A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

This is a demo of Nainai’s Recipe, we are still in development! You can find us @NainaiRecipe where we do progress updates and share tech & art stuff!

Open your fridge, choose the ingredients, examine, chop, seasoning, heat, and taste them. During the lockdown, you start to learn how to cook from your dear grandma.

Nainai’s Recipe is a game that captures the cooking feeling in stylized visuals. And a family story about how we lived together in a special way during 2020.

  • Maximum control - no preset ingredient slice texture, no performance-oriented steps,  we want you to enjoy cooking a meal from start to finish.
  • Food to a larger food tradition - We curated a stylized kitchen with strong flavor about a Chinese kitchen, including appliances, condiments, and food choices.
  • Bonding moment with Nainai - During this difficult period of time, you will have more chance than ever to talk to your Nainai and know her story!

Nainai’s Recipe is our thesis game made at NYU Game Center

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奶奶的菜谱是一个关注烹饪的真实体验的游戏。也是一个关于我们如何在 2020 年用一种特殊的方式生活在一起的家庭故事。

  • 充分自由度 - 游戏不使用预设的食材状态,玩家可以自由的控制做饭的流程,用自己的方法做出不同的食物。
  • 中国美食的传统 - 食物与文化紧密相关,它不仅仅在多样的厨具,厨房的外貌,也在于做饭的程序,食材的搭配,食物的味道等等。我们希望在方方面面上捕捉到它们。
  • 奶奶的故事 - 菜谱也通过家庭传承。长大后就和奶奶没有什么共同话题了,希望能借着学做菜的机会多聊几句。听到她的故事,再次认识奶奶。

奶奶的菜谱是我们在纽约大学游戏中心(NYU Game Center)的毕设作品。游戏已支持中文。

如果在游戏中遇到 Bug,请使用游戏内的 Bug report 功能向我们发送错误信息(支持中文输入)。其他支持可通过 nainais.recipe@gmail.com 联系我们,感谢试玩!


0.7.15 - Jul 23, 2021 - Added Chinese support 中文支持. Narrative improvement.
0.7.14 - Jun 23, 2021 - Fixed a bug where the phone can't be put down. Fixed a bug where some ingredients always be raw.
0.7.13 - Jun 5, 2021 - Fixed a resolution related bug.
0.7.12 - May 30, 2021 - Added a feedback button. Day 3 can be played (but no story).
0.7.10 - May 21, 2021 - Improved the performance of finely cut pieces

If you meet a bug, feel free to send us a bug report in the game!
For support or any other inquiries, contact us at nainais.recipe@gmail.com
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Release date May 20, 2021
AuthorsHOU Mai, FannF
Made withUnity
Tags3D, Casual, cooking, family, Female Protagonist, Food, Singleplayer, Story Rich
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsMouse, Xbox controller


nainais-recipe-windows-x64.zip 73 MB
Version 0.7.18 Sep 05, 2021
nainais-recipe-windows-x86.zip 69 MB
Version 0.7.18 Sep 05, 2021
nainais-recipe-mac-universal.zip 83 MB
Version 0.7.18 Sep 05, 2021
nainais-recipe-linux-x64.zip 89 MB
Version 0.7.18 Sep 05, 2021


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我觉得如果可以增加去买菜的画面会更生活化。菜品可以多一点,调料多一点像辣椒酱还有番茄酱什么的。如果可以调火候会更好。总体来说就是更真一点会更好。对了还有吃饭的时间如果能再快一点点就好。i think it will be more lifelike if there's a part of the player going to the grocery store and buy the food that they needed because the food that we can cook with is not much so it will be better if you added more food. and more seasonings like chili sauce and tomato sauce. it would be better if the heat could be adjusted. by the way is=f the eating time be less than now than it will be perfect




The game is visually beautiful and the cooking mechanics are better than in cooking simulator to be honest. But the time it takes for nainai to write a message is painful. I don't know if that's intended, but I was waiting for the recipe for 1:30 mins. Every other message was really slow, I was waiting a long time to get them. Also sometimes I didn't know if I had to send an emoji or take a picture or something else, because the messages were just not being received. All in all a beautiful game, but the mechanic with the messages needs to be done a bit better. Keep up the good work!


why does my game lag in day 3?


Love it!! Can't wait for the full game :D


Story: 8/10 not anything deep or full of lore, very cute and calming, fits the atmosphere/genre of the game perfectly. Only complaint is that all the story is stemming from just the texts of two people so far. It isn't a big complaint however. 

Visuals: 10/10 it isn't gorgeous god-like realism, but it has it's own style that merges well with the vibes that adds a lot to the game and the feeling it's trying to get across. I'm glad they didn't make it extremely realistic since I think that would take away from the soft vibes of the game. 

Gameplay: 9/10 not difficult-to-remember controls at all since there isn't too much to do in the game other than cook. I really like how easy the game is compared to other cooking games, with all the time limits and multi-tasking; I wish more cooking games were as simple as this! Not a complaint, but I deducted a point because I just feel like it's not incredibly brilliant or anything. 

Overall: 9.5/10 I'm so happy that I found a game as amazing as this! I'll be looking forward to seeing more of the game develop! Until then, I'll just be replaying the game and enjoying the short demo. 


- I like how it has no music since I feel like for some reason that COULD take away from the atmosphere. Maybe if the developer(s) added music it could be in the form of a radio that you can toggle on and off?

- I think I'd prefer it if the eating was done by clicking on the food manually rather than waiting? 

- Just an addon if they have time, but I think it'd be really cool if you could add a description (even one lasting a couple words is good) for each ingredient?

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Hi TealStar -3-, thank you so much for the comment. It’s inspiring and encouraging.

About the music, yes, we are working on it right now.

About the eating, we haven’t really spent time on polishing this part. You suggestion is great!

About the description, yes, we now have a basic system for it, but we are thinking about how we can make it work with the rest of the game.

Thank you again!

I am a disappointment to Yin Yin

i cannot instal the game:( anyone can help me? i just turn off windows security and restart my pc every single time to download this game😥




抱歉!可以告诉我们你的系统和硬件配置信息吗? nainaisrecipe@gmail.com

是Window 7 64位的!




Excellent start! Very impressed by the slicing and cooking mechanics and the real-time texting mechanic. Excited for the final game.

Quick playability thing: difficult to play on my MacBook because it defaults to max resolution.


Thank you! We had a limitation on the max resolution for mac, not sure if it’s actually working. We’ll add an option menu with resolution setting in the future for sure!

most realistic cooking game with its mechanics and its feeling :)

Thank you so much!



这个游戏好好玩!但是很快就结束了有点意犹未尽   我觉得可以有更多的菜式  然后调料多一点点 



i loved it cant wait for more days 
sometimes i felt like the dialogue is way more than required,but its a good way to show how friendly and talkative the characters are, could turn out to be a great story if proper thought is put into it.

overall i loved it an i would definitely play it again,it was relaxing

p.s:- could add some ambient music 




This Game is so good I wish there was more, its so simple yet it works so well. I do wish that I had a few more ingredients to choose from and maybe the instead of one meal per day how about multiple(breakfast, lunch and dinner). 


Thanks! There’re so many works to be done



Please help meeeeee

Sorry! I’m looking into this issue!

Nainai is so late answering me

I can't played game because nainai is so late answering me 

I really enjoy the game! The atmosphere is honestly amazing, can't wait to see how this game progresses in the future! :D

Thank you so much!

I really liked this game. The chopping mechanics is quite satisfying to use, And the atmosphere is so...... relaxing. The art style is quite simple and pleasing to the eye. Overall it's a cute little game. Keep up the good work!

Thanks so much for playing it!




谢谢!炒完菜后是可以端起锅上菜的,这个我们后续会优化引导。奶奶不说话确认是一个 bug,最新版已经修复。正式版还得开发一阵。

hi, i saw another comment saying that Nainai took too long to respond, i think the same is happening to me, shes taking at least 5m or more to respond :(

Thank you nuggetts2! May I ask did you send any emoji or message during the 5 mins?

No, I don't think so, I just replied and just waited for the answer 


OK, I’ll look into fixing this, thanks so much for the feedback!

i loved this demo sm!! its very calmin. cant waight for it to be finished!!

Thank you! <3

Hi! I really loved this demo and I can't wait til it's fully developed! I missed out on a few features during my first playthrough (like sampling the ingredients). Also completely botched my meal...... (Turns out rare pork isn't a thing unlike rare beef)

One thing I noticed was that the rice was reducing in size after the dish was done, implying the character is eating the rice only after the dish. Just a suggestion that maybe they could both reduce at the same rate? :) Keep up the great work!!

Haha, thank you! The character will eat in a different order each time, like a little personality. I will check if there is a bug that causes her to always eat dish first and then the rice. Thanks for the feedback, glad you noticed that.

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Is it just me or when I play this game Nainai takes a looong time to respond?

Hi Antok21! Thanks for the feedbacks! How long do Nainai responds during your play? Usually she needs a few seconds to read the message and a few seconds to response. Does that feels long for you?

Aaaah I loved this so much!!! Very peaceful and home-y :) Nainai is adorable haha! I can't wait for the full game to come out!! You may already have this planned, but I think it would be a good addition to have the mouse-drift optional. <333

Thank you Half Machine for the suggestions! Could you be more specific about mouse-drift? Is it means the camera pan movement when the mouse moves to the edges of the screen?

I Played a month or so ago on an older build, and had a great time! I accidently cut the food up so much it lagged my computer lol. i love these more open ended cooking games so much; would def be okay paying for a full release in the future. My only real criticisms atm are really small. I'd really like more camera freedom to just look around the kitchen & go in/out the fridge, and i think it would be cool if i could pull ingredients out of droors/cabinets. Thank-you fannf & Hou mai!

Hi Cube, Thanks for the video and suggestions!! We will definitely try to add more freedom to the game!

this game would probably be one of my favorite games on itch haha! i loved the art, the gameplay, the pictures, texts, i could go on for hours xd can't wait to see more of this game, i will defo be following the development of it! i included this game in my video, the time stamp is 0:58 - 2:04, i had alot of fun (even though i didn't follow the instructions at all LOL) 

HAHAAA, really like you video! Thanks for playing it!

Thank you so much for not saying anything about the lack of beef in my food I'm vegan so that was very heartwarming 😊


Having community new year's celebrations cancelled in 2020 is a milestone that gets overlooked in mainstream COVID timelines -- great choice for framing this game! I miss my popo so much, can't wait to spend more time with nainai.

Thank you!

super fun and relaxing! it would be nice if we had maybe eggs or cheese to use, and maybe e able to use the grater too!

Thank you! We have future plans to bring more kitchenware into gameplay!

It is a good cooking game. I personally loved it and it's a complete phone game.

thank you!

You're welcome!

Can't light my own house on fire 0/10

lol 🔥🔥


Thank you!

Great little cooking game. I really enjoyed the freeform style of cooking.

I'd really like a little cue for knowing how cooked things are. Maybe an egg timer you can set, by the pan, to have an idea of how long things are cooking?
Might just be me, getting distracted. =D

I'm excited to see where this goes, for sure. =]

Thank you! An egg timer is a great idea. We once had a discussion about it, but in the end we didn’t add it due to time issue. We’ll definitely consider adding more tiny tools when we extend the cooking methods. <3

Sounds great.

Can't wait to see what you come up with next, as this was a really novel experience. =]


I really love the visuals! Turning the ingredient felt a little wonky, but it was really satisfying to see it being served and eaten ^^

thank you!💗






This is actually really adorable I am super excited for the next two days ❤


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