Cooking games are a lot of fun, especially if you have some time to kill. Given how prevalent they are, it’s hard to find the good from the bad sometimes, so we’ve compiled a quick list of the best 5 games like Kitchen Scramble. So without further to do, let’s get cookin’!
Top Games Like Kitchen Scramble
1. Restaurant Story 2 – (Android, IOS)
Taking a slight leave from most cooking games and Kitchen Scramble, Restaurant Story 2 has you buying ingredients before cooking them. Unfortunately, this tends to stop people in their tracks, but in all honesty, it adds some realism to the proceedings. As you go progress through the story, you unlock more and more stores to buy your ingredients from increasing the pool of what you can cook. Of course, there are some restrictions involved in how much you can purchase in one go and how much you can hold, although over time and with enough upgrades, you can overcome that little hurdle.
Aside from that, the rest of the game is pretty on-par with what you’d expect, with the bots coming into the restaurant, choosing an item and requiring you to cook it for them. Of course, like other cooking games, you can also upgrade your appliances which make your life infinitely easier. There’s also a bunch of decorating you can do, which is always a lot of fun!
4. Happy Chef 2 – (Android, IOS, PC)
Happy Chef 2 doesn’t break the mold, but rather adds to it more than anything else. The gameplay is pretty much the same in any other cooking game, the characters come in, order something, you cook it with a couple of clicks, hand it over and they’re on their way. The one down side is that there is quite a lot of clicking involved which can be frustrating, but buying upgrades can help a ton in that regard.
In Happy Chef 2, you travel around the globe cooking, with each new place offering a new menu and things too cook. In that regard, it’s quite fun to progress and see what new things you can cook and offer to people. All in all, it’s a solid cooking game.
3. Cooking Fever – (Android, IOS)
Where Cooking Fever really stands out is its pacing. As you progress through the game, you slowly get new recipes that increase in small increments of difficulty. Not only that, but the upgrades themselves also dole out the progression and difficulty of play, meaning that you won’t be banging your head against the wall out of frustration. All that being said, one of the biggest problems of Cooking Fever is the paywall that you hit half-way through the game which makes it almost impossible to continue.
So really, you should pick this game up for free, and enjoy it as much as you can before deciding whether you want to pay to progress or not. Otherwise, it really is a fun and enjoyable little game.
2. Papa’s Series – (Android, IOS, Flash)
The Papa’s cooking game series is a seminal work in the cooking time management genre, and could arguably be the one that really set the genre on an upward spiral. Ranging from pizzarias, to Pastarias to even Cupcakeria, there’s whole range of different food stuffs you can buy. Of course, given there’s so many entries in the franchise, you can tell that the games are incredibly popular and wide-spread.
The games themselves are pretty much similar, revolving around taking an order, using some kind of mechanic to cook the order, and then being scored on the quality when it’s done based on how well you did. It might not seem glamorous or fun, but it really is, especially with the items and characters you unlock as you progress through. So really, if you want to play a cooking time management game, then you really need to check these series out.
1. Cook, Serve, Delicious – (Android, IOS, PC)
Self-described as an “Intense Hardcore Restaurant Simulation”, Cook, Serve, Delicious really deserves that title. Instead of focusing on realistically representing how cooking is done, the game instead represents the difficulty and tiredness of cooking and running a restaurant. Rush hours, slow times, having to clean the bathrooms and take out the trash, all of it falls in place to perfectly recreate the feeling of being in the restauranteur world.
The graphics are really great and fun to look at, even when you are at the beginner restaurant with its monotone walls and bits of dirt. Of course, as you progress things get prettier and the menu gets bigger. The clients also go from being working class to suited office types, really showing you moving up in the world!
Cook, Serve, Delicious is the pinnacle of cooking time management games, is loads of fun, and absolutely worth the few dollars that it costs.
What do you think of our list here? Do you think another game deserves a spot? Let us know in the comments.