Iron-Chef Meets World Exploration

Chef Wars is an ambitious food-themed exploration game – perhaps the first of its kind – that features Iron Chef-style battles and real world exploration.

Players develop a team of chefs who travel the globe seeking fame and fortune, with the ultimate aim of finding and defeating the evil Baron von Pork. It won’t be easy! There’s so much to learn before you can ascend the culinary ranks. Recruit dozens of chefs with unique styles and personalities, collect exotic ingredients, and master hundreds of recipes across Europe and Asia.

Some of the interesting characters you will meet in Chef Wars. (Left to Right: Jiro, Kiki, Sylvie, Vinny, Lady Miho)

Some of the interesting characters you will meet in Chef Wars. (Left to Right: Jiro, Kiki, Sylvie, Vinny, Lady Miho)

It all sounds very intriguing. So many people have asked us – how does the game exactly work? Well, the game is still deep in development and some things may evolve. But there are three core components that probably won’t change.

1) World Exploration

In Chef Wars, traveling the globe is essential. Actually, exploring is a better word! There are literally hundreds of cities and towns to discover.

You can unlock key places via boss fights, but many will only show up once you are nearby. You can then buy ingredients at the local market, gossip with townspeople, and – in bigger cities – fight in kitchen stadiums!

Each location will be special. For example, you can only find Seaweed in Japanese and Korean towns. Olive oil, oregano and saffron are much more common along the Mediterranean Coast. And Worcestershire Sauce is only available in the UK.

City battles, tips, and rewards will also be unique to the area. There is a higher chance someone will spill the secrets of Pasta Alfredo in Rome. Or someone might blab how to make Peking Duck in Beijing. Seek and ye shall find!

Another important mechanic is your cooking school’s “Fame”. You earn fame by winning kitchen battles. As your fame goes up, you earn tier ranks (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond, etc) that lets you access higher-level battles and missions across the globe. This pushes the story forward, and gets you one step closer to locating the elusive Baron.

While your overall fame/tier reflects all the things you’ve done in your international career, it is tracked at the city level too. So a player who keeps on fighting in Paris could be the #1 chef there, and have access to the rarest French ingredients and tips. But that person is probably a nobody in Tokyo, Bangkok or other cities. This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it may be a good strategy – but it affects what rewards you get, what ingredients and recipes you can discover, who you can recruit, and how the story unfolds.

An early prototype of world exploration.

An early prototype of world exploration.

Look what the market had today!

Look what the market had today!

2) Kitchen Battles

Some folks may just enjoy exploring, collecting ingredients and inventing recipes. But some people play to win!

Like any good old RPG, players in Chef Wars fight for money and progress. It’s your chance to show them what you’ve learned! And to the victor belong the spoils – cash, fame, ingredients, knowledge.

Battles are pretty simple. Players are given a combination of themes – example, “Summer”, “Romantic”, “Tea Time”. Or “Lingonberry” and “Scandinavian”! There are hundreds of these themes in the game, leading to millions of zany combinations. The objective is to choose a chef and one of their learned recipes that you feel fits the themes best.

Judges are on standby to give their harshest verdicts. And each judge has his or her own hidden biases. Anna Wintourmelon, being the glamorous French editor that she is, actually has a soft spot for French sweets. So judges may give your chef a higher rating just because you played to their weaknesses.

The strategic possibilities are endless – the only thing that matters is you win!

As you invent and upgrade recipes from around the world, you can use them in hotly contested themed battles!

As you invent and upgrade recipes from around the world, you can use them in hotly contested themed battles!

And... this is what Jiro decides to cook for the Sweet Summer battle.

And… this is what Jiro decides to cook for the Sweet Summer battle.

Nigel is going gaga over that Mediterranean stew.

Nigel is going gaga over that Mediterranean stew.

3) Chef Management

And finally, something that may send perfectionists shrieking in ecstasy – you also get to micro-manage your chefs!

When you regroup in base, you can send your chefs on trainings, adjust their stats, make them learn new dishes, or get them to practice on old ones with the ingredients you have collected.

Each character has their own history and personality. This greatly influences their fighting style. Sylvie is a natural with herbs. Jiro the Fisherman loves seafood. The way you train them affects certain aspects of their performance too. Increase a chef’s raw skill and you may find them producing better meals in the heat of battle. Up their creativity and they might just be able to find that rare ingredient in town, or invent an elusive dish.

It’s up to you who to recruit, what they learn, and where they fight.

Can you discover the tastiest recipes?

Can you discover the tastiest recipes? (Concept Art)

OK, so learning how to make a burger in real life doesn't get us as much fanfare! (Concept Art)

OK, so learning how to make a burger in real life doesn’t get us as much fanfare! (Concept Art)

Hungry for More?

Those are the most important bits! We’re planning on more features, such as city and worldwide rankings, and ways to interact with Facebook friends (find them on the map and get free ingredients perhaps?). We’ll ship the game as soon as it’s done, and update it over time.

Overall, Chef Wars will be a lot of fun for folks who enjoy cooking shows or love learning about food. We’re working hard to capture the local flavor (pun intended) of each town, recipe and character you see. The game is already massive with more than 50 countries planned for launch. With enough support, we hope to add more regions such as the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.

Our biggest wish though is that players take away an appreciation for different cultures via their cuisine – and it leaves everyone hungry for more!