Fall is my favorite time of year – all the smells, colors, weather changes, and of course… food. I love to cook. And of course, I love to eat. So I thought to myself,… what games really focus on cooking? Hmm.
Then I set forth to find out.
Now, anyone that knows me would tell you that, second to horror games, I am absolutely nuts about cooking games (I’m always the one to go for the crafty gaming, I’m not really sure why that is!). So naturally, I already have a few feasting fooleries in my Steam arsenal and, yes, even some smaller ones on my Android phone. I’m probably not going to share all of them here today, but there are definitely a few that I enjoy that I’d like to pass along.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! (Windows, Mac)
This is a super fun, relatively fast-paced game that I enjoy killing the time with, and if 2,500+ positive reviews on Steam are any indication, many other people do as well. The Steam page sums it up perfectly, really:
Cook, Serve, Delicious! is a deceptively easy game to learn but incredibly challenging to master as you progress through your career from owning a terrible zero star cafe into a five star world famous restaurant.
And it’s not lying. It is a VERY hard game to master, but it’s so much fun to play that you hardly even notice.
Cooking Fever (Android, iOS)
This is another super cute, and ridiculously fun cooking game that I enjoy. It’s available on both Android and iOS, and has probably taken many years off my life with both time and frustration. The premise is pretty simple – cook the food your customers order, on time and correctly, and serve it to them before they get pissed and storm off. Pretty simple right?..
Use more than a hundred ingredients to cook several hundred tasty dishes. Try all the possible kitchen appliances, from coffee makers and rice cookers to pizza ovens and popcorn makers. Decorate your restaurants to attract more clients. Make your own freebies, such as cookies or cupcakes, to make your customers’ experience more personal and memorable – just like in real life! (via Apple’s app store)
Top Chef (Windows)
Now, before anyone says, “Are you freaking crazy?” I already know that not everyone is the biggest fan of this particular game. But I don’t care! I love it.
Why do I love it? Because I’m an extremely visual person, and the way the ingredients appear on the plate really appeals to me. Call me crazy. But that simple bit of detail really appeals to me and keeps me coming back. Unfortunately, this game is really only available on Amazon (if you can find it) or Big Fish Games, but I have never regretted purchasing it to pass the time with.
Gameplay is a little complex, and somewhat confusing at first – you need to make flavor combinations that compliment each other, many of which are not always obvious. But eventually, you’ll catch on and be making beautiful five-star dishes.
Compete against a seasoned lineup of talented chefs in a blur of intense Quickfire and Elimination cooking challenges! Choose from a dizzying assortment of ingredients to build the grandest of gourmet convections. Find out if you have what it takes to be the Top Chef today!
And finally… I’m gonna throw an honorable mention shout out to…
The Sims 4: Get to Work (Windows, Mac)
I have been… 300x more obsessed with The Sims 4 since Get to Work has come out. Like I said when I started this article, I am all about the crafting and as soon as I’m presented with that, my brain goes into overdrive and I just HAVE TO BE THE BEST AT ALL THE CRAFTY THINGS. So of course, that sort of translated into my becoming nuts about running the cutest, most bakery-est little bakery in all of Simville.
It’s pretty simple, really. You open a retail lot, build your bakery, and start baking your little heart out. Once you have things in displays and marked for sale, open your doors and let the money roll in!… Okay, it’s slightly more complicated than that. But I’m not lying when I say you won’t regret it when you play it.
And there you have it. My favorite cooking-related games just in time for the biggest cooking holiday of the year. Eat your little hearts out, ladies and gentlemen! Happy Thanksgiving!