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Cake Mania Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

The latest review Macworld's Game Room enters the sugary world of Cake Mania. In the game layers help the protagonist Jill save her grandparents' bakery by building a successful business. The Game Room gave Cake Mania a score of 3.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

The game features about four dozen different levels to master—Jill makes her way to four different bakeries as her business continues to grow. And with each bakery comes new opportunities. The money you make from the sale of the cakes can be turned over into new equipment—automatic icing gear, bigger and better ovens, toppers for the cakes, or a better pair of shoes so Jill can run around.

New customers come calling, some with different requirements for their dream cake than others. And as you wait on each of them, you see a heart-meter that shows you how satisfied they are. The longer they wait, the less satisfied they get, and the less likely they are to leave a tip behind to help you get ahead. Let them go long enough, and they’ll leave you in the lurch, holding a cake that no one wants, having wasted precious time. It’s not too hard to get behind the eight ball on this, and end up like Lucy and Ethel on the chocolate bon-bon production line, desperate to try to get ahead.

If this sounds fun, it’s because it is, in a frantic, frenetic sort of way. When things do well, Cake Mania is a lot of fun to play. When they don’t, it turns into a frustrating mess. Fortunately, the game saves at each level on the way, so you can always quit for a time and come back—just as you should be able to with any casual game. That makes Cake Mania an ideal time-waster on your lunch break or between phone calls at work or at home in front of the TV set. It’s not the most challenging game in the world, but it is fun.
Check out the rest of the review at the link below.

Macworld's Game Room: Cake Mania Review

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