Last updated Monday, January 25, 2010

As interesting articles appear concerning Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked, they will be posted here.

January 2010

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.”

December 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.

November 2009

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.”

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.”

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.”

Fights with Fire (AKA Christin Deville) at Game Vortex enjoyed Cook or Be Cooked, giving high praise to the graphics and summarizing:

“Cook or Be Cooked provides a fun cooking experience that just might provide you with a few real life cooking tips as well.”

Jessica at Small Screen Scoop enjoyed her experience with Cook or Be Cooked.

“Overall, it was a catchy game and hard to put down once you started playing.”

Since CoBC isn’t a traditional “hard-core” game, it shows up in some pretty interesting places like MomLogic. momlogic

Gamespot’s Reality Check puts Cook or Be Cooked to the test versus a real kitchen. Neat video!

October 2009

News of the upcoming release of Cook or Be Cooked has hit the interwebs!










purenintendoMy favorite posts are the ones at non-gaming websites. It’s cool how a game like this crosses barriers into brand new markets.



Gamespot’s Sophia Tong previewed Cook or Be Cooked and found it tasty.

We got a chance to play with an updated preview build of the game and came away hungry and ready to go eat.


Wootini at got to try out Cook or Be Cooked at a special Namco Bandai premier. Here’s another reviewer who get what we’re doing with this title:

And in keeping with the realism, all of the recipes are completely real and edible if you make them in real life.


cook_face Check out Cook or Be Cooked on Facebook.Become a Fan!

August 2009

When Food Network hosted an event to highlight our upcoming title Cook Or Be Cooked, they invited several foodie bloggers to see what the game is all about. They really understand what we’re doing:

“… this is a great way for a newbie chef to practice and get a feel for the kitchen and recipe. They could mess up without suffering any real consequences.”




An odd side-effect of working on this game for Namco and the Food Network is that our studio shows up on very non-gamer websites like Epicurious, a foodie website “for people who like to eat.” In a recent event, Food Network’s Iron Chef Michael Symon cooked in real life alongside our game, and the results were remarkably parallel. Epicurious’ Michael Y. Park seemed impressed with his hands-on experience.

July 2009

Tracey John at attended a preview event held in the Food Network Kitchens this week and got to see Cook or Be Cooked first-hand. wired-logo 2

Iron Chef Michael Symon says: “From someone who cooks every day of their life, I think they nailed it.”

May 2009

m_and_c April MacIntyre at Monsters and Critics reports on our upcoming venture with Namco Bandai for Food Network’s Cook or Be Cooked.

Adam Riley at Cubed3 seems interested in our upcoming Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked. cubed3

April 2009

destructoid_wii Dyson at Destructoid saw our earliest demo of Cook or Be Cooked and seems to “get it.” I’ve seen a lot of user comments complaining that this doesn’t look like an exciting game, but Destructoid understands that it isn’t a traditional “game” as such. It falls more along the lines of Wii Fit than Super Mario Galaxy. It’s meant to enrich your life by using the Wii to improve your knowledge and abilities in the kitchen.

We’ve been hard at work on this project for months but until the official announcement, we couldn’t say anything about it. We’re very excited about Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked. ign_wii
It’s a completely different branch of the industry than our previous work, and it’s very comfortable spreading Red Fly Studio out across a wide spectrum of video games world.

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