Derek and I’ve been playing this really cute XBLA (Xbox Live Arcade) game for a while now. The very first time I saw it, I knew I was going to make a bento of it!
Bento #82: ilomilo
Created and eaten on: 1/29/2011
ilomilo (pronounced “eelo meelo”) is a puzzle game where each level is a differently structured series of cubes. The characters ilo and milo start off on different parts of the map, and object is to get them to meet. As you play, you switch between ilo and milo picking up and placing cubes, and also collecting items on the way to the other character. It’s also has a very sweet story via picture book stills between chapters.
When I thought of making a bento of ilomilo, I knew I wanted to useÂ ground beef for the cubes from the game, kind of like the cubes from bento #15: Super Smash Brothers Brawl bento left side and right side. So the night before, I made cubes from ground beef using the same recipe as Japanese style hamburg (see “how to make Japanese style hamburg”).
In the morning, I sauteed renkon (lotus root) and put rice in three small rice bowls, one mixed with ketchup, one with black sesame seed and one with the salmon flakes I made for bento #29: Rabbid roll.
I put the meat cubes in but as I expected, they were bigger than the cubes on my sketch. Funny how I almost always expect something to not work, but never come up with a solution before I start making. Anyway… I decided to remove a character that was in my original sketch =/ (You’ll find out which character I removed when I post the sketch of this bento later.)
After I put the meat cubes in, I made the movable cube character using rice mixed with black sesame seeds.Â For his nose, I cooked sliced daikon (Asian radish), seasoned it with soy sauce and I cut cheese for his teeth and eyes.
Then I filled the rest of the space with the rice mixed with salmon flakes and put some sauteed renkon over it for decoration.
For ilo (the red one), I used the rice mixed with ketchup. For milo’s blue body, I was originally going to use the rice with black sesame seeds, but then it’d be the same color as the movable cube which is gray in the game, so I sprinkled green seaweed powder on it to make it darker. For their faces, I cut out ham using a circle cutter and put it on each body. And for their tiny arms and legs, I used fish sausage. (yes, fish sausage! Surprisingly, it doesn’t taste that fishy. It’s almost like kamaboko, and it’s usually pink)
I made clouds from a cheese single and flowers from carrot and broccoli. To fill the gaps between the meat cubes I put some boiled broccoli. And I also made some flowery things with cheese and carrot.
To finish it off, I used a hole punch to cut seaweed out for the flower pattern and eyes, then cut strips for the monster’s face, and ilo and milo’s antennae.
Putting it together was fairly easy actually, but that’s why I wish I could’ve put more details on the cubes and background. I simply ran out of space and colors (food) I could use. I wish I could’ve come up with some other way to make ilo and milo because I think the background color was too similar to ilo. Looking at the photos now makes me think that croquettes could’ve been a better choice for the cubes instead of meat cubes since croquettes have a lighter tone of brown than meat. Also if I had an egg sheet (see “how to make an egg sheet”), I would’ve made the trees from the game…but complaining about it afterwards is pointless!
Besides, we love ilomilo so much that I totally don’t mind making ilomilo related food again someday and I know Derek wouldn’t mind that either. They’re simply irresistibly too cute not be eaten!
If you like puzzle games, adorable creatures, and beautiful artwork, you MUST give ilomilo a try! It’s an XBLA game so you can download the demo for free, so you got nothing to lose! The full game is available for only 800 pts (about $10) in XBLA!
Don’t forget to check out the cute ilomilo developer’s blog!