So i had this idea today about a hybrid game Ive decided to call 'Zombie Chef'.
The idea is that for whatever reason the zombie apocalypse happened last year, but it wasnt as terrible as most people would have expected. Quite a few people have made a living out of the zombies, including you, the Zombie Chef.
Youve just started a small restaurant in the middle of [LARGE CITY] where you serve an unusual range of dishes. The game would consist of 3 different sections:
1) Hunting Zombies
2) Butchering/Cooking zombies
3) Managing the restaurant (the main focus)
The hotel could work like those old 'Theme Hospital' type games (if youve ever played that) where you have to deal with whimsical and unusual problems in the restaurant - for example a zombie is stuck in your kitchen or one of the customers has started to turn. You would also have to deal with food critics as you try to achieve the coveted 5 star rating.
When out Hunting Zombies, there could be a small town where you have to search inside basements and sewers and such like. The town could even be procedurally generated. There could be rarer 'High grade' zombies with better meat or other special features that would encourage exploration. Also the more you damage a Zombie the less you can do with the corpse so you have to be crafty. Maybe you can also find supplies to repair your restaurant and build barricades on the outside and suchlike.
The cooking section could play like a more sandbox form of cooking mama. You could chop bits off the corpses you find and stick them in pies of something, i dunno. This section would be more like a minigame compared to the other 2.
My problem is, that such hybrid games are usually complete pissmunch. The opposing play styles tend to compete against each other rather that complementing, and it also tends to water down the gameplay considerably as you only have so many man hours.
Can anyone think of any ways the different gameplay areas could be made to work more smoothly together?
Also any ideas/suggestions for the game are more than welcome. I probably wont end up making it anyway but you never know.