Masala Express: Cooking Game review – Android

September 16, 2017 — by Anusha "Trillian" Sinha0

Cook cuisines from all over India!

There are a number of cooking games on the play store where you can make everything from pancakes to creme brulee, but there is none that will cater to your taste as much as Masala Express. You know shit is about to get real one minute into the game when you are introduced to Priya and her tragic backstory. In typical Bollywood style, the drama will make you cry as you are introduced to Priya’s lovely family and their journey through cooking. After this amazing cut scene is over, you start off with a restaurant that serves only paneer tikka at first. It seems that the customers select items on the menu based on who they are, which is interesting. The dadi always buys lassi and the Sikh gentleman sure prefers his tandoori chicken.

Masala Express is cleverly designed to limit how much you can play at a time. This forces you to return to the game after a break which prevents it from getting boring all at once. The graphics are adorable and it is a great thing to see the people you see in everyday life get their own game characters.

Masala Express

Of course, you also use all the traditional methods of cooking which will remind you of home. What might not be common with your home is the number of people there at all times of the day demanding food and getting annoyed when it doesn’t magically appear in thirty seconds. There are three cuisines currently and the developer seems to be working on more. The main problem with the game relate to how Priya behaves at time. While it is understandable that running a restaurant comes with a considerable amount of stress, there are moments when you give two instructions to her and she just walks all over the place, doing nothing in particular. The girl from Diner Dash fares better in that respect because you can queue her actions. If you can survive the occasional meandering, you can get along well with Priya. Here’s a cooking game you must play if you eat food.

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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha

Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.

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