Zynga serves up new game: ChefVille

7 Aug 2012

Social games creator Zynga has cooked up yet another ‘Ville’ game, and this one turns players into restaurateurs: ChefVille.

In ChefVille, players can build and run their own restaurants. Each player in the game is an ingredient specialist, and as they progress through the game, they become assets to their friends by helping them build their restaurants and complete dishes by sharing ingredients they may need.

Players can also receive real-world rewards for playing ChefVille, in a move Zynga is calling ‘Game to Table’. When players master certain dishes, they can be emailed real recipes that correlate with the dishes they’ve completed in the game. At the moment, players can earn 50 real recipes.

ChefVille players also have the chance to show off their own recipes in the game as part of ChefVille’s ‘Table to Game’ feature.

“We put our heart and soul into cooking up ChefVille for our players. Our goal at Zynga is to create the most social games on the planet that enrich relationships with friends and family for our players,” said Jonathan Knight, general manager of ChefVille, Zynga, which also created games such as FarmVille and CityVille.

ChefVille brings social gaming full circle. We’re giving players a chance to take a ‘snack break’ from their day and connect online with friends, but also dish out real recipes that we hope serve as a catalyst for continued dining experiences with loved ones at home,” Knight added.

ChefVille is available in 17 languages, including English, Danish, Dutch, German, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and traditional Chinese.

ChefVille is free to play on Facebook, and it will be launching soon on Zynga.com.


A look at ChefVille

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic