Ever since Ghostbusters: The Videogame and Cook or Be Cooked shipped we’ve been hard at work on other projects that were very hush-hush. We were only recently allowed to mention Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. And today it was finally announced that Red Fly Studio is creating the Wii and PSP versions of Thor.

Fortunately, as with our work on Ghostbusters: The Videogame and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, we’ve been given far more latitude than many developers have had in the past when working on a Wii version of a title. We aren’t limited to down-porting the next-gen title and adding a little waggle. We’re building it from the ground up, using the core of the story (which isn’t limited by any hardware constraints) but building the experience specifically for the Wii.

1Up broke the news.

Though the game has been out for a while, people are still discovering how much fun Ghostbusters for the Wii is. Coffee With Games gives a pretty thorough review of his experience with the game.

Everyone who tries Ghostbusters for the Wii enjoys their experience. They’re still writing about it even now.
Mayann Johanson comments on her experience at FlickFilosopher.com

There hasn’t been much to report from the Red Fly world lately. None of our current projects have been announced to the public, so we can’t share much about what we’re doing day-to-day.
But here’s a well-written review of Cook or Be Cooked from Stars and Stripes. Author Brian Bowers makes an interesting point I’d never considered before:

“It’s a dangerous thing, playing a cooking game alongside your wife. Strong play on your part guarantees increased expectations on your real-life kitchen aptitude.”

Ninjas in the kitchen

December 7, 2009

Loot Ninja’s BJ Schwinghammer rates Cook Or Be Cooked 3 out of 5. While he is an old-school hard-core gamer, he also likes to cook, so there was just enough appeal to cross the boundaries. He points out an important fact about the game:
“… although this game lacks mass appeal, it does what it does admirably.”

We knew from the beginning that this title would not fit into any existing genres. That’s why we’ve had far more reviews in local newspapers and cooking magazines and blogs than in game periodicals or websites. But for the most part, those people who give it a try tend to genuinely enjoy the time they spend in our kitchen.

Zoey Sachs gives a positive review for Cook or Be Cooked in the New York Post.

As has become common in reviews of this game, I’m constantly surprised by the angles from which the game are approached.

“… this game is paradise for those who find cooking therapeutic.”

After a long exclusivity period, the versions other than the PS3 are available worldwide.

DS-X2 reviewer Chris Coyne reports on his experience.

 

“With a fantastic art style, audio work that puts many games to shame and decent gameplay, Red Fly Studios can be happy with what they’ve achieved here.”

Nintendo World Report’s Neal Ronaghan wrote a good review of Cook or Be Cooked.

“There might be some games in the genre out there with more content, but I doubt they are as enjoyable as Cook or Be Cooked.”

A fascinating article by Jonathan Holmes at Destructoid talks about No More Heroes HD. He points to Mushroom Men (among other games) as an example of the sort of game that could only sprout on the Wii.

“With the success of NMH came many other punk rock Wii exclusives: games like Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Mushroom Men, MadWorld, Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, House of the Dead: Overkill, Little King’s Story, A Boy and His Blob, the Bit.Trip series, and many others. Some of them made money, and some of them didn’t, but that doesn’t even really matter. The point is that they still were permitted to come into existence, and that’s something that could have only happened on the Wii.”

More Cook or Be Cooked press

November 22, 2009

Gail Ciampa, Food Editor for the Providence Journal, gives high praise to our unconventional game.
CNET’s review of the game is extremely thorough. Reviewer Shaun McInnis understands our goal, identifying Cook or Be Cooked as:
“… a game that will leave you eager to test out what you’ve learned in a real kitchen.”