Star Chef 2 Review: Is it Best Restaurant Simulation Game?

Star Chef 2 Review: Is it Best Restaurant Simulation Game?

Star Chef 2 review 2023: If you’re looking for a free cooking/restaurant game, this piece is for you. Yes, it’s completely free and in my experience you aren’t forced to spend money. Almost everything refills automatically and without a very long wait-period.

The game seems to have multiple mini games within itself. Of course, this review aims to discuss all of that, and more.

Let’s not waste time with pleasantries and get started?

What is Star Chef 2?

As the name probably hints, Star Chef 2 is a game that revolves around a “chef”.  Yes, that chef is you.

At its surface, it’s a restaurant game. You start with a small restaurant and your goal is to expand it, make more money, gain levels etc.

However, as you progress, the game becomes so much more than just a restaurant game. You unlock magic, build buildings, improve décor, import ingredients and so on. All of this obviously is to help you expand your restaurant.

Technically speaking, it’s a restaurant + farming + base building game. Yes, all of those elements are crucial to the game.

Let’s get you a closer look then?

The game UI

Here’s what the game looks like when you first launch it:

Star Chef 2 user interface review

Yes, it has that fantasy-world look that calms me down as soon as I see it.

At the extreme top-left is your profile icon. Then there’s the game-area, primary-screen or whatever you call it. This is where you play the game.

On the top-right, there are three primary options.

  • The first (golden C) icon are your “coins”. You’ll need these to upgrade and buy various things. You get these for free by serving customers in your restaurant, completing daily tasks, selling items or playing the game in many different ways.
  • See that “green cash” bundle? This too is an in-game currency and is harder to get than the “coins”. The cash too can be used for upgrades, speeding up a cook or other similar benefits.
  • The “shopping basket” you see is your shopping capability. It’s basically like free money. You can purchase items from the supermarket equivalent to your shopping capability for free. The basket auto-refills for free.

You’ll also notice a “message-like” icon on the right. This would basically take you to the FAQ and help section.

Below that obviously is the “settings” button. It lets you control the basic customization of the game:

Star Chef 2 settings

  • You can turn the music on/off or change the language of the game.
  • It also lets you connect your Facebook if you wish to.
  • Notifications
  • It also has the contact option
  • And finally an “about us” button which I’m sure most of you won’t ever use.

Just below the “settings” button is the “Star chest”. It’s a chest that auto-refills over time. Once it’s full, you can collect it.

When you collect the chest, you’d generally get free coins, shopping capability, tools or other benefits. This is 100% free.

In a nutshell, I’d say the UI is extremely easy to use and understand. Don’t you agree?

The primary buildings/workstations in the game

This being a restaurant game, there obviously are a few primary buildings you can interact with.

Let’s see what star Chef 2 has built for us?

As soon as you start, you’d see this:

 

  1. These are the dining tables. This is where you serve your customers.
  2. This is the soup station. It’s where soup is cooked (obviously).
  3. Finally, this is the storage. It’s where your dishes and ingredients are stored.

Then there’s the “chef store”. This is a marketplace where other players buy items you’ve put up for sale.

Star Chef 2 review

This building accepts everything including dishes, crops, tools etc. You set the prices for each item which is one of my favorite in-game features.

There’s also a “Chef Academy”. This is where you can train your chefs which grants them buffs and makes them better.

You’ll also see a VIP structure, shaped like a V.

Star Chef 2 VIP Structure

This building shows your VIP level. Your VIP level is based on how much of real-money you’ve spent in the game. The VIP level upgrades whenever you purchase coins or cash. This is completely optional.

You’d also see a “Chef Masters” building. This is basically the co-op section which lets you compete with other players in the game.

Every 20-minute in the game, there’s also a food truck you can interact with. It’s another source that you can buy items/products from. This food truck however isn’t exclusive to you. Meaning, other players have access to the same truck. Hence, you must purchase what you require, fast!

There’s another building called Kekoa’s Adventure. It offers you timed event that offers you tasks and rewards for completing those tasks. In simpler words, you progress faster if you participate and complete in the Adventure.

Around the river, you can also spot the dock. Once unlocked, it lets you import high-end ingredients that help you create magic (in the cooking lab).

The “Drive In” is exactly what it sounds like, an additional place for you to serve your customers.

There’s an additional building called the “Celebrity Manor”. This is where you serve special guests, celebrities, critics. These activities earn you special rewards, bonuses and help you progress faster.

Whoever said “cooking is a science” was right. Star chef 2 does have a “cooking lab”.

Star chef 2 Cooking Lab

This is where the magic happens, literally! It lets you use magic to boost your gameplay via speed ups, bonuses etc.

There’s also a “Joe’s Delivery”. This building/shop basically lets you hire “Joe”, who delivers items to you. In other words, it’s like a takeaway service that lets you order various items. Do note that there’s a cool-down period after each use (he gets tired) and hence it’s not your magic wand.

They recently added this “Foodland” expansion. It basically lets you experiment with food and earn “recipe cards”. These cards can be used to install food zones and improve them.

Finally, there’s the “Super Market”. As you’ve probably guessed by now, it’s where you buy ingredients for your restaurant.

You can also tap on the “spinning wheel” to get a random bonus.

That’s all (or most of the buildings/interaction-enabled elements) available to you when you start the game.

As you progress, you buy more equipments and unlock additional buildings which offer additional features.

If you ask me, I’d say there’s a ton of things to do and interact with. Don’t you agree?

Primary game mechanics

As already mentioned, you start with a small restaurant area.

You can see a number of employees (NPCs) moving about and engaging in various tasks. Direct interaction with them isn’t required. They mostly are present to offer immersion and realism to the game.

Remember those dining tables at the center? That’s where you start off. You’d see customers coming in and sitting at one of those tables.

If you tap on them, their food requests would be shown:

Star chef 2 food requests

You can also click on the “Restaurant Orders” notice board (left of your dish storage). This too brings up all the current food requests in your restaurant.

This comes in handy when your restaurant grows and it’s impractical to click on each customer manually.

Got all the food requirements? You then need to utilize the “Soup kitchen” which cooks the required food.

Once done, you click on the dining table that requested it, slide the food on the table and done. An animation shows one of the NPCs bringing the food out from the dish storage and putting it down on the table.

Expansions and customizations

The game obviously supports expansions. You do start with a small area, however, you can build a vast empire over time.

Here’s what one of the top players in the game has built (yes, you can visit other players and their restaurants).

Star Chef 2 Expansions

So, expansions unlock at level 7. You start by buying plots of land. Once you’ve got the land, you can buy the tables, floor tiles and décor for the area.

Backyard

Backyard is another one of the expansion options. However, it deserves its own section for various reasons.

It’s like a mini-game on its own. This is where you plant crops for your restaurant. You can harvest the fruits/crops but also need to maintain them by not letting them die.

There are additional buildings/assets you can place in the backyard for better maintenance of the backyard.

Daily Tasks

Alike most other games, Star Chef 2 too has “daily tasks”. Completing these rewards you additional bonuses. These bonus are generally “coins” however may vary as the game updates.

The tasks do not require any special steps from you. These are your everyday activities such as serving a specific dish once, buying something X no. of times from the supermarket etc.

Each character in your restaurant has his/her own tasks. Again, when you complete a task these are automatically assigned to the right character.

Customizable notifications

You can choose which tasks should or shouldn’t send you notifications.

The available choices include:

  • Recipe cooked
  • Backyard
  • Construction complete
  • Team Tournament
  • Catering
  • Joe’s delivery
  • And nearly half a dozen other in-game events!

This makes sure the game doesn’t take away time from your schedule and yet the most important events aren’t missed.

Optional purchases

The game is 100% free. However, you certainly can purchase coins and cash to speed things up. You can then use these coins and cash to purchase various assets/boosters and other in-game items.

There are 6 packages for each in-game currency that you can purchase. If it’s your first purchase, you get a massive bonus (20%-50% additional coins/cash).

Do note that it’s possible to play the game without ever spending a single dollar on it. The purchase is completely optional.

Social features

I’m a sucker for co-ops. While Star Chef 2 isn’t exactly COD:MW, it’s still a co-op in some ways. As already mentioned in this Start Chef 2 review, you obviously can visit other players and offer/receive help.

However, you can also add them as friends. Adding friends has its own benefits. Primarily, friends can help you revive your dead backyard plants for free. You can also help or receive help from friends for fulfilling orders.

Friends can also send each other daily gifts which help all the involved parties equally.

Available both on Android and iOS devices

StarChef 2 can be played on both the leading mobile operating systems, for free. You can download the game here:

Star chef 2 review: Final words

So, in my opinion, is Star Chef 2 a good game? Certainly. Not just good, it has al the ingredients to be one of the best games in the genre.

This review, despite all my efforts, could only cover a fraction of all the features/elements of the game. There’s a lot more such as dish mastery, dance floors and so on.

I really loved the “no cash grab” mindset the developers seem to have. They do not force you to spend money. In fact, you can truly hit the leaderboards without ever spending a single dollar in-game.

Point being, if you’re looking for a cooking cum farming game, Star Chef 2 is for you. Hey, why take my word for it? Go download it and spend some time in the world? It’s 100% free, forever and that would give you a better idea, wouldn’t it?

Stravopys Review 2023: Create Digital Menu for Your Restaurant

Stravopys Review 2023: Create Digital Menu for Your Restaurant

Share your menu/product catalogue and accept orders from customers simply by sharing a QR code! If that interests you, this Stravopys review is for you.

Doesn’t the paper menu sound outdated? Customers having to shift through pages trying to find what they want?

With Stravopys, they can get the menus delivered on their phones, in seconds. Then, they can simply search for their disch/item directly instead of having to search for it. Yes, it makes you look cool too, doesn’t it?

Let’s see if Stravopys is worth it. Oh, did I mention it’s 100% free to try? It is, so don’t reach into your pockets just yet.

What is Stravopys?

I agree, the name isn’t exactly descriptive. Stravopys is basically a QR Code menu generato (and a lot more).

In simpler words, you can create a digital menu that anyone can access simply by scanning a QR code.

When your QR code is scanned, users land on a website. This website contains all your menu, sub-categories and everything else.

What’s more is, Stravopys can also be used to take and deliver orders. This essentially means you can build your entire business right away, without a single outlet! Simply list everything you can cook/sell, take orders, deliver them directly to the customer. No restaurants or million dollar investments needed!

On top of the menu, Stravopys can also be used to offer passwordless login to your WiFi, monitor what users search for on your website and more.

User-Interface

I like to begin with the UI. That’s because if an app isn’t user-friendly, its features are nullified. The features mean nothing if they can’t be “used easily”, don’t you agree?

Fortunately, Stravopys agrees and follows the very traditional layout consisting of the top-bar, left sidebar and the centre-screen.

User Interface

The left-sidebar is basically the “feature list”. Almost everything that you can do with Stravopys can be found on the left-sidebar.

The top-bar displays your “establishment” (restaurant/cafe or any other business) and lets you add new establishments.

There’s a secondary top-bar that lets you create categories for your menu.

Stravopys even starts you with a demo menu so you don’t have to start from absolute scratch. You can simply begin editing the items/images in these menu to get things done quicker.

The menu you have can be controlled easily and in single clicks using the three small buttons displayed next to the name of the menu.

So far, there’s nothing that seems complicated or hard to understand, is there?

Independent menu categories

Stravopys  lets you create “menu categories”. By default, you get “Breakfast”, “Main course” and “Dessert”.

Of course, you can add anything else you’d like to the list. E.g. I’ve added “Updateland special” just to demonstrate how it works.

Independent menu categories

You can even create “subcategories” within a primary category. It’s best for scenarios such as “breakfast > continental / Indian / Chinese > veg / non veg” and so on.

With a single click, you can also “prohibit orders” for individual categories. Imagine you have items that are only available during specific times of the day, well, you can disable the category for all other times!

Dozens of item customizations available

  • Being a “menu” app, I guess the customizations you can make to the individual food items is of utmost importance, isn’t it?

Well, each item you add gives you 4 primary options:

  • General
  • Variations
  • Extended
  • And Special offer.

Let’s start with the general customizations?

start with the general customizations

  • Title: The name of the food item
  • Subtitle: It’s basically like a short catchy phrase you can use.
  • Description: This is where you describe your food, ingredients and other details.
  • Price: I’m sure you know what this is.
  • Amount
  • And the image.

While this covers all the general details, you of course can add other information to your listing.

The ‘variation’ tab lets you add additional items to the primary item. E.g. if my primary item is a Pizza, I can add tomatoes, cheese, dips as additional items.

variation tab

You can even add ‘groups’ to the same item. E.g. I can add a non-veg and a veg group, each with their own additional items to the primary item ‘Pizza’.

Then there are the ‘Extended’ customizations you can add.

Extended customizations you can add

  • Item type: You can add the exact ‘type’ of item you’ve added. It can be a dish/drink/hookah etc.
  • Cooking time lets you specify an expected cooking time for the dish.
  • New: When enabled, a ‘new’ label would appear on the item indicating its a recent addition to the menu.
  • Label for new: You get to choose what exactly the label should say when you enable the ‘new’ button. Some cool ideas are- ‘fresh’, ‘must try’ etc.
  • Spicy level: This lets you choose from mild/medium/hot/ and extra hot.
  • Allergens: If you’re adding ingredients someone may be allergic to, you can mention those here so your customers don’t get sick. It also may add trust and reputation for your business.
  • Vegetarian: Enabling this would display a vegetarian icon next to the food.

Finally, the last possible customization is ‘special offer’. You can basically add make these special listings with special prices. They get highlighted on your menu and may get more orders.

Password-less WiFi QR Codes

If you thought Stravopys was only for menus and food, you were wrong.

Stravopys also allows your to offer free WiFi to the customers at your table easily. You can create WiFi QR codes.

All you need to do is enter your SSID (name of your WiFi) and the password. The process hardly takes a minute at best.

Password less WiFi QR Codes

Simply ask your customers to scan these codes and they’ll be connected to your WiFi instantly.

Invite team-members

Stravopys understands that running any business is easier with a team, you probably got one, haven’t you?

Of course you can invite team-members to your Stravopys admin dashboard.

Detailed statistics

No one likes long spreadsheets and crunching numbers. But, that’s a crucial part of your business, any business in fact, isn’t it?

Stravopys makes this easy. It displays nearly every crucial information as far as your Stravopys stats go.

Detailed statistics

For starters, it’ll display the total QR scans, total categories on your menu,  total subcategories, menu items etc.

You can even check “number of menu views” by date and time. Helps you identify peak hours for your menu.

The good news is, these aren’t displayed as boring stats. Rather, everything is displayed in neat graphs and box charts which does make things way less boring.

Header Customization

As stated earlier in this Stravopys review, scanning the QR code takes users to your digital menu which basically is a website. j

Of course, you get to customise  how your header looks like. You get to edit the header (generally the name of your business), add a tagline, and the image that’s displayed.

Header Customization

All of this takes less than 3 clicks and 1 minute at best, they sure made things easy, didn’t they?

Take orders and build a business

This is another side of the Strovopys coin. I personally tried Stravopys more for this feature than its QR code abilities.

So, it lets me ‘take orders’. Now, this practically let me set up my restaurant/catering/cafe or many other businesses.  As long as I’ve a team that can cook/ deliver other similar products, I can build my menu, and start accepting orders.

It does offer a few pretty advanced order features, these being:

Take orders and build a business

Absolutely no “website building” skills are required. There’s even an integrated form. It collects information such as client name, address, special comments for the order, phone no. etc.

Of course, these fields can be customised in a single click. You can even set an automated “success” message that’s displayed once an order is placed.

Similarly, you can set how you wish to get notified. You can set e-mail and/or Telegram. Setting up the Telegram chat automation is extremely easy as well.

Finally, you can enable/disable 3 modes of payment, these can be online/cash or terminal.

3 online modes of payment

I just said you can accept online payments, didn’t I? But how hard/complex or integrating that is? In this case, it’s a walk in the park.

On the “Order Settings” page, you get 3 online payment modes you can set. These are:

  • Stripe
  • Fondy
  • LiqPay

Stravopys Pricing Plans

So, the final question arises, how much does Stravopys cost?

Nothing! Well, not for the trial at least.

There’s a 100% free trial that doesn’t need your credit card or any such detail. Simply enter an e-mail ID and you get your free Stravopys trial account.

As for the paid plans, a single plan exists but the pricing differs based on your payment term.

Stravopys pricing plans

  • Standard plan/ monthly: $19.00/month
  • Annual plan: $199.00/month (2 months free).

There’s an additional “Network” plan that lets you add up to 20 establishments/ businesses and costs $499.00/year.

Final words- Stravopys review

That’s about it folks. Time for my personal opinion here, eh?

In my opinion, if you own a business where your customers order food, Stravopys takes things to the next level for you. It’s easier, simpler and faster for everyone.

If you don’t own a business yet, and would like to start, Stravopys lets you do that. No coding, domain, landing page, server required. Simply list your products and start delivering the orders.

Using the platform is as simple as it could be, I’m sure the attached snapshots concur the same, don’t they?

All in all, I’d say I’m pretty impressed. However, why take my word for it? Go sign up, it’s 100% free and is the best way to judge it on your own, isn’t it?