Cook, Serve, Delicious! Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Cook, Serve, Delicious! RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! Early Access Impressions: Deliciously Prepared https://www.gameskinny.com/t2h4b/cook-serve-delicious-3-early-access-impressions-deliciously-prepared https://www.gameskinny.com/t2h4b/cook-serve-delicious-3-early-access-impressions-deliciously-prepared Tue, 28 Jan 2020 13:43:33 -0500 Jordan Baranowski

Oh no. There's a horde of hungry patrons standing outside the window.

Four of them want frozen bananas, which I have plenty of in the freezer. But two of them want an extremely complicated ramen dish, and two others want labor-intensive bahn mi sandwiches, which have to be prepped at a holding station.

Of course, as soon as any of them are served, another group of patrons will pop up and demand something completely new and, perhaps, just as labor-intensive. No rest for the wicked, they say.

This is the world of Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!, the game about food that has a title as elaborate as its most involved dish. 

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! Early Access Impressions: 

Don't let the cartoonish look of Cook Serve Delicious 3 fool you. It's a cooking sim that will throw the kitchen table at you, forcing split-second recollection and careful time management. This is a series that keeps you spinning plates for as long as you can. Inevitably, some of them are going to fall.

Luckily, Cook Serve games still manage to stay fun even when disgruntled customers are walking away with the wrong orders. And that's still the case with Cook Serve 3

Here's how it works: you are the chef, and you have a food truck. Every day, you hit the road to serve the hungry masses. You design the menu based off of a few specific parameters (maybe a certain style of food, or a point value difficulty for the entire menu) and try to survive the rush as dozens of people order food from you.

For all its complexity, it takes a few simple keystrokes to make food in Cook Serve Delicious 3. For example, you make a cheese papusa by hitting "D" to place the dough, "L" to flatten it, "C" to place the cheese, "F" to fold the dough over, and "Enter" to cook. After about 10 seconds, it's ready to serve. Easy, right?

Making one certainly is. But then six people want papusas. And they don't all want cheese. Some want pork. Or chicken. Or beans. And they are all ordering at the same time.

The difficulty here isn't necessarily making the food, it's the analyzation required to who is closest to walking away from the window angrily telling their friends to never order from the Cook Serve Delicious food truck again. 

The Best Kind of Stress

Consequently, playing Cook Serve Delicious 3 can be extremely stressful, but it always manages to stay entertaining. The food truck setting means you get little breaks in the action as you drive from one stop to the next, giving you a bit of time between adrenaline spikes (and replicating the lunch and dinner rushes from previous games).

You'll still have things to do as you move from stop to stop, too, like replenishing holding stations and setting up meals you know you'll need. Despite being on the move, Cook Serve 3 does a good job of replicating the real-world restaurant experience of the calm before the storm.

It helps that getting dialed in and really learning all of the game's dishes cooks up a delicious dopamine rush. Cook Serve Delicious 3 has a way of getting you in that transcendent, reactive gaming zone.

By being able to customize the menu (and switch back and forth between "Standard" and "Chill" difficulties at will), you can also easily determine how stressful you're going to make things. It can be great to slow things down when you're trying some new dishes, then ramp it up to see if you can handle the heat.

An Evolving Menu

While the core gameplay of Cook Serve Delicious 3 is the same as we've seen in past iterations, changing settings does bring some other welcome modifications to the game, mostly in its presentation and story.

Set in the future where it seems corporate restaurants have essentially taken over the world, the massive tower that houses your restaurant is blown up (!), destroying everything inside. A pair of robot ambulance drivers named Whisk and Cleaver (!!) come to pick through the wreckage and look for survivors, finding you. Logically, they turn their ambulance into a food truck so you can continue bringing your culinary masterpieces to the world.

To say it's... bizarre ... is an understatement. 

However, Whisk and Cleaver are more than just plot elements: they also help you serve the hungry people. Though you can still serve directly as in the old games, you can also tap a single key and your robot staff will hand out dishes at the ready. This addition is a lifesaver when the rush shows no sign of slowing, providing you a tiny bit of respite in an otherwise stressful gameplay loop.

In addition, Whisk and Cleaver are both fully voiced, warning you of upcoming stops as you prepare dishes and offering advice while food is being served. It's fairly helpful, as you don't have to stop and read while focusing on prepping your dishes.

Finally, the food truck focus allows the developers to bring in some extremely esoteric dishes. Cook Serve Delicious 3 has a massive selection of both street cuisine and regular dishes from all over the world. Sure, you could dish up pretzels, chicken strips, and pizza, but it could also be interesting to put chakalaka, rote grutze, sisig, and medovik on the menu to see how everything goes.

If you're an interested foodie, there's also a description of each dish, including its country of origin and the basics of how it's made. You could bring some of your in-game ideas home to try out!

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Even though Cook Serve Delicious 3 is only in Early Access, the game itself is in a pretty good state. I didn't encounter any stability issues or game-breaking bugs in my time with it.

Some of the content isn't quite there yet  some of the dishes are listed but cant' be prepared, and some of the areas and features have yet to be implemented. But the game makes these omissions clear. Vertigo Gaming has a pretty good track record of being transparent with their community and providing plenty of (free) content updates to the CSD series, so this shouldn't be a big issue.

In essence, the biggest Cook Serve Delicious 3's biggest strength is also its biggest weakness: it's more Cook Serve Delicious. The series has shown surprising longevity, and its blend of interesting customization and face-paced gameplay remains strong.

On top of all that, it will make you hungry  some of the dishes look really yummy, even in the game's cartoonish art style. It's clear that the designers of Cook Serve Delicious 3 have a love for food and food culture, and hope to impart that love on its players.

If you've already cracked the first two games and need another CSD fix, we can't recommend Cook Serve Delicious 3 enough. Don't fear the Early Access label on this one.

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Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! Entering Early Access January 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/v9rfp/cook-serve-delicious-3-entering-early-access-january-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/v9rfp/cook-serve-delicious-3-entering-early-access-january-2020 Tue, 06 Aug 2019 17:34:57 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Virtual chefs get ready. Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! is opening up on Steam Early Access in January 2020.

Changing things up from the physical restaurant locations in the first and second games, Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! will task players with running a food truck across a war-torn America in the year 2042, daring to take on the Iron Cook National Food Truck Championships.

If the change in setting has you nervous, take heart: the game will feature the recipes found in the second game, as well as a healthy heap of brand new recipes to whip up on the road. It's sure to be extremely stressful, as it was meant to be.

The official Cook, Serve, Delicious! website has a few of the new dishes listed, looking just about good enough to eat. Bibimbap and banh mi? Yes, please!

This series certainly isn't the only restaurant sim option out there — looking at you, Cooking Simulator but you won't find any other that so painfully (and temptingly) puts you through the menial restaurant task gauntlet.

It'll be quite the wait for Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! though, and in Early Access no less.

Early adopters of the second game in the series will remember the grumblings over the second title's issues around release and developer Chubigans's efforts to add features and fixes in the months after. The Early Access route is the right one for this arthritis-inflicting food truck.

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Top 5 Cooking Simulator Games on Steam https://www.gameskinny.com/19epq/top-5-cooking-simulator-games-on-steam https://www.gameskinny.com/19epq/top-5-cooking-simulator-games-on-steam Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:42:52 -0400 Angelica Dimson

Cooking has been implemented into a lot of games – sometimes for survival purposes like in Don’t Starve, or sometimes just to help you along with your day like in Stardew Valley. A lot of popular cooking simulation games have been on the DS, like Cooking Mama, or as a mobile app. But what about cooking games on Steam?

Today, I'm going to nourish those cravings of your inner foodie with a list of cooking games you can find on Steam. I’ll be focusing on games that revolve solely around cooking gameplay. Other games that have cooking in them, but don't use it at the core of their gameplay, won’t be included.

Let's get started! 

5. Cooking Academy: Fires and Knives

Price: $14.99
Rating: Positive

I can't imagine someone not loving pancakes.

Starting off hot, there’s Cooking Academy: Fire and Knives – a collection of three Cooking Academy games! Taking place in the kitchens of a prestigious culinary school, your goal is to become a master chef through various ‘cooking’ mini-games such as using your mouse to de-shell shrip or a mini rhythm game that makes you time when to add ingredients.

Cooking Academy: Fire and Knives is a mix of mini-games and education. You’ll learn more than 175 recipes and food trivia while mastering new cooking skills. Thus, inspiring you to cook IRL!

Get Cooking Academy on Steam

4. Cooking Dash

Price: $9.99
Rating: Positive

Poor Flo, how does she handle everything?

If anyone remembers Flo from Diner Dash, she returns yet again with her grandmother in Cooking Dash. After their chef leaves Flo’s Diner to pursue a career in reality (cooking) TV and takes all the other chefs in DinerTown as guests, it’s up to Flo and her grandmother to help the restaurants in town with their standard level set-up. Once you fully helped one restaurant, you'll move to another to help cook and serve.

Cooking Dash offers the nostalgia of Diner Dash but with a twist, with the player serving both as a waiter and a chef.

Get Cooking Dash on Steam

3. Pizza Express

Price: $6.99
Rating: Very Positive

Is that a pizza cat I see?

Pixelated with some campy humor, Omni Interactive’s Indie title, Pizza Express, is a restaurant simulator where you join Gastone and his friend Lucky on a “tasty adventure” to become the best pizzeria in town.

Instead of only cooking meals via mini-games, you control everything -- including the menu, price, advertisements, and the interior decor of the restaurant. There’s also a story going on in the background that has alternate endings -- and I won't spoil. 

Get Pizza Express on Steam

2. Cook Serve Delicious

Price: $9.99 
Rating: Overwhelmingly Positive

It's time for a good ol' fashioned cooking battle!

Called a hardcore restaurant sim on its Steam page, Cook, Serve, Delicious gives players complete control over their restaurant, which is similar to Pizza Express. Can you prove your skills with fast-paced mini-games? Or better yet, will you be able to defeat other online chefs in the game's DLC, Battle Kitchen Edition?

There are also moments you have to micromanage outside of the restaurant, such as throwing parties or reading your virtual mail in order get the opportunity to be cast in the ‘Iron Cook’ TV show.

Get Cook, Serve, Delicious on Steam

1. Overcooked

Price: $16.99
Rating: Very Positive

Space food has never looked so good. 

Finally, we have Overcooked, a local co-op game for 1-4 players. As a team, you and your friends must cook up orders for customers in somewhat precarious environments like a space station, where rooms constantly rotate, or in the depths of a volcano.

With slapstick humor and hilarious visuals, hopefully, you and your friends will learn to properly work together, or it’ll all end with someone grabbing a fire extinguisher.

Get Overcooked on Steam

Now it's time for you to start cooking (virtually and hopefully IRL). Whether you're a virtual chef combating other online players or trying to work together to cook the best meals in town, or even attempting to manage your own restaurant, be sure to make Cooking Mama proud.

"Better than Mama!"

What do you think? What are your favorite cooking games? Comment below!

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10 indie gems on Steam that are worth your time and hard-earned dosh https://www.gameskinny.com/2gxcd/10-indie-gems-on-steam-that-are-worth-your-time-and-hard-earned-dosh https://www.gameskinny.com/2gxcd/10-indie-gems-on-steam-that-are-worth-your-time-and-hard-earned-dosh Fri, 26 Feb 2016 06:17:36 -0500 Ashley Shankle

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Endless Legend

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Standard price: $29.99
Genre: 4X turn-based strategy
Demo: No
Steam Store link

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It's hard to say this one is a "hidden gem" considering how often it goes on sale, but when Civilization V is still the top 4X game on Steam, I can't help but bring this baby up in this list. It's fantastic.

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Endless Legend is exactly the type of evolution I, as a regular 4X strategy player, would like to see in ground-based entries (as opposed to space titles like Sins of a Solar Empire) to the genre. Instead of taking pages from popular staple Civilization V, developer Amplitude Studios went in their own direction and created a basically triple-A quality 4X with more of a focus on unit management over city management.

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The game's Hero system, which has players customize Hero units' skills and equipment to better lead their squads to battle or oversee their cities, is fresh, fun, and adds an additional layer of strategy,

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The gameplay variety between factions (and your ability to customize your own faction) means you can play pretty much the way you want -- within reason.

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If you like 4X games, there's pretty much no reason to not pick up Endless Legend. Except maybe the $29.99 price tag with additional paid content DLC. But you expect to put that sort of investment in a high quality strategy game.

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Cook, Serve, Delicious!

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Standard price: $9.99
Genre: Cooking sim
Demo: Yes
Steam Store link

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I'd be willing to guess you probably haven't played a cooking simulation game before.

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Okay, you might have. They're not the rarest genre these days, but they are certainly not common.

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Cook, Serve, Delicious! is a particularly charming brand of cooking sim, with a heaping helping of muscle memory and stress with a side of nice-looking renders of food and a refreshingly appropriate (cheesy) music.

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While the sequel is on the horizon, the original game has more than enough content to keep the virtual cook busy for now.

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Climbing the restaurant ranks is quite the feat in the standard campaign mode -- don't let the "casual" tag on Steam fool you. You have to memorize dozens of recipes, rotate out menu items based on your recent menu choices and challenges, and excel at your craft when catering and when appearing on famous cooking shows.

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Did I mention there's a ton of muscle memory involved here? Remembering each recipe isn't easy, and every customer wants something different.

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The Battle Kitchen update released in 2014 brought new challenges, leaderboards, and a New Game+ mode for veteran chefs. It's a lot easier than actually running a restaurant, that's for sure.

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Wings of Vi

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Standard price: $14.99
Genre: Precision action platformer
Demo: Yes (On Steam Store page)
Steam Store link

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You may as well move onto the next slide if you don't like ramming yourself into one set of obstacles dozens of times -- Wings of Vi probably isn't for you even on Easy Mode.

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But hey, if you're cool with that you're in for one of the best precision platformers in a long time. Plus you get to play dress up, what's not to love?

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Don't let the angel protagonist fool you: Wings of Vi is an absolutely brutal platformer both in terms of combat and the platforming itself, and it is not about to let you finish the game without pulling your own hair out or breaking a few keyboards/controllers in the process.

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There's a lot of care put into the game's music and visuals, and it plays exactly the way you'd want -- except weapon swapping is sometimes a hindrance.  There are plenty of secrets to be found, specifically new weapons and cosmetic items for Vi. It's just a joy to play if precision platformers are your type of game.

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If you make it through Wings of Vi, you get some serious bragging rights. But good luck with that, grasshopper.

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SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition

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Standard price: $7.99
Genre: ASCII turn-based RPG roguelite
Demo: Yes (On the Steam Store link)
Steam Store link

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Stop, don't go! ASCII games need love too, even in this day and age. And SantuaryRPG: Black Edition may just be the one that fits perfectly in your Steam library.

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SanctuaryRPG is a curious game. Despite sticking to some seriously classic RPG traditions and visuals, it's a peculiarly modern game with an addictive battle system that requires the player to pay close attention to enemy states and chain ability usage.

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While it seems a serious, slow game, it couldn't be more the opposite. What we have here is a fairly silly procedurally-generated RPG with more charm and secrets than you can shake a stick at, not to mention combat is pretty quick once you've got it down. And let's not get into its great soundtrack.

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This is one ASCII game that any PC RPG player can chow down on, even if they're unfamiliar with ASCII graphics. Definitely try the demo if you're even remotely curious.

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Vagante

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Early Access price: $14.99
Genre: Action RPG roguelite
Demo: Yes
Steam Store link

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Wary of Early Access games? Me, too. But this is definitely not one to worry about. It's been in Early Access since late 2014, but developer Nuke Nine has packed to the brim with content and quality of life updates since the beginning.

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Vagante is like Spelunky with far more RPG elements, action, and sheer ruthlessness in design. It's slower than Spelunky, more complicated than Spelunky, and may just be the better game for you if you'd like a more serious RPG tint to your dungeon and cave-diving.

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This game is not even remotely for the casual gamer.

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Of all the roguelites on this list, Vagante is the one that took me the longest to get the hang of and progress in, thanks to the random unidentified drops (thanks cursed equipment) and RPG stat/skill leveling. It's worth it, though: Just about everything in this game is stellar, and at the current rate of updates the full release version is shaping up to be amazing.

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If you like roguelites and are comfortable with being even worse at the start than usual in these types of games, you have nothing to lose but hours of your life with Vagante. Especially once online multiplayer is released.

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LISA

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Standard price: $9.99
Genre: Side-scrolling turn-based RPG
Demo: No
Steam Store link

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I know, RPG Maker games don't have the best reputation and LISA certainly was an RPG Maker game, as you can see in the trailer -- though developer Dingaling did port it out of the engine not too long after release.

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What a boring way to start a description of what may be one of the strangest RPGs to see release, and what is certainly one of my favorite games of all time.

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LISA puts you in the shoes of Brad Armstrong, and you're out to save the last girl in the world -- whether it's the right thing to do or not.

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It's difficult to describe this game even as someone who has played it several times. It's dark and uncomfortable, a stark contrast to a certain other indie RPG (you know what it is). The music is catchy and weird, sometimes grating. The battle system is basic but has its merits.

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The story and characters are where it's at in LISA, but the game is not for everyone. It's not for the sensitive or squeamish, but it is for the adventurous gamer with a twisted streak. And if you want a game that utterly confounds you and ultimately makes you feel like trash, this is the way to go.

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Spoilers: You do want a game that utterly confounds you and ultimately makes you feel like trash, you just don't know it yet.

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Risk of Rain

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Standard price: $9.99
Genre: Action platformer roguelite
Demo: Yes
Steam Store link

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I don't think I could put into words how great Risk of Rain is if you're the type who prefers games that are tough as nails.

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I also don't think I could put into words how upset I am the PC version's netcode is so awful while the upcoming PS4 and Vita version is getting dedicated servers. My butthurt on that point is very real. But that isn't what this article is for.

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Risk of Rain is still an amazing game on Steam if you don't have a PlayStation 4/Vita, even if you have to jump through portforwarding hoops to make online multiplayer work.

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Things start out soft in a Risk of Rain run, but don't worry: there's plenty waiting to kill even the most seasoned player. Pushing through, your enemies become more wall than beast or machine -- and you, with luck, will become more weapon than man and escape the planet.

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The controls are tight, the music is amazing, and the variations between characters and their synergies with particular items is a delight.

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I can't think of a single bad thing about Risk of Rain outside of its janky multiplayer, and that is something I'm going to complain about until I'm on my deathbed trying to get in one more round with Acrid with Spite, Enigma, Glass, and Spirit activated.

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Road Not Taken

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Standard price: $14.99
Genre: Turn-based puzzle roguelite
Demo: No
Steam Store link

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The trailer in the header may not make Road Not Taken seem like a stellar puzzle game, but there's so much potential gameplay here for puzzle fans it's hard not to recommend.

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Road Not Taken has you wander into the cold, unforgiving wilderness to save lost children -- which, as you may expect, is not as simple as it seems.

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Players must pick up items they come across and toss them to open doors or combine them to make new items. Saving children is done much in the same way, as you unceremoniously toss them at their parents.

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As Road Not Taken is a roguelite, it has infinite replayability and there really is no getting tired of befriending or wooing townsfolk, especially since things often do not turn out the way you expect.

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Truly a fantastic puzzler from Spry Fox and worth every penny.

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Valdis Story: Abyssal City

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Standard price: $14.99
Genre: Metroidvania action platformer
Demo: Yes
Steam Store link

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Like Metroid? Castlevania? Devil May Cry? Why the hell haven't you played Valdis Story yet?

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This little gem was a surprise Greenlight in 2013, and despite the late release of the third and fourth characters last year, it remains one of the best games of the genre on Steam at the time of writing.

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Valdis Story: Abyssal City's plagued with absolutely awful things like:

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  • Great music
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  • Beautiful semi-3D visuals
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  • Responsive and flexible combat
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  • Secret areas and items
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...All right, so those things are actually pretty great and so is Valdis Story.

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The controls definitely take some getting used to, and wall-jumping can be pretty awful at times. But if you can get over those points, you're in for one fun ride no matter the character you choose. A great buy for any action platformer or Metroidvania fan.

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Desktop Dungeons

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Standard price: $14.99
Genre: Turn-based roguelike
Demo: No, but you can try a prototype from 2010
Steam Store link

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Do you like math? No? Me neither, but man I love me some Desktop Dungeons.

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The game may seem like your typical roguelike at first glance, but it quickly becomes apparent it's not like its brutal brethren in one key way: it requires the player scope out a floor, check out enemy numbers and available resources. Once you've done so, you plan your strategy based on your level and enemy levels, your HP, MP,  and spells.

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Desktop Dungeons is definitely one of the more planning-intensive roguelikes I've delved into over the years and I'm not ashamed to say I've whipped out a calculator on multiple occasions to plan my strategy.

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If you like roguelikes and want something a little different, this may be one of the best options out there. The gameplay depth paired with unlockable races, classes, and other goodies makes it a well-rounded and excellent addition to any roguelike library.

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It's basically raining indie games on Steam, all the time. You can't go a day without looking at the New Releases section of the Steam Store and seeing a list of indie games. They're everywhere! But if you've dipped your feet into the indie pool before, you know they can be a gamble without some research.

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What's the best way to find indie games on Steam you'd like? Well, going to a game's Store page, checking out the similar titles at the bottom of the listing, and checking their reviews and discussion forums are technically the best way.

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But man, that takes effort.

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More often than not, I just buy my indie games based off recommendations from other similarly-minded individuals. Most of my friends also make their purchases based off word of mouth. You can make a bad purchase even when going off recommendations -- but that's what refunds are for. Sweet, sweet refunds.

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There's a lot out there to wade through, and you mostly base your indie buys off word of mouth anyway. Don't lie, I know you do. Why not take a look at some of mu suggestions? You (probably) won't be disappointed. I think. Maybe.

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Only one of these games is an early access title, and many have demos. What's there to lose? Aside from your future.

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The Humble Weekly Bundle Is Full of Simulators - Again https://www.gameskinny.com/fbgvy/the-humble-weekly-bundle-is-full-of-simulators-again https://www.gameskinny.com/fbgvy/the-humble-weekly-bundle-is-full-of-simulators-again Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:02:02 -0400 Alex D'Alessandro

After a long day of toiling away at work for that ever elusive dollar, you need to go home, relax, and micro-manage your free time away with the “Humble Weekly Bundle — Simulators 2”. In this second simulator “Humble Bundle”, there are a total of 6 games to keep your free hours from becoming too free and alloting your mind time for more important questions, like “did that dude want mustard on his hot dog? Oh man, I can’t keep up with this stress”, or “ maybe if I just assassinate one more political dissident, then they won’t kick me out of office next term… or ever”. 

The “Humble Weekly Bundle — Simulators 2” enraptures your mind and body with that old favorite, pavlovian conditioning, and normally you would have to fork over an arm and a few legs for these kinds of games — but not today. 

For the low low price of $1.00, you can own these three gems

Universe Sandbox: You can look at our ever changing, mind bogglingly large Universe, and then you can destroy it.

Cook, Serve, Delicious!: Take a small starting fund, buy some equipment, rev up those fryers, and serve the needy masses as they clamor for more and more greasy goodness.

Out of the Park Baseball 14: Simulating the real world use and abuse of HGH… or the management of rosters and baseball teams.

For $6.00 or more you could these great games as well: 

Turbo Dismount: The spiritual successor to Stair Dismount, TD let’s players horribly maim and destroy their little doll avatar along with the ability to upload a friendly face to make that doll death just a little bit special.

Tropico 4: Steam Special Edition: An island simulator that supports “Facebook and Twitter integration."

And for a whopping $10.00 or more, you can own the one and only…

Euro Truck Truck Simulator 2 with the included “Fantasy Paints Jobs Pack”: Now you have the ability to simulate hours of European roads and highways with the big rig elite. 10-4 Rubber Ducky.

So, come on, you know you want to play some of these great simulators at an even greater price and your money will help a select charity to boot. Now all I am waiting for is a Humble Bundle Simulator Experience: Meta Life. 

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Cook, Serve Delicious! Review - You Got That Right, Buddy https://www.gameskinny.com/2xz8p/cook-serve-delicious-review-you-got-that-right-buddy https://www.gameskinny.com/2xz8p/cook-serve-delicious-review-you-got-that-right-buddy Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:20:37 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Never once in my life have I ever wanted to own or work in a restaurant, but I have had an undeniable thirst for cooking games since the late '90s where my only friends were my PSX and an odd abundance of import titles revolving around preparing food.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! takes me back to those sad (happy?) days, but brings it to the modern industry in a way that I would describe with one word: Delightful.

In Cook, Serve, Delicious! players are tasked not only will making food, but also with dealing with the other hurdles that come with running a restaurant. A single day's worth of effort entails cooking, cleaning, adjusting your menu, buying or upgrading foods, checking your email, and placing bets. Of course, this isn't all.

But first, the gameplay!

Want to cook some fish? Press left, right, down, and S. Need to take out the trash? Press up and right 4 times, then S to sanitize your hands.

The controls in the PC version of Cook, Serve, Delicious! are so simple in concept that it feels silly explaining them. Each dish has particular ingredients or actions you must do, and the combinations of keys vary each (though you can change your particular keybindings on a per-dish basis).

Not only do the key combinations vary per dish, but there are multiple recipes for most foods and you must be ready to handle different variations of a dish. For example:

  • Man one comes in and asks for three meat patties. You put them on the grill to cook. Once complete, he asks for two pieces of bacon and cheese. Grill key combination: M(eat), M(eat), M(eat), Enter. Burger key combination: M(eat), M(eat), M(eat), B(acon), B(acon), C(heese), Enter.
  • Man two comes in and asks for one meat patty. You put it on the grill to cook. Once complete, he asks for bacon, lettuce, cheese, tomato, and onions. Grill key combination: M(eat), Enter. Burger key combination: M(eat), B(acon), L(ettuce), C(heese), T(omato), O(nion), Enter.

This type of control over your cooking and chores is particularly fun because every day in-game is a challenge, and no two days are the same. You can set your keybindings per dish to make your tasks easier or more fun.

Of course, this type of control scheme can make things complicated, especially when making more intricate dishes like soups. To some, this can be a lot of fun. To others, making these complex dishes is akin to torture. (I'm looking at you, soups.)

The iOS version of Cook, Serve, Delicious! uses touch screen controls instead of typing, as per the usual with iOS devices. If you are not confident in your typing ability, the iOS version will be easier to manage.

Day by day, bet by bet

To go along with the stressful task of simply filling orders, players must also make business decisions once the restaurant's doors close. You receive special offers in your email inbox, bet on your next day's performance, purchase new food (and upgrades), set your daily menu, get into some online dating, purchase new features for your restaurant, and take part in special cooking events for money on the side.

.. Does that sound like a lot to take in?

I think I'll pass.

Those of you looking for something a little more robust in your cooking sim will find it in Cook, Serve, Delicious! thanks to all of the things mentioned in the paragraph above. Not only must you work hard during business hours, but you also must make the right decisions during your time off.

The road to becoming a 5-star restaurant is a long one!

Amongst all of the tasks mentioned above above, you also must ride out the grind to the coveted title of 5-star restaurant owner. Part of that grind is getting high perfect combos for a certain number of days, passing health inspections, upgrading certain amounts of foods, successfully participating in events, and completing 20 days of service.. per star tier.

It takes some time to climb your way up to a higher amount of stars, but the sense of satisfaction is great when you see your restaurant take on a new, more sophisticated look. New opportunities and features open up with each tier, and with them new challenges to overcome.

While everything else about the game is amazing, the climb to restaurant relevance in Cook, Serve, Delicious! is disappointingly linear. Usually you reach the required goals just by playing the game for the 20 required days, and you cannot be downgraded based on continual poor performance. But perhaps this is not something most would call an issue.

Cook, Serve, buy me!

A restaurant or cooking sim may not be down everyone's alley, but Cook, Serve, Delicious! is one that I feel most people could enjoy -- if they can deal with the challenging gameplay.

Underneath the simple visuals and slight stigma over being a 'cooking game', one will find a surprisingly deep and challenging game here. With so much to manage and core gameplay mechanics that never get old as you progress, it's hard to really dislike Cook, Serve, Delicious! -- but sometimes you really want to.

This is not one of those times.

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Cook, Serve, Delicious! Now Available https://www.gameskinny.com/8yoe0/cook-serve-delicious-now-available https://www.gameskinny.com/8yoe0/cook-serve-delicious-now-available Tue, 08 Oct 2013 18:35:05 -0400 Courtney Gamache

One of the cool new games available on Steam today is called Cook, Serve, Delicious! and boy does it look tasty. If you've ever wanted to own a restaurant, this game is for you. Test your taste buds in designing a menu and try to thrive in the restaurant business.

From Rags to Riches

Take an old worn down restaurant in the SherriSoda Tower and return it to its former glory. With complete control of your restaurant, you will aim to get a five-star rating within world-class dining. Prove your culinary and business skills by managing money and producing a restaurant full of customers.

If that wasn't real enough you might get to be part of the cast in the Iron Cook television show, throw parties at SherriSoda Tower, and read virtual mail from your customers. Getting feedback will improve your restaurant as customers e-mail you tips. You'll also get opportunities to fund projects via "Clicknstart". Within the game Cook, Serve, Delicious! you'll also receive an upgrade pack called "Extra Crispy Edition", that brings ten new foods to the game.

If you think you're up for the challenge of taking a rundown restaurant to platinum status pick up the game Cook, Serve, Delicious! for only $8.99 while it's 10% off. If you plan on getting it later, pay the full price of $9.99. I know I'll be picking it up as soon as I can.

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Five Games to Play During the Summer Lull https://www.gameskinny.com/4f5pt/five-games-to-play-during-the-summer-lull https://www.gameskinny.com/4f5pt/five-games-to-play-during-the-summer-lull Mon, 13 May 2013 12:58:26 -0400 Alan Bradley

Like most entertainment, the gaming industry tends to adhere to a certain cycle.  Recently there’s been an encouraging trend where publishers release games in the January to March window, but historically the first half of a new calendar year has been very quiet, especially in the spring and summer months when we’re all apparently supposed to be playing outside.  It’s pretty clear we’re in the throes of that spring-summer lull now: triple-A titles are few and far between, a problem that’s exacerbated by the transition to a new generation of consoles.  But don’t despair, eager gamer!  To hell with the beach, we’ve got a bevy of quality titles to spend some time with while you await the massive holiday rush.

 

Zeno Clash II

 

The first Zeno Clash was the very definition of “gem in the rough.”  Developed by a small team in Santiago, Chile, the game garnered a cult following for its bizarre narrative and remarkable first-person combat.  The sequel continues those traditions in glorious fashion, painting a surreal world of dreamscape settings and populating it with marvelous/hideous creatures to savagely beat about the head (we assume that’s a head, at least).  For anyone exhausted with gaming’s standard fare, Zeno Clash II offers a brilliant alternative that’s as engrossing as it is strange. 

 

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

 

Speaking of bizarre alternatives, witness Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.  The fact that Far Cry 3 is anywhere in this game’s title is misleading: it has about as much to do with the Far Cry universe as The Legend of Zelda.  Blood Dragon tells the story of cybercommando Rex Power Colt’s hunt for a rogue colonel in glorious 80s B movie fashion.  Set in the far-flung future of 2007, Blood Dragon’s whacky retro-cyberspace aesthetic and knowing direct-to-video style storytelling lend it a unique flavor, and while the shooting isn’t the high point, Far Cry 3’s engine makes it entertaining enough to get us through to the next ridiculous cut scene.

 

Neverwinter

 

During a long lull, a game that can draw you in and effortlessly suck up hours of your life is a boon, and what genre does that better than MMOs?  With its staggering amount of questing, crafting, PvP, and currencies, Neverwinter is a tremendous time drain but, luckily for us, it’s also a ton of fun.  Its action combat is not only engaging but demands a certain amount of strategy, and Cryptic has done a fine job of stretching out mechanics and rewards to keep players constantly striving for the next big thing.

 

Star Drive

 

Another great way to lose hours of your life in what feels like a blink of the eye: start playing a 4x space sim.  Star Drive is exactly the sort of game you find yourself playing bleary-eyed at 4 AM after, at midnight, promising you’d take one more turn and then get some sleep.  It’s got all the addictive hooks of a sprawling strategy game with some interesting new hooks, like fully customizable ships and planet-side combat.  Also, as space simulator goes, Star Drive is a looker, with cool 3D models for the ships that look especially lovely while they’re exploding.  Give it a shot if you’re craving a deep strategy game, or find yourself with a crazy abundance of spare time.

 

Cook, Serve, Delicious! Extra Crispy Edition

 

 

While at first glance you might dismiss Cook, Serve, Delicious! as a cooking simulator, it actually has more in common with rhythm games.  Serving a torrent of hungry customers during a lunch rush is tense and exciting, and building a combo by serving a series of perfect meals is really satisfying.  Outside of the day-to-day service, the strategic layer is nearly as entertaining, tasking you with building the perfect menu, buying and upgrading kitchen equipment, and fulfilling daily challenges.  The Extra Crispy Edition adds new foods, a new breakfast menu, and some other nice bonuses to entice new players, and for $8.95 it’s a delightful little package that deserves your attention.

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