Taco Master Review (PS Vita)

It’s been a long long time since I’ve successfully played and completed a PS Vita game, but I was able to pick this game up for a deal ($1.49 to be exact) and it was a time management game, which I’m kind of a sucker for. Damn you Diner Dash for starting it all, anyway, I always like these types of games and the price was right so I said what the hell and threw my money into the wind and here’s what I thought about the game as a whole.

Surprisingly there’s a story to this game. You’ll play as a taco maker’s apprentice in order to become a Taco Master. The guy that runs the taco stand was betrayed by his partner and is now trying to make it on his own. You’ll play through four different career modes, a time attach mode, and an arcade mode in order to master your taco making skills. Will you have what it takes to become a taco master?

The story is kind of a bare bones type thing. It’s there to be there, but it really adds no value to the game and isn’t what will keep you playing. So what does keep you playing? The goals that are set for each time attack and for each level. Each goal is semi-more challenging than the last and the game itself isn’t all that bad. It’s something that should hold your interest for small bursts of time, but isn’t really something that you could play for hours on end. What did bother me about this game though was that throughout each level you made money, but then you couldn’t do anything with the money. There was no shop to purchase add-on’s, there were no upgrades to buy, there was nothing which made having the money basically pointless.

When it comes to PS Vita games, the playability is something that is never consistent. While the game ran smoothly and perfectly, the controls did not. Everything is based off of the touch screen, and just to make sure that it’s not my touch screen that’s going and not working properly I always test out another game that uses only the touch screen to make sure everything works so that I can say for sure that it isn’t my screen but the game itself. A lot of the times the game does not respond to the areas on the touch screen that are pressed or used to drag. This is kind of a drag and drop type of game and it really doesn’t work all that well. Things that are dragged usually don’t get dropped properly making you have to start from scratch. Sometimes you can make the correct order, but the ticket doesn’t recognize it as the correct order and takes away from your combo score. This along with the unresponsiveness of the game became very annoying very fast. At times I wanted to toss the Vita and this game out the window and be done with it because no one wants to continuously play a game that is frustrating as hell and not responsive.

The graphics for this game were ok. They were there and they worked, but they weren’t spectacular. I know it’s a PS Vita game which gives this game the credibility of a mobile game, but still there should have at least been some effort put into to the graphics. This looked more like it was thrown together and looked a little sloppy.

There are a total of 34 trophies for this game. 34 and that’s including a platinum. Pretty impressive for a little PS Vita game right? The main trophies are pretty simple and you’ll get them just by playing the game. Only two trophies will really require a little grinding (Crab Soup and Plague Control), but it’s not really that much to where someone would normally just give up because it’s going to take up too much time. I would say, plan on spending at least 1-2 hours grinding out these two trophies

There’s no multiplayer with this game, although something could have been incorporated I’m sure if it was it wouldn’t have worked right so I’ll be thankful there was none.

Overall I give this game a 2 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Simple time management game that involves making taco’s. (Who doesn’t love tacos?)
+ A simple little story, but at least it’s something that adds a little value to the game.
+ A lot of levels and a lot of things to do make this game a lengthy one to play even if there really is no replay value after you finish.

What’s Not So Great:
Super glithcy controls that don’t always work and it’s not your PS Vita, it’s the game.
Sometimes the game doesn’t even recognize its own commands which to me is just poor programming.
The graphics could use a little more work and a little more detail.

For the price of this game, it isn’t a bad game. It’s not a great game either by any means, but it is something cool to play if you’re trying to kill some time. Since this game is no longer on sale, the original price is $2.99 for the time you’ll spend playing it and for the platinum trophy, it isn’t a bad price. Will this game one day be on the PS+ lineup, probably. I would suggest that if you want to spend the $2.99 to give this game a try, then go ahead since you’ll get a decent amount of playtime out of the game for the money, but if not wait until it eventually lands on the PS+ lineup. If you do buy it though, just beware of the glitches that I told you about, otherwise enjoy becoming a Taco Master!


This Week in Trophies 02-28-2016 – 03-05-2016

After last week’s surge of trophies, I thought this week would pretty much be the same, but damn was I completely wrong. Life mostly got in the way this week and I wasn’t able to get that much done, but I was able to get a new platinum trophy so that has to count for something. Anyway, here’s a breakdown of my trophies for the week.

Taco Master – 100%

That’s right, platinum trophy # 52 came this week from Taco Master for the PS Vita. It was the first PS Vita game that I played in a while and over the past week I got some pretty good use out of that system. I’ll have my full review of the game up in a few weeks to let you know what I thought of it.

Mad Max – 28%

I am still slowly making my way through this game. Most of this is my fault because I really just can’t get into the game and it’s like I’m forcing myself to play. I just arrived in Pink Eye’s territory and I’m doing a few random missions here and there, but to me this game has just been one big scavenger hunt without any real substance. I’m still waiting for that WOW factor in the story.

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Sparkle Unleashed – 52%

I finished the main quest for the first time on Normal and am now making my way through Hard difficulty before going on to Nightmare difficulty and then eventually going through the survival mode. Compared to the other Sparkle game that I played, I think that 10tons changed a little too much this time around and even though it’s a Sparkle game, it really isn’t the same. When I finish the game I’ll let you know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

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Unravel – 73%

As frustrating as it is at times to go back and get through a level without dying, I’m still having a good time playing this game. I enjoy the different environments, I enjoy the overall story and message the game is delivering, and I enjoy playing as little Yarny.


So there you have it, all of my trophies for this week. Certinally nothing to brag about, but at least I did complete a game and get the platinum trophy doing so. That has to count for something. Hopefully life is less crazy this week and I can get back to some major gaming during my free time, but you never know. The only thing I would really like to accomplish this week is finishing up Unravel and getting the platinum trophy for it. Other than that I’m going to just go with the flow. I’ll let you know how things turned out next week.


This Week in Trophies 02-21-2016 – 02-27-2016

This was definitely one of my better trophy weeks for the month. I don’t really know where I found the time to play, but I did somehow and it paid off. As the final full week of the month, I made some much needed progress on a bunch of games. So, here’s a breakdown of the trophies I got this week.

Unravel – 70%

I thought it was going to be a lot harder to actually go back and redo all of the levels, but it turned out to be not so hard. Not dying on each level takes a little work, but once you get into the groove of that level it becomes pretty simple. Even though I didn’t get the platinum for this game this week, it won’t be long before I actually do.

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Star Wars Battlefront – 28%

I’m still having a really fun time playing this game. I think that one trophy did glitch on me though which sucks because multiple times I won on Blast and had the most kills, but no trophy. This is a little frustrating, but I’ll give it a couple of more tries just to see. Other than that I’m enjoying both the multiplayer and mission sides of the game. I’m also still looking for some people to play with so if anyone wants to join me just leave a comment in the comments section.

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Taco Master – 69%

I bought this game as an impulse buy this week because it was on sale for $1.49. There’s a silly little story that goes along with it but it’s mostly a time management game. I like those types of games and I’m having a good time playing it while I have some TV on in the background. I should actually be getting the platinum trophy for this game pretty soon and I’m looking forward to it.

Mad Max – 26%

I was able to pick back up where I left off with this game this week and even got a couple of trophies doing so. I’m still doing way too much free roaming to say if I actually like the story yet or not, but I’m not giving up on this game yet and will continue to play when I have a chance to.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne – 33%

I should call this another impulse buy, but unfortunately it wasn’t. I was actually looking forward to this game, but was disappointed. I’ll have my full review of the first episode up soon so you can read all about my latest disappointment with Telltale. If you’re thinking about getting this game I would say hold off for a sale, based on the first episode I didn’t find it worth the $14.99

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The Four Kings Casino and Slots – 14%

I don’t know why I downloaded this game, well I do, because no matter how hard I try not to be I’m super competitive and I don’t like being told that I can’t do something. Anyway, this game for me is one of those anything you can do I can do better type things. I’m going to say that it’s ok for this one since it was free, but I’m seriously regretting it now that I actually have to get all these trophies and put some extra time into this game. It was my own fault so I’ll suffer through it.

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And that was it this week for me. A much better week this time around with a total of…drum roll please…43 trophies. A nice way to end a rather lack luster month. Now for next week…I have no idea what’s going to happen because my schedule has changed once more. Of course it did once I found my groove, but I’ll roll with the punches and see how things go. I do want to try to get some PS3 time in though since it seems like I haven’t turned on that system for a while now. I’ll let you know next week how things went.