Reviewed by @Brett_SevenDaze
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- Developer: Ghost Town Games
- Publisher: Team17 Digital Limited
- Release Date: 07/08/2018
- Price: £19.99 / $24.99
- Review code provided by Team 17
Amuse – bouche
The original overcooked went completely under my radar so I missed out on the chaotic fun the first time round. I first heard about Overcooked! 2 from my wife who really isn’t into gaming at all, other than playing the Super Smash Bros series, probably due to the fact it’s the only game she can destroy me at.
But that’s a story for another day…….
I have been meaning to pick this game up for a while now, as I was looking for a new co-op game to play with the family but due to my ever-growing backlog, I never got around to it.
For Starters ……
The Onion King has accidentally unleashed pure evil onto the Onion Kingdom by recreating one of the recipes from the Necro-nom-nom-iconafter completely disregarding what Kevin the dog had to say. Now the Unbread have risen from beyond the grave.
The Onion King sends the chefs on a quest through 6 roads leading off from the castle creating the world map, you then travel around the map in your pimped out catering van. There are 6 levels on each road and a total of 7 secret Kevin levels to unlock if you complete a certain objective in a level.
Main course of action
I have mainly played the story mode in solo and I would be lying if I said it wasn’t frustrating. I don’t know how I got through some of the levels, pure luck I’m guessing. The first level is a tutorial giving a refresher course to the people who played the first game and to first timers like me. At first it is straight forward – nothing to strenuous, chopping up the odd lettuce, plating it up then dropping it on the conveyor belt to the customers.
But it soon gets chaotic!!
At first I found it overwhelming not knowing where the ingredients and utensils were. My main problem was focusing on one chef at a time and not sharing the tasks efficiently. But once I was advancing through the levels it started to become more natural.
This game is definitely designed
to cause arguments for multiplayer with the solo mode sometimes being infuriatingly difficult, especially in the later worlds when it requires a certain amount of stars to unlock making you go back through the earlier levels to gain 3 stars.
Proof is in the pudding
The recent update added the very welcome practice mode which honestly I used a lot, specifically for level 5-5 which I made unnecessarily hard for myself, completely forgetting the ability to throw raw food. The update also contains free additional content called ‘Kevin’s Christmas Cracker update! ‘ giving you an extra 5 winter themed levels, throwing in a snowy backdrop and even more frantic fun.
Overcooked! 2 is a fast paced cooking simulation with a unique sense of humour. The story line is hilarious. Although the game has a solo mode I would highly recommend playing it in co-op mode with friends and family, ideally with people who have also played it before otherwise prepare for arguments, fights, divorces. The game has plenty of replay value with a lot of extra content to unlock.