Decadence by Design
After the war ended — World War II, that is — people all around the world were ready for something nice and sweet. Luckily, the famous Chocolatiers, Baumeister Confections, managed to keep afloat during those difficult times, and can still satisfy the world's sweet tooth. Unfortunately, Alex Tangye, the sweet heiress, who you might remember from Chocolatier 2, has bigger problems on her mind than chocolate. Her husband, Sean, is missing, still lost at war. She wants to go looking for him, but to do that, she'll need to leave her chocolate factories in good hands: yours.
Chocolatier: Decadence by Design is the latest
installment in the popular Chocolatier series. Decadence by Design returns Chocolatier to its original format, allowing you to make chocolates in factories, explore new ports around the world, running errands and completing quests. So, even though this sequel is set a half a century after the first, fans of the original Chocolatier will feel right at home. But don't let the old style fool you — this is the Golden Age! Cars with fins, neon signs, and new features in the factories add excitement and creativity to the game.
Baumeister Confections is expanding into the coffee business, with new concoctions and machinery. While chocolate bars and infusions are made in the traditional fashion (if shooting ingredients into twirling gears counts as "traditional",) coffee production is a whole new game. While you still need to shoot the ingredients into place, the coffee beans, creams, and sugars must be lined up in groups along a moving conveyor belt. At first, it looks easy, but as the belt moves faster with more and more ingredients, you might run out of places to put things. (Could these be the same people who hired Lucy?)
The sweetest new feature in Decadence by Design is a variation on the confectioner's laboratory seen in an earlier version. In a secret lab tucked away in some remote corner of the world, you can create your own chocolate confections and coffee drinks. You pick the ingredients, and if they hit your taste buds the right way, you can not only name the treat, but design it as well. Select the colors and shapes of your toppings and fillings, and then give it a name and a description. If you're lucky, people all over the world will soon be clamoring to taste your new creation.
Analysis: At first glance, this Chocolatier game doesn't seem to be much different from other versions. However, new features are soon revealed, and suddenly it is more addictive than ever. Will you become the CEO of Baumeister confections? Will Alex Tangye find her husband? Will these people ever stop bugging you for your famous Cayenne Truffle Bars, the ones with yellow spots and violet stripes? If you hope to find out — or hope to create something more appetizing — then try Chocolatier: Decadence by Design.