Campfire Cooking makes for a seriously tasty amuse bouche on this five-course tasting menu.
It’s quite different from your average casual cook ’em up, taking a form more in line with a grid-based block-sliding puzzler. But with tasty foodstuffs taking the place of abstract blocks.
Campfire Cooking uses the whole cooking concept to apply a welcome spin to a vaguely familiar format. Mmm, delicious.
Publisher: PlayFirst, Inc
Genre: Action, Strategy
Diner Dash was arguably the original mobile cooking game – or at least, the one that spawned a thousand time management clones. Its brand of time-sensitive restaurant management really captured the popular mood.
Cooking Dash is the purest take on that original format currently on the App Store, with a frenetic pace and chirpy presentation. The game asks you to juggle multiple cooking and serving tasks simultaneously without trying your customers’ patience.
In food terms it’s a good solid meal cooked well using a tried and tested recipe.
Cooking Mama: Let’s Cook!
Genre: Casual, Party/mini-games
Cooking Mama had been a huge hit on Nintendo DS before it made its way over to iOS in Cooking Mama: Let’s Cook! Second restaurant openings are always tricky, but this one retains just enough of the original’s magic.
The idea is to cook a number of recipes to order, using touchscreen gestures to fulfil each stage of the process. In a series of tasty minigames you’ll chop onions, ice cupcakes, mince beef and more.
All in all, Cooking Mama: Let’s Cook! is one of the most tactile cooking games on the App Store – not to mention the cutest.
Publisher: Noodlecake Studios
Mucho Taco is the cooking game as idle tapper. Or rather, swiper. It’s up to you, a budding restaurateur, to roll up countless tacos in a bid to earn more money.
The more money you make, the more taco stands you can buy across the city. The more taco stands you have, the more money you make.
It’s a familiar yet compulsive reward loop, made all the more appealing by the tasty central premise.
Toca Kitchen 2
Developer: Toca Boca
Publisher: Toca Boca
The Toca series is easy to overlook for its overt kiddie focus. But these little gaming morsels are extremely popular for their accessible, bite-sized nature.
Toca Kitchen 2 is the perfect case in point. Combine ingredients to form tasty recipes, which can then be served up in full 3D.
It’s not going to blow your tastebuds away, but Toca Kitchen 2 is a pleasantly light palate cleanser of a game – and an educational one at that.