This game was great I played it until I beat it and can't wait for a sequel. The instructions on how to use the remote were clear and easy to understand. Cooking was broken up with mini challenges. The customers were comical in the background which made it fun for others to watch as well.
Rented the game for my wife, and I was pleasantly surprised. It is a casual little game that you can play for an hour or more if you feel like. Whole game takes no more than 5 hours to beat if your not rushing, and the controls for the most part are fairly intuitive. It is not very challenging on normal mode, so I recommend playing it for a little while, then restarting on hard. Only real cons I have is the shortness of the game, and some of the controls take some getting use to (although for a cooking game, this would be the best I have played yet for the wii) Worth renting. Cute graphics, fairly easy controls, and easy to follow linear story progression.
Order Up! is an accessible little game about restaurant ownership. While that might not sound exciting, the game makes it interesting enough to hold your attention. Basically, you play a chef who's started his very own restaurant, Gravy Chug. As customers start pouring in, you have to quickly and professionally build the dishes for each table. Up to four people will sit at each table, highlighted by one particularly finicky customer. These colorful characters have specific tastes that can be exploited for big tips. You'll also get extra tips for chef's specials, purchasable on the "black market". Added depth can be seen in the spices, which unlock throughout the game for special dishes. Gameplay is pretty engaging. Using the Wiimote, you can flip, fry, saute, chop, slice and boil your way to culinary mastery. For the most part this works well, but some of the motion-controls take a second to register. And a few of the mini-games are really frustrating. As your skills improve and customers keep rolling in, your little diner will eventually get to five stars (after you impress mister food critic). This unlocks further restaurants and you repeat this process all the way to the high cuisine boardwalk fixture of Chez Haute. Along the way, you'll unlock more spices, special dishes and assistants. The assistants have specific areas of expertise and you can let them handle some of the tasks they're best suited for. And once you get good enough, you'll be invited to compete in the "Fortified Chef" competition, which is a great spoof on "Iron Chef". And that's pretty much it. While there's cool stuff here, once it's over you have little incentive to continue. The biggest problem I had was the constant repetition of instructions and animations with no way to skip it. I don't need to watch the truck pull up and see the instructions each time I call the delivery guy. It's also short and relatively easy. Still, this is a fun title with humor and style.