Satisfy your Hunger with these Popular Food Inspired Games!
Did you know there are lots of games based on food and that some non-food related games have even inspired the creation of culinary delights? If you’re wondering what the top food-related games are to play or want to know what a Super Mario Bros. 1UP Burger is, keep reading on.
The Tastiest Food-Inspired Games Taking the Market by Storm
Ready, set, eat! Video games about food, such as games like Restaurant Empire, Overcooked, Fruit Ninja, etc. are nothing new. In fact, since Pac-Man first started chomping his way through pellets and fruits back in the 1980’s, players have been eagerly gobbling up games that revolve around objectives like planting, growing, buying, selling, serving, slicing or consuming food.
What’s with the food-themed video game obsession? That’s a good question. Maybe food has become an essential component of some of our favorite video games because consuming food is an essential and enjoyable part to our actual lives. On the other hand, maybe we just find it fun.
Whatever the case may be, here are some examples of the hottest food-inspired games as well as top video games that have, in turn, inspired the creation of delicious food dishes.
Top Food-Inspired Games
There are hundreds of food-related games that you can play. Games with a food theme can be played on any device, too, so it doesn’t matter if you prefer a console, mobile or PC gaming experience. That said, here are some top-rated deliciously fun food games.
Restaurant Empire – With only a bit of cash and a passion for food, in Restaurant Empire you’ll need to build the restaurant of your dreams from the ground up in this business simulation video game designed for Windows. A perfect balance of role-playing game and business strategy, you’ll need to hire staff, decorate, cook the meals, build, out-sell and underprice the competition!
Extra Chili – Food is popular in all types of games and is made evident by online slots like Extra Chili. Developed by Big Time Gaming, Extra Chili takes you to a Mexican food market where the object is to spin reels and try to match up spicy peppers. While not a game you can find on PS4, Xbox One or Steam, you can play this slot at PlayOJO and other online casinos offering food-themed games via PC or mobile.
Fruit Ninja – A popular mobile game from Halfbrick, Fruit Ninja, now deemed a ‘classic’ in mobile gaming, is a fun, simple and addictive arcade-style game where fruit is tossed up on the screen and you need to slice through it with your ninja blade. Slice multiple fruits at the same time to score bonus points.
Overcooked – Definitely another one of today’s most popular food-inspired games, Overcooked is one of the ten most addictive games for PS4. A cooking simulation arcade-style game that provides a fun 1- 4 player local co-op experience, in Overcooked, you need to work with your friends to properly prepare and serve dishes fast to keep customers happy and your restaurant in business.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2! – The sequel to the best-selling game; Cook, Serve, Delicious! This game is not unlike Restaurant Empire in that you need to build your restaurant from the ground up. It offers plenty of challenges and events including starring in a reality cooking show, taking part in tournaments, uncovering mystery ingredients and more. This sequel has built on what made the original fantastic and is more fast-paced and challenging.
Delicious Food Inspired by Games
In addition to there being games with food themes, many popular video games have also inspired the creation of real-world culinary delights. For instance:
1UP Mushroom Burger – Do you like Super Mario Bros.? You might want to give a 1UP Mushroom Burger a try. This vegetarian-friendly burger is made up of, you guessed it, a mushroom patty that’s sandwiched between buns designed to look like the 1UP mushroom from the game.
Minecraft Cake – Arguably one of the most memorable foods in this popular sandbox building game is cake. Unlike other items in the game, cake is simply too big and heavy for your character to carry it, so all you can do is have a seat and take a giant bite out of it. Pixelated cake-designs have made their way into the real world and are just as yummy as you imagine the digital ones to be.
Other honorable mentions are the Strawberry Cake from Harvest Moon, Chateau Romani from The Legend of Zelda, Wasteland Omelet from Fallout: Las Vegas, and Sea Salt Ice Cream from Kingdom Hearts II.
Ultimately, whether food is in the game or it’s been inspired by a game, the relationship between the two has been a long one that continues to more than satisfy even the fussiest of appetites.
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