I wonder if extraterrestrials like ice-cream trucks too? I mean, why wouldn’t they – everyone loves ice-cream right? Well, forget the answer to life, the universe, and everything, because this is the question Rosebaker’s Icy Treats wants to solve – does a space traveler prefer mint chip or strawberry?
Created by Catching Kobolds and published by Parry Point, Rosebaker’s Icy Treats puts you in charge of Rosebaker’s mobile ice-cream parlor and it’s your solemn duty to make sure the galaxy’s citizens get their frozen treats.
The game has been released on Steam for HTC Vive at a $14.99 price tag and I got a chance to check the game out and liked the novelty of the experience. However, this game won’t be for everyone. It follows a very basic Diner Dash-style gameplay mechanic that could keep you busy for hours as you try to keep up with all the orders or it could just make you quit within the first few minutes out of sheer boredom. Personally, I liked the experience due to the novelty of it being in space, as well as the wide variety of ingredients and recipes that get unlocked later on, but ultimately can’t see myself playing this game for very long.
Take a look at my gameplay video below:
Rosebaker’s Icy Treats started off by zooming me to a seemingly remote location in space where I opened up shop and soon some cosmonaut customers arrived with their orders. For the first few levels, things move quickly but more or less smoothly as I don’t have a lot of ingredients to work with and the customers aren’t too impatient. The mechanics aren’t overly complicated either as I had an interface from where I simply ordered the ingredients I wanted and then placed them in their respective holders for easy access. These could later be swapped around at any time of course, as ingredients ran out or I had to replace them to cater for different recipes.
Leveling occurs by completing orders and keeping customers happy. At the end of each ‘working day’ I could see my score based on the level of satisfaction customers had and would then be rewarded with new ingredients and sometimes recipes if I had racked up enough of a score. Rosebaker’s Icy Treats contains over 50 different delicious ingredients and more than 20 ice cream recipes. Which is good since this is the main focus of the game’s whole mechanic.
Overall, Rosebaker’s Icy Treats feels very polished and I clearly got the sense that the developers made sure that even though the game only has so much to offer in terms of gameplay, it does it well. The environments and customers could maybe have been given a bit more attention as most of everything looks pretty much the same, but I found that I hardly ever looked at them anyway since I was too busy filling orders. I also have to give a thumbs up for the in-game physics. Splashing sauces and cream onto cones was probably one of the most fun parts of the game, as well as watching an ice cream scoop float around in space. That in of itself was a memorable experience.
So if you’re keen to quit your day job and become a space ice cream man or woman. Don’t. Because there is no market for it and you’ll end up on the streets. But Rosebaker’s Icy Treats gives you the perfect excuse to see what it would be like.