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Get Children Cooking

Video games are usually thought of as competing with family meal times 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 game play or because they are set in a context where meals and mealtime is 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 story-telling 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 20 games from the last 9 years, with 317 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to inspire young chefs.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 12+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Playing, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 317
 

 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @Nintendo

Players: This is a single player game

This game 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 the passage of the sun and moon...

Toca Life: World (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @TocaBoca

Players: This is a single player game

The Toca Boca, Toca Life, series of games 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, hospital,...

Genshin Impact

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 27/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @GenshinImpact

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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...

Bugsnax

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @YoungHorses

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Good Pizza, Great Pizza

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 05/06/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Developer: @TapBlaze

Players: This is a single player game

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...

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PEGI Rating 12+ for Haven

Haven

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 03/12/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Open World

Developer: @TheGameBakers

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Haven is an 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 over the plains,...

Among Trees

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 14/06/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @AmongTreesGame

Players: This is a single player game

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. This isn't a game you aim to win or dominate, but rather find your place in.

Potion Craft

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @TinyBuild

Players: This is a single player game

Potion Craft is a puzzle adventure game where you create potions in an ancient looking workshop. More than learning recipes, your potions need to strategically combine the qualities of each ingredient to explore the potion-map and create brews to help...

Spiritfarer

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @ThunderLotus

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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.

Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 05/10/2012

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Chubigans

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Cook, Serve, Delicious! is 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, challenges and modes.

Moonglow Bay

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @CoatSink

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

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...

Overcooked (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 07/08/2018, updated in 2018

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @Team17Ltd

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and Overcooked! All You Can Eat are 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...

One Hour One Life

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 27/02/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @JasonRohrer

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online

This 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 can soon fend...

Little Dragons Café

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 21/09/2018

Price: 65% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @RisingStarGames

Players: This is a single player game

Little Dragons Cafe 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 a farming gaming without the stress.

Venba

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 28/11/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: @TmoritaA

Players: This is a single player game

Venba is a narrative-cooking game about an Indian mother who immigrated to Canada in the 1980s. You cook various traditional Indian dishes and restore the lost recipes which were damaged in the move to Canada. As you talk to your mother's family you...

My Child Lebensborn

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 08/05/2018

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @Sareptastudio

Players: This is a single player game

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 yourself, you must feed, clothe and bathe the child, but more...

Bear and Breakfast

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Creative and Strategy

Developer: @ArmorGameStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Bear and Breakfast is a 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 and you are...

Sizzle And Stew

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 22/02/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Cowlyowl

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Sizzle & 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 a...

Brunch Club

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @FoggyBoxHQ

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

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.

Inbento

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 12/03/2020

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @AfterburnGames

Players: This is a single player game

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...


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