So, here we are, a new venue, new prep dish and this time, a huge reshuffle on chef duels, and the introduction of chef challenges.
The new venue. I am far from reaching XP level 24 so I can't say much about the new venue! It looks cool though! Those who have played the venue, please share your views here!
The Rush Hour Halwa
Ingredients to prep: 2 carrots and 1 cream cheese
Time to prep: 3 hr
Boost: Sits the next customer as soon as the previous one leaves
Expensive and time-consuming! Slightly discouraging to be honest. I used it once today on a chef duel, and it was so stressful. No time gap in between customers means that a blink is going to cost you!
First thing I noticed was the new emblems. Still prefer the old ones though, the new ones all look the same, especially on a small phone screen...
With the introduction of the Rush Hour boost and better 'match-making' means duels become fairer. I realised I was matched with opponents with upgrade stats closer to mine as opposed to last time. Along with the new boost, this put both players on pretty similar platform to start with and it is really down to our skills in the end (provided both players used the Rush Hour boost). The difference this new boost makes is so astounding that if we don't use it, we are very likely to lose to an opponent who does. This means that if we want to stand a chance to win, we have to use the boost every single time! Ouch!
Another thing I noticed is the reshuffling among the top players. The girl, Len
, who used to be the Chef Master has been bumped down and out of top ten and she's suddenly only an 'Executive Chef'? which means she only has 7 venues unlocked! If this is the case, how did she become a Chef Master in previous patches?! Besides, plenty of new faces there as well, even players like irondrummer
with 5 venues unlocked! Weird thing is, I have beaten irondrummer
once, and he was just a Junior Cook (1133) at that time. With Carry Four, Cook Safe and Fast Feet in BBB, he only managed to score 585. Now he's suddenly at ~1900? This seems absurd to me... Perhaps a different person is playing that account. Also the best duel scores have really soared haven't they? This is my first time seeing scores go beyond 2000! 2092 is the highest score at point of writing and it's a Saturday.
Anyway, I initiated four random duel challenges today to earn one gold from one of the daily goals. Unusually, I did not get challenged back! What's going on? Any of you experiencing the same?
Apparently this came with the latest update as well but it is not appearing on mine, at all. From the screen shots by other players, it looks cool and I really look forward to doing it! Players who have done this please share!
Another good thing that came with the latest patch: the cute little 'x' at the top-right-hand corner of prep recipe slots. It's brilliant but it's so small and thus hard to tap on on small phone screens. Not whinging!