Reading a food blog about cakes and baking could be deemed “virtual baking,” but even though you can often see the process from start to finish, it’s a pretty passive experience. To get your virtual hands a little dirtier, you might want to check out a game called Cake Mania. It’s a computer game (now available for Nintendo DS) where you run your own virtual bakery, trying to help your character, Jill, save her grandparent’s family bakery. The game lets you bake and decorate cakes, but to move on to the next level you must cater to an increasingly demanding customer base. As a time-killer, it’s highly addictive, with over 40 million downloads so far.
The DS version will be at 10,000 demo stations in retail stores starting in the next month or so, so you can stop in a get a taste of the virtual action before committing to the full game.