Recent years have seen the simulator game sub-genre mix in stuff from real simulators. While they still provide near-endless settings to do ridiculous things, they're also in line with their real-world analogs, like fixing up cars or robbing houses. A few years back, Cooking Simulator let you mess up the kitchen while you performed actual cooking techniques, something that other cooking games don't do. Cooking Simulator has been released again in VR.
Many other cooking games have you twirling sticks or mashing buttons to get the job done. You'll actually have to cook the dish as you would in real life, using the techniques real chefs would use. Fish on the grill needs to be turned over with tongs when you think it's time for the other side to get cooked. Meat and vegetables need to be seasoned with the right amount of spices. Produce needs to be manually cut into the right size, and boiling or letting food sit in a pot yields the right amount of stock that can be used elsewhere. Since you're alone in this kitchen, that means you do everything from getting the ingredients and pots to placing it in the waiting area to be picked up.
The process becomes more involved than expected, since you have so few tools to work with. You can get a readout for how much of a spice or liquid is placed on a food, and hovering over a piece of food will not only get you a temperature readout but also tell you exactly what you're picking up. However, you won't get a cutting guide, so you have to eyeball it and rely heavily on trial and error to cut the pieces just right. The game can be both strict and forgiving with your food results, as cooking things with either too much or too little of one ingredient and pulling the food away from the cooking source at the wrong time can lead to penalties when your food is graded. Making a mess or cooking stuff from the floor is just fine, though.
The basics of the game are tough but fair for a sim, but there are things in the campaign that can be annoying. The campaign is lengthy but slow paced, while the demand for perfection can be stressful due to the imprecise nature of these kinds of games. It doesn't help that you don't get to cook every dish the game offers, so beating the game means nailing down enough of the basics to cook the more elaborate stuff on your own. Also, for a game based on cooking, there's lots of bookkeeping, from ordering recipes to calling for kitchen repairs. It's fine in terms of making the campaign feel longer, but that could've been pushed aside in the name of more actual cooking.
The second mode is time attack, as you're tasked with cooking a dish as quickly as possible. You have a running timer once you start, but it moves forward instead of backward, so the pressure is slightly alleviated. The game tries to streamline things by only having the necessary ingredients on hand right away, versus having to stock up or having other ingredients in the way, but otherwise, it feels like the main game. Aside from giving you a chance to train for the campaign, you also have a worldwide leaderboard for every dish, driving you to improve.
Like the original, Cooking Simulator VR is best enjoyed in short sessions if you're playing the campaign mode. It takes such a long time for things to ramp up that you'll want short sessions so you don't get burned out on the game. The sessions are going to be filled with fun, as you're either crafting chaos or preparing dishes that closely resemble the techniques you'd do in real life. Cooking Simulator VR is a solid VR game and stands as a good example for how to port simulators to the VR space.
Cooking Simulator is a simulation cooking game developed by Polish team Big Cheese Studio and published by PlayWay S.A. on 6 June 2019 for Microsoft Windows. The Nintendo Switch version was released on 14 May 2020, published on the system by Forever Entertainment. The Xbox One version was released on 14 August 2020. A mobile port, titled Cooking Simulator Mobile, launched on Android devices on 20 October 2020. It is available on iOS in a few countries, and the worldwide release is available for pre-register by PlayWay S.A. The PlayStation 4 version released on 20 May 2021 exclusively in Europe and Australia, and on 8 June 2021 in North America.
Cooking Simulator uses a physics integrated engine and cooking mechanics to simulate a realistic cooking experience. In its current state, the game allows the player to prepare over 80 recipes using more than 140 ingredients. There are various game modes including Career Mode, Sandbox Mode, Cooking School, Pizza, Cakes and Cookies, Shelter, Leaderboard Challenge, Winter Holidays, and SUPERHOT Challenge. In Career Mode, the players take control over a kitchen while progressively earning fame and experience by serving dishes according to orders. A fee is automatically charged each time the ingredients are picked up from the shelf. The goal is to reach the fifth Fame Star. Sandbox Mode offers a fully equipped kitchen with no time limits. Cooking School is a series of tutorials explaining all the game mechanics. Leaderboard Challenge is a game mode in which players compete by trying to prepare a single dish according to a recipe, with each dish having its own scoreboard. Winter Holidays offers a new kitchen and allows to serve a dinner to a number of guests by preparing dishes containing requested ingredients.
Are you looking for a game where you can use your VR headset and improve your cooking skills at the same time Well, the good news is that there are plenty of VR cooking games currently available, both arcade and simulator types.
More and more games now support VR headsets, the majority being simulators of some extreme activity, sports, racing cars, or activities that need you to make a wide range of physical movements like dancing. However some gamers prefer more everyday, mundane experiences. They can still be as entertaining, especially when enjoyed in virtual reality.
Many of the games developed for VR headsets are slowly finding ways to bring new mechanics to different genres. Among them is the theme of cooking and restaurants. One of the features that make them even more attractive is the multiplayer section, making it an experience that you'll definitely want to enjoy together with your friends and family.
The number one title on our list of best VR cooking games is Clash of Chefs, a game developed by Flat Hill Games. In this VR cooking simulator, you can become an American, Italian, Japanese, or Mexican restaurant chef who will make sure their customers are properly fed.
The most exciting part of this VR cooking simulator is the online multiplayer mode. This game mode pits you against another chef, who will compete to serve their customers quickly and efficiently. And yes, if you hit a losing streak, you can throw the dishes at your opponent, this is amazing because this game can turn quickly into a food battle royale.
This cooking game VR brought to you by Play Spirit Limited takes you to a restaurant where your skills will take you through 30 levels, each more difficult than the previous one, so you will have to improve your times and techniques until you become an exceptional chef to be able to defeat each level of this game.With fun mechanics and multiplayer mode, this VR cooking game has cartoon-style graphics, so if your team has few technical specifications, you can still enjoy it. It gives you hours of entertaining single-player mode and a lot of fun in its multiplayer mode.
This cooking game VR brought to you by Play Spirit Limited takes you to a restaurant where your skills will take you through 30 levels, each more difficult than the previous one, so you will have to improve your times and techniques until you become an exceptional chef to be able to defeat each level of this game.
With fun mechanics and multiplayer mode, this VR cooking game has cartoon-style graphics, so if your team has few technical specifications, you can still enjoy it. It gives you hours of entertaining single-player mode and a lot of fun in its multiplayer mode.
Yogscast LTD presents this sci-fi-themed VR game where you are a robotic bartender. This variant of VR cooking games takes you to a bar counter, in the case of Startenders, a bar in space, where you serve cocktails to various alien races wanting refreshing beverages. You can even customize your spaceship in which you will explore the galaxy meeting new races and their tastes in cocktails.
Continuing with the sci-fi and space theme, Planet Pizza is a very simple, single-player cooking game developed by Refresh Studios. In it, as in many previous ones, you will serve your customers by delivering drinks and pizzas. Taking another point of view to VR cooking games, Planet Pizza also adds the difficulty of having to deliver the pizza within a time limit. If you take more time than required you will lose (obviously) and your customers will start to get annoyed.
In this peculiar game, we take on the role of a ghost chef. That's right, Lost Recipes takes you on a cooking adventure that takes place in the past. This VR cooking game focuses on serving your ghost clientele with recipes from various eras and various parts of the world. From recipes from ancient Greece, the Song Dynasty in China, to the Mayan cuisine of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
The style that Schell Games imbued in this VR cooking game is artistic level, and although it only has the single-player mode, the experience is quite satisfying. Not only do the dishes and ingredients keep changing, but also the design of the kitchen adapts everything so that you feel in a truly traditional environment and according to each of the cultures represented in this game.
In the GameBoom VR cooking simulator, the goal is to become the ultimate chef. In this kitchen simulation game, seeking to have a refined and realistic workspace, a kitchen equipped with all kinds of utensils