By David Chapman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Complex fantasy feeds adventure hunger, has sexy characters.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
There's a lot of complexity in the gameplay, including leveling characters, crafting new recipes, maintaining your restaurant, and more. This also requires a lot of navigation, as options tend to get buried under layers and layers of menus.
Violence & Scariness
Characters fight creatures of different sizes and shapes using a variety of magical attacks. While there's no blood or gore, damage is shown through onscreen special effects.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many female characters are shown in suggestive poses and revealing outfits. There are also occasional suggestive lines in the dialogue.
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Products & Purchases
The game is free-to-play, but making progress requires lots of replaying stages for resources unless you use real world money to purchase bundles of special crystals, which can be used to recharge energy, purchase new Food Souls, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some of the Food Souls are based on alcoholic drinks, and their in-game dialogue and behavior tends to reflect this.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Food Fantasy is a free-to-play role-playing game (RPG) available for download on iOS and Android devices. Players split their time between managing and maintaining a restaurant while also fighting monsters outside of town during quests. The game requires a lot of attention from the player, navigating through layers of menus and instructions in order to progress. Some characters in the game are portrayed in suggestive poses and clothing, and others are the literal personification of alcoholic drinks. While the game does have a heavy focus on action, there's no blood or gore in the combat, with most damage shown as flashy effects.
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What’s It About?
In the world of FOOD FANTASY, fine cuisine won't just feed your hunger, but it might save your life as well. In this world, food literally takes on a life of its own. Magic users, dubbed "Attendants," are gifted with the ability to summon forth powerful "Food Souls," the mystical personifications of food and drink. These avatars are sworn to use their special abilities to protect humanity from the forces of evil. It's a good thing too, because evil is on the rise. Fallen Angels, dark monstrosities from shadows of time, have returned to seize control. Although you might have once had simple dreams of opening a restaurant for the people, fate had other plans. Now, it's up to you and your Food Souls to stop the rising evil and save the world from a looming menace, the likes of which haven't been seen in millennia.
Is It Any Good?
This quirky role-playing game (RPG) is deep and clever enough to fill your belly with fun as you dish up magic food to stop the forces of evil. Food Fantasy manages to break a key rule that most people have been taught growing up: since we were kids, we were told not to play with our food. But apparently, it's okay to use magic to summon avatars of our favorite dishes and send them out to battle against the forces of evil. That's the basic idea behind Food Fantasy, which is a unique hybrid experience. Half of the game plays like a traditional RPG, while the other half is a restaurant simulation. One minute you're fighting off weird monsters in the forest, and the next, you're serving up a fine roast pork dish to table three. It doesn't seem like it should work, but much like the fusion cuisine that gave us ramen burgers and mac 'n' cheese pizzas, the end result winds up being a surprisingly tasty treat.
Like most good meals, though, you're going to have to put some work into the game to get the most out of it. Food Fantasy is complex, filled with character, menu, recipe, and inventory micromanagement. Although the combat pretty much runs on autopilot, the rest of the game is far from easy. There's a lot going on at all times, and it can be difficult to keep track of everything. Spend too much time in battle and your restaurant will start to fall apart. Of course, to keep the diners coming back, you need to experiment with new recipes. And to make those recipes, you need to fight battles for ingredients. Basically, every part of the game relies heavily on doing something else. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but eventually you start to get into a bit of a groove. There are a lot of layers to Food Fantasy, but with a little patience and work, it's more than enough to fill your RPG craving on the go.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about sexualized characters in video games. What's the impact of characters in sexualized poses or revealing clothing, especially on younger gamers? Is there a justification for characters being dressed this way in Food Fantasy?
Can games like Food Fantasy, in which food is a central theme, get players interested in actual real-world cuisine? Can cooking in a game inspire kids to try their hands at cooking in real life?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 20, 2018
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Publisher: Elex
- Version: 1.1.41
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or higher; Android 4.0.3 and up
- Last updated: July 25, 2018
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