEMS

    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.

     

    CUSTOMERS

    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

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