I love cooking in games, even if those games aren’t really about cooking. I recently spent $1.3 million to bake a single cake Farming Simulator 22and before that I baked thousands of cookies in Patrono city builder (although I don’t let anyone eat them). I also fried dozens of ingredients in a single horrible meal at the Sim Recipe for Disaster restaurant – and it was, in fact, a disaster.
Two new cooking sims caught my eye this week, mainly because they have a horrible trick in common. In both games, you use an unconventional method to fill your kitchen with delicious meats: you kill your customers and use them as ingredients in the meals you serve. Gross, yes. But I can’t deny the appeal of saving money on butcher bills.
On the lighter side of restaurant murder, Godlike Burger still manages to be a cute, cartoonish cooking sim, possibly because you’re running a diner on a space station and instead of killing humans for meat, you’re slicing up aliens. Somehow, murdering strange aliens doesn’t seem like quite as terrible as cutting real humans. As you make your way through the campaign with carefully crafted cleavers and traps, you can level up your kitchen, unlock new recipes, open restaurants on different planets, and bring new meaning to the term “secret sauce”.
It’s a brilliant arcade management game with a bit of stealth (for sneaking out aliens), and you need to make sure the cops don’t catch your scheme or you could end up in the space prison. Godlike Burger is now available on Steam if you want to try Diner Dash style game.
On the most horrible and bloody side of things, ravenous demons (coming out this Friday) is a stylish looking horror cooking simulator. You run a tailor shop, but you do a lot more than just sell clothes: as customers arrive to look for new clothes, you brutally kill them, take their clothes for cleaning and resale, and throw their bodies down a ramp so they fall into the kitchen. below. There you slaughter, cook and serve in the restaurant on the first floor. This is what I call vertical integration.
It’s a dark thing with a Sweeny Todd theme, but it looks like fun, and as you kill and cook your customers, you’ll gain access to new recipes and upgrade your killer tailoring and cannibalistic kitchen. Ravenous Devils arrives on April 29. Hope you have an appetite for it.