Bacteria Salad is the latest entry in the Arcade Wire series from Persuasive Games. Another attempt at "persuasion, instruction, and activism," Bacteria Salad is a light, humorous depiction of the complexity of the agricultural business.
Begin by clicking behind a supermarket shelf to create a farm. Farms produce crops, which grow the food that ends up on the supermarket shelves. Customers will automatically walk to and from the supermarket, looking for the vegetable in the thought bubble above their head. A happy customer is money in the bank, so you'll want to make sure you can supply enough food to keep up with demand by operating multiple farms. However, overreaching can have serious consequences. More crops makes it more difficult to root out food befouled by the animals, agroterrorists, and rain that continually appear.
Keep an eye on the supermarket shelves for tainted food, which looks like good food covered with small brown lines. To prevent it from reappearing you'll have to dig up your crops until you find the source of the trouble. Your game is over when three customers get food poisoning, so don't be afraid to ban sales of any suspicious looking vegetables with the buttons on the upper-left.
Analysis: Much like its predecessors Oil God and Airport Security, Bacteria Salad offers the player the opportunity to enact controversial or sensational real-world situations. Do you maximize production in order to satisfy demand and increase profits, or do you stay small and closely supervise your crops, ensuring the highest quality and healthiest product? Personally, I leaned towards the latter; I had a very difficult time distinguishing good food from bad, as they look very similar. Even worse, the shoppers can completely obscure the shelves, making it impossible to get a clear view of your produce at times. While not without flaws, the art, audio and theme of Bacteria Salad are all appealing.