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Video games are usually thought of as competing with family mealtimes and healthy eating. However, there are many games that develop a good relationship with food and cooking. The games in this list have been selected because cooking is an element of the gameplay or because they are set in a context where meals and mealtime are important.Some of the games in this list, like Zelda Breath of the Wild require players to make up different recipes for a functional advantage. Other games, like Inbento, use food as a theme for a puzzle. Then there are games like Venba that use food as a cultural and storytelling element.The games have in common that food is important. They offer an unusual way to inspire how food is prepared, shared and enjoyed. This might be to come up with new ingredient combinations for flavour or (maybe) the chemistry of how different recipes work. This list includes 27 games from the last 18 years, with 1,589 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to inspire young chefs.
Release Date: 03/03/2017
Out Now: Switch and Wii U
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild departs from the previous Zelda formula with the scale and depth of its world. You walk, fly, ride and climb your way through a landscape that varies in climate, terrain, inhabitants and vegetation. Weather and...
Release Date: 01/01/2019
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS
Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Open World
Toca Life: World is part of a series of games that comprise what are essentially toys in electronic form. They build on the Sago Mini games for 6-10-year-old children. Recreating interactive everyday settings like shopping,...
Release Date: 31/07/2023
Out Now: PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Venba is a narrative cooking game where you play an Indian mother who emigrated to Canada in the 1980s. You cook various traditional Indian dishes and restore lost recipes which were damaged in the move to Canada. As you cook, you talk to your family...
Release Date: 12/11/2020, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon and Day and Night
Bugsnax is a whimsical adventure where you track, trick, catch and eat anthropomorphic food in all shapes and sizes. But as you do, you literally become what you eat. It's silly puzzling fun from the creators of [link to game/Octodad+Dadliest+Catch...
Release Date: 02/11/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person
Thirsty Suitors is a narrative action game where you play Jala, back in her home town of Timber Hills to confront mistakes, make up with exes and reconcile cultural differences with her parents. Play involves talking to your parents and old friends,...
Release Date: 03/12/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
Haven is a narrative-traversal adventure about companionship and exploration in space. As star-crossed lovers Yu and Kay, you escape to a forgotten planet to stay together and set up home against the odds. You explore the world around you, able to glide...
Release Date: 08/05/2018, updated in 2021
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
My Child Lebensborn is a narrative role-play game where you nurture a Lebensborn child in Norway after World War II who faces a hostile community because they’ve been born to parents of both occupied and occupying forces. With meagre resources...
Release Date: 18/08/2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night, Hand-Made and Open World
Spiritfarer is a boat-building exploration game. Unusually though, you play Stella, ferry master to the deceased and the boat you manage takes them to the next life.
Release Date: 27/09/2020
Out Now: Android, PC, PS4 and iOS
Genshin Impact is a role-playing adventure set in a fantastical open world you explore by walking, climbing, swimming and gliding as necessary. Like the Zelda games, you can collect items, and craft new weapons. However, in this game to create a party...
Release Date: 21/04/2015, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Stranded Deep is a survival game set in the Pacific Ocean. Taking a cue from films like Cast Away, you survive a plane crash and face life-threatening scenarios in a large open world. As the weather and time of day changes with the hours, you explore...
Release Date: 07/10/2021
Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon and Day and Night
Moonglow Bay is a role play game where you play a rookie angler. Unlike other slice-of-life games, fishing isn't tucked away as a side quest here, it's front and centre. Set along the Canadian coastline in the 1980's, you live in a fishing town that has...
Release Date: 27/02/2018
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Hand-Made, Open World and Persistant World
One Hour One Life is a civilisation survival game where each player lives a whole life in an hour of play and then passes away. Born as a baby into the care of anonymous other online players, you initially depend on them for food. Quickly growing, you...
Release Date: 21/09/2021
Out Now: PC and Xbox One
Potion Craft is a puzzle adventure game where you create potions in an ancient looking workshop to send you bottle around the map. You combine ingredients, fire and water to move your bottle along the map to the target location and brew a potion to help...
Release Date: 05/06/2018, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Good Pizza, Great Pizza is a simulation game where you run your own Pizza shop, fulfilling orders from customers while making enough money to keep your shop open. You can upgrade your shop with new toppings and equipment to compete against your...
Release Date: 07/08/2018, updated in 2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
Overcooked! All You Can Eat is part of a series of collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated as you...
Release Date: 14/06/2020
Out Now: PC
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Among Trees is a game you play in a forested wilderness full of creatures and fauna. It's handcrafted by a small team and creates a vibrant world to explore. Play involves hunting for resources and animals to hunt but this isn't a game about combat or...
Release Date: 21/09/2018
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Switch
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Little Dragons Café is a strategy game about running a cafe. Unlike other farming and friendship games, you don't have to earn money or toil to gain ingredients. Simply explore, collect and cook. It's farming gaming without the stress.
Release Date: 28/07/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC and Switch
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Hand-Made
Bear and Breakfast is an adventure strategy game where you build a bed and breakfast in the woods. You play as an aspiring bear host, renovating a dilapidated area in town into one fit for tourists. However, there is an underlying darkness in the woods...
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
Haunted Chocolatier is a strategy game by the creator of Stardew Valley. You explore a fantasy world and gather ingredients to make different blends of chocolate that sell in your chocolate shop.
Release Date: 05/10/2012
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Day and Night
Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 is part of a series of three games where you run a restaurant. You have full control over how you improve your restaurant and what food or drink you want to sell. Each game plays in a similar way, adding new locations,...
Coming Soon: Mac and PC
Components: 3D Third-Person, Open World and Weather
Wildflower From The Embers is a narrative role-play game about a young witch and her life in a new town. Drawing on play developed in Tenderfoot Tactics, you talk to locals, solve problems, fight demons and witch hunters and commune with the forest...
Release Date: 22/02/2020
Out Now: Android and iOS
Sizzle And Stew is a cooking game where you don’t have to follow the rules. It’s a lot of fun and works well in the two-player split-screen mode. Experiment as you explore all the kitchen gadgets to make a meal, or just see what happens when you put...
Release Date: 28/11/2022
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
Adventurous Eating is a game about discovering and exploring new kinds of food. Aimed at 3 to 6-year-olds, you play different mini-games to investigate foods with your senses. It's like a kid's TV Show with quirky characters, sing-along songs and...
Release Date: 12/03/2020
Out Now: Android, Switch and iOS
Inbento is a food-themed puzzle game where you solve puzzles to prepare lunch boxes. As you complete each "bento" lunch box a story unfolds about the highs and lows of parenthood. There are over 100 fun puzzles, aesthetically served with traditional...
Release Date: 29/08/2019
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Brunch Club is a cooking game where you possess and move food around the kitchen to complete different recipes. This unusual way to cook creates a unique and silly challenge you take on with up to four people.
Release Date: 23/03/2006, updated in 2022
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Wii, iOS and iPhone, iPad
Components: 2D Overhead
Cooking Mama is a long-running series of stylised cooking puzzle games where you complete recipe minigames to cook various dishes. From mixing ingredients in a bowl to deep frying the food, you mirror on-screen instructions to create sweet and savoury...
Release Date: 20/04/2021
Cook-Out: A Sandwich Tale is a strategy game where you are preparing food in a restaurant kitchen. Like Overcooked, you need to make the different dishes, wash up and serve customers. Unlike Overcooked, you aren't pressing buttons but performing the...