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Don't underestimate the title. * The first game's title card
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 it's detailed and Visual Novel-esque story telling that make the game natural but memorable. The game 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 checkout its booming Facebook page and their blog.The games in the series so far are:
Delicious: Winter Edition
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)
Art Evolution: The first three still roughly had the same designs from its first game. The revamp has taken this to a T and will probably stay that way once future games are released.
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.
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.
There is also Delicious: Winter Edition which is essentially the first game.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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...
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.