Cooking games are one of those odd areas that shouldn't be really be fun, but always seem to be amusing in one way or another. Some games offer up pure cooking experiences, others are comfortable as restaurant sims, and some are a big ol' mix of genres.
Whether you're in the UK or outside of the isle reading this, the Great British Bake Off – or the Great British Baking Show as you might know it – is returning today after a year and we in Britain are really getting into the spirit.
So, it seems like a pretty good time to check out some of the most interesting cooking games you can get on mobile, doesn't it? Yes? GOOD.
Cooking Mama - download on iOS
No surprise here, how could we have a list about cooking games and not pay homage to our mama? Our Cooking Mama, that is. Sure, its IAPs get in the way a bit, but the gameplay itself is good fun all around.
Like its Nintendo DS sibling, during the game you have to follow the on-screen prompts to avoid messing up and disappointing various family members who'll be eating your food. This includes chopping onions, stirring saucepans, grinding mince, and more. It doesn't matter if you can't cook in real life, so long as you can follow super simple instructions.
Fantastic Chefs: Match 'n Cook - download on iOS
This one's pretty ideal if you've got a thing for match-three games and cooking since it combines the two. You may not have to physically do any of the work, but you've still got to gather the ingredients to make your masterpiece. How? By matching, of course.
In your typical grid-like style you've got a bunch of ingredients to collect and the number of moves you need to do it in. Travel the world, unlock more chefs with their own unique abilities as you go, and more.
Cooking Dash - download on iOS
In line with some of mobile's most classic casual games, Cooking Dash isn't just a cooking game, it's a management sim which'll keep you on your toes.
Dash around the kitchen, prepare meals for waiting customers, get cheered on by a watching audience, and earn TV fame in each 'episode' you work through. Plus, there are plenty of recipes to keep you busy for however long you can keep your head in the game.
Good Pizza, Great Pizza - download on iOS
As someone who's worked making pizzas, Good Pizza, Great Pizza is weirdly fun even if it does bring back a few stressful memories. Each day you'll serve your customers their pizzas, though sometimes they'll be rather cryptic in their orders so you've got to press them properly.
You'll earn cash depending on how well you whip up the goods, and you can buy more toppings, upgrades, and fix up your shop depending on how much money you've got in the bank. It's simple, it may not be interesting for everyone, but it's rather addictive.
Toca Kitchen 2 - download on iOS
If you're someone who prefers cooking in an environment where there are no rules, Toca Kitchen 2 will tickle you up right. Pick your ingredients, prep them however you want, and watch reactions to your creations.
Boil up octopus legs, juice chicken bits, fry noodles, and chop ingredients down to nothing if you fancy it. Though you've got three hungry folks to feed, not all of them are going to like what you put in front of them, but that's half the fun.