For those unfamiliar, the Overcooked series see’s up to four players taking their talents into the kitchen in an effort to produce as many completed dishes as they can in a set amount of time. This gameplay is eased into in earlier levels, allowing you to test your culinary abilities before you get to the big leagues. The execution is simple: know your recipe, prep and cook, plate and deliver. Doing this smoothly and consistently means happy customers, which in turn means higher scores. Everything is not as simple as cut, cook, and clean though. Levels are wittily and uniquely designed. They come with a catch, as they often have deterrents that players must work around in order to succeed. Lava, portals, and splitting earth are just a few of the oddities in the kitchen that can make it more of a nightmare than having Gordon Ramsay find out that you have no lamb sauce. Working together is the only sure fire way to make sure you take home the most tips, and co-op gameplay is what the game was made for.
Overcooked 2 is a great follow up to such a well done first entry. It has all the charm of the original and then some, and does not worry about introducing a burdening plot line outside of the goofy basics. It keeps things simple and clean, while introducing new mechanics and modes that please the palette. Ghost Town Games has my eternal, endearing love for this series, and I cannot wait to (hopefully) play a new entry every other year. All I ask is now for a level editor, you know, the one I suggested in my first review that uh, must have been overlooked. But now, another suggestion as we part ways. GIVE ME A MANAGEMENT STYLED SPIN OFF. I would love to start my own restaurant within the Overcooked world that lets you run the show from a different perspective. But that is just my two-cents. Overcooked 2 is great, and if you loved the first one, there is no excuse not to make partake in seconds.
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final sCore: 9/10
+Adorable Visuals, Characters
+Fun, Hectic Gameplay
-Solo is not as fun