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Just keep swimming!

May 25, 2010

It’s a new week in Restaurant City! I hope you all have recovered from Wedding Week last week, we all know how stressful it is to plan a wedding! ;)
This week we’re putting on our wet suits and heading “Under the Sea” for some amazing adventures!

You dream about going up there
But that is a big mistake
Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin’ for?
Under the sea
Under the sea

Darling it’s better
Down where it’s wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin’
Full time to floatin’
Under the sea

We’re diving right in to part two of “Under The Sea” week! For those that do not remember, we released part one of this theme back in  November , which means there are already a bunch of great items available in stores if you want to get a head start on decorating! Thanks to your ideas and suggestions, we’ve added an amazing group of new items for the interior of your Restaurant. This includes the Underwater Volcano Stove which cooks 15% faster, the cute and animated Jellyfish Lamps and the Coral Garden, which is both beautiful and releases schools of fish into your restaurant. (I mean, come on! Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by colorful fish swimming around your table while enjoying some Tuna Fishcakes?!) There are plenty of items that are sure to make a splash, here they are:

Atlantis
Divider
Atlantis
Divider Block
Blue
Seabed Tile
Coral
Garden
Diver
Moving
Deepsea Wallpaper
Deepsea
Wallpaper
Underwater Volcano Stove
Jellyfish Lamps Mermaid Sunken Treasure
Poseidon
Statue
Coral Rock Sunken
Ship Stern
Anchor
(Email Subscribers)
Octopus
Pillar
(Email Subscribers)
Coral Door
(Email Subscribers)

The adorable Jellyfish Lamps are making an appearance outdoors as well! And don’t let the Crab Decor‘s cute face fool you! Those pincers are sharp! You can make your underwater theme stand out on your street by placing the Whale Roof up on top, he’s definitely not hard to miss! The rest of the exterior items include:

Exterior
Crab Decor
Dolphin
Statue
Exterior
Jellyfish Lamps
Exterior
Coral Rock
Underwater
Banner
Whale Roof

You will be happy to hear we have added a complete Diver
Suit
(helmet and all!) to the Avatar Shop this week!
Afterall, I’m sure your employees will appreciate keeping dry!

Retro
Diver Helmet
Retro
Diver Suit
With Pants

This week we are introducing 2 new dishes to the menu. The first is a dish called “Tasty Chili Crabs” which requires a new ingredient that we are introducing this week! The Tasty Chili Crabs dish is a main dish and is a permanent one, so you may take your time leveling it up if you wish! The second dish, which is a starter dish, is called “Garlic and Butter Prawns”, so eat up, I promise no one will be able to smell your breath under the water! This is the one time you can eat all the garlic you want without having to secretly pop a mint when no one is looking! This dish will also be sticking around for a while, so take your time! You should note that the “Tasty Chili Crabs” holds a special prize much like the “Drink Me Potion” did a couple of weeks ago, so while you have all the time in the world to level it up, the faster you do, the faster your prize will be revealed! You can find out what the prize is by accessing the new “Special Collection Items” button that looks like a Treasure Chest. All of the previous collectible items and your progress can be seen in the treasure chest as well, such as the Drink Me Potion that unlocks shrinking customers, and the Eat Me Cake that unlocks the mischievous Cheshire Cat.

Tasty
Chili Crabs
(Main)
Garlic and
Butter Prawns
(Starter)
Crab
(Ingredient)

We have a couple of new gifts this week which include a “Small Coral Rock” (Indoor Decor item) and a “Memorial Day Flag” (Indoor Decor item) to honor Memorial Day.

Small
Coral Rock
(Gift)
Memorial
Day Flag
(Gift)

To help you save for this weeks items, we have reduced the prices of
some of the older Underwater items for even more options! These items
include:

  • Clam Chair (Indoor)
  • Rock Table (Indoor)
  • Turtle (Indoor)
  • Column Divider Block (Indoor)
  • Gold Doubloons (Indoor)
  • Octopus Statue (Indoor)
  • Miniature Ship Model (Indoor)
  • Starfish (Indoor)
  • Purple Seaweed (Indoor)
  • Pink Fish (Indoor)
  • Butterfly Fish (Indoor)
  • Treasure Chest (Indoor)
  • Bubble Geyser (Indoor)
  • Mermaid Statue (Indoor)
  • Deepsea Arcade (Indoor)
  • Submarine Roof (Outdoor)
  • Giant Clam Roof (Outdoor)
  • Underwater Door (Outdoor)
  • Underwater Window (Outdoor)
  • Porthole (Outdoor)
  • Demekin Goldfish (Outdoor)
  • Discusfish (Outdoor)
  • Tako Sign (Outdoor)
  • Angelfish (Outdoor)
  • Conus (Outdoor)
  • Tall Seaweed (Outdoor)
  • Nautilus (Outdoor)
  • Mermaid Statue (Outdoor)
  • Treasure Chest Decor (Outdoor)
  • Outside Bubble Geyser (Outdoor)

As always, these items will not be available for purchase until Thursday 12AM GMT, so I hope you have enjoyed the sneak peek! Please leave us some feedback! We love hearing your thoughts! :) See you next week!

We´re going to Hawaii!

March 9, 2010

We hope you enjoyed the Rock theme last week! This week for something entirely different, this week the theme is Hawaii. Since it is still winter here in Norway, being able to dream my way to the warmer parts of the world keeps me going through the cold winter nights. I´ll hope you´ll enjoy this theme!

Last week we introduced the new gifting system, we have had a lot of feedback about it – I thank you all sincerely for all the feedback we have received! All in all we do know that you are enjoying sending free gifts to your friends! This week there are some updates to this gifting mechanic, the updates are only that there are new items, but there is a twist! So, you can still send 4 different employee foods (these have not changed), you can send 8 Rock Theme items, however there are only 4 of them that are randomly displayed so if your friend wants a special something, you need to check out what you can send every day!  You can now also gift 4 different ingredients, the ingredients you can now send to your friends are these:

As you can see, there are two new ingredients this week, the Pineapple and the Coconut! Don´t know what these ingredients are used for? Read on, there are two new dishes as well this week! In addition to these two new ingredients, there are also St. Patrick´s Day items that are exclusive to the gift-sending-feature! Don´t you know what St. Patrick´s Day is? Then take a read of this wikipedia article.

Saint Patrick’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) colloquially St. Paddy’s Day or simply Paddy’s Day, is an annual feast day that celebrates Saint Patrick (circa AD 385–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and is generally celebrated on 17 March.

The day is a national holiday of Ireland: it is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland. It is also a public holiday in Montserrat. In Poland, Canada, United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland), Australia, the United States and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday.

Shamrock Table Shamrock Chair Shamrock Wallpaper
Lucky Pot of Gold Shamrok Tiki Mask

So what can you use that Coconut and Pineapple for? Well, no other than a Hawai´ian Pizza and the Pineapple Smoothie. Yummi! The Pineapple Smoothie is a permanent addition, while the Hawai´ian Pizza is a limited dish that you need to learn before the  5th of April.   The ingredients you need to collect for the pizza is: Pork, Ham, Pineapple and Tomato. While for the smoothie you need to collect these delicious ingredients: Pineapple, Coconut, Mango and Banana.

Pineapple Smoothie Hawai´ian Pizza

By the way, did you know that the Hawai´ian pizza is the most popular pizza in Australia? At least according to this wikipedia article:

Hawai’ian pizza is a pizza that usually consists of a cheese and tomato base with pieces of ham, onions, and pineapple. Some versions include bacon, shrimp, green pepper, mushrooms and/or jalapenos, but the version with ham and pineapple only is the most common. It is the most popular pizza in Australia, accounting for 15% of pizza sales.

Despite its name, Hawai’ian pizza is not a Hawai’ian invention. In Italy, “Hawaiian” pizza is considered to be a German invention (or a German modification of Italian cuisine), similar to the Toast Hawaii. A Canadian restaurant owner named Sam Panopoulos claims to have first come up with the idea of placing pineapples and ham on a regular pizza in 1960 at the Family Circle Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, Canada.

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So, what are the items you will see in the shops later this week? Well, I am about to tell you! First up there are some new avatar items this week! That´s 4 different tiki masks that you can dress yourself and your employees up in! And, this themed with the Tiki Statue that will make all your customers wear tikimasks, don´t get confused about who are your employees and who are not! I don´t think your customers would enjoy you ordering them to was the toilet! ;)

Angry Tiki Mask Cool Tiki Mask
Dark Tiki Mask Prankster Tiki Mask
Tiki Statue (inside functional item)

And for the inside items for this week, I need to tell you about the Magic Water Tile, which your customers cannot walk on. And you have to check out the Coconut Tree that is animated as well as the Tropical Drink Decor. The Bamboo Grill will allow your chefs to cook  2% faster and it is a must-have if you are going for the Hawaiian themed restaurant! Check out other decorations such as the Turtle, the Shark Fin and the Scooba Gear! And there is no two ways about it, you need to put either the Sunrise or the Sunset Wallpaper on one of your walls,they are both gorgeous!

Shark Fin Turtle Sand Decor
Sand Tower Decor Starfish Beach Chair
Scooba Gear Bamboo Grill Bamboo Window
Bamboo Table Bamboo Chair Red Hibiscus Bush
Yellow Hibiscus Bush Bamboo side-table Tropical Drink Decor
Sunset Wallpaper Sunrise Wallpaper Bamboo Wall
Dark Bamboo Wall Bamboo Flooring Magic Water Tile
Coconut Tree Hammock Merlin

We´re nearly there, I hope you are still reading! ;)   The outside of your restaurant has to match that of the inside, so on Thursday you need to check out the Bamboo Hut Roof and the Hula Girl Statue!

Hawaiian Banner Sand Castle Hula Girl Statue
Hammock Decor Torch Decor Bamboo Hut Roof

And as if this was not enough, there is a sale going on as well in the shops this week! Lots of items up for sale, including Cash

That´s it, I hope you´ll enjoy the items we have in stores for you! And as always, please leave your feedback, we always enjoy reading your comments! Have a great Restaurant City week!

Rock On!

March 2, 2010

Restaurant City has just been updated! The theme this week as I am sure you can guess of the title of the blog, is Rock! Not as in the stone, but as in the music!

In addition to the new items that will be released on Thursday at midnight in the GMT timezone, we have also added some new things to the game this week, I hope you´ll the changes the team have made for you!

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Do you find it difficult to know what friends on your friends list are new to the game? Are you finding it difficult to know who you have visited to get a first-visit-ingredient? Well, no more! You will now see a tag of New! for friends you have not visited before. This makes it easier to know who are new on your friendslist and who you need to visit to get a free ingredient!
The recipe sorting changed a few weeks back, now it has changed again!  Tutorial recipes now displays first. It will then show you limited recipes sorted by expiry time. Then it will display the new recipes and finally the remainder of recipes are sorted by the order of when they were added to the game. I understand this is a bit confusing with all these changes, but we hope this latest tweak to the recipes will make it easier to use and easier to understand how the recipes are sorted!

You will also notice that the ingredient rarity calculation have changed. So, the ingredient rarity are now calculated based on the in-game scarcity as well as the approximate usage in dishes.   You will also know that the Playfish Cash price for  the ingredients are determined by the rarity rating, which means that the lower-rarity ingredients are the cheapest to buy.

  • 5 stars: Cheese, Vanilla, Egg, Cream, Flour, Strawberry, Beef, Rice, Salad, Sugar, Milk, Potato  (8 Playfish Cash)
  • 4 stars: Pork, Garlic, Chocolate, Bayleaf, Coffee, Beans, Tea, Leaves, Water, Coriander, Tomato, Bread, Chili, Saffron, Wasabi (7 Playfish Cash)
  • 3 stars: Chicken, Prawn, Lemon, Oregano, Mango, Ice Cream, Ginger, Basil, Lime, Sausage, Butter (6 Playfish Cash)
  • 2  stars: Leek, Lobster, Onion, Ice, Pasta, Sweetcorn, Lamb, Peas, Tuna, Pomegranate, Mushroom, Noodles (5 Playfish Cash)
  • 1 star: Tofu, Banana, Peach, Kiwi, Apple, Turkey, Pumpkin, Raisins, Carrot, Dragon, Fruit, Orange, Bacon, Pepperoni, Beans (4 Playfish Cash)

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I mentioned in the forum before the weekend that new free gifts would “soon” become available. Some of you were asking what “soon” meant. Well, the free gifts are now here for you to send to your friends!

There are two different categories for the free gifts that you can send to friends: Employee Food or Decorative Items. The employee foods and Decorative item categories are self explanatory, so I won´t dwell on the details. And also, for each gift your friends accept, you will get a mystery item! So it´s an all-round good deal to send gifts! Note that the Decorative items are exclusive to the free gifts feature and that they cannot be purchased in the stores! You will see a full list of the items that are available to send as free gifts alongside the items that will appear on Thursdays! The twist is, you can start sending the decorative items for the Rock theme already today!

Note also that some of these gifts are level-gated that means that in order for you to send some of the free gifts, you  need to be at a certain level.

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This week there are also two new permanent additions to the recipes that you can learn.  The Monster Burger for Main Course, which by the way uses no less that two beef,  I am sure this burger is not for those picky eaters! And then there is the new Starter dish, the Mega Nachos.

From Wikipedia, about Nachos, there are many different variations for Nachos, but we hope we have captured the essence of it in Restaurant City!

Nachos are a popular corn-based food of Mexican origin associated with Tex-Mex cuisine that are can be either made quickly to serve as a snack or prepared with more ingredients to make a full meal. In their simplest form, nachos are simply tortilla chips or totopos covered in melted cheese. First created circa 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, the original nachos consisted of fried corn tortillas covered with melted cheddar cheese and pickled jalapeño peppers.

There are many big burgers in the world, but have a read about one burger that is definetely big:

In America the challenge to create the world’s biggest burger is one that is taken very seriously indeed. It began with the imaginable 6 pounds of meat used to make the “Olde 96er” at Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.  (…)
Since its launch on to the menu, the Olde 96er has drawn attention from all over the world. The pub itself challenges eaters to finish the burger within 3 hours to make it onto the Denny’s wall of fame and receive the burger for free. Many challengers have tried to eat the burger within 3 hours and most have failed, including veteran competitive eating star Eric “Badlands” Booker.

Monster Burger (Main Course) Mega Nachos (Starter)

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Is your avatar searching for his/her inner rock star? This week you can create a Restaurant that will help unleash the musical side of life! Music is a popular trend right now and you can with help of the ites that will be available at Midnight GMT on Thursday create the ultimate rock´n´roll themed restaurant!

As for the item releases, this means that if you are in London, you will get the items at Midnight on Thursdays, if you are in Los Angeles, you will get the items at 4pm on Wednesdays,  if you are in New York, you will get the items at 7pm on Wednesdays and if you are in Hong Kong, you will get the items at 8am on Thursdays. These are all local converted times, to convert the time from where you live, you can use this timezone converter.

Okay, so for the inside of your restaurant this week there will be some great items available! You definitely need to check out the animated Stage Lights and the Stage Lights Column, these two items look fantastic on their own, but if you theme them up with the Rock Star Table (only available through free gift), the Drumset and the Electric Guitar, you are definitely at the starting point of creating something truly special!

And make sure you do not miss out on the Music Note or the DJ Stove.  The DJ Stove will help your chefs cook their food 5% faster, while the Music Note will spawn music notes inside your restaurant, the more Music Notes you have, the more music notes will be spawned (no sound).

Stage Lights Gig Speaker (only available through free gifts) Stage Crate (only available through free gifts)
Guitar Chair Drum Table Cymbals (only
available through free gifts
)
Snare Drum (only available through free gifts) Bass Drum Electric Guitar
Gig Microphone Dark Blue Wall Dark Blue Carpet
Spiky Wall Stage Light Column Rock Star Table  (only available through free gifts)
Rock Star Chair  (only available through free gifts) Drumset Bongo Drums (only available through free gifts)
Gold Record White Wall Mounted Guitar Pink Wall Mounted Guitar (only available through free gifts)
picture coming soon
Barrier Keyboard Stagelit Wall
Music Note DJ Stove

For the outside of your restaurant this week we are banking on you being able to theme up these two fantastic roofs we will be adding with items that are already existing int he shops! I know that I am going to have great trouble whether to buy the Dueling Guitars or the Musical Roof, they both look absolutely fantastic! And make sure you check out the new Rock Banner as well as the Red Motorbike, they are must-haves!

Musical Roof
Dueling Guitars Red Motorbike Rock Banner

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And I have one more thing I need to tell you about this week! You can now find missing wallets/purses in your friends restaurant when you help them out! You do not always find missing wallets/purses, but make sure you visit your friends in order to see if you can find any!

If you find a missing wallet/purse, you need to post a feed. The feed will be posted not on your wall, but on your friends wall.  If your friend chooses to claim his/her missing wallet/purse they will receive 500 coins! And if they at that time chooses to give you a reward for finding the wallet/purse, they can post a feed to your wall where you can accept a 500 coins finders fee! But remember, only you and your friend who are posting the feeds on each others wall can accept the free coins, any other friends who click on the feed will not receive anything. So make sure you check your own profile for missing wallets/purses and finder-fee posts from now on!

Phew, that was a lot of information in one blog post! I hope you like the changes we have done to the game, we love getting feedback so make sure you post yours below!  Have a fun-filled Restaurant City week!


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