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Here’s an edutainment idea you don’t get to see often. Developer Playerthree released a mini-game called Nom Nation that will focus on nutrition.
The simple, pixelated platform title was created to help 14-19 learn about the effects of a balanced diet. It’s come to this; we need to teach young adults basics through video games. Players put themselves in the cooking hat of Chef, who must retrieve the Book of Nom from Jabber the Gut, head of the McFatass Corporation. We’re not making it up.
Levels scatter food all over the place and it’s Chef’s goal to progress through them by eating the right foods at the right time. No need to fear a lecture all the time, Nom Nation will also allow you to eat fatty foods to gain weight in order to press down on platforms. According to what Chef eats, he’ll become a fat blob or will get energy to perform more feats such as a Power Punch or Fart Jet. Beware of your heart though; congesting your arteries will lead to a painful death.
The game is out for Playstation Network, but also playable on iOS devices. Playerthree sought council with Dr. Rebecca Lang from the Medical Research Council to create an accurate rendition of the foods consumed in the game.