Sometimes the food in video games doesn't give you health
or special powers
, nor do you need it to keep from going hungry
. Sometimes those shiny-looking fruits or appetizing pastries are just there for Scoring Points
, or otherwise as arbitrary objects to collect.
The game may not even make clear whether you're actually eating the food as you go. The question is not necessarily resolved when objects such as gemstones provide the same kind of bonus as food; some games preposterously imply that you can eat those things as well.
- In Antarctic Adventure, the penguin can eat the fish that jump out of holes for 300 points each. Averted in the sequel Penguin Adventure, where fish are used as currency instead.
- Bubble Bobble has about three dozen types of food. All bonus items worth 4000 points or less are food, while higher-value items are generally jewelry and other inedible objects. There are also giant bonus items worth tens of thousands of points; once again, the lower-value ones are food and the higher-value ones are jewels.
- In the Commander Keen series, Keen had a range of 100- to 5000-point bonus items, which would usually be made of things like lollipops, soda, pizza, candy bars, gum, etc.
- In Devil World, Tamagon gets bonus points from eating fried eggs or ice cream cones.
- Door Door awards points for collecting confectionery on the same scale for shutting up multiple enemies. The highest point item, however, is a Chun tile.
- In Ice Climber, four stolen vegetables are dropped in the Bonus Stage top part of each level, and can be recovered for points.
- In Kirby Super Star, the Gourmet Race is as much about eating lots of food as getting to the finish line quickly. This is in contrast to the rest of the game (and the series in general) where food grants health and occasionally power-ups.
- In Monty Python's Flying Circus, the plot of the game involves pieces of Mr. Gumby's brain being rationed for 16 tins of Spam each. Besides Spam, Gumby can also collect sausages, eggs and beans.
- Mr. Do! has cherries that can be eaten for points. They are laid out in batches of eight because 500 points are awarded for every eight cherries eaten. You can also eat diamonds, strangely enough, but not apples (which are used to squash enemies instead).
- In Nuts And Milk, all the fruits have to be collected on each level. Collecting them also entails Scoring Points, of course.
- Pac-Man is the Trope Maker with its bonus fruits, though after the eighth board the bonuses turn into non-food items, such as the Galaxian ship. Of course, Pac-Man's goal in each stage is to eat all the dots, and the energizers let him chomp on the ghosts for more bonus points.
- In Pang, the points items are all fruit, cakes or sushi.
- In Ponpoko (a 1982 arcade platformer), the player's goal is to have the tanuki eat all the "fruits" (which may include things like carrots and mushrooms) on each screen.
- Purple features food (and also money bags) as collectibles for Scoring Points and 100% Completion. The role of healing items is taken by hearts.
- Qwak (a Puzzle Platformer for the Amiga) has six different types of fruit. Not only does collecting them scores points, it can be redeemed for eggs as an end-of-round bonus.
- In Snow Bros, the bonus items are various kinds of sushi rolls.
- Sushi Cat features a cat dropped into a pachinko game filled with sushi — which the cat eats, getting fatter as he goes.
- Capcom's 1984 arcade title SonSon includes food as point bonuses. One of the few actual power-ups is the word "POW" which turns all on-screen enemies into more bonus food.
- Tyrian is a Vertical Scrolling Shooter with spacecraft, yet the point/money pickups include coins and gems as well as fruit and mugs of ale. Lampshaded and Hand Waved in one of the data cubes: ship captains came to regard food stores recovered from destroyed enemy vessels as war trophies.
- In Up'n Down, ice cream cones and cherries are worth 600 points each, though balloons provide the same bonus.
- Lampshaded in the video game movie Wreck-It Ralph; in the opening scenes, Ralph is shown smuggling cherries out of Pac-Man.