Have You Eaten Yet?
A short web game about dumplings. the people who make them, and the people who eat them. A playthrough runs for around 20 minutes, and is controlled entirely with the mouse.
The game takes place over 3 nights across your time at this restaurant, each with a dumpling-making shift, and a closing sequence to people-watch some of the patrons.
To make dumplings, click and drag a ball of meat from your bucket onto a wrapper. Then, click and pull down from the top of the wrapper, and the same up to fold. Click on the left and right sides of the wrapper to close . Finally, drag the dumpling onto the tray.
Click on dialogue options at the bottom of the screen when they appear to make a choice.
During the restaurant closing sequences, move the cursor to the left or right side of the screen to pan the camera.
In our modern world, our lives and identities are increasingly defined by our occupations. The menial, repeated tasks of manual labour and the measured conversations of customer service leave an imprint on the way we see the world, and the way we speak with others. Have You Eaten Yet? represents these moments as small intimacies. In the game, players fold dumplings whilst they interact with co-workers and customers. Work quickly and efficiently, make dialogue choices and learn about the people around you in a cosy shopping-centre restaurant.
Have You Eaten Yet? lets players imagine themselves within these nostalgic moments of time. As the nights come and go, the repeated tasks will reveal your personal habits. Are you the kind of worker who makes small talk and takes an interest in the customers? Or are you the solitary type who does their job quickly and leaves straight after? With each pleat and fold, Have You Eaten Yet? invites the player to reflect and remember, considering the relationship between our past work and our present selves.
Created as a collaboration between 4A Digital and Caps Collective.
- Harvey Liu - Writer
- Ben Kelly - Developer
- Olly Rybak - Developer
- Angus Doolan - Artist
- Con Gerakaris - 4A Digital Producer
- Marco Rinaldi - 4A Digital Producer