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Automachef is the gaming equivalent of Marmite, you’ll either love it or hate it. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys micromanaging all the various aspects of your creation in order to get the most out of it (such as Theme Park, Railway Empire, Tropico, etc), then you’ll most likely appreciate the depth and complexity of this rather simple-looking resource management game. However, if you’re not a fan of games which require a lot of planning with many trial and error attempts, you probably won’t get the level of satisfaction I got. There’s a whole host of machines and recipes to work with, as well as the endless Contract mode and Mods/Custom Scenarios (if you’re on PC), so you’ll never get bored or run out of things to do within this game.
I found Automachef to be incredibly addictive and thoughtful. It was enjoyable to try and create assembly lines and tickle my brain to try and make it better. I must admit, there were a few times where I had to browse the internet for tips on making my kitchen more efficient. I mean, it’s all just a learning process in the end.
"Real iron chefs."
Review in Finnish | Read full review
I've been having a great time playing Automachef because it is a challenging management game. Plus it helps that the robot you work with has a lot of ambition and high expectations. There are different modes that players can sink their teeth into and there are all kinds of food options available to satisfy your hungry clients. Even though there are some minor grievances about Automachef, they are not enough to detract me from playing this title a ton. As such, Automachef has made it past the chopping block and onto our plates with a solid 8 out of 10. So be sure to pick this title up for every gamer you know that love management puzzle simulators on Steam.
An inviting and experimental puzzle game that explores the ways in which programming and cooking overlap.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Automachef is a challenging puzzle game with a unique presentation, but it can get a bit too repetitive for its own good.
At first funny resource management puzzler with program machinery, but later it is eventless.
Review in Slovak | Read full review
Perhaps playing on PC will offer a more intuitive experience, but the Switch version’s button controls aren’t enough of a barrier to stop Automachef being worthwhile to play.
There's so little depth to the puzzle solving that even now I struggle to really say anything about it that I haven't already said. The best solution is too often to just brute force your way through the puzzles with little finesse or cleverness. Perhaps there's an intentional meta-joke at play commenting on automation being able to push its way into jobs that humans could handle with more artistry, but all it leads to is a game that's as rote and monotonous as the average job that could be done by a robot.
Overall involvement of the game is enjoyable and entertaining. It will test even the best of gamers, as balance is key. It gets docked points for its faults that cannot be ignored, also for its lack of bypass ability when getting stuck on levels. Worth sampling, especially if the food industry interests you.