Zynga GM of ChefVille Jonathan Knight (formerly of RockYou) showed off the upcoming cooking game in a hands-off preview, detailing exactly how players will come to making the game's numerous dishes. From simple meals like pizza and hamburgers to more complex cuisine like Caprese salad and stir fry vegetables, nearly every dish takes at least a few of its major ingredients into account when creating it for the players' endless stream of customers.
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The other means of procuring ingredients is, like any good Zynga game, to visit friends. Well, visit them, taste their food, and "borrow" ingredients from dishes to use in your own. "The fun part here is that this is really a discovery game. You are going to see dishes on your neighbors' counters that you are not necessarily even able to cook yourself," Knight tells us. "You kind of help each other, trade, visit and share those ingredients. That's a lot like real life when you are borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighbor. Or picking up the lemons from your tree if you are lucky enough to live on California."
That's the general hook to ChefVille, especially considering you'll need recommendations to unlock new areas, which are home to new ingredients and new decorations. (You can also earn recommendations by performing Chef Service, which has your chef personally serve customers for bonus points.) But the most interesting feature in ChefVille by far is Game to Table.
"We have a community that Zynga is actually running right now, and we're going to continue to do that going forward, wherein the players can submit their favorite recipes that they've created. We're going to have lucky winners that we'll choose and match those up with actual dishes that you can cook in the game," Knight explains. "Then we're going to integrate those recipes from the winners of the community, so there is a vehicle for the fans to get their own recipes into the game."
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