Cooking Simulator is a humorous game somewhat falling under the simulator genre, developed by a Polish studio called Wastelands Interactive. PlayWay has published on PC.
In Cooking Simulator, the story does not play any significant role. A player assumes the role of a chef working in a restaurant – since the work may occasionally become frustrating, there is nothing preventing the player from venting all frustrations and demolishing the kitchen with all its appliances...
In the PC release of Cooking Simulator, players observe the action from the first person perspective (FPP). Player’s objectives include preparing most exquisite meals possible from the menu featuring over 30 positions (the player is also free to create their own culinary masterpieces, guided by his own invention). Among the available ingredients, there are vegetables, meat, and fish. Players get at their disposal numerous kitchen appliances such as cutlery, special knives, bowls, pots, frying pans, ovens, blenders, gas stoves, and many others. This is where the game’s advanced graphics engine comes into play, allowing players to slice, grate, cream, pound, fry, cook, and what not.
Nothing stands in the player’s way to diversify his daily routines - the same graphics engine allows one to perform some kitchen follies, by building a tower of kitchen pots, putting fire to the cardboards in the storage room (and put the fire down with a fire extinguisher), throwing knives at a board, and breaking all the windows. These possibilities aim at encouraging the player to have some fun and experiment a bit. Nonetheless, one should carefully consider his actions, as they have a significant impact on the customer satisfaction – by getting positive reviews in the social media, one unlocks the access to new and more complex recipes. The culmination of all the effort is the Michelin Star – one of the most prestigious honor a restaurant can receive.
When compared to similar games, Cooking Simulator stands out with its high-quality 3D visuals. The graphics engine on which the game is based is very impressive. The polished details, the destructible surroundings, and the design of the tools and appliances one gets to utilize during the game were all done with attention to details. The player is constantly surrounded by sound effects comprising realistic ‘kitchen sounds’, enriched by the sounds of e.g. breaking glass bottles.
Game mode: single player
Media type: 5+ GB
User score: 7,5 / 10 based on 125 votes.
Pre-release expectations: 8.7 / 10 based on 108 votes.
PEGI rating Cooking Simulator
Cooking Simulator System requirements
PC / Windows
- Intel Core i5-3550 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
- 6 GB RAM
- graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 Ti / Radeon R9 270X or better
- 6 GB HDD
- Windows 7
- Intel Core i5-4570 3.2 GHz / AMD Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4 GHz
- 16 GB RAM
- graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 770 / Radeon RX 470 or better
- 6 GB HDD
- Windows 10