released on Jul 31, 2023

Venba is a narrative cooking game, where you play as an Indian mom, who immigrates to Canada with her family in the 1980s. Players will cook various dishes and restore lost recipes, hold branching conversations and explore in this story about family, love, loss and more.

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Very good, beautiful graphics, but short!

Uma curta narrativa sobre a dificuldade de se encaixar em meio as diversidades culturais. Uma história que retrata
a vivência de uma família tentando formar seu lar em outro país, enquanto representa com simplicidade e respeito a cultura indiana

A lot of reviews say this is short and I think it's too short. It's a very brief game and while there are a lot of details in the story that help fill out the game's themes, these ideas felt somewhat incomplete.
I also wished that there was more game to this title. There's a number of very cool ideas on display– like how Venba is essentially a puzzle game where you are trying to cook around a cookbook that is incomplete or in a language the player character does not full understand. I could have done with a dozen more of these scenarios.
I'll ruminate on this game though. It's presentation is spotless and enjoyable and it's look into the quiet tragedy of a kid growing up uninterested in your culture is substantial and worth experiencing.

Curto e tocante, se fosse para defini-lo em uma palavra seria "sensacional", você se sente conectado com os personagens, a direção de arte é maravilhosa, a gameplay apesar de simples diverte, é bem bacana tentar desvendar o que falta das receitas (e aliás não jogue de estômago vazio pois a aparência das comidas é de dar água na boca!)

Such a touching and short game featuring an artistic style that I’ve not really seen before. The story is at once universal in its themes of family and raising children and very specific in its depiction of the struggles of Indian immigrants in the 1990s. This game gets very real in ways I was very much not expecting. Doesn’t overstay its welcome either. A rare story based game where I finished wanting to know more. Highly recommend this one.

Short and sweet. Don't play on an empty stomach because the food all looks and sounds good as hell. Tell your parents you love them.