Some of the greatest pleasures in life come from eating food, like having the most perfectly fried churro, sweetest pancakes or a comforting mac ‘n’ cheese. For food lovers, while the pasta is cooking or the bread is baking, here are some of the best food-related games you can play, which can test your ability to slice, dice, manage and create some amazing video game food.
There’s something karmic about a neatly cut piece of fruit and anyone with a smartphone has, at some time, downloaded the Fruit Ninja game. Slice fruit, avoid the bombs and act like a ninja, all at the same time, on three levels of fruit-based action. From classic, arcade and zen mode, you can use a range of the sharpest tools, weapons and implements to slice through soft fruit.
Good Pizza, Great Pizza
For all those pizza fans, it is possible to demonstrate that love and combine it with the right business acumen needed to run a successful restaurant and voila, the Good Pizza, Great Pizza game. You get to create all sorts of wonderful pizzas, while at the same time trying to keep customers happy. You get paid for speed, service and quality of pizza – pretty much the same as a real-life Pizza Hut restaurant. It might even inspire you to develop some new pizza toppings to surprise the family.
Some games really do take food to the next level. If cakes are your thing, then there’s cake themed bingo and slots to pass the time at Buzz Bingo including Splatter Cake, Fruitastic and Juicy Fruity. If you’ve ever played in the old video arcades, then you’ll recognise many of the titles, with jackpots available from just a few cents per spin or bonus modes. There’s always something tasty waiting to play.
Cake is certainly a popular treat and one of the very first food-themed games to appear on the PC was Cake Mania. It inspired Cake Mania: Back To The Bakery, Cake Mania 2 and Cake Mania 3, which sees the cake-baking heroine Jill needing to navigate her way through history in an attempt to save her wedding day.
One of the original food-related games, Diner Dash was developed by Gamelab and has been released on both Xbox and PlayStation. It has spawned an entire Diner Dash franchise and, like any great game series, it has a hero. Diner Dash’s is Flo, a hard-working stock marketer who quits to become a full-time restauranter and opens Chez Flo’s – something every amateur cook can relate to.
Spongebob Squarepants Diner Dash
Many more recent games have taken their lead from the original Diner Dash game, and one of the best is the Spongebob version. In SpongeBob Squarepants Diner Dash, our spongey hero needs to keep up the good work at the Krusty Krab to make sure the customers stay happy in 50 levels of manic fun.
Whatever you happen to be doing in the kitchen, after loading the dishwasher and boiling the kettle, there’s always time to relax. Try playing some of these food-related games to inspire your creativity, or to do exactly what our parents told us not to do – play with our food.