Memory · Home · Food (忆 · 家 · 食) is a 2D cooking game about traditional Chinese food culture, seasoned with memories of my family as a child. My work uses game narrative to affect the hearts of players, and introduces a new kind of cooking game that is guided by stories. This exploration into a narrative driven mini game compilation departs the traditional approach. By engaging the player narratively, I connect this disparate game element and provides a more cohesive experience that expresses my own story surprisingly. The game has players cook my family’s specialty dishes like my grandma’s fried eggplant box, my grandfather’s fish, my mother’s dumplings and my father’s tomato and egg noodles. With each dish the player can unlock different stories from my childhood. I hope this game can bring players into my home and share my family’s food and story. Through these stories I celebrate my culture and share traditional Chinese cooking with American audiences. Everyone’s memories of family and food are unique, and I hope that my game also lets players remember good times with their own families.
Credits: Music, code, drawing made by Wenchao Lou
A walk through video of game Memory · Home · Food (忆 · 家 · 食).