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5 Food-Based Video Games That Teases Our Appetite



When we play video games, what comforts us are breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert. Maybe some of us would incorporate brunch into our preoccupied gameplay time. Have you ever wondered what are the best food-themed video games? Many of us are still anticipating on certain video games to be released and one of them, happens to be a narrative cooking game, Venba. In Venba, you play as an Indian mom, who immigrates to Canada with her family from the ‘80s. Your task is to cook various mouth-watering dishes and restore lost recipes. 

If you think of some of the best food-based movies, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory may eventually pop up, but when that same title became a video game, there were mixed thoughts. Some gamers were not fond of the graphics, some wanted to hear the charismatic, multi-faceted Johnny Depp’s voice, some wanted to see Grandpa Joe at the end, etc. Well, when it comes to food-based video games, you do not always get what you want, but sometimes, you get beyond what you expected. 

5. Pizza Tycoon: 

Both, Pizza Tycoon and its 2000 sequel, Fast Food Tycoon was inspired from the movie Mafioso, where the player faced dilemmas (like joining the dark side or legitimately running their restaurant. As the manager of a pizza-serving restaurant in a town in Europe or the USA, experience cartoonish drawings and animated faces of famous people (like Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, or Lenin). 

Choose among thirty different characters to play as, modify the display of the restaurant and kitchen, and have cooking contests. With the option of joining the dark side, you can call a local mafia to sabotage a competitor’s restaurant or get money from illegal activities (like weapon dealing).


Pizza Tycoon gameplay (PC Game, 1994)

4. Overcooked! All You Can Eat:

Overcooked! 1 and 2 is infused with 4K visuals, running at a smooth 60 FPS (frames per second). In this remastered version of Overcooked!, enjoy over 200 levels (12 new) and over 80 chefs (3 new), in the Onion Kingdom. 

3. Coca-Cola Kid (1994):

Coca-Cola Kid is a Japan-exclusive, side-scrolling game for Sega. It stars Coca-Cola’s Japanese mascot, Coca-Cola Kid, from the ‘90s. Through levels, you can ride a skateboard and if you are knocked off, you have to pace continue on foot. Kick and perform flying kicks at your enemies and restore your energy by collecting cans of a Coca-Cola soft drink. You probably want to be in Japan right now.


Coca-Cola Kid (1994) [Sega Game Gear Longplay]

2. Cooking Simulator: 

In a highly polished, realistic kitchen, equipped with utensils and stands, unlock and master over 80 recipes (or use over 140 lifelike ingredients to cook everything you enjoy). Included are Career and Sandbox modes, perks and skills to unlock, real life physics, and advanced cooking mechanics.

1: Pac-Man: 

Pac-Man possibly loves eating more than Kirby. When you think of maze games, you may forget that Pac-Man exists in one (where there are 244 dots). The 240 small dots are worth 10 points while the four, large, flashing dots (energizers), are worth 50 points. After munching an energizer, you can then munch on the Ghost Gang: Blinky (Shadow), Pinky (Speedy), Inky (Bashful), and Clyde (Pokey). When you think of food-based video games, you also may forget Pac-Man has a large appetite.

Bonus: I Am Bread: 

I Am Bread is a bread simulator that you may find yourself playing out of downright boredom. Well, you get to be a possibly delicious slice of bread, wandering around the welcoming kitchen (like a bread ninja). Your mission is just to become toasted, but on your path, you can jump in the air, performing acrobatic maneuvers.

Developed and published by Bossa Studios, I Am Bread is the prequel to Surgeon Simulator. Hearing about Bossa Studios may make you want to play the sequel to I Am Bread, (their upcoming game) I Am Fish, (soon to be published by Curve Digital) which will be released on September 16, 2021.


I am Bread - Official Trailer

Bonus: Food: Fight: 

Guide Charley Chuck, who is struggling to consume an ice cream cone (on the opposite side of the playfield) before it melts. While you are eating, you also have to avoid four chefs (Oscar, Jacques, Zorba, and Angelo), desperate on stopping you. The chefs appear from holes in the floor, chasing Charley around. Charley and the chefs can grab food (like pies, peas, watermelons, tomatoes, bananas) from piles, then throw it at each other. 

Bonus: Diner Dash: 

Just like a real job, you play as Flo, (a stock market company employee), who decides to buy a run-down restaurant. Managing the restaurant involves seating customers in a timely manner, taking orders, preparing the food, etc. Each customer will have different degrees of tolerance for your service. There is a Career mode, which follows the story of Flo and Endless Shift, a survival mode (where the player has to last for as long as possible). 

Isaiah Joshua is an author and poet and has a love for video games. In May 2016, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema Arts and Science. As an avid gamer, some of his favorite games are "WWF No Mercy, Hitman, Manhunt, Sims 3, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter. Conscious in gaming culture, he is always researching gaming history, as well as the latest games to write about.