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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

KMGR of "Chocolatier"

Chocolatier (video game)Image via Wikipedia

The PC casual game comes to the mobile as well! Search the world for 24 different chocolate treat recipes, from simple bars to delicate truffles and infusions! Also locate ingredients, and keep your factories supplies for production! Play a bit of match up to start the production, buy more factories, and establish your chocolate empire! Is it fun? Or is it more about fighting the interface? It's surprisingly good.

At its heart, Chocolatier is a mix of genres... It's a little bit reflex/arcade game when you "prime up" the factory with a new reciple. It's a bit random adventure as you travel throughout the world looking for new recipes and ingredients. It's also a business sim as you buy low (ingredients) and sell high (finished products). You can't keep making the same thing over and over as prices fall, so you have to keep switching things around. And there are occasionally special "quests" that asks you to make X items within a few months and you get either recipe or big amount of $$$ as reward of finishing the quest. You also get to buy up factories, haggle with sellers of ingredients, and visit various bars and such to find even MORE recipes, ingredients, at each city. And of course, more cities open up as you progress. Start with a few hundred, and end up with a whole empire!

And due to the randomness of the game, no two play-thru will be alike. Every decision you make or unmake can affect the outcome, and that's where the game is fun.

The mobile version retained most of the flavor of the PC version, though the graphics are reduced and I personally didn't hear much music. Sound effects are forgettable... You get a bit of "steamboat" or "locomotive" sounds as you travel, that's about it.

All in all, Chocolatier is a fine port of a PC casual game, and can be enjoyed easily by all people. The smaller screen doesn't really detract from the game.

Overall rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: a story, a lot of mix of genres, including adventure, business, and so on
Cons: not much music for the mood, no ACTUAL chocolate recipes (just nitpicking)

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