The most recent ID@Xbox, which showcases new and upcoming indie games, aired on Twitch today. Fans were treated to dozens of new trailers and developer interviews for interesting indie titles. As part of the showcase, a brand new cooking game called Soup Pot was revealed.
Soup Pot is developed by Chikon Club, a Southeast Asia indie studio and collective focused on making silly but meaningful games. The team first started making games in 2020 as a creative outlet during the pandemic, and made short titles like Naga and Putahe ng Ina Mo: Sinigang Edition. There are several games that have cooking mechanics, and Putahe ng Ina Mo was a bite-sized game about preparing Sinigang, a traditional Filipino dish.
Chikon Club's next venture, Soup Pot, is a cooking game with a focus on creativity. The trailer showcased Soup Pot's gameplay, where players will be able to use stylized 3D renders of different ingredients to create over 100 dishes. Players can scroll through a social media platform called Cookbook in order to learn different recipes. It will be up to players to create dishes as beautiful or messy as they want.
In an interview with the developers at ID@Xbox, Chikon Club also teased unique and hilarious achievements in the game. Some of these include picking up a fallen ingredient off the ground within 5 seconds, or getting so annoyed with the cook's noisy neighbor that players throw food at them. Fitting right in to Xbox's commitment to creating accessible games, the developers put a big focus on accessibility for Soup Pot. Chikon Club made sure to make the font accessible for dyslexic readers, and ingredients will verbalize their names when players pick them up, albeit in a fun way.
Interestingly, Soup Pot also seems like a prime game for VR support later down the line, which some fans might really enjoy. If the game gets a big fanbase after its launch, then that might be a worthwhile option for the developers to consider. Either way, players will surely have fun with this chaotic-looking cooking simulator.
While it might not seem like Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator has a lot with Nintendo’s Cooking Mama series, they do have some surprising similarities. Potion Craft definitely has enough unique game aspects that make it stand out from Cooking Mama and put it in its own category, but as with games of all stripes, similarities remain. In Potion Craft, players take on the persona of an alchemist and craft potions to sell to the townspeople. Players will have to learn to manage supplies correctly, but can also maintain their garden to have a steady stream of potion supplies each day.
Cooking Mama typically netted decent ratings between fans and critics, but it’s worth noting how stressful the game can be, especially if it’s someone’s first time playing. Potion Craft has a certain amount of trial and error with it, but there’s no clock counting down like in Cooking Mama. This makes for a more relaxed gaming experience, which kind of makes sense when considering that Potion Craft is about understanding nature and how to make elixirs with it. While Potion Craft is incredibly fun, it’s by no means a Cooking Mama duplicate and seems unique enough that players will continue coming back to make more and more potions.
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