The Apprentice: Los Angeles has four Diner style games taking place in different locations along with memory card game for when you go to the boardroom.
If you've played the original The Apprentice, don't expect this one to resemble that flat attempt to take advantage of the TV show's popularity. A look at screen shots from the two games easily shows the new version contains better graphics, and better games.
The Apprentice: Los Angeles has a strong storyline. Players run a sushi bar, boutique and beach rental. The fourth, a hotel, comes later in the game as the final task. You play five levels of one task (a task in this case would be working in one of the stores) and then move on to the next. When you don't score high enough to beat your rival team, you go to the boardroom. Each level contains a monetary goal, but even if you miss it in one level -- you can make it up in the next.
A visit to the boardroom means playing a memory card game. Race against two other players you take to the boardroom with you by finding matching pairs. Make high point matches and take away other players' points until you reach a specific number of points.
The game play is another story. The customers in the stores drove me crazy and not in a good way. They were more impatient than customers in other games of a similar style. It didn't take long for them to go from happy to throwing a tantrum like a child.
The levels grew too hard too fast and my hands cramped when I tried to move quickly. A little chaining (clicking ahead multiple tasks) is possible, but you don't receive bonuses. Even with chaining, I wasn't fast enough for these spoiled-rotten customers. Some Diner games characters don't move fast and smoothly, but that's not an issue with The Apprentice: Los Angeles.
One of the game's strengths is its beautiful and crisp graphics. Thanks to the first rate graphics, you can't miss what goes on behind the scenes like a chef trying to catch a fish in the window at the Sushi Bar for a few laughs. You also meet customers who obviously represent certain stereotypes.
The game also includes the Donald, Don Jr., Ivanka and 12 Apprentice players from the past six seasons. When Mr. Trump fires someone, we get the usual "great experience" and "I did a good job and shouldn't have been fired" taxi talk. Trump mostly says, "You better work hard and reach your goal" or "Your team failed!"
Unlike other Diner games, the game avoids monotony by having three regular Dash games and a card memory game. Those who like Diner games will like this one whether or not you like The Apprentice since it doesn't play a big role.
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