Just when you might have thought that everyone's favorite digital restaurant mogul was resting on his pixellated laurels, Flipline Studio's Papa has returned with the latest spicy addition to his culinary empire. Papa's Wingeria is hiring, and only your mastery of time management and a dexterous control of your mouse stand between you and stacks of buffalo wing-scented dollars.
Try your best to satisfy your customers as best you can, because customer satisfaction also equals customer loyalty; the more consistent you are with your food and efficiency directly influences their tipping habits. As you earn more money, you will be able to buy upgrades for your restaurant that will increase your efficiency, and therefore, fatten your wallet. Additionally, with each customer, you have the opportunity to earn golden tickets, which can be used to play mini-games that can earn you clothes for your worker, or posters for your restaurant's lobby, that not only decorate the environment, but can also have an effect on your customers, such as improving your waiting score.
Just like all of Papa's eateries, your mouse is the only control you will need to run this wing joint. The four stations that Papa has set up for you to manage this time are: the order station in the lobby, and the fry, sauce, and build stations in the kitchen. Your customers have discerning tastes when it comes to their wings. Your basic rule of thumb in the kitchen should be 'fry them, sauce them, toss them, and plate them'. If you have worked for Papa before, you will notice that changes have been made to the quality control in the kitchen. The fry station uses a click-and-drag method to determine how many items you drop in the fryer at one time, and you can monitor the doneness of your wings by a green bar on the left of each fry basket. In the sauce station, click and hold the left mouse button to make sure you add the correct amount of sauce to the equivalent amount of wings you need to prepare, and then you should attempt to click the mouse at the correct time during the mixing process, in order to ensure the best sauce coverage. Pay close attention to your presentation when you reach the build station, by separating each wing from another with vegetables, if your customer orders them, like carrots or celery.
Analysis: Other than the controls in the kitchen that we previously discussed, the only other change to this version of the game is the 'clothes' feature, which allows you to dress up your character as you like, take a virtual picture of your sharply-dressed avatar, and optionally save it.
The entire series of the Papa's games has proven that it has staying power as a gaming franchise, and because of that, the downside of this game is also an upside. Flipline Studios isn't reinventing the wheel when they put another one of these games out, but that's because they don't have to. They follow the simple rule in the old colloquialism, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." And, for us fans of the series, that is a good thing.