There’s a plethora of incredible cooking games on the Nintendo Switch – here are our top picks.
The clock is ticking. What did he order again? What was that recipe called? That beef patty is taking forever to cook! Cooking games are an incredibly unique experience with their almost anxiety-inducing time management aspects and the sound you hear of the delicious meals you prepare. While some can be stressful, others can offer a relaxing time away from shooters and adventure games.
A lot of great games are available for the Nintendo Switch. Let’s not leave cooking games in the dust. With Overcooked taking the world by storm, there are sure to be gamers who are on the hunt for similar games. This is a list of some of the best cooking games you can find on the Nintendo eShop for the Switch.
Updated on October 22, 2023 by Gabrielle Castania: More than a year after our last update, we’re coming back to our list of the best cooking games for Switch to make sure you’re still whipping up some tasty adventures and fun gameplay. Happy cooking!
14. Epic Chef
Epic Chef combines the simplicity of Minecraft cube graphics with relaxing cooking management. It’s an immersive sim where you live out your life as a chef, with plenty of farming and crafting along the way.
You don’t spend the entire game in a restaurant, but instead, go home and have a life – which isn’t always common in cooking games on Switch. This includes tending to your home-grown farm and expanding your base with crafting.
13. Make The Burger
Make The Burger is one of the first cooking games with pixel graphics and its own unique art style. In this point-and-click game, you own and run a food truck in a parking lot full of plenty of hangry passersby.
The more people like your food truck, the closer you are to opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant and upgrading. Manage your customers’ happiness to expand your shop and ramp up your operation.
12. Cooking Festival
Cooking Festival is another cooking game for Switch that features your run-of-the-mill time management iconic in cooking games from the early 2000s that still stand strong.
With straightforward point-and-click gameplay, this one is easy to sink into. If clicking ingredients and completing orders in time is your style, then Cooking Festival is the game for you.
11. Cooking Simulator
This game lets you run your own kitchen with a degree of realism that many other cooking games don’t achieve. Since you have lots of different equipment and appliances at your disposal, it makes it more exciting to use each new feature to make a new recipe.
One of the great things about Cooking Simulator is that it lets you choose how to play. You can have a more “traditional” cooking game experience by running your own restaurant and completing orders, or play an open, sandbox experience where you can cook whatever they want.
10. Good Pizza, Great Pizza
Good Pizza, Great Pizza puts a unique spin on pizza shop games that cooking fans might be used to. The game allows players to upgrade their restaurant’s equipment so that making pizza can be quicker, easier, and more profitable to beat their rival shop across the street.
What makes the game more unique is the customers. When they come up to make an order, some will be straightforward with what they want, others will give details that players must navigate through, even some that sound as weird as wanting a veggie pizza with no veggies.
9. Pokemon Cafe Mix
For fans of Pokemon and cooking games, Pokemon Cafe Mix is sure to be a great addition to their gaming library. You’ll run a cafe for Pokemon to come and visit, where you can make drinks, desserts, and other foods by completing matching puzzles.
Each puzzle gets players closer to unlocking new parts of their cafe, including new rooms, ingredients, and even new Pokemon who want to work at the cafe. All the Pokemon that come to work in the cafe have their own specialties for different kinds of food, and they can use special powers to help clear puzzles quickly.
Technically, you’re not doing the cooking themselves in Automachef, but the cooking doesn’t get done without your puzzle-solving skills. This game lets you run restaurants that are run by robots, and to fulfill orders, players have to arrange these machines around the kitchen so that the food is made in the right order.
It’s fun to figure out how the machines should be arranged, and it’s really satisfying to see the final result that makes all the orders perfectly across the conveyor belts. It’s a great game for both cooking and puzzle fans alike.
7. Sushi Time!
Sushi Time takes us back to those random games we would play on online websites. In this game, you have to serve customers common Japanese goods like green tea with, well, sushi of all kinds.
You have to individually click each ingredient and then roll it up. With colors that look the same and items changing the way they look when chopped or in full form, it gets tough tending to all those customers. Give it a go if you’re up for the challenge.
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6. Stranded Sails: Explorers Of The Cursed Islands
Stranded Sails is an open-world simulation with a storyline and a fight for survival. You’re shipwrecked on an island and must farm and cook to survive and sustain yourself.
This game might just be colorful and cartoonish enough to replace other farming games you’ve lost the motive to play. Stranded Sails: Explorers Of The Cursed Islands has adventure elements tied in with cooking that will leave you occupied and entertained for a long time.
5. Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!
Building your own burger empire from a run-down shack to a gorgeous facility is what Cook, Serve, Delicious! brings to you in its sequel. It’s unlike other games because you can create your restaurant how you want, from scratch! You’re not just being hired by some money-making franchise, this is your own soon-to-be franchise.
Not only this, but the food itself takes a more realistic approach as opposed to its cartoonish counterparts. The art of the food itself will have you salivating in minutes!
InBento is more of a relaxing puzzle game. You’re met with calming color palettes and puzzles for the soul that are in the form of Japanese lunch (also known as bento).
This is a serene puzzle game where you craft Japanese meals and uncover a silent story about a family of cats. What more could you ask for? It’s a game to sit back and unwind your mind to after an overwhelming day.
3. Julie’s Sweets
Julie’s Sweets takes it back to the early 2000s of restaurant management games. In this game, you cook and serve as none other than Julie herself. But there’s a twist. She has a story.
As you manage your restaurant day by day, you go through the trials and tribulations of Julie’s life and the struggles she faces. From choosing career paths to romance, you find yourself in different cooking locations for the ride of your life. Or, well, Julie’s life.
2. Battle Chef Brigade Deluxe
This game is an action-packed RPG platformer where the greatest of chefs take on terrifying beasts. And yeah, somewhere along the line, there’s cooking involved.
There is a powerful Chef Brigade of influential chefs from all over the world who are known for killing monsters to create remarkably yummy platters. There are many other chefs with dreams of getting into this special club, but they have to prove themselves capable first.
1. Overcooked 2
Overcooked 2 is one of the most popular time management cooking games around today. Most especially enjoyed is the ability to play with friends as you race to complete meal after meal as funny little characters.
From a ship in the sky to late-night streets in Japan, the terrain from which you cook can change drastically. The fun never ends, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to the Overcooked franchise.