Some games are admittedly played to feel like we are better at something than we actually are in real life. Of course, virtual cooking is no exception. Although you may not be the next Guy Fieri, there are massive amounts of cooking games, on all platforms, that’ll give you the illusion that you are something of a Food Network star. With the recent embrace of indie games, there may actually be too many to navigate through. However, to ensure you discover the one that fits you perfectly, let’s dive into the small pocket of cooking games that really bring it to the table.
Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit!
We wouldn’t be doing you any justice leaving out a Cooking Mama game. However, the latest one, Cooking Mama: Cookstar hasn’t been highly regarded, compared to Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! on the Nintendo 3DS. With the stylus, you’ll find yourself oddly satisfied with using the touch screen to cut through food and gathering up a recipe to make a beautiful dish. It also has a handful of modes to play, some that quiz you on over 60 recipes, and others that even let you run Mama’s restaurant.
Cooking Dash 2016
Speaking of TV food stars, Cooking Dash 2016 places users in the shoes of Flo, a celebrity chef who’s attempting to run a variety of restaurants. It’s a high-pace game, like that of Diner Dash, but focuses primarily on your memory of recipes and satisfying customers. Players will have to continue pulling off complex meals so that each eatery earns enough profit to continue buying materials for recipes. The gameplay surely is demanding, but it is an enjoyable experience, nonetheless. It is currently available for PC, Android, and iOS.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2 may not be widely-known, but it’s on top of the cooking game heap. Like Cooking Dash 2016, you’ll have to be the fastest in the kitchen. However, it contains somewhat of an underdog story, where your ability to cook top-rated dishes dictates how many people come into your restaurant. We also adore this game for its honest take of being a chef. For instance, although you may have a long line of customers waiting for their meals, all of a sudden, you’ll be told the bathroom needs fixing or that the trash is starting stink. With over 180 meals to prep, this title’s replayability may be the highest on this list. It’s currently out for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Like any sports title, Cooking Simulator takes itself quite seriously, with offerings like Career Mode, Cooking School, and a Leaderboard Challenge mode. In turn, this game best suits those who actually want to improve in their home’s kitchen. The game continues to receive updates, enabling players to cook an unfathomable amount of meals, with over 140 ingredients. You can find the game on all current console platforms, as well as PC.
If you’re looking for something that is an arcade adrenaline rush, look no further than Overcooked! 2. It’s best played cooperatively, with up to four players, as you’ll be cooking in levels that include many dynamic features: moving floors, portals gobbling you up, and fires burning your food. In sum, it’s not a game that won’t be all too nice to you, but it’s a blast to see your friends be bullied even more. It’s one of few cooking games that also has a fairly popular online multiplayer mode. Overcooked! 2 is playable on all current-gen platforms, with a complication of it, and its prequel headed to next-gen soon.
Battle Chef Brigade
Overcooked! 2 sure is odd, but Battle Chef Brigade is something of a fever dream beyond it. This anime title is firstly a brawler, as you play as Mina, traveling through levels hunting monsters for their meats. Then, you’ll find yourself solving Tetris-style puzzles that vary on the ingredients gathered. If done correctly, you’ll be impressing three carnivorous judges, ultimately letting you upgrade attack abilities for more ingredients. It’s a vicious cycle, but an addictive one. The Adult Swim published title can be found on PS4, Switch, and PC.
For just $6.99, you can be one heck of a dough tosser in the Steam-exclusive, Pizza Express. It’s a Super Nintendo-Inspired title with a zany, but with an in-depth story, as you help failing store owner Gastone, create a mega-pizzeria. With dozens of indigents, players will be creating many different pizzas for massive amounts of customers, with each level only getting aggressively tougher.
Without debate, Cooking Fever is one of the most detailed and complex modern-day cooking games for iOS and Android. With over 100 million downloads, the app is more of a tycoon management experience that pushes players to upgrade their restaurants as much as possible to allow for more customers at a time. There are in-app purchases to expand the game’s features, but there are already over 400 levels for you to delve into. Most of your time will be spent hunting down several ingredients to find that one perfect, delectable dish.