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The Top 8 Food-Based Games

December 16, 2020 | Posted by Marc Morrison
Burger Time

Welcome all to another edition of The 8 Ball! It’s the holiday season and with the holidays comes food….lots of food. With this in mind, I wanted to talk about games that are either about food or having a lot of food in them. The one game not on this list is Pizza Connection which a friend of mine loves but I never played it. Let’s begin:

#8: Foodfight

If you just want to get to the end of a level in Foodfight, it’s simple, just kind of run to the ice cream cone and avoid enemies. But the real fun of Foodfight is collecting the food that is laying around the levels and just throwing it at the enemy cooks to score big points. It’s not the most complicated game in the world but the simplicity is why it’s still pretty fun to this day.

#7: Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja is another game in the “simple to play, hard to master” type of game. I would actually argue that the Kinect version of the game is better, I’ve played the mobile version and while it’s fun, you don’t get a lot of feedback. The Kinect version is a bit slower but you get more of a workout and it just feels like you’re (literally) doing more. Again, not the deepest game, but enjoyable all the same.

#6: Tapper

Unlike the first two games on this list, Tapper is a bit more complicated to play. The gist of the game is simple, you have to fill up mugs of beer (or root beer, depending on the version) and slide them along the bar to customers. They edge closer and closer, along the four countertops, and you have to keep them at bay. To make it more complicated though, you have to catch the glasses the patrons occasionally send back or you lose a life. They will also leave tips on the counter so you have to run down and collect them. It’s all about customer management really while also collecting your money and not letting any of the empty glasses fall and break.

#5: BurgerTime

Video game physics in action! While probably not the first example of physics in a video game, it’s probably the first one I can remember playing as a kid. You play as Peter Pepper with the goal of making burgers. A burger has four parts: bottom bun, meat, lettuce and a top bun. You drop the pieces down by walking across the top of them (just like they do at Wendy’s) which causes the piece to fall down one level. However, if another piece is already at that level, THAT piece will drop down a level, and if a piece is there, that drops down as well. Along the way, you have to contend with enemies, which you can stun with pepper sprays, and collect other food bonuses as well.

#4: Overcooked!

Overcooked! was really lost on me when I played it. While it can be played single-player, it is primarily a multi-player experience where you and your friends can take all do different jobs all at the same time. I didn’t have this, hell the first one didn’t even have online multiplayer, so it just forced me to play two characters and get kind of frustrated by it all. I haven’t tried Overcooked 2 either because I’m not sure if anyone I play with has it, but that Overcooked: All You Can Eat compilation might be up my alley, if I can find someone to try it with.

#3: Stardew Valley

While there is a lot to do in Stardew Valley, one of the main tasks you have is food cultivation. There’s the obvious stuff like growing fruits and vegetables but you also have other food as well. Collecting eggs from your chickens, making butter and mayonnaise, fortifying wine, collecting honey, pressing cheese, and lots more can be done to get food. Then there is the actual cooking itself, which can net you a variety of buffs for your character, and involves a lot of mixing of the materials and ingredients you have.

#2: Battle Chef Brigade

This is the odd one on this list because the food involved is a lot of fantasy stuff. Dragon steaks, and goblin wings, or spider legs, things of that sort. But the fundamentals are still killer here. All the food ingredients you have are given a gem color and you can mix and match them in your cooking pot to increase the quality of those ingredients. To get more of them, you’ll have to venture outside of your cooking area and actually slay the beasts, but what’s cooking without a little stabbing and death, I guess? You are given a time limit to create the very best dish you can for the judges, based on their own tastes, and you can upgrade your cooking skills with new cookware and tools as well.

#1: Cook, Serve, Delicious!

I find Cook, Serve, Delicious! Impossible to master but I still love it. It has elements of other games on this list, customers saddle up to your restaurant and you have to make them food based on their orders, but every food item is like its own separate mini-game that you have to get used to. A customer might want a drink of Soda with only half ice, so you have to do the soda-dispensing mini-game, or they might want pizza with cheese, mushrooms and pepperoni so you do the pizza mini-game, or they might want chili fries, so you have to do that mini-game. There are also other mini-games to do like cleaning the dishes, taking out the trash, cleaning the bathroom, etc. It’s a very stressful game but one that is a lot of fun to play.

For comments, list which games you like involving food and why.

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