November 18, 2021

Review: Epic Chef - Needlessly Bloated But Perfectly Edible

Undercooked life sim.

Despite what its name suggests, Epic Chef is about more than just cooking. Taking place in the city of Ambrosia, you take on the role of Zest (like lemon zest, right? Ha!), who is chucked head-first out of a ship as it comes to a stop at the city docks. After meeting a few of the local residents, he makes his way to a run-down — yet remarkably spacious — settlement that he managed to bag for a bargain. The only downside, of course, is that it happens to be haunted.

The quirky, yet rather bloated opening segment of the game is a good indication of how the rest of the experience will play out. After spending his first night at his new abode, Zest is tasked with growing his own produce, building machinery, and cooking delicious meals with his own home-grown ingredients. If this sounds familiar to other life sims like Stardew Valley, that’s because it is, albeit with watered down farming mechanics and a heavier focus on social interactions and quests.

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