A possible Follow the Leader version of Diner Dash but with a more serious take. Delicious is a series of Time Management Games developed by Zylom Studios and published by Zylom. The games tell the story of Emily, a waitress who aspires to one day run her own restaurant, and who works in several other restaurants in order to earn the money to make her dream come true.It is also well-known and favored by many people due to its detailed and Visual Novel-esque story telling that makes the games natural but memorable. The series actually started to grow in to fans when the fourth installment of the series was released and has been since receiving positive reviews from gamers and critics. The fifth installment, Delicious: Emily's True Love received a full five-star rating from Gamezebo.If you are a fan of this game, then check out its booming Facebook page and their blog.The games in the series so far are:
- Delicious: Winter Edition
- Delicious 2
- Delicious: Emily's Tea Garden
- Delicious: Emily's Taste of Fame
- Delicious: Emily's Holiday Season
- Delicious: Emily's Childhood Memories
- Delicious: Emily's True Love
- Delicious: Emily's Big Surprise (a free mini-game available from Facebook)
- Delicious: Emily's Wonder Wedding
- Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise
- Delicious: Emily's New Beginning
- Delicious: Emily's Home Sweet Home
- Delicious: Emily's Hopes and Fears
- Delicious: Emily's Cook & Go
- Delicious: Emily's Message in a Bottle
- Delicious: Emily's Christmas Carol
- Fabulous: Angela's Fashion Fever (a game featuring Emily's sister Angela in the fashion industry)
- Fabulous: Angela's Sweet Revenge (a 2-episode preview of Fashion Fever)
- Heart's Medicine: Time to Heal
- Cathy's Crafts
The game series provides examples of:
- Adult Fear: Hopes and Fears involve Paige being quite sick and Emily in tears.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Angela, as seen in Childhood Memories. Actually, she's annoying on a few occasions.
- Art Evolution: The first three still roughly had the same designs from its first game. The revamp has taken this to a T.
- Breakout Character: Francois simply started out as just some supportive friend who provides Emily with decorations in the restaurant. In later games, he starts to gain much more prominent roles. See A Day in the Limelight.
- Camera Sniper: Originally a one-off feature in Childhood Memories where you take pictures of important moments in Emily's life. It later returns in Honeymoon Cruise and has been a series staple since.
- Camp Gay: Francois. However in Holiday Season, in the end when she needs to choose a boyfriend, Francois is one of the choices and shown in the credits, 80% approve.
- Cats Are Mean: Emily's cat, Snuggy.
- Christmas Special:
- Delicious: Emily's Holiday Season
- There is also Delicious: Winter Edition which is essentially the first game.
- And then we have Delicious: Emily's Christmas Carol.
- Cool Big Sis: Emily to Angela. In some cases, Angela is somewhat a "Cooler Little Sis" and has more experiences with having relationships than Emily ever did.
- Divergent Character Evolution: In the earlier games, she's simply a waitress/restaurant owner that helps people by cooking. She eventually develops a life of her own, such as her family being introduced and having a love interest.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first one exclusively as it didn't include the will-be-famous animated cutscenes which will explain their daily lives. To be specific, the second and third ones as well but you'll start to notice that it's getting sleeker.
- Earn Your Happy Endings
- Easter Egg: Since its revamp, this game has featured this as one of the optional tasks where you'll win a trophy if you've found them all.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Emily of course.
- Fiery Redhead: Evelyn who doubles as Emily's beloved s/mother.
- Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: Lampshaded by the characters here◊. They plan to invite 50,000 people to their wedding.
- Friend to All Living Things: Emily has always been very good with animals, even as a child, as shown in "Emily's Childhood Memories." This trait is later passed on to her daughter, Paige.
- Gay Best Friend: Francois. Though the "gay" part is not confirmed to the point that he is a homosexual.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: The game is, at best, for all ages. The story in the games, especially later ones, manage to sneak in some things that concerns more adult problems but nothing too explicit.
- The story of Emily's Big Surprise was Patrick who thought that Emily was pregnant. We all knew in the end, she wasn't. Yet, there seemed to be an accidental implication of pre-marital sex because how else would Patrick thought she was expecting? They've done it! That's how.
- Angela's marriage to a much older guy really speaks for itself.
- In Honeymoon Cruise, a man called Evelyn "an old broad". Edward punched the guy afterwards. He regretted it but can you really help it if you heard your wife being called such a thing?
- In Home Sweet Home, one morning, once they realize they're alone in their bed, Emily and Patrick start making out. Of course their daughter Paige comes in shortly after and interrupts them, but it doesn't take much guess what would happen next had they been left alone.
- Happily Married: Tune in for what will happen in Delicious: Emily's Wonder Wedding.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Ever since the third game, the naming convention has been Delicious: Emily's <Insert Title Here>. The Spin-Off featuring Angela is also named Fabulous: Angela's <Insert Title Here>.
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- Mini-Game: Delicious: Emily's Big Surprise and Fabulous: Angela's Sweet Revenge only contain two episodes.
- Mistaken for Pregnant: The rather short plot of Big Surprise. It turns out, it's only Snuggy, her cat that was pregnant.
- Mood Whiplash: It comes to this from time to time.
- Childhood Memories reeks of this. The childhood scenes are sort of WAFF-y and cute but the ending of the game is pretty heartwarming.
- The climax of Emily's True Love would definitely count.
- My Beloved Smother: Evelyn who really wants her daughters (especially Emily) to have a boyfriend or just get married ASAP.
- Brigid of Emily's Wonder Wedding seem so too but unlike Evelyn, she is more critical of her son getting married.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Francois' family name is, get this, Truffaut...
- No Plot? No Problem!: The first game was this where Emily is just moving place to place, cooking.
- Numbered Sequel: Delicious 2 is simply...Delicious 2.
- Oireland: Where Patrick's family came from, as well as Emily's mother.
- Olive Garden: Jimmy, Angela's...husband seems to have a Jersey/Bronx accent if you imagine him talking.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: Since Taste of Fame, it's sometimes easy to forget that you're playing a Casual Video Game and not a Visual Novel. Also, the cutscenes can vary greatly.
- Pixel Hunt: In every game, you always have to look for Carl the mouse. Sometimes the locations are out in the open and other times it's a bit of a Guide Dang It.
- Put on a Bus: Some characters from the first three installments (e.g. Norma, Ziggy, Brad, etc.) of the game never appear again unlike the ones who made their debut in Taste Of Fame as friends of Emily's that recur from time to time. Averted as of Brad's appearance in Honeymoon Cruise after a long time of being forgotten.
- Really Gets Around: Angela had more boyfriends than Emily could've ever had, though she (Emily) had a few that passed her by until ending up with an official one in True Love.
- Sequel Difficulty Spike: When Delicious might have a reputation for being too easy, there comes Delicious: Emily's Wonder Wedding. Seriously. Of course, if you're a hardcore casual video gamer and you don't just reach for the "target" score, it can get very tedious on the "Invitation Challenge[s]". Each gamer would have a different opinion on which is the hardest challenge of them all.
- Slice of Life: Delicious 2 is the first to actually have an actual plot. Later installments made this more official.
- The Stinger: The new installments tend to have these occasionally.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The town of Snuggford, which is supposed to be in America.
- Character Development: Brad from Tea Garden. Though he was pissed off that Emily lied to him, he apologized in the end and said that he's going back to college after realizing how much of a jerk he was.
- Dumb Muscle/Surfer Dude: Brad from Emily's Tea Garden. He tried to get Emily to go out with him, but Emily ended up lying to him to get him off her back.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Ziggy from Delicious 2.
Taste of Fame
- Disney Death: Francois near the end.
- Elvis Impersonator: A character as such debuted in this particular game.
- Home Sweet Home: She is a bit overwhelmed with the publicity and would rather settle down with the normal life she used to have with her friends and family.
- Christmas Episode
- Love Triangle: Emily, between Paul and Richard.
- Running Gag: Elvis asking for a hamburger from Emily, though in all of the restaurants she worked on, she had served none nor were they in the menu. He finally gets one in the end but only to find that there's no ketchup.
- Take a Third Option: If neither of the two, the third choice will be Francois.
- Passing the Torch: Emily decided that it would be best to sell their house to the new family moving in. She will always have the memories...
- Shout-Out: In the ending when the family was moving out, she was going on a date with Dr. Connor McCoy*
- The 20th Century: The game revolved around the following decades:
- The '70s: Her younger years; Angela was born.
- Hippie Parents: Emily and Angela's parents (only look like ones) but dropped this look off when...
- The '80s: Preteen years; She meets Francois.
- The '90s: Her first prom night and first kiss.
- The Early 2000s: Her first job in a restaurant; she saves a bankrupt factory.
- The New '10s: The present setting of the game where she is now in her 30s.
- The '70s: Her younger years; Angela was born.
- A Day in the Limelight: Francois became the waiter for a while, while Emily is away in Paris.
- False Soulmate: Jean-Paul. Quite the Tragic Dream for Emily.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: During "Falling Stars", the florist helps Emily sabotage one of the dishes from Jean-Paul's restaurant with hot sauce so she could give it to the Food Inspector, causing this trope.
- Gay Paree: The setting of the place Emily must go to.
- Love Hurts: In the obviously love themed True Love game Emily finds out that the past lover she has met in Paris when she was 16 has been cheating on her. Not just her but the florist who she has been friends with. Ouch...
- Official Couple: Who are they? Emily & Patrick.
- Spit Take: Emily combines this with Double Take and Big "WHAT?!" after Francois tells her that Angela's wedding reception would be at her (Emily's) place.
- Wham Episode: "A Bitter Blow". Doubles as a Drama Bomb.
- Continuity Porn: The many people invited to Emily's wedding attended as guests whom you may have recognized from earlier games.
- Fighting Irish: One of the episodes' titles (except with a "The" on the first) which was about a fighting couple.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Before they even do get married, no less. It all started when Patrick didn't tell Emily about Iris.
- Meddling Parent: Brigid, oh Brigid... She'd rather he (Patrick) marry his ex-girlfriend back in Ireland.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Iris for Patrick. She's not too psychotic, it seems, since she hasn't inflicted pain on neither him or Emily. She did try some relationship sabotages though.
- A Day in the Limelight: The game is this trope. Justified that Emily is not supposed to work since it is her honeymoon. We have (in order of episode):
- Francois again.
- Angela, in the second episode, running a boutique.
- Brigid runs the spa, much to Patrick's chagrin.
- Edward and Evelyn in the piano lounge.
- Babies Ever After: Three months pass as the epilogue begins and Emily has a visible baby bump.
- The Bus Came Back: Brad returns, running the shack in a beach.
- Identical Strangers: In the episode that took place in "The Kid's Club", there are two kids that look like Emily and Patrick if they'd known younger. They even got their colors.
- Kid Sidekick: Josh.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Patrick really wants kids but Emily is just too...unsure. Note, they've only been married for several days to weeks when he started talking about it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Francois, for the sake of petty vengeance on losing to 'who served the customers faster' to Josh, a little kid, attempts to dump him with a bucket of water by the way of a so-called "crowning ceremony". Francois felt guilty after the kid was showing him kindness that he'd do such a thing but when the time came, he managed to prevent Josh from sitting on the throne and got himself wet instead. Josh and a lot of other people were disappointed. Including Emily.
- End of an Age: Downplayed. After owning her own restaurant for the past 3 games, Emily realizes she can no longer run it after having a family, so she sells it and moves away.
Home Sweet Home
- Alpha Bitch: Sharon, Type 1.
- Dance Party Ending
- Heel–Face Turn: Sharon at the end of Level 50, after Emily and the gang rescue Grace from another fall.
- Luminescent Blush: Sharon does this from embarrassment at the of Level 50, when she confesses that she removed some bolts from the metal shelves the night before; some other's faces go red all the way in anger upon hearing that.
- Mama Bear: Moon Blossom fits this perfectly. So does Sharon, especially after Grace hurts herself in an accident.
- Shout-Out: The photo-moment when Moon Blossom finally lets Hemmingway climb a tree is called "Happy tree friend".
- Stage Mom: Sharon. She eventually gets over it.
Hopes and Fears
Message In A Bottle
- Lost at Sea: Due to heartbreak from his wife's death, Emily's grandfather took a boat and sailed out into a storm.
- Oh, Crap!: Edward has this reaction at the end of level 53 when Vinicio tells him not to buy any property from a realtor who bilks people out of money and has fled the country...right after Edward had already gave him that money!
- Putting the Band Back Together: The goal for this game is to gather all of the Napoli family members for a family reunion.
- The Power of Love: Emily and her family help her uncles reignite their passion for their businesses and their families with this in each level they go to.