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Neon Noodles (2023) is a simulation game where you direct worker robots to prepare food orders for your clientele. Unusually, rather than making each dish individually, you design a series of steps so your robots can create a continuous supply of the dish with maximum efficiency. Paired with a science-fiction story about capitalism and class divide, it makes for a standout mix of narrative and optimisation-based strategy.

Set in a dystopian future where food has become the ultimate status symbol, you control an automated food preparation system known as Neon Noodles. As you learn the intricacies of the world and your place in it, you uncover how corporate greed and the upper echelons of society conspire to maintain the status quo and keep the poor in their perceived place.

Play involves designing sequences that robot workers repeat to create the dishes your clients desire. You create food by taking ingredients to different workstations where different steps occur; for example, at one station you can chop ingredients, at another combine them, and at another, you deposit the final meal.

The result is a game that is not only a cerebral challenge but also a social criticism of the industrialisation of food. It starts simply, but quickly gets complex as you add robots in tandem and new workstations with special abilities. Optimising your robots' workflow to create the most efficient meal creation system and get the highest score requires careful consideration and experimentation.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Neon Noodles 11 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
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This is a Brain Game and Sequencing game with Creative, Puzzle and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game. Although you never interact with other players, you can see how you compare against them through a histogram that shows how your scores and failures compare.


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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Whilst the amount of controls and actions you need to use can be overwhelming at first, you can iterate on your designs and robot routines until you perfect them, and no coding ability is needed, with everything done visually rather than textually.


Neon Noodles usually costs £16.75.

Neon Noodles

Steam Store PC £16.75
Steam Store Mac £16.75
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/08/2023

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing (Creative, Puzzle and Simulation)

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Developer: Vivid Helix (@VividHelix)

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