Karen wrote in to let us know that she stumbled across this information on Pogo’s help site after noticing that Diner Dash: Family Style was missing from her favorites list. Check this out (spelling error and all):
Dinner Dash: Family Style is no longer available as a download through the Pogo website.
The game’s Play Now page is missing and so are all of its pages in the badge books in Badge Central. Oddly enough you can still view its download page on Pogo’s Downloads site even though it’s been removed from the indexes. Not exactly “no longer available as a download” but much harder to find, at least.
I also checked PlayFirst’s web site and forums (PlayFirst is the company that owns the Diner Dash franchise) and couldn’t find a mention of Family Style at all. I also checked some other casual gaming web sites and forums and couldn’t find out why it may have been yanked from both Pogo and PlayFirst.
Even so, Diner Dash: Family Style appears to still be functional and properly awarding badges if you previously purchased it or find a way to obtain a copy from somewhere else.
I was able to download the trial, do a fresh install, and start playing using a Club Pogo account that had not previously played the game before. It did give me an error upon connecting (“Download Failed. Errors occurred when downloading the assets. Please try again later.”) but that didn’t seem to affect online gameplay at all. I was able to join a room with some other players in it and start playing. I was awarded the first badge in the game (see all ranks here), so it seems that at least we can still earn badges despite the fact it’s been “removed” from Pogo’s web site. The badges you have earned in this game will show up in your Special Edition badge album.
Update 10/20/09: Diner Dash: Family Style has been added back to our badge albums and can be once again found in the Favorites list but the game is still officially no longer available.