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Work together to run a Chinese restaurant! Rush against the clock to prepare ingredients, serve customers and save the restaurant! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on July 16, 2013.

Work together to run a Chinese restaurant! Rush against the clock to prepare ingredients, serve customers and save the restaurant!

About this project

Click on the image above to pre-order Wok Star now!
Click on the image above to pre-order Wok Star now!

Game Salute Guaranteed is our money-back guarantee that Wok Star will be produced with quality components and that you will enjoy the time you spend with the game. If you're not satisfied with Wok Star, just return it to our warehouse in New Hampshire USA within 30 days of receiving it, and we'll refund your pledge. That's our money-back guarantee...no questions asked.

Wok Star hit its funding goal in eight hours, so why not check out our menu of stretch goals? We can assure you that they're all delicious! We've already unlocked four brand new events ("Fridge Failure", "Toppled Cart", "Health Inspector" and "Training Day") as well as a whole new ingredient and three recipes (four cards each) to go with it... On top of that (like some delicious pickled cabbage) all tokens in the game will be double thickness - that's 4mm! - to really give your set some solidity. Paperback star Paige Turner gets her own character card as well! We've also managed to upgrade those dice to some shiny, pearlescent ones that look beautiful. We've now blasted through the $60k barrier and are please to announce that the Official Wok Star Timer App for both iOS and Android is also going to happen! Backers will also receive Custom Wooden Ingredient Tokens - sounds pretty good, yes? 

And here's a Brand New Gameplay Video from creator Tim Fowers! Remember, though this is being played with the components from the original version of the game, the newer streamlined rules are being used...

We're delighted to announce that we're now able to provide the Well Read Restaurateur pledge level to backers in Canada, Europe and The Rest Of The World! Specially created pledge levels are now available for you if you wish to get copies of both Wok Star and Paperback - see the sidebar. Canadian backers can get both games for US$75 delivered (complete with all stretch goals reached during both campaigns), while those in Europe and elsewhere pay only US$90 for the pair!

In Wok Star, you and your family (your fellow players) have opened a Chinese restaurant!  However, with a review from your investor looming, you must rush to satisfy customers, prepare ingredients, and learn new recipes so that you can build your business and make your restaurant a sizzling success!

Wok Star is a deliciously different cooperative game that serves 2-4 players. Racing against the timer, you'll have to deal with demanding customers who each what something different! Each customer gives you only 20 seconds to fulfil their order but if you serve too slowly the customer eats free.  Everyone has a different role to play, whether you're the bus boy who collects more tips or the chef who's good at stretching the ingredients just a little farther, and everyone will be working on the meals at the same time from different angles.  With just four days to impress your investor, you'll need quick thinking, clever investment, and brilliant cooperation.

With an event deck and recipe choices that change from game to game, no two games of Wok Star will be exactly the same flavour. Should we hit our funding target, we have plenty of plans in line for some interesting ways to expand the game too, so pledge early!

If you'd like to check out the rules, click here!

Designer Tim Fowers tells us all about the game:

"I started Wok Star back in 2009 as a realtime cooperative zombie game, inspired by “Space Alert” and “Left 4 Dead”. It quickly evolved into a restaurant game (since fast food customers are a lot like zombies). After a year of courting publishers, I decided to do a small run of the game on my own. I went to Origins 2010 and it sold out. I did a limited pre-order that fall and got it into players hands. Wanting to get it in stores, I signed with a previous publisher, but that ended up delaying the printing until I signed with Game Salute. I’ve used the time to improve the game and make it quicker to play, but still maintain the tough choices and frantic pace. Also I feel the addition of an electronic timer will make the game fantastic. I’m excited to finally get it out to everyone that has been asking for it all these years. The game is a unique experience that transforms a group of players into a team."

WARNING!: Wok Star may well result in high fives.

Wok Star comes with:

  • Tokens and a board, to keep track of your cash and how many of each ingredient you have.
  • Dice. Lots of them.
  • A deck of recipes you can learn during the game.
  • A deck of customer orders to fulfill.
  • Event cards, Character cards, and Preparation cards.
  • An electronic timer.
Party Like A Wok Star!
Party Like A Wok Star!

Wired Geek Dad gave Wok Star their coveted Seal of Approval for "innovative game mechanics and the sheer fun of playing it"!

The Dice Tower nominated Wok Star for Best Family Game. Tom Vasel calls it "a lot of fun...pretty frenetic. I give this one a very enthusiastic two thumbs up!" - have a look at his full review below!

Coming up with a game doesn't cost a lot of money, but printing thousands of copies certainly does. With your support, we can build on the time, money, and energy we've invested in this game and help cover a portion of the production costs to make a new print run of Wok Star possible. We're also using these funds to make the game as gorgeous as can be - we want Wok Star to be the stand-out element of your games collection!

Backers in the USA receive Free Shipping. International backers should select an international backer level which includes shipping in Canada and the EU. Other international backers, please add the appropriate amount for shipping to your pledge. You will be responsible for any import fees, brokerage or delivery surcharges, or applicable taxes that may be levied after we have shipped your package.

You can pledge through this campaign AND support your local store. Simply select your favorite local store when you complete your delivery survey and your pledge will benefit the store just as if you purchased the game through the store. You can check out the details here

You can use GameStoreLocator.com to find a Game Salute Select Store near you. If your favorite store is not on the list, be sure to ask them to sign up today at GameSalute.com/SelectStoreSignUp

Information for Retailers

If it funds, Wok Star will be available worldwide through friendly local game stores. To find your local store, visit GameStoreLocator.com. If you're a store who would like to support Wok Star, pledge at the "Franchise Owner" level and you'll get your regular full margin through our Game Salute Local Support program! This will get you your full margin and a FREE copy of Wok Star for your Game Library. You can also encourage backers who are pledging individually to have the game delivered through your store and you'll also receive your full margin on those pledges as well!

Information for Media

We are pleased to offer access to our game designers and creative team for podcast, blog, newspaper, or television interviews. Team members can also be present for conventions and event appearances with a timely invitation and appropriate travel and lodging expense allowances. Please contact Michael Fox at Michael@GameSalute.com to discuss any of these media support opportunities.

Risks and challenges

Wok Star is "Print Ready" so we plan to send the final files to the printer within a week or two of the project's close. That means we hope to have it available for release in March 2014. Every game project is subject to potential production delays, but this goal is achievable.

The final challenge is getting the game and rewards out to the backers. Game Salute is well versed in reward fulfillment and we are prepared to meet this challenge for Wok Star.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $1 or more

    25 backers

    GENEROUS TIPPER -
    Tip one of the amazing chefs furiously creating delicacies in order to save the restaurant!

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  • You selected
    Pledge $39 or more

    731 backers

    RESTAURANT OWNER [USA] -
    You will receive one copy of Wok Star (MSRP = $50) with all game-upgrade stretch goals. Shipping in the USA is included.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $45 or more

    319 backers

    RESTAURANT OWNER [INTERNATIONAL] - You will receive one copy of Wok Star (MSRP = $50) with all game-upgrade stretch goals. Shipping is included for Canada and the EU. For all other destinations, add $15.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    305 backers

    WELL READ RESTAURATEUR [USA] - You will receive one copy of Wok Star and one copy of Paperback, the latest game from designer Tim Fowers. (Total MSRP = $75) You will also receive all game upgrade stretch goals for BOTH titles.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    34 backers

    WELL READ RESTAURATEUR [CANADA ONLY] - You will receive one copy of Wok Star and one copy of Paperback, the latest game from designer Tim Fowers. You will also receive all game upgrade stretch goals for BOTH titles. Your pledge includes shipping to Canada ONLY - please note, both games will ship together.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $90 or more

    18 backers

    WELL READ RESTAURATEUR [EUROPE] - You will receive one copy of Wok Star and one copy of Paperback, the latest game from designer Tim Fowers. You will also receive all game upgrade stretch goals for BOTH titles. Your pledge includes shipping to European countries ONLY - please note, both games will ship together.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $90 or more

    30 backers

    WELL READ RESTAURATEUR [REST OF THE WORLD] - You will receive one copy of Wok Star and one copy of Paperback, the latest game from designer Tim Fowers. You will also receive all game upgrade stretch goals for BOTH titles. Your pledge includes shipping to any country outside of the USA, Canada and Europe - please note, both games will ship together.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $195 or more

    8 backers

    FRANCHISE OWNER [USA] -
    You will receive 6 copies of Wok Star (MSRP = $50) with all game-upgrade stretch goals. Shipping in the USA is included.

    Purchase Pools will find a nice bit of savings with this six-pack of Wok Star.

    Retail Stores will find this to be the perfect pledge level to show support for Wok Star thanks to Game Salute Local Support http://bit.ly/106dCXT

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $225 or more

    7 backers

    FRANCHISE OWNER [INTERNATIONAL] - You will receive 6 copies of Wok Star (Total MSRP = $300) with all game-upgrade stretch goals. Shipping in Canada or the EU is included. For all other locations, add $75

    Purchase Pools will find a nice bit of savings with this six-pack of Wok Star.

    Retail Stores will find this to be the perfect pledge level to show support for Wok Star thanks to Game Salute Local Support http://bit.ly/106dCXT

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (33 days)