Video games and simulations have been used in the food industry for several years as training tools. Over the past decade, academics have studied the potential of games to improve occupational safety and product safety in food production operations.
While there is no doubt that gamification can be an important educational tool, many of us choose to enter these digital worlds just for the fun of it.
Powder and Bulk Solids produced this list to highlight exciting food manufacturing themed video games for engineers and others working in food production who are looking for relaxation or an opportunity to hone their skills.
VR Food Factory
Released as an Early Access title on Steam in 2020 by TOMTOVR, Food Factory VR allows players to don virtual reality (VR) glasses to complete a variety of food processing-themed challenges. Transport equipment takes center stage in this game, as players earn points to keep up the pace of production.
To earn the Food Processing arcade-style title, players must cut vegetables and fruits into the correct portions as they descend on a conveyor belt. It’s a pretty straightforward and straightforward game that tests your reflexes more than your engineering skills. Nonetheless, this 2011 release is a fun food-making themed diversion that almost everyone will enjoy.
McDonald’s Video Game
Experimental video game producer Molleindustria developed the satirical title “The McDonalds Video Game” to highlight the problems with the fast food brand’s supply chain. “Behind every burger is a complex process that you have to master: from pasture to slaughter, from restaurants to branding,” the game description reads. “You will uncover the dirty secrets that have makes us one of the greatest companions[ies] around the world. ”Players raise cattle, process meat, and sell burgers at a McDonalds restaurant. While the developer puts McDonalds in a negative light, the game gives a good overview of how food supply chains work.
The 2015 Planetbase game offers a view of what food processing might look like if humans moved to another planet. Playing the role of a space colonist, players must establish a base in an alien world, including food production. During the game, the characters hydroponically grow vegetables and produce laboratory-grown meat to feed the base population. Various ingredients can be used to improve nutrition and improve morale.
Conveyors! Robots! Engineered factory floors! A quest for domination of the agri-food industry! Automachef has it all. In this resource management puzzle, players take it upon themselves to set up an automated food production line to support a new chain of restaurants, as well as dealing with safety and operational issues in the facility, such as fires, salmonella and power outages. A wide range of equipment is featured in the game, including transport systems, packaging machines, and baking ovens.
The use of games and simulations will continue to evolve in food manufacturing plants. We expect to see more training-related titles appear over the next several years, as well as additional consumer games focused on food production.
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