Review Ice Cream
The ice cream shop is open
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 27 Mar 2015, tested on HTC One M8
The touch input works really, really well, gameplay is fast and it really takes no time to get from one level to the next, the difficulty scales well
The aesthetics look dated in a bad way, there isn’t much depth to the gameplay outside of serving ice cream
Ice Cream for Android is a simple name for a relatively simple game. It puts you in the shoes of the bored ice cream shop clerk whose shop is way more active than your local ice cream parlor. It’s a game that I would call a recipe simulator.
So, what’s a recipe simulator? It’s the genre that prompts you to create an order for a customer and has you create said order in the exact order the game dictates. You start off with a cone, two flavors, and some whipped cream. There is one tutorial level which basically explains to you the idea that you need to do exactly what each customer wants you to, which is an concept that is pretty self explanatory.
Each level has a certain amount of customers that you can pretty much bet on. It’s usually six customers that will stop by and give you their order. You’re given an incredibly generous amount of time to put them together -- one at a time -- and you’re not even penalized if you mess up. Levels are considered days and as you progress through each day you’ll be one step closer to unlocking a new item. That means there will be a larger number of combinations you’ll be expected to juggle.
All in all, Ice Cream is a fun mobile game for what it is, but it’s incredibly basic. The progression simple doesn’t require you unlock anything special or buy new parts for your shop. Instead, everything is simply unlocked as you play the game. Thematically, there is really no difference, but it does take away one aspect of the game that the player would be able to manage themselves otherwise. I’d only pick this one up if you’re a fan of the genre that doesn’t necessarily want an experience that will be very time consuming.