Why do we like multiplayer games? Because we want to interact with others will playing a medium that we love. We want competition. We want fun. And we want to socialize with others while playing games. We don’t see if very often, but coach co-op was the go to option when playing video games. I can still remember the all night sessions of Goldeneye filled with victories, defeats, and plenty of trash talk. While online play is definitely more popular, there is still a place in my heart for local co-op. Overcooked is an excellent co-op game that fills my need for fun and engaging co-op.
At first glance, I assumed that Overcooked would be some kind of Hell’s Kitchen/Mobile Cooking Game mix. I was pleasantly surprised that there was a pretty fun story line to go along with the cooking! In the Onion Kingdom, there is an ancient evil that can only be satisfied with some quality cooking. The tutorial introduces you to this ancient evil, and your pathetic cooking skills are no match for the evil’s hunger. So naturally, you must travel back in time to learn how to cook and save the Onion Kingdom!
The gameplay is really simple – you must create dishes quickly and serve them. Each ingredient is marked with an icon on the counter. You run, grab it, prepare it (chop it up, etc), then cook it up. The levels get more and more challenging as you add more ingredients, clean dishes, and make sure your food is not overcooked. Overcooking food will lead to a pretty sweet kitchen fire, which you need to put out. If you think that’s easy, then wait until you get to the levels with environmental challenges. You might have to hop over things and dodge items as you try and cook. Time is not your friend and you need to move fast in order to get the order’s out. The better you do, the more stars you earn in each level.
The controls are really simple and easy to use. You have a button to grab/pick up, a button for prepping food, and the joystick to move around. I love that Ghost Town Games added an option to play two player using one controller. Two players can grab each side of the controller and play the game! If you are short on controllers, then this is a great option to play the game co-op.
And co-op is the best part of Overcooked. I tried the game in single player and I felt that I was never successful in the kitchen. In single player campaign, you hit a button to switch between chefs. While this works, it is not nearly as fun as playing with others. The co-op is magical mix of ingredients, chaos, and entertainment. Co-op is truly the best way to play this game. As the levels get harder, team work and communication are key to being successful. I have a feeling that Ghost Town made Overcooked local only to ensure that players communicate and have fun. We have all had online gaming sessions where no one is talking. You need to communicate in order to successfully fulfill orders and save the Onion Kingdom.
I want to talk a little bit about the art. I absolutely love the art design. It is cute and unique. Each of the 14 chefs and 30 levels are unique in design and have personalities of their own. Each kitchen looks colorful and full of life. The environments that you have to navigate through in the harder levels look incredible. Kudos to the team for making a colorfully animated game!
Overcooked is an incredible co-op experience. I had a blast every minute of my playthrough. While there is some fun to be found playing single player, I would suggest you find some friends or family members to play with. The entire family will have fun! If you need a game to play with your family during the holiday break, then Overcooked: Gourmet Edition is the right game for you.
Overcooked: Gourmet Edition includes The Lost Morsel DLC, which is just as fun as the regular game. The Lost Morsel comes with 6 levels and 6 new chefs. Currently, you can download a free Christmas update, so download that today! Overcooked: Gourmet Edition is $19.99, which is a tremendous value.
Have you tried Overcooked yet? Let us know your favorite kitchen in the comments below!
Simple gameplay and controls
Wonderful art design
Crazy good level designs
Single player can be a little frustrating