SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-off takes the addictive time-management gameplay of Cooking Fever, streamlines it for younger audiences, and wraps it in the cartoon imagery of everyone's favorite sponge, SpongeBob Squarepants. You play as the eponymous hero himself, along with a few other recognizable characters, as you strive to become the best fry cook under the sea.
If you've played Cooking Fever before, you probably know what to expect. You run your own little restaurant (or pancake stand, in this case) and serve a wide variety of tasty dishes to your hungry and rather impatient customers. The vast majority of the experience simply involves tapping on things: food to serve, ingredients to mix, and drinks to make. Everything is very simple and innovative.
However, the challenge does not come entirely from the kitchen itself, but from the overall management of the restaurant. You want to make sure you earn the most coins between levels so you can buy upgrades, which include new ingredients, decoration, upgraded appliances, and more. But that's where we come in, with this practical guide to optimizing the management of your restaurant.
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What is Spongebob: Krusty Cook-Off?
SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-off is, basically, Cooking Fever with a SpongeBob skin. A very attractive Spongebob skin, we would like to add. You play as the eponymous underwater creature itself, as you cook a wide variety of recognizable dishes from the eager sea creature series.
The vast majority of experience involves tapping into things to perform actions. Tap ingredients to prepare, cooked foods to serve, and hot drinks to prepare. It starts out simple, but quickly becomes quite complex as your restaurant serves an increasing number of different dishes.
Effectively managing your time is the key to performing well at a particular level, while managing your resources outside of a level is the second half of the challenge. You want to make sure that you are spending your hard-earned money on items that will increase your efficiency above all else.
How to earn the most coins
Speaking of efficiency, let's see how to maximize your earnings in SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-off:
Time is money
Time literally translates to money in SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-off, as you earn more money per customer served and can earn more depending on how fast you serve them. Naturally, this can vary by level, depending on your goals, but it almost always pays to serve as quickly as possible.
Here are some tips for going fast:
- Serve customers in chronological order, with those appearing first, receiving their items first
- The only exception to this rule is when a customer asks for a single item that no one else wants because you can get them out the door quickly without annoying other customers.
- Always have food to cook so when you need it, it's there
- Preparing popular dishes, whenever possible, can save you precious moments (this is only worth it if you have space)
Speculate to accumulate
Sometimes you have to spend money to make money, and that's as true in SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-off as it is in real life. This is where your restaurant upgrades come in. You'll earn more money for each individual ingredient the more you upgrade it, while your appliances will become much more efficient.
It's worth upgrading your appliances first, as efficiency really is key, but make sure to upgrade every ingredient, as this will allow you to earn more each time you sell a dish.
Pay attention to mission objectives
You can miss this, but each level has its own set of objectives, which don't really change the way you play but can alter fail states. For example, one level might require you not to lose a single customer, while another might punish you for burning an item.
Be careful with this, because you don't want to spend valuable time in a level only to fail it due to carelessness. Additionally, some levels can actually earn you more money, such as those that challenge you to serve as many customers as possible within a time limit.
only use boosters when you're stuck
Boosters are very expensive, so you really don't want to waste them on any level. In fact, we encourage you to actively ignore them unless you get stuck. If you don't believe us, take a look at the store. A pack of three boosters can cost $1,99 (£1,99) to $3,98 (£3,98). It's not cheap.
upgrade your restaurant for various bonuses
Don't neglect your restaurant upgrades, mind. Although at first glance they may not seem as important as your kitchen upgrades, they actually have some solid effects. Your interior upgrades increase the amount of money you earn from tips, and while small for each individual item, they add up to a substantial amount over time.
Likewise, decorating your restaurant grants you pearls that unlock special chests that reward you with gems, the premium currency. Since these are rare and necessary for most upgrades, it's worth grabbing them as often as possible.
watch ads to speed things up and earn more gold where possible
As in a free game, you can watch video ads to earn extra rewards in SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-off. These awards include:
- Extra gold for completing a level
- Reduced wait times when upgrading or purchasing new items
- Additional Gems
Offer cookies to impatient customers
Our final tip is to provide cookies to impatient customers. This is beneficial because your customers will slowly start to lose patience while waiting for their order. If that bar turns yellow or red, you can give them a cookie to cover the bar, saving you valuable time or extra tips when serving their food.
Grab SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-off from the App Store or Google Play right now, and start your successful deep fryer business.