Cooking Fever

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Unoriginal but fun cooking and strategy game.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 11 reviews

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Ease of Play

Simple controls only require tapping or sliding, but as game progresses, things move fast.


The game is all about running a successful restaurant. Besides trying to earn money, which you can use to upgrade your establishment (and earn more money), you also buy gems that can speed up the process.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cooking Fever is your basic, Diner Dash-style food-assembling time-management game. Customers get visibly annoyed when you take too long, but that's about the worst of it. Parents should be aware that there are many opportunities for in-app purchases to speed things up, and gameplay gets pretty challenging as customers make demands, so some kids may get frustrated. Some also might be concerned about the food itself: You have to serve lots of burgers, hot dogs, fries, and sodas when the game begins. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBrooks Blake February 24, 2021

Subtle Racial Element

I love this game and have played it for a while. I have noticed, however, when the darker skinned man is waiting for his food, no matter how quick you are, ALWA... Continue reading
Adult Written byBeauluke February 5, 2020

Lost my progress and they won't refund me

This is game is super fun, but difficult to get beyond a certain point without paying money for gems. You can go forward, but you get stuck playing the same rou... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 14, 2021

Pretty okay, but...

I play this game all the time, and the only thing that irks me is that after a point, gems are a necessity, and it’s REALLY painful trying to get them. The only... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 20, 2020

A fun cooking game

This game is kind of hard in some restaurants, but easy in some. It is easy to get gems for free, only, you can only get 2 gems a day. Just in the daily bonus,... Continue reading

What's it about?

In COOKING FEVER, you're an aspiring chef who finally gets a restaurant. Starting off with a diner that serves burgers, sodas, and hot dogs, you have to move burgers onto a grill, onto buns when they're cooked, and into the hands of waiting patrons. As your eatery does well, you'll get more customers and make more money: As a result, you can upgrade both your grill and your restaurant's decor and add more complicated meals to the menu, which will bring in ever more customers, continuing this delicious cycle. As the game progresses, it gets exponentially more difficult, as you manage more ingredients and more customers. If you don't have enough money to upgrade ingredients or the restaurant, you can either wait or pay real money.

Is it any good?

Though this may be a basic time-management game, Cooking Fever is quite addictive. As the game progresses, the meals get more complicated to prepare, and the customers come more quickly. But the game wisely amps things up slowly, while also enticing you with the option to upgrade your restaurant, which can make your job slightly easier. Cooking Fever also does a good job of not being as much of a money grab as some similar games. In fact, the only downside is the nagging feeling that it's been done before and doesn't add anything new to the well-worn formula -- that, and the fact that it might make you hungry.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about in-app purchases and set expectations before downloading game that contain them.

  • Talk about running a food-service business. What are the priorities? How are they reflected in the game?

  • Discuss healthy eating. How could you change the meals in the game to make them healthier?

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love food and strategy games

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