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Who loves good food? Everyone, that’s who. It’s safe to say that all of us appreciate a great meal, but unfortunately not all of us are great cooks. Mobile games are here to solve this problem.
There are tons of cooking simulators available, and we played through a lot to find the most enjoyable. Here are the best cooking games on Android and iOS.
1. Good Pizza, Great Pizza
Good Pizza, Great Pizza is a a cooking game focused on—you guessed it—pizza. The goal of the game is to work your way up the restaurant chain by making pizza and eventually owning the shop.
This cooking game has timed sessions where you can make pizzas during the “open” hours of your shop’s workday. You can then use your profits to upgrade the store, buy new toppings for your pizzas, or upgrade your pizza-making machines.
The only odd aspect of this game is that the music in the beginning is sort of eerie. It feels like it’s setting you up for a horror movie instead of a cooking simulator.
2. Diner DASH Adventures
Another highly-rated cooking title is Diner DASH Adventures, where you have to fix up a derelict diner and turn it into a thriving business. Diner DASH is focused on time-based quests and learning how to properly manage your finances so you can upgrade your company.
For a cooking game, Diner DASH is quite story-driven. The game also has microtransactions and ads, but overall they are on the low end and not intrusive.
3. Cooking City
Cooking City is a fun cooking game with a brightly colored interface that makes it easy to play.
Instead of running a restaurant like you do in Good Pizza, Great Pizza, Cooking City focuses on completing timed “food combos.” How quickly you can fill out these combos for your customers—and how happy you can keep them through these orders—will determine your overall profits.
4. Cooking Craze
Cooking Craze looks and feels similar to Cooking City. They’re both bright, colorful, time-management titles. Here too, the goal is to complete food combos for your customers.
A minor complaint is that Cooking Craze has a less intuitive interface than Cooking City. You’ll also experience more ads in it.
5. Cooking Fever
Cooking Fever is an extremely popular game in this category. Like the others, the goal is to fulfill time-based food combos. Unlike the previous two apps, there’s restaurant management involved right from the get-go. As such, there’s more complexity to it.
We really liked that this game takes its time explaining the controls to you. It also walks you through the process of creating combos.
6. Perfect Slices
Perfect Slices is a fun game with a lot of potential, but we have mixed feelings on it.
Essentially, it’s a simple game where the main goal is to chop vegetables as quickly as possible. You also need to avoid other objects on the “chopping board” that might break your knife.
At the end of each level, you can either buy new items to upgrade your knife or purchase new vegetables with the coins you’ve earned. It’s a bright, fun, easy game, and it’s good for some mindless entertainment before bed.
A major downside? It’s absolutely littered with ads, to the point where they become extremely disruptive. It’s a shame, because Perfect Slices is an otherwise enjoyable game. Thankfully, you can remove them with a $3 in-app purchase.
7. Restaurant Story
Restaurant Story is one of our personal favorites in the mobile cooking game category. There is a sequel, Restaurant Story 2, but after playing through both we found the first one more enjoyable.
Restaurant Story is the purest “cooking game” on this list, in that you literally design everything in your restaurant from the ground up. This ranges from floor tiles, to themed ovens, to complex recipes.
This game is great for people who love to control every aspect of their experience. Think of Restaurant Story like The Sims, but with a food-driven focus. Speaking of which, we’ve looked at the differences between The Sims games if you’re interested.
Slices is another food-related game, but it’s a bit different than the above. This one is puzzle-driven; the main goal is to fill out circular “dishes” so you can clear your plates. If you don’t, you’ll run out of space and lose the level.
Slices is straightforward to play and understand. It’s also extremely relaxing and surprisingly engaging. The downside is that the game contains quite a few ads, though you can remove them for a few dollars.
9. i Peel Good
i Peel Good is a super-simple tapping game for people who want to mindlessly peel food. No, really—that’s what it’s all about. The goal of this game is to peel all sorts of objects, ranging from apples to potatoes. The longer the peel slices are, the more points you get.
i Peel Good is an oddly soothing game that is good to play for a couple minutes to relax, but it does contain loads of ads. These are removable with an in-app purchase.
Our final great cooking game is the basic but extremely enjoyable Sandwich! The goal of this game is to build a sandwich and eat it. It’s super easy to play, and you can create these sandwiches by folding different layers of the sandwich on top of itself.
Once finished, you eat the sandwich and gain points. The setup of this game makes it almost impossible to fail: there’s even an undo button.
Play a Cooking Game and Enjoy
Now that you know what’s on the market, you can start to play some cooking games to satisfy your culinary cravings. Heck, with so many cooking games, there’s a good chance you’ll find one that we’ve missed. If you do, be sure to let us know.
Looking to make some real food, but not sure where to start? Follow these online cooking guides for beginners.