Venba is a short narrative cooking game, where you play as an Indian mom who immigrates to Canada with her family in the 1980s. Cook various dishes and restore lost recipes, hold branching conversations, and explore South Indian food in this story about family, love, and loss.
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Very Positive (30) - 83% of the 30 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,101) - 94% of the 1,101 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jul 31, 2023
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Reviews

“A must-play experience, an enthralling tale of immigrants across multiple generations, all backed by a brilliantly absorbing puzzle game in the form of cooking.”
4.5/5 – GamesRadar+

“Captures something wonderful and mysterious to those of us in the diaspora, which is the real and imaginary conversations our parents and grandparents must have had about moving to the west”
4/5 – Eurogamer

“Beautifully depicts the struggle of the first-generation immigrant experience — fighting to give your family better opportunities while holding true to your roots.”
9/10 – Shacknews

About This Game

Venba is a narrative cooking game about family, love, and loss. Play as Venba, a South Indian immigrant mother connecting with her son through the language of food. It is a short and sweet cinematic experience that you can enjoy in a 1 to 2-hour sitting.

Cook (and learn!) authentic dishes from regional South Indian cuisine


Idlis, dosas, and biriyani! Whether you’re a new or regular enjoyer of South Indian cuisine, there’s something delectable to discover Venba's cooking puzzles. As you piece together a tattered recipe book, cook authentic dishes inspired by real-life cuisines. Once you've cooked them in-game, try cooking them in real life with the brand-new in-game Cookbook!

Discover a heartfelt story of family, love, and loss


As you restore lost recipes, discover the story of a family over the years as they grow and change through a journey of love and loss. Join a mother, father, and their son as they reckon with culture, self-discovery, and acceptance.

Jam to catchy tunes inspired by Tamil music


Move over lo-fi beats! Cook along to Venba's unique original soundtrack, inspired by Tamil music throughout the ages. And when you can't get enough, return to the newly-added in-game radio to listen to the OST on-demand!

Feast your eyes on delicious visuals


Venba's warm, stylized art brings the game's food and story to life! So good you can almost taste it.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS *: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9.0c compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Recommended:
    • OS *: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9.0c compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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