3 Food Companies that Dabbled in Video Games
Have you ever wondered if your favorite food company also tried their hand at creating video games? It may come as a surprise, but some of the most popular fast-food chains have indeed ventured into the world of gaming.
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In this article, we’ll explore some food companies that once operated a video games division and created games to promote their products.
Taco Bell: Tasty Temple Challenge
In 2000, Taco Bell released a video game called Taco Bell: Tasty Temple Challenge. The game was available to play online and was designed to promote Taco Bell’s menu items.
The player had to collect ingredients to create a taco while avoiding obstacles such as hot sauce packets and sporks.
Burger King’s Xbox 360 Games
In 2006, Burger King released three video games for the Xbox 360 console: Sneak King, Pocketbike Racer, and Big Bumpin’. These games were part of a promotion that offered customers the chance to purchase the games for $3.99 with the purchase of a value meal.
Sneak King allowed players to play as the Burger King mascot and deliver food to hungry people around the city. Pocketbike Racer was a go-kart racing game, and Big Bumpin’ was a bumper car game.
McDonald’s Video Game
McDonald’s also tried their hand at video games with the release of McDonald’s Video Game in 2006. The game was a web-based simulation game that allowed players to manage all aspects of a McDonald’s restaurant.
From buying ingredients to setting prices, players had to make strategic decisions to keep their restaurant profitable.
McDonald’s Treasureland Adventure
In 1993, McDonald’s released McDonald’s Treasureland Adventure, a platform game for Sega Genesis. The game featured Ronald McDonald as the main character, who had to collect treasure and defeat enemies to save the Hamburglar.
The game was well-received and is still considered a classic by many gamers.
Other McDonald’s Games
In addition to McDonald’s Video Game and Treasureland Adventure, there are also other video games featuring McDonald’s characters or products. Spot: The Cool Adventure, a game for Game Boy, starred the iconic McDonald’s mascot, Spot the Dog. In Japan, McDonald’s released a game for the Nintendo DS called Touch de Rakushou! Pachislo Sengen: Rio de Carnival, which allowed players to simulate playing slot machines.
While these food companies may not have operated a full-fledged video games division, they did create games to promote their products. From web-based simulations to console games, these food companies proved that they could not only make delicious food but also create entertaining games.
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