Diner Dash is a time management and strategy game in which the player has to seat customers, prepare their meals, give them the check and clean up after them in order to run a successful diner. The game is available on various consoles and devices, which gives it various controls.
The basic process is that the owner of the diner, Flo, clicks on customers in order to seat them and take their orders. Flo then prepares the meals and delivers them to the diners, again through a series of clicks or button presses. Flo must wait until the diners are finished and place them in certain areas in order to maximize tips and make as much money as possible. In addition, Flo has to make sure that customers are not forced to wait too long to be seated or receive service, or else they will leave.
As the player progresses through the game, more customers appear and the diner gets bigger, which makes time management even more difficult. As of 2015, the game is playable online as well as on the Nintendo DS, Playstation Portable, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, iOS and Android. Some versions of the game have minor differences in gameplay, but the overall method of playing and winning remains the same.