Following a release on mobile devices, Zindagi Games’ Crazy Kitchen has launched on Facebook, challenging players to complete match-three puzzle levels to serve the hungry customers in their cafe. The game is designed with a core social element, as players begin by importing one of their Facebook pictures as the “head” of their chef (or they can use a stock animated image). If their friends are playing the game and have uploaded their own image, users will serve their friends’ virtual avatars in each level, and will see them appear elsewhere in the game as they progress. If they’re the only one playing, users can import their friends’ pictures manually to make the experience more personal.
In each level of Crazy Chef, players clear symbols by dragging their mouse across groups of three or more of the same type of food. Matches can be made horizontally, vertically or diagonally, so long as the pieces of food touch in some fashion.
Players can make matches with any food on the board, but, in many levels, they’re encouraged to focus on the orders available at the top of the screen. One order may be for five blue cupcakes, for instance, so players would work to clear five blue cupcakes from the screen before clearing anything else. Levels are move-limited, so players are required to pay attention to these requests in order to succeed.Levels become more complicated as players progress, and may introduce new or additional goals, like breaking ice blocks by making matches either next to them, or using the symbols locked in each ice cube, for instance. Still other levels may introduce points multipliers to symbols, and will challenge gamers to earn a large number of points before running out of moves.
Gamers have access to power-ups to make levels easier. A hammer, for instance, may be used to clear a large number of symbols from the screen at once (in an area chosen by the player). A spatula, meanwhile, can be used to clear multiple rows of symbols from the screen in a single move.
Elsewhere, steam boosters may appear on some level boards, and are triggered by clearing the symbols directly above or below them. Once activated, these boosters clear all surrounding pieces, collecting them for any appropriate orders.
Once players have served all of their guests (or otherwise completed a level’s goal), any remaining moves are turned in bonus points, and players earn up to three stars for the stage. Users can compare their scores with their friends’ on level-specific leaderboards.