(Editor’s Note: Yeah, I did mention that Friday Fives is a once-per-fortnight thing. However, the topic is too good to pass up in light of recent local events)
As a nod to the recent food-blogging saga in Singapore and some nonsense about one-sided reporting on the issue at hand, I give to you the top five games that offer free food in abundance that should sate the cheap non-paying miser in all of us.
5) Bioshock (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
While on your quest to find a way out of the former utopia of Rapture thatâ€™s knee-deep with spliced-out freaks of nature and giant dudes in diving suits, do pick up a random cuppa joe and pack of potato chips that help restore your health and Eve bar. One does wonder how said junk food and drinks are lying around without decaying and still manage to rejuvenate you.
4) Adventure Island (NES)
It took me a few deaths to realize that the bar at the bottom of the screen of this game isnâ€™t your health; itâ€™s your stamina. In order to keep it up and not pass out, you need to eat fruits and bottles of milk conveniently laid in front of you. Whether itâ€™s in the deep jungle or even in a lava cave where the heatâ€™s cranked up to the 10th degree, that bunch of bananas still seem fresh and still give you the same amount of stamina.
3) Castlevania: Symphony of The Night (PS1)
RPG villains may drop potions and elixirs that can be ingested by a party for health, but Castlevania: SOTN takes it to the next level and have demons of all shapes and sizes carry Char Siew buns, enoki mushrooms, and pot roasts. Since Alucard’s part of the undead, he doesn’t need to worry about the food being possessed or anything. It’s a veritable buffet-slash-ghost-murdering offer he can’t refuse.
2) Final Fight (Arcade)
Every single beat-em-up on the planet save the Double Dragon series (and River City Ransom) lets you pick up food left on the floor, regardless of how dirty it is, and just eat it for health. From salad bowls to even a huge barbecue pork leg, no oil drum is safe from the mighty appetites of Haggar and co.
1) Yoshiâ€™s Island (SNES)
When you have a dinosaur that s***s out eggs as projectiles, you gotta wonder what our green dinosaur has to eat for his digestive system to churn them out. Every living target is edible to Yoshi, so by default everything that resides in that one big island of the game should at least be edible even when itâ€™s raw.