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Automachef, the game about churning out automated meals, is out today

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Food prepared by robotic arm and conveyor belt may lack the warmth of grandma's goulash, but at least it's convenient. In Automachef, you're tasked with slotting automation equipment together in order to streamline the creation of *Italian gesture of blissful approval* automated cuisine.

It sounds like a more cerebral version of Overcooked, but it's actually a very elegant looking puzzle game for fans of Factorio and Satisfactory, among others. There's a campaign mode, as well as a contracts mode which tasks you with fulfilling the desires of various (made up) businesses. But the sandbox test mode sounds like the most fun: what's the most diabolically complex route towards mass producing the humble hot dog?

Automachef is out today, with a ten percent discount for early adopters, and it looks like mod support is coming post-launch, too. Check out the launch trailer below:

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.