SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-off takes the addictive time management gameplay of Cooking Fever, streamlines it for a younger audience, and wraps it in the cartoon visuals of everyone’s favourite walking, talking sponge, SpongeBob Squarepants. You play as the eponymous hero himself, along with a few other recognisable characters, as you strive to become the finest fry cook under the sea.
If you’ve played Cooking Fever before, you probably know exactly what to expect. You run your own little restaurant (or pancake stand, in this instance) and serve up a wide variety of tasty dishes to your hungry, and rather impatient, customers. The vast majority of the experience simply involves tapping things: food to serve up, ingredients to mix, and beverages to dish out. It’s all very straightforward and innovative.
However, the challenge doesn’t entirely stem from the cooking itself, but the overall management of the restaurant. You want to ensure that you’re earning the maximum amount of coin between levels so you can purchase upgrades, which include new ingredients, decor, improved appliances, and more. But that’s where we come in, with this handy guide to optimise 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’d like to add. You play as the eponymous underwater creature itself, as you cook a wide variety of recognisable dishes from the series to impatient sea creatures.
The vast majority of the experience involves tapping on things to perform actions. Tap on ingredients to prepare them, cooked food to serve, and hot beverages to dish them out. It starts simple, but quickly becomes quite complex as your restaurant serves up an increasing number of different dishes.
Managing your time efficiently is the key to performing well in a particular level, while managing your resources outside of a level is the second half of the challenge. You want to make sure you spend your hard-earned cash on items that will increase your efficiency first and foremost.
How to make the most coins
Speaking of efficiency, let’s take a look at how to maximise 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 extra depending on how fast you serve them. Naturally, this can vary per level, depending on your goals, but it almost always pays to serve as quickly as possible.
Here are a few tips on how to go fast:
- Serve customers in chronological order, with those that appear first, receiving their items first
- The only exception to this rule is when a customer requests a single item that no one else wants, as you can rush this out of the door quickly without annoying the other customers
- Always have food cooking so that when you need it, it’s there
- Pre-preparing popular food, where possible, can save you precious moments (it’s only worth doing when you have the space though)
Speculate to accumulate
Sometimes you have to spend money to make money, and that’s as true in SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-off as in real life. This is where your restaurant upgrades come in. You’ll earn more money from each individual ingredient the higher you upgrade it, while your appliances will become a lot more efficient them.
It’s well worth improving your appliances first, as efficiency really is key, but ensure that you do get around to upgrading each ingredient eventually, as this will allow you to earn more each time you sell a dish.
Pay attention to the mission objectives
You may miss this, but each level has its own set of objectives, which don’t really change the way that you play but can alter the fail-states. For example, one level may require you to not lose a single customer, while another might punish you for burning an item.
Pay attention to this, as you don’t want to spend precious time in a level only to fail it due to carelessness. Besides, certain levels can actually allow you to make more money, like 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 old level. In fact, we encourage you to actively ignore them unless you’re stuck. If you don’t believe us, take a look in the store. A pack of three boosters can cost $1.99 (£1.99) to $3.98 (£3.98). That’s not cheap.
upgrade your restaurant for various bonuses
Don’t neglect your restaurant upgrades, mind. While, at first glance, they may not appear quite as important as your kitchen upgrades, they actually do have solid effects. Your interior upgrades increase the amount of money you make from tips and, though small per each individual item, they do add up to a substantial amount over time.
Similarly, your restaurant’s decor provides you with pearls, which unlock special chests that reward you with gems, the premium currency. Given that this is in short supply, and necessary for most upgrades, it’s well worth grabbing these as often as possible.
watch ads to speed things up and earn more gold wherever possible
As is typical in a free-to-play game, you can watch video ads to earn additional rewards in SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-off. These rewards include:
- Extra gold for completing a level
- Reduced wait timers when upgrading or purchasing new items
- Extra gems
Give away cookies to impatient customers
Our final tip is to provide cookies to impatient customers. This is beneficial, as your customers will slowly start to lose patience while waiting for their order. If this bar turns yellow or red, you can give them a cookie to top the bar back up, earning you precious time or extra tips when you serve up their food.