Overcooked is a co-op cooking game, for up to four players.
I’m just going to let that sentence marinate for a minute, this is a cooking game? Yep, ok good, we’re all suitably confused.
It’s the first full release from Ghost Town Games, a 2 man outfit from Cambridge, UK.
Ugh, indie, right? I know, what is this, snot soup?
Nope, it’s premium gazpacho, muchacho!
This 2 man team happen to have struck out from Frontier Developments, you know, those guys who did stuff like Elite:Dangerous, these chaps have a pedigree.
An they put it to good use in cooking up Overcooked. It’s a game Pastafarians will love, let me just throw that out there right off the bat. But it’s much more than that. It’s a fast, frantic, food filled frill ride (I meant thrill, but I have a thing about alliteration).
It’s playable as a single player game, by by jingo, you’ll have your work cut out. Each level consists of you and your other chefs learning to cook dishes to sate the hunger of a coming threat by prepping and cooking ingredients. I know, that sentence didn’t fill you with the glee you were hoping, but, timing is crucial and herein lies the challenge. Don’t burn your onion soup, it’ll need to be thrown away and done again… and you have orders to serve!
This game needs people, and as a couch co-op, it really comes into its own, 4 grown adults shouting at each other as if they were some kind of Dualshock Gordon Ramsay “WHERE ARE MY FUCKING ONIONS, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO THAT TOMATOOOOOOOOOO” To say it’s hilarious would be an understatement. I wasn’t ready for this game to be such a different flavour when others weren’t involved, but it went from hamburger to filet Mignon very quickly!
It looks great. Simple, clean, cute characters and levels simple yet effective, you can see what you need to do in each one very quickly and so negates the need for full tutorial or any real hand holding, soon you and your friends / wife / kids/ cat that you’ve taught to button mash are flying through your recipes learning as you go. The map, which brought Super Mario Bros 3 to mind in an instant is both cute and clear, follow line, smash mission rinse and repeat.
Those of you looking for a couch co-op, look no further, you’re looking at a real contender as something to dip into when you have people round for something to play, and they’ll all thank you for it. This is that one restaurant you love eating at, and there’s always a table. Dig In!
Midlife Gamer Rating: 8/10 Format: PlayStation 4 / Xbox One Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a digital copy of Overcooked for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of 3 days . For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.