Time to put your chef’s hat on as Overcooked 2, the sequel to the beloved 2016 indie original, steps up and brings the kitchen crazy madness to new heights. In your efforts to tame the hunger of the “Unbread” and save the world you’ll cook up a storm in many a kitchen. A watched pot never boils and while that may be the case – in Overcooked you don’t have the time to wait and when panic sets in you could very well find yourself in real hot water.
Without any prior experience stepping into the world of Overcooked, cute as it may appear, is daunting and wildly thrilling. The opening tutorial level gives you a taste of what is to come later in the game while gently easing you into the action. Before long you’ll be screaming down long-time friends as they soon become dead weight only holding you back on your culinary journey to completion.
Behind the charming appearance is a devilishly wicked sense of humour that is apparent in stages with moving platforms, teleporters and kitchens that shift and evolve. Thankfully the intuitive control scheme makes these elements a thrilling challenge rather than a frustration. Overcooked never throws more at you then you can handle and introduces its mechanics at a steady pace allowing players to grow as they progress.
Each stage will see you tasked with a selection of different recipes you’ll need to cook to order. Meeting orders in a timely manner and in the correct order will net you higher rewards but missing orders will see you lose money. To unlock three stars on a stage you’ll need to earn a certain amount of money, but don’t worry if you find a stage hard, as you’ll be able to progress with just one star.
Nobody likes doing chores, but in Overcooked someone has too as keeping up with the dishes is essential. No clean plates, no orders can go out. Keeping up with everything the game throws at you takes practice and what may feel overwhelming can be overcome in time. While playing with friends is easily recommended you can, of course, try to go it alone, a feat that, while possible, really amps up the challenge. Being able to communicate with your fellow chefs is a necessary skill and putting those words into action is another entirely. Playing solo, however, means you’re on your own and you’ll have to do it while controlling two chefs; meaning that when one is moving the other is not.
Overcooked 2 is a great game to play with friends and features both local and online multiplayer, something the original lacked. Online play is smooth as butter, whether it’s in co-op, party or versus mode the online functionality never misses a beat. Working together to earn three stars across each stage is a fun experience that’ll see your friendships tested across land, sea and air and, hopefully, they will be stronger than ever come the end.
Grab a friend and get cooking as Overcooked 2 is a game built for multiplayer and whether you’re playing local or online your set to have a blast.