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  • Daily 2nd Place September 10, 2010

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Hey everyone, we're back this week with Death Row Diner, a game for your inner lunch lady, assuming your inner lunch lady likes serving hardened criminals who get stabby when they get hungry. Take control of the cafeteria and try to maintain a little order, or you'll be mopping blood off the floor!

Death Row Diner is controlled entirely with the mouse.

To play, click various locations on the screen to make the lunchlady move there and perform a task. Your job in this game is to serve, seat and clean up after a variety of inmate types at a maximum-security penitentiary. Do it quickly, or your customers will break out brawling (which could end in a bloodbath).

Serve food - Click on the type of grub your prisoner customers request. You can only serve the group closest to the counter.

Seat prisoners - After you've served a group of convicts, you must use the mouse to click and drag the group onto an empty table to seat them.

Clean tables - Once a table's done eating (and as long as they haven't requested anything additional), click on it to collect the empty trays. Click on the sink in the upper right corner of the screen to drop them off.

Serve more food to demanding prisoners - Some groups of inmates will ask for more grub. You've got burgers and turkey legs - click on the item to grab it, and click on the table that requested it to deliver it.

Use both hands - You can use both hands to pick up trays, use the mop to clean up bloodied tables or serve additional food. For example, if two tables are requested burgers, you can click on the burgers twice to put burgers in both hands before going to serve them. If you have a group of trays in one hand you can serve one table additional food with the other.

Queue up tasks - You don't have to wait for the lunchlady to finish moving to one spot before telling her to go somewhere else. Click on multiple tasks in a row and she'll complete them in order.

Drop items you picked up by mistake - If you picked up burger or turkey leg by mistake, click on the sink in the upper right corner of the screen to drop off any food items in your hand.

Break up fights - If the inmates get angry enough (their anger gauge will flash red for a short time), a fight will break out. Click on the brawling customers to break it up and ease their anger slightly. Not breaking it up in time will put a fatality on your record. Three deaths in one day and you fail!

Combine prisoners - You can seat two groups of two inmates at a table for four, just drag the second group onto the half-filled table. NOTE: You can't break up a group of four, so make sure you have enough spots before combining parties.

Mop up - If a fight breaks out and blood is spilled, you should clean it up before seating another group at that table or the prisoners won't be pleased. Drop the mop back off at the bucket to free up one of your hands.

Use contraband - In later levels, some prisoners will leave behind contraband literature. Use these on groups of inmates to ease their anger when they're about to explode.

Keep the warden happy - At the end of each week the warden will visit your fine-prison-dining establishment. He'll request certain types of food - serve them to him quickly or he'll get angry, and you won't like him when he's angry.

Reviews


ParaDiceParaDice

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars September 11, 2010

Addictve

Couldnt come off the game it was incredibly addictive, i enjoyed that alot... pretty much took your inspiration from Diner Dash i presume?

Cool game anyway, i enjoyed it, just got really hard once the slashers got there. And i agree with Sharpnova its almost impossible to get an expert score lmao.



sharpnovasharpnova

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars September 11, 2010

my one complaint

it's passable and smooth. no bugs that i can see. but achieving expert scores is way too difficult. i would play a particularly flawless round with brilliant chaining and ridicu-efficient queuing of actions and end up with 1/2 or 1/3 of the expert score. stupid.



saomuelsaomuel

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars September 11, 2010

Addicting

When I said to myself "I'll gonna play just this level more and stop", but I kept playing the next one and the next one.
Too funny that made me forget that annoying laggy preloader - a thing that should be fixed and updated.



RiokushinakuRiokushinaku

Rated 4 / 5 stars September 11, 2010

Definitly Draws you in.

I felt like I HAD to finish. I finished the whole game with no deaths and only one fight.... until the last level where I got my only two deaths and two fights. Good game though.



KadorjaKadorja

Rated 3 / 5 stars September 10, 2010

Unique? Maybe. Great? Not even close.

Alright so its a diner game which isnt bad... it does have a nice spin to it and a good element but it was just really flawed. Too many little things that got annoying to keep it from being fun instead of mundane. Everything was packed too close and too easy to click on the wrong shit. Ok it adds an element of difficulty but then again it also just screws stuff up most of the time. It was annoying to be able to queue up some tasks and then others did nothing. I would of loved to queue up prisoners for food before they got to the front of the line but couldnt. Why? I dont know it would make perfect sense.

Im actually surprised that Adult Swim made this game. You guys usually have unique games that are fun (if annoyingly hard) and unique. I just dont get this one. It has potential it just needs to be touched up. There was no real push to keep playing. Just more colored slime to feed the prisoners and different table setups. Upgrades where mentioned and would of been cool. Just something to make it flow easier and not be a click fest trying to figure out if Im serving people food or throwing drumsticks in the damn sink.