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Rolling Hills: Make Sushi Make Friends screenshot

Rolling Hills: Make Sushi Make Friends review

Its name may be sickeningly sweet, but I’ve had a whale of a time playing Rolling Hills: Make Sushi Make Friends. This watered-down restaurant simulator has you serving up sushi to the people of the small town of Rolling Hills where, along the way, you’ll also be helping them out, uncovering town mysteries and, yes, making friends.

You aren’t an ordinary restaurateur, however. You are Sushi-bot, a one-wheeled sushi-serving device with a permanent smile fixed to your dot-matrix face. Thankfully, in Rolling Hills: Make Sushi Make Friends, you don’t actually have to make the sushi. While you’ll gather recipes as you play, fully-prepared meals will appear on a conveyor belt in your restaurant. You simply need to serve the right meal to the right person. There’s nothing as stressful as PlateUp or Overcooked!, thankfully, keeping Rolling Hills safely in the “wholesome and relaxing” section of the sim genre.

Key here is that you won’t only be spending time in your restaurant. Sushi-bot has a life outside of serving food, you know! There’s not a great deal to do in the tiny town of Rolling Hills, but you can at least explore at will. You’ll find a café, where you can go meet friends and get to know the residents. You’ll also need to frequently visit the grocery store to improve your recipes, and the furniture shop so you can kit out your initially rather barebones restaurant.

Rolling Hills: Make Sushi Make Friends screenshot
Screenshot: GameSpew

You’ll also get a series of quests to complete. Sure, serving sushi and levelling up your restaurant is the most important thing here, but you can’t do that without first unlocking the mysteries of Rolling Hills. You’ll need to help out the townsfolk, do a spot of fishing, grow giant vegetables and a whole lot more in your quest to be the best sushi restaurant around (not that you appear to have much competition). It’s nicely paced, and having something to do outside of serving food really does help to keep your interest.

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It helps that Rolling Hills: Make Sushi Make Friends looks absolutely adorable too. Its cutesy, colourful art style is instantly engaging and eye-catching, and it’s just as bright and bold as a game about a sentient sushi robot should be. There might not be a whole lot to do in Rolling Hills, but it’s a town you’re happy to be a part of because it just looks so inviting.

Rolling Hills: Make Sushi Make Friends screenshot
Screenshot: GameSpew

To succeed, upgrading your recipes and decorating your restaurant is absolutely paramount. You’ll earn money every time you work a shift, and you’ll want to spend most of that money in upgrading everything you can. Higher level recipes means you can please more customers — they’ll ask for a recipe of a certain level, you see — and by decorating your restaurant you’ll net yourself various bonuses like extra money and XP, and more customer patience when waiting to be served.

The best thing about Rolling Hills: Make Sushi Make Friends? It’s only £12.49/$14.99 to buy, and it’s worth every penny. Better yet, if you’re a Game Pass subscriber, you can play it at no additional cost. Yes, it’s a simple little sim, but at a budget price, you’re getting more than a dozen hours of lovely, cosy enjoyment. The only downside? It’ll leave you with an insatiable hankering for sushi…

This review of Rolling Hills: Make Sushi Make Friends is based on the PC version of the game, with a code provided by the publisher. It’s available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

Rolling Hills: Make Sushi Make Friends review - GameSpew's score

Rolling Hills: Make Sushi Make Friends
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Casting players as Sushi-bot, your goal in Rolling Hills: Make Sushi Make Friends is to run the best sushi restaurant you possibly can. This is a thoroughly cosy and relaxing sim where stresses are kept to a minimum — and while it may be simple, we've enjoyed every moment we've spent with it.
Casting players as Sushi-bot, your goal in Rolling Hills: Make Sushi Make Friends is to run the best sushi restaurant you possibly can. This is a thoroughly cosy and relaxing sim where stresses are kept to a minimum — and while it may be simple, we've enjoyed every moment we've spent with it.
8/10
Total Score

We like...

  • Utterly adorable
  • Serving in the restaurant is stress-free
  • Nice mixture of tasks to complete

We don't like...

  • Perhaps a bit too simple
  • Levelling up your restaurant becomes a drag later on

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