Play with your food
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Date: 1 August 2003


 


A food and drink-themed selection of games for August as chosen by Steve Couch. All are available to play online for free, without any need to register with the host sites.

Some games require your browser to have a ‘plug in’ for Shockwave. You can download this for free here

We’ve selected games that we judge are also OK for the children we know, but if you are a parent, please don’t take our word for it - standards vary! We advise you to try the game and the site it’s on first before letting your kids loose on it, to make sure you’re happy. (And, don’t forget, you can also find three great games for kids in our own Global Gang area).

To play a game, simply click on its name.

Candy Train
Climb aboard the Candy train. Steer the sweet laden locomotive around the tracks, picking up extra carriages and bonus candies along the way. Make sure you keep one eye on the track though, or you just might crash. Engrossing, and at times frantic if you choose to run at top speed.

Fly Eatin'
You're a frog, you're hungry and you've got about thirty seconds to eat as many flies as you can. It's that simple. Nice graphics and simple gameplay (it's all in the timing). Not much to this, but very nicely done. Enjoyable.

Captain Colon
As featured in the Guardian. This game from the Colon Cancer Concern website puts you in the Superhero shoes (and cape) of Captain Colon. Only you can protect your host from the growth of the evil Polyp - fight back against the never-ending surge of junk food with nothing more than good old fashioned fruit and veg. Learn about healthy eating and play at being a Superhero all at the same time.

Shark Bait
Catch the fish and keep yourself well fed - but watch out. Not everything that swims by will be nice to eat, and once the sharks start appearing, you could find yourself going for a little swim if your line finds the wrong mouth. Three different ability levels to start from, and a new challenge added with each new 'day'.

The Simulator
Ever wondered what life must be like working in a fast-food restaurant? Not so much a game as a simulation of a day in the life of a lowly burger maker. Be warned, it's not very interesting (but very nicely done).

Lemonade Stand
At the opposite end of the capitalist extreme to the previous link, this game gives you the chance to run your own backyard Lemonade Stand. You choose how much lemon, sugar and ice goes into each cup, and how much you are going to charge each day. Your decisions, along with the weather, will determine how many cups you sell. The aim is to make as much of a profit as possible in thirty days. Alternatively, you could subvert the capitalist agenda of the game and simply aim to break-even, while providing Lemonade as cheaply as possible for as many people as possible. It's entirely up to you.

LeapFrog
Another game of frogs catching flies. Leap from one Lily pad to the other, catching your prey as you leap and avoiding both the crocodile and the bird that see you as a tasty morsel just right for their elevenses. How many days can you keep your frog alive well fed?

Something fishy
It's a fish eat fish world! Swim around eating the little fish while avoiding the big ones (who will eat you, given half a chance). As you eat, so you grow and eventually you can turn the tables on the fish that you previously swam in fear of. But by then, there are other bigger fish with their eye on you.

Flapjack
Stack the pancakes to score points. Match three pancakes of the same colour to clear them from the screen (and score bonuses for extra toppings). Simple controls - move left or right, pick up pancake, drop pancake - but you've got to keep your wits about you or the pancakes will get out of control and it will be game over before you know it.

Milk the Cow
Click on the cows as they appear on the horizon to get the milk and score the points. Fast moving game of reaction. Fill your bucket in the quickest time possible (hint - click each cow as many times as you can before it disappears, don't settle for just one click per cow).