This Hot Dog Bush game is currently one of the most popular online simulations / internet games, with up to 9000 players at any one time enjoying the challenge of helping turn George W. Bush into a hot dog entrepreneur. Not bad, considering it's been around for a while now.
The main object of the game is to serve hot dogs and other foods, to as many customers as possible within an allocated time limit, keeping them happy so your approval rating stays as high as possible. A customer can also request hamburgers, chips and drinks, as well as a variety of sauces, mustards, onion etc. Hot dog stores can also be set up in numerous places including the Bronx, Yankees Stadium, Times Square, Central Park and Wall Street.
Hot Dog Bush certainly is addictive for a creatively simple game idea.
These game design plans found on all our game pages, will be used for discussion purposes within our Adobe Flash tutorials that we will be starting in the near future.
Note: This is not the design plan the developers of Hot Dog Bush used when making this free internet simulation game. It's merely a reverse-engineer of a game design plan based on my experiences as a player.
Title: Hot Dog Bush
One sentence description: Simulation game where you help George Bush run a hot dog stand.
Scenario / World: The scenario for this online sim game is set at a good ole American hot dog stand.
Mode: Single Player
Objectives: Keep customers happy by serving them quickly to keep your approval rating high. You also need to serve as many people as possible within the allocated time limit, so you can reach a profit goal.
The main playing character in this simulation game is George Bush. However you only see him in the introductory page. While in playing mode, you see the hot dog stand from his position.
Other characters are the numerous customers males, females, young, old etc, from all walks of life from business men to bums on the street.
Audio / visual aesthetics:
The characters are drawn in simple cartoon style. Detail is shown within the shadows of their faces and clothes. Their expressions change when they are happy or angry.
The background city scenery is slightly blurred to help give a feeling of depth to the game.
The music I have heard in another game, but can't quite put my finger on what one.
Possible Target Audience: Hot Dog Bush is suitable for anyone with a sense of humor :)
Itemization of game elements:
Game is played with mouse clicks.
This funny online game starts off with George Bush being thrown out of the white house and thinking up his next career path after seeing an overweight fellow through a hot dog into a bin.
The main intro page shows him attending a hot dog stand from a customers viewpoint. Options displayed on this page include: Play - Instructions.
Clicking on 'Instructions' takes you through the steps on how to play Hot Dog Bush.
Click on 'Play' and your given two further options: Career mode or Speed mode.
When the game first loads you are looking at the hot dog stand and street from the viewpoint of George Bush. Food items for making up orders are added to the hot dog stand throughout the game.
The main elements seen along the bottom of the screen include:
A clock that shows the time limit remaining.
Profit that is made for the day.
Goal profit required to be made for that particular level.
Itemization of game rules:
Choose a mode, career or speed.
Choose a place to set up your hot dog stand.
Click items to make up the orders the customers have placed.
Click the food, then the person to give them their order.
Click the money left on the counter to collect it.
Serve as many customers as you can and keep them happy.