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Chocolatier 2: Secret Ingredients
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Delightful and Entertaining with Good Variety

I have not played the first Chocolatier, so I have no basis of comparison to the first game. I like sim games and was disappointed with Nanny Mania as well as Alice Greenfingers. Both ended far too quickly, were too simple and repetitive or didn't have enough variety.

C2 has a story mode as well as free play. In order to fully open a free play game, the story mode must be completed. Could be considered negative if one wants to just "have it your way," but the story mode introduced the player to all the details of the game, i.e. ports, characters, factories, ingredients, types of chocolates, in an organized but entertaining way.

I enjoyed reading the story about the Baumgarten family's characters struggle in the chocolate industry as I played, but I was glad that it was not necessary to follow it in order to win or complete the story mode. It was a source of entertainment, but not germane to the game.

The shooting skill games to set up the factories were very similar but enough variety that I was not bored. Different kinds of skills games for different categories of chocolates might have been more interesting.

The tasting lab was great fun. Gathering ingredients from around the world and combining to make new chocolate exotics. Interesting results.

I felt like I had to play it in chunks of time. Plan out factory production, remember what ingredient and recipe was going where, purchase the ingredients, physically set up the factories, and start production. When I return to the game, I have to look it all over to remember where I was and go from there.

The website high score competition hooked me. I'm #13 on the global all-time list. I figured out a system was shooting for #1, until life got in the way and I had to take the game off my computer for a while.... sign of a true addict.

Negative - I wasn't fond of the overall music, but the music in each port was ok. The graphics were pretty good but not excellent. Clicking through the numerous people in the various port locations sometimes got a bit tedious.

I like the game, and now I have to get back to real life. The game is sitting there waiting for me to play again, and I look forward to it.

by JR, USA - Jan 25th 2008
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