The Cookening is a top-down perspective action-adventure game patterned after 2D classics from the 1980s and 1990s, drawing inspiration from games like The Legend of Zelda. You play as Master Chef, world-class superstar of the culinary arts. Your mission is to find a long-lost magic book of recipes called the OmNomNomicon, hidden away in a distant land. The book is in the hands of your old arch-rival, Victor FonDoom, who is holed up in the depths of his exclusive restaurant-dungeon. In order to gain access to FonDoom's lair, Chef must prove his worth by being awarded 5 stars by the ancient Culinary Council, granting him the prestige necessary to confront FonDoom and win the book. But getting the 5 stars won't be easy—Chef will need to earn the stars by finding tokens of courage located in dungeons scattered around the game world, and bringing them back to the Council.