Title: Overcooked 2
Publisher: Team17 Digital Ltd
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: Party, Strategy, Simulation, Communication
Release Date: August 7, 2018
How we got the game: We played it at a friend’s house
About a year and a half ago, we bought and played Overcooked on the Xbox One, having a great time with our friends when we made them play it. When we heard the sequel was coming for the Nintendo Switch, we thought it was great, as did our friends, who got the game before we did, haha!
Overcooked 2 is very similar in terms of gameplay to the original Overcooked. You pick a chef character and use the controls to run around the kitchen, picking up and placing ingredients, chopping, boiling, frying, or mixing said ingredients before putting them all together to create the dishes that your customers want.
Controls are the same as well. You pick up ingredients with the A-button and you chop with the X-button. You can also throw ingredients with the X-button as well, which was a new mechanic. We kind of threw things in the first game, but there’s more range this time and it really helps in certain levels of the game. It’s also a great way to screw with whoever you’re playing with as well.
If you aim it correctly, you can throw ingredients right into the appliances, such as the rice into the pot to boil or the chopped chicken into the pan to fry. Some of the recipes now have flour and a mixer, and I pretty much screwed one of our friends by chucking too many bags of flour by the mixer and covering the appliance during one level. Many of the kitchens have gimmicks that make it more difficult to race the clock, such as portals that bring you to separate sections of the kitchen to cooking in hot air balloons or river rafts.
It’s definitely a lot of fun to screw with your friends. The game play is all about teamwork but it’s easy to mess everyone up. (Actually, I wouldn’t mind having a mode where the chefs compete against each other. That would be interesting.) The level designs are great and really amp up the intensity. However, it’s easy to reach three stars for each level. There’s a tip system so, if you get the orders right and get them done in the right order within the time limit, your tips can quadruple. Sometimes you think you’re doing bad but you end up making it well over the point amount needed.
The graphics and music stayed true to the original, with bright colors to keep the visuals easy on the eyes as you run around like headless chickens in the puzzle-like kitchens. Your chef is usually unusual, such as a panda bear, a pink octopus, or a cat, with a colored ring around their feet so you can keep an eye on them as you work.
The graphics are very crisp and there are a lot of different options for chefs as you unlock new chefs the farther along you get. The hub world was created differently, adding a little depth as you need to drive your bus up ramps, through the water, or in the air. The levels themselves were great as well. I found them to be much more creative than the first game, though I did miss the themes each world had in the first game.
The music was still very catchy, speeding up to ramp up the tension whenever you reach thirty seconds. The hub world music was chill, lulling you into a false sense of security before throwing you into a kitchen that’s located in, say, the depths of a mine. We enjoyed the music, but when you’re playing with four people, usually you’re too busy laughing or shouting at each other to really enjoy it.
The music was really good, I agree. While you don’t really listen to it as your busy shouting at each other, like Kris said, there were certain moments where we listened to the music. During the river raft levels, the music is swing and it’s fabulous.
While the first Overcooked game had a giant, monstrous meatball that we needed to feed, Overcooked 2 has the “unbread.” The unbread are zombie pieces of… bread. It’s just as ridiculous as the first Overcooked game, and amusing nonetheless.
The Unbread are roaming around again and it’s up to us to save the Onion Kingdom from the zombies. I like how silly this story line is and how much it makes sense… or, as much sense as it can. It’s clever and the puns are strong with this one.
Overcooked 2 is a great game to play with friends, with plenty of challenges and trying to beat your high scores. It’s best played in multiplayer form, in my opinion, and is crazy each time you play a level.
It’s fairly easy to get three stars on each level, but there’s always an opportunity to beat the high score. It’s fun to play with a different group of friends. Some are certainly better than others at the game, and there’s always a lot of laughs and fun. This is definitely a favorite.
5 out of 5 lives.