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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Venba (2023) 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 and learn about their life and history. It stands out for weaving a multi-generational story through the meals and conversations you create.

Along with the narrative and conversations, Venba offers cooking puzzles where you repair the recipes, fill in the missing ingredients and instructions, and then prepare the dishes by clicking and dragging the utensils and ingredients and preparing the meal. Each day brings a new recipe and you cook a variety of Southern Indian dishes that tie in with the narrative.

This game explores cooking traditional Indian cuisine and the stories behind the mother's recipes. By the end, you have journeyed through her life choices about living in another country, her marriage and her fractious relationship with her son.

Our examiner, Hannah Robertson, first checked Venba 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game, Narrative and Sequencing game with Communication and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 and a half hours and 2 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Implied Violence.

There are moments of the implied loss of parents and a scenario where Venba's husband is attacked in a local park.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The simple family stories make it good for quite young children. You need to decipher instructions for different dishes and work with obscured text. You also need to understand sequencing to complete the instructions in the right order from written instructions. Very young children could play with the help of an adult or sibling.

CostsCosts

Venba usually costs £12.49 to £13.49.
 

Venba

XBox Store Xbox X|S £12.49 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £12.49 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Steam Store PC £12.79 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Switch Store Switch £13.49
PlayStation Store PS5 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/07/2023

Out Now: PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative, Sequencing (Communication and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Venba Game (@VenbaGame)


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