SeaRover on Feb 16th 2013 at 6:04:45 PM
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SeaRover on Jan 26th 2018 at 10:12:16 AM
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It is no secret that video gameplay is not meant to be taken literally. The way food works is no exception. You know how it goes: You either walk over a food in question or select it on the item screen. Whoever consumes it (presumably in one gulp) either gains points or recovers damage, or something or other. Such also applies to other similar-purposed things, like first-aid kits.
For this trope, it's not enough to have one kind of food, a few kinds, or even an entire group, such as fruits or vegetables, function as items. There has to be a large variety of food that has a mostly common role for the playernote . Alternately, a wide variety of foods to cook up from more basic foods or to serve or order at a restaurant counts as this trope as does food being showcased through a puzzle game.
This should not be confused with Level Ate, which is about food-themed worlds, nor is it enough for the game itself to be food-themed (barring puzzle games, as mentioned). This is about all kinds of food appearing throughout the game as some kind of goods, at least on the sidelines. If food is present mostly in the form of enemies or scenery, then it doesn't count.
Related to Hyperactive Metabolism, since by and large the purpose of this trope is to provide food items that restore health, improves stats, and so on; as well as Edible Collectible, which is when the food mostly just nets the player some points. Related to Food Porn, as a variant in which the sheer variety of food available is beyond what would be expected for the genre, though games that are specifically about food can fall under this.
(Note: Please include at least a handful of examples of food found in a given game, so that we don't have to consult a walkthrough, YouTube, etc. for validation.)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as its title implies, emphasizes learning how to live in the wilderness, which includes making use of whatever you can hunt or forage for to eat or cook with. All kinds of fruits, nuts, fish, and meats can be frozen, roasted, or combined into full-fledged dishes.
- Many Castlevania games starting from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night include dozens of different food items to find on top of the standard Pot Roast, ranging from fresh fruit all the way up to modern dishes that shouldn't even exist in the depicted time period, each one with a well-drawn sprite and a brief description. SotN alone offers things like cheesecake, pudding, strawberries, spaghetti, hamburgers, apples, miso soup, and pineapples.
- Vanillaware sure is fond of this trope:
- In Muramasa: The Demon Blade, you can get your hands on various kinds of fruits, alcoholic drinks, vegetables, and raw meat, as well as bags of rice. Those first two recover Life Flame and Spirit, while the rest serve as ingredients for more complex things like hot-pots, houtou, etc.
- Odin Sphere also has the same concept, and an even greater variety of recipes. Have fun cooking up all kinds of salads, soups, omelets, snacks, desserts and so on!
- And the proud tradition continues in Dragon's Crown, with various meats, seafood, vegetables, etc. that you can obtain from three different dungeons!
- Various food items (as well as weapons and loot) in the main Final Fight trilogy can be revealed by busting things like crates, oil drums, barrels, etc. Sushi, chocolate, chicken, beer, spinach, burgers, curry, and more, just waiting for someone to break a water cooler!
- In Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, stuff you'll find by breaking various objects include gum, barbecued ribs, lobsters, hot dogs, cake, and parfaits. Sometimes, fat guys also drop food when you hit them, and there are also a few sirloins that the bad guys are seen feasting on around a campfire at the beginning of level 5.
- Violent Storm features lobsters, green tea, cherries, apples, ice cream, pizzas, and plenty more inside crates, barrels, etc. There are also certain things that would fit into the scenery naturally, such as oranges that fall from palm trees or a pizza that someone happens to be carrying.
- River City Ransom: To quote The Angry Video Game Nerd in his second annual charity review:
You come across these malls where you buy food to level up. So you'll eat, and eat, and eat. Pancakes, donuts, sushi, Chinese food, French fries, chili, pound cake, cookies, candy, cole slaw, and Cornish hen, a Cornish fucking hen, what the hell?
- Aside from finishing first, the main objective of Bible Buffet is to eat as much food as possible. The board is comprised of different sections each with their own food theme, such as Veggie Land, Salad Land, Frozen Land, Snack Land, and Liquid (Beverage) Land. Each of their actual stages feature different food pickups and enemies corresponding to their theme, and most enemies also become edible when you stun them.
- In Kiratto Kaiketsu: 64 Tanteidan, there are five regular food items that restore HP and KP, along with one that levels up a random stat. That's not the example here, though. The real example is a subset of what you can find to give to others (fat guys like them the best) whenever you dig around inside a kitchen, including burgers, steaks, fish, riceballs, bagels, soda, candy, fruit, and taiyaki.
- In Kid Icarus: Uprising, Pitt regenerates most of his health from all manner of food, including apples, grapes, melons, hamburgers, ice-cream, donuts, cakes, bars of chocolate, meat, sushi, and the Drink of the Gods.
- In Chip-chan Kick, enemies turn into either food or power-ups when defeated. What they can turn into depends on what stage you're on. For example, enemies in the city leave behind candy bars, chocolate cornets, donuts, and croissants among other things, while the zoo features things like pizzas, cheeseburgers, ice cream cones, and sticks of bubblegum. All food items give you points, good for extra lives, and while most people will find them useless, you can only proceed to the next round in each stage when there are no more pickups left to obtain, so you might as well eat whatever's available once you defeat everything onscreen.
- Many Kirby games, starting with Kirby Super Star, feature things like snowcones, oranges, pancakes, baby bottles, pea pods, pudding, corn, and lots more in all its main games, to say nothing of M-tomatoes (which completely max out your life meter) and lollipops (which make you temporarily invincible). One of the six main games in KSS is even called Gourmet Race, which is all about that.
- The Pang/Buster Bros. trilogy offers things like corn, apples, coffee, donuts, and pineapples. Collecting these just nets you some points, except for in the SNES version of Super Buster Bros., where you can earn a continue for every ten you collect without losing any continues.
- Prehistorik Man had a lot of various foodstuffs as collectibles, since the object of the quest is to gather food for the tribe. Said food comes in four groups: Dairy, junk, fruits, and big foods.
- Bubble Bobble has several dozen food items to offer, depending on how long it takes you to clear a given level and whether you're playing one or two players. Taking longer will get you mostly fruits and vegetables, while making shorter work will net you things like ice cream, popsicles, French fries, donuts, sushi, and bowls of rice.
- In Sonic Unleashed, you can buy foodstuffs at various shops, from which Sonic will gain exp while Chip simply comments on what he eats. These include melloyam, egg puffs, peaches, oranges, egg candy, tomatoes, and of course, chili dogs.
- Metal Slug has a wide range of food items that can be collected for points, including roast turkeys, live fish, lettuce, eggs, dim sum, carrots, mushrooms, and apples. Collecting too many will make you fat, which means that you move slightly more slowly but your weapons become more powerful.
- Tomodachi Life (as well as its Spiritual Successor, Miitopia) features a wide, WIDE variety of different foods in four different categories:
- Entrees, such as pork cutlets, pasta pesto, and roast beef.
- Side dishes, such as tacos, meat-and-potato stew, eggplants, baked potatoes, and avocados.
- Snacks and sweets, such as cookies, oranges, cinnamon rolls, lollipops, candy corns, candy apples, brownies, cotton candy, and pastries.
- Beverages, such as eggnog, root beer floats, lemonade, cappuccinos, apple cider, and orange juice.
- Neopets is just ZANY with this trope, even though a lot of its offerings are rather gross. Here's a "taste" of what it has to offer!◊
- Cooking is a fundamental aspect in many Harvest Moon games, in which you can whip up various meals, soups, salads, desserts, and what-have-you.
- Stardew Valley has a wide variety of foods, as basicly all your crops are edible. Food available ranges from types of fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, flowers, fish and animal products. There are also a variety of processed goods, like beverages, mayonese, cheese, as well as a range of cooked goods.
- Dwarf Fortress features fruits, roots, meat, milk and cheese, among others, which can be consumed either raw or cooked.
- The Paper Mario series - from the first game to Super - starting with basic items like berries, apples, lemons, cake mix, coconuts, and of course, mushrooms. Each game has a cook who can combine items together to make more complex things like spaghetti, soup, and cakes (or even non-food items such as Dizzy Dials and Sleepy Sheep).
- The entire Tales Series gives you the pleasure of combining all kinds of food, such as chicken, cabbage, beef, and eggs, into full-out dishes such as hamburgers and rice balls.
- While EarthBound Zero doesn't have a whole lot to offer as far as food goes, the sky's the limit with Earthbound! From burgers, fries, cookies, and Skip Sandwiches in your hometown, to more elegant foods such as iced tea in Summers! Of course, the amounts of HP a lot of them recover are less than enemies deal where and when they're available, and thus go unbought by most players. There's even an NPC in Onett's burger joint that advises you not to bother with cheaper foods available.
- MOTHER 3 continues this tradition. Initially, given the setting, your diet consists of things like nuts, mushrooms, beef jerky, and cheese. Not long into the game, though, come bags of pork chips, lootable from defeated Pigmask soldiers, marking the beginning of the end of the simple life that defines Tazmily Village up until then with the first processed foods since the end of the old world.
- The Elder Scrolls
- Examples found in the series include bread, butter, cheese, ale, carrots, stew, and various kinds of meat.
- In Morrowind and Oblivion, food (of all kinds) is a type of ingredient, which can be eaten raw or used to make potions; they have various effects, mostly restoring stamina.
- In Skyrim, food is different from ingredients and can have a plethora of effects, from Health Food to poor man's potions, depending on how rare is the item.
- Chantelise and its sequel Recettear share a large collection of items, many of which are various kinds of food. Said foods include oranges, cutlet bowls, candy, walnut bread, shortcake, kid's lunches, and melons.
- Yo-kai Watch: You can feed the Yo-Kai all sorts of foods to befriend them or to recover health and raise their Soul Meter, and they've all got their own preferences and dislikes; Pizza, Hamburgers, Oden, Curry, Candy, Hot Dogs, Ramen...
- Sailor Moon: Another Story features things like crepes, berries, pork chops, cake, onigiri, juices, and bentou as recovery items.
- In Miitopia, you can feast on all kinds of meats, toast, beverages, sweets, and so on, in order to gain stat boosts. The game also has HP Bananas and MP Candies, which restore HP and MP, respectively.
- Bomberman 64: The Second Attack! features different meats, fruits, vegetables, and sweets to feed Pommy, who will evolve in such a way as to correspond to what he's had.
- Minecraft, along with having a hunger bar to determine when you should eat and when you can't, features a wide plethora of food with which to keep it full, such as apples, carrots, steaks, cakes, pies, etc.
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has restaurants and street vendors in which CJ can buy food to replenish his health bar. These range from fast food joints to diners to fine dining, and each restaurant has its own menu to choose from.
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