Wedding Dash Review

By Marc Saltzman |

If you liked Flo, you’ll love Quinn.

Yep, fans of the hit game series Diner Dash have been anxiously waiting to swap brooms for grooms in PlayFirst’s first official Diner Dash offshoot Wedding Dash, and after a week of intense play, Gamezebo can confirm it lives up to the hype.

The new game may not deviate far from what made its predecessors so popular, therefore those looking for an all-new experience might be disappointed, but Wedding Dash is well worth the price of admission.

Instead of our ponytail-donning heroine Flo taking orders, bussing tables and mopping up spilled drinks, we’re introduced to Quinn, a bridesmaid who reluctantly takes on the role of a wedding planner for a hapless friend, but soon realizes she’s good at this juggling job and decides to make a career out of it. (Fans of Flo shouldn’t worry, however, as she makes a couple of cameos in the story and gameplay.)

Not unlike multitasking through a game of Diner Dash, Wedding Dash challenges Quinn to take care of guests at a wedding reception, including seating them where they want (or don’t want), serving them food (appetizers, entrees and dessert), taking gifts from guests and handing them to the bride and groom, bringing song requests to the DJ and taking care of "incidences" such as breaking up a catfight between two bridesmaids, putting out a fire in the kitchen, handling inebriated guests and bringing tissues to Aunt Ethel who can’t stop bawling.

Different kinds of guests will arrive, too, such as easygoing ones, social butterflies who work the room and impatient eaters. Quinn better have things under control or else the bride turns into – you guessed it – a fire-breathing Bridezilla! Do well and you’ll make some cash and get hired to take care of additional weddings including one in a ballroom, on a cruise ship, in a castle and on an island.

If you make the minimum amount of money at the end of the function, you advance to the next level and get to choose from some upgrades such as a larger table for your guests, a speedy waitress to help out, or more gratifying food and drinks.

Before each new wedding, a kind of mini-game has you read a blurb about what the happy couple likes and dislikes and asks you to choose the correct item from three options for bonus points; this includes the kind of food they like (they may love seafood, so you’d pick lobster for the main course), where they’d like to go on a honeymoon (she loves Europe, so you’d select Italy), the kind of wedding cake they’d like, and so on.

Another way to ensure you’re making as much cash as you can is to chain tasks together, which will be familiar to Diner Dash players. This means Quinn should be carrying two appetizers instead of one, bringing two gifts to the bride and groom, and so on.

Along with the main Career mode is a secondary game type called Endless Reception, where Quinn must manage a never-ending stream of guests.

Wedding Dash is everything you’d expect from a PlayFirst micromanagement simulation – and it will feel like deja vu to Diner Dash addicts – so be aware these two games are fairly similar going in. But the humorous storyline and dialogue, entertaining scenarios that take place at the reception, and increasingly challenging weddings to run, the laughs last as long as your mouse clicking finger.

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