Mac Game Review: Chocolatier

Chocolatier Mac






Oh, boy… I was going to quit playing small games from GameHouse/Big Fish Games. But I decided to try out another one as I was bored.

Chocolatier is a real-time strategy game. Unlike Blizzard’s Warcraft series or Ensemble Studio/Microsoft’s Age of Empires series, there is no battle involved in this game. The objective of this game is to restore family honor of Evangeline Baumeister of San Francisco. She hires you to find chocolate recipes. She doesn’t always tell you what to do. Rather, somebody else asks you to produce a specific chocolate. If you do a favor, then you may get a recipe for another chocolate.

At first, you start out in San Francisco. You have little money in the vault. In this city, there are several locations that you can visit. (See Screenshot 04.) The Cliff Chalet is the mansion where Evangeline Baumeister stays. She basically oversees your work. There is a pink building slightly to the right from the center of the screen. That’s a local chocolate shop. If you have produced some cases of chocolate, you can bring them here for cash. Right below the clock tower, there is a market. In this particular market, there are not many ingredients to buy. (See Screenshot 05.) There are more than a dozen cities out there. Some markets have a wide variety of ingredients. There are a few ingredients that can only be found only in one market. Then there is a chocolate factory at the top left of the screen. If you enter the factory, there is an old man working. (See Screenshot 06.) You tell him which chocolate to produce. Once you show him which ingredient to use, he will keep producing the same chocolate as long as the supply lasts.

There are 4 different kinds of chocolates: Bars, Squares, Infusions and Truffles. If you see Screenshot 07, there’s a question mark on top of many chocolates. That’s because their recipes have not been recovered. To the right, it’s shown that producing one case of this particular kind of chocolate requires 1 unit of sugar and 1 unit of cacao beans. They are both stricken out because I have neither ingredient in my inventory.

At the bottom left on the screen, there are 3 small circles. If you click on the one at the right end, you will enter the world map. (See Screenshot 09.) Some cities are accessible. Others are locked when you first start out the game. You can travel from one city to another by ship and/or train to find lost recipes.

Let’s take a closer look at the world map. San Francisco is 1 of the 14 cities found in this map. There is a red factory icon right above the name. A red icon indicates that factory production is stalled either because some ingredients have run out or because you haven’t introduced the right mixture of ingredients for a specific chocolate recipe. By the way, not all cities have a chocolate factory. There are other 5 chocolate factories out there. Other than that, every city has a market and a chocolate shop.

So what is the usual sequence of game play? First, you want to produce a chocolate and bring it to the shop to make money. As long as you have its recipe, you can produce any chocolate. You need to travel to other countries and collect right ingredients. Enter buildings and talk to people. Somebody will ask you to produce a specific kind of chocolate in return for a recipe or information that will lead you to a new recipe. When somebody asks you to do a job (See Screenshot 10.), don’t reject it because the same person doesn’t always come around. If you collect a certain number of recipes, Evangeline Baumeister will reward you with an award. (See Screenshot 11.)

Finally, let’s go back to the main screen. At the bottom of the screen, there is a horizontally-long window. There are 3 tabs. Messages just keeps track of conversations and information during the game play. (See Screenshot 12) If you have been assigned a task, a reminder will appear at the top of the box. Factory Status shows which factory produces what chocolate with what ingredients. (See Screenshot 13) And Inventory shows the units of ingredients that you have purchased and the chocolates that you have produced. (See Screenshot 14)

You will complete the entire game when you collect all awards. There are 11 awards to win in total. As I mentioned earlier, you will be given each award when you collect a certain number of recipes. It took me about 12 hours collectively to finish the entire game. I thought I found all recipes, but it appears that I completed the entire game with one recipe missing.






Developer: Big Spash Games, LLC (?)
Distributer/publisher: GameHouse, Inc., Big Fish Games, Inc.
Website: gamehouse.com, bigfishgames.com
Genre: Real-time strategy
Price: US$19.95
System requirements 1: PowerPC/Intel, Mac OS 10.3.9
System requirements 2: 700 MHz with Windows 98 SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista, 128 MB RAM
Multiplayer: Not available





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