Izakaya Ōmen is an ambient, experimental cooking game set in a mysterious spirit world. Learn to cook using an array of unsettling ingredients and please your horrifying patrons.
Class: Thesis 1 - 2014
Instructor: Bennett Foddy
Izakaya Ōmen is an ambient cooking game focused on experimentation. The player embodies a master chef who has been trapped in the spirit world after unwittingly offending a demon, and must re-learn their trade using an array of strange ingredients. It examines the common style of cooking game, a list of directions made difficult via time pressure, and instead chooses to focus on the expressive, experimental, and therapeutic aspects of the cooking experience. While your guests have tastes and preferences, few will make specific requests or demand the player follow a designer-stated solution. Instead, the player must explore the possibility space created by the ingredients and tools and prepare them in the way that they find most appealing.
Izakaya Ōmen is a solo project. The game is currently in development for PC and Mac with plans for future release on touch devices.