Overcooked Reviews

  • Mr VelezbianMr Velezbian379,251
    16 Aug 2016 16 Aug 2016
    14 1 9
    Overcooked Review
    Serving Up Good Time

    Before I start getting all wordy and giddy, let me tell you that Overcooked is one of the most fun co-op experiences you can get on this generation of gaming. Plain and simple. Masterfully executed by the newly founded team at Ghost Town Games, Overcooked brings all the mechanics of a hectic kitchen into one heck of an adorable and charming package. Whether going at it alone or with up to three friends, players will cook up orders to master the ways of the kitchen, all in preparation of saving the Onion Kingdom. Since the initial announcement, I knew Overcooked would be something special. It is with great pleasure that I say Ghost Town Games has not disappointed, not even slightly.

    In Overcooked, players have to fulfill as many orders as they can in a certain amount of time. From burgers to pizza and even soups, players get the chance to cook up a storm in a variety of ways. It is no easy task, as you have to do the prep work, cooking, and plating all before you serve it. The mechanics are simple, coming down to only three inputs to make the gameplay as streamlined as possible. The quicker you get your orders out, the bigger the tip. As you progress, not only do the orders become increasingly complicated, but so do the venues. In your travels you'll encounter earthquakes, hauntings, and more in even more outlandish places like icebergs, pirate ships and even space! Each of these different levels are all so unique and charming in their own ways. It is great to see the little details attuned to each one, each complimented by fitting tracks that are as charming as the rest of the game.

    The gameplay is the true shining hero of Overcooked. What could have been smaller and simpler ends up being deeper and richer than what you would expect. You have your basic actions, like chopping and lifting. But where the actions start to stand out is when you realize how many different ways you can approach and plan these actions to create a more productive kitchen. For instance, say I am prepping soup and accidentally put my ingredients in two different pots. To my delightful surprise, you can grab one pot and empty it into another, a feature which could have easily been missed. Even the plating has a depth to it, with dirty dishes needing to be physically washed to free up plates for more orders. There is a certain rhythm that needs to be developed, either solo or in co-op, to truly succeed in the kitchen.

    Though Overcooked is undoubtedly still great alone, its co-op offering is officially one of my favorites of all time. It is easily the most engaged I have ever been cooperatively, putting to shame any tactical shooters I have played in recent years. While playing with both my fiancée and Lee (Player2Reviews very own), I found myself calling out orders, commands, and motivational quips. It’s fantastic how easy it is to get into, and while challenging at times, it really makes you think of the best ways to further your production. In solo mode, you get to simultaneously command two chefs. You can start an action with one and then click a button to switch over to your other chef, all while the original chef continues their action until complete. It adds a completely different dynamic, but one that is all the while just as fun while being unique in its own ways.

    Overcooked is just so charming too. Its adorable graphics are easy to appreciate, as I mentioned its tunes fit excessively well everywhere they are used. On top of that, there is a wide cast of chefs to choose from. From animals and people, there is plenty of diversity that everyone can appreciate. I find myself already wanting a sequel and thinking of the possibilities, mainly customizable characters! The level layouts are so genius that I think Ghost Town Games could pull off incorporating user created menus and levels in a potential sequel as well. This game is such a success in many ways that it’s hard not to be giddy of what could potentially be in a sequel.

    Aside from the Campaign, there is also a local multiplayer competitive mode which pits players against each other to race to finish more plates. It’s fun, fast, and hectic just like the rest of the core experience. In team battles, communication is just as necessary as ever. Once you hit a nice stride the kitchen starts moving like clockwork. That is, until you start getting competitive and stealing ingredients from the other team. The competitive mode is a riot, and again hoping for a sequel, it would be great to see it and the follow up campaign have online options as well.

    Overcooked nails everything it strives to be. It’s fun, damn adorable, and conceptually flawless. Though the controls can sometimes be touchy during the more panic induced moments, the game is bright enough to drown out any harm caused by that. In fact, its charm makes these trying moments more hilarious than anger inducing, and that is just another testament to how great Overcooked is. I am extremely delighted that Overcooked lived up to, if not exceeded my expectations. It goes down in the books as one of the best co-operative gaming experiences in years, and brings me a virtual cooking joy I haven't had in years. Overcooked is a fine dining experience worth every penny, and I am already craving a second serving

    *Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review

    +Some of the best co-op you can find

    Originally posted on Player2Reviews.com
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    Andrinho7xFor me this is the most frustrating and worst game ever. It is almost impossible to complete it alone. There are too many things to do for a single person in most levels. I'm stuck at level 2-3 and cannot get more than two stars. This is also due to the fact that the controls are not accurate at all. Most of the times it picks up the wrong stuff or instead of putting it where it is supposed to, it puts it on the left or the right... And there also isn't online co-op. Terrible game. Avoid it at all costs. That said I haven't voted negatively the review because it is well written and like all opinions a review is personal.
    Posted by Andrinho7x On 02 Jun 18 at 06:52
    Mr VelezbianHey thanks for not down voting! Appreciate the comments! Totally different experience in co-op, so if you can, give that a shot!
    Posted by Mr Velezbian On 02 Jun 18 at 13:32
    Darklord1899Burger time meets Pressure cooker in 3d. A good review. Burger time was on the Intellivision. It was their killer app. Pressure cooker was on the Atari 2600. To the guy above me, if you have not played Troll and I you have not played the worst game on the xbox.
    Posted by Darklord1899 On 06 Jul 18 at 02:45
  • Sir Noncy DorpSir Noncy Dorp249,451
    23 Mar 2022
    1 0 0
    Order up! Overcooked is the couch co-op game that will have gamers frantically attempting to fulfill orders for all different kinds of foods. But there's a catch, no one kitchen is the same. Can you and your friends get all these orders out before the time is up?

    In Overcooked, players must take ingredients and use them to properly create soups, burgers, wraps, and more. And while that may sound easy enough, no kitchen comes without its "quirks." Your group will be presented with kitchens where only certain people have access to certain things, forcing you to actually talk to your partner(s). In other kitchens, positions will swap at any given moment, making it a requirement that all players be ready to adapt to new tasks.

    The multiplayer is the big selling point of Overcooked. I declined my friends' invitation to come play it for their first time, but afterwards I was regretful that I had turned their offer down. Couch co-op games are so rare these days, it seemed almost too good to be true that one as polished as this had been out for as long as it was without me knowing about it. With Smash Bros, Mario Party, Octodad, and other games becoming a little repetitive to my group of friends, this was just the game we needed to refuel the good times.

    Conversely, single player is where the game starts to hurt a bit. It's abundantly clear that Overcooked was not designed for single player, especially if one is going for three stars on every level. While it was inevitable that a game like this one wouldn't be as fun alone, it's the scores of the levels that really make it not worth the time. If it was a little easier to accomplish three stars alone, I could see it actually being an option that more people would choose.

    Overcooked may not be the prettiest game ever released, but the environments and music that come with them is better than most other games of the time. From the laid back music of the normal green hills, to the adventurous theme of kitchens in space, I felt like the soundtrack was very appropriate. The environments are also a lot of fun, adding in elements that will challenge players further, such as the lava kitchens or the kitchens on ice.

    Achievements are alright too, although I think I'm gonna knock some points for two things in particular; the uneven achievements and the singular achievement tracking. The uneven achievements don't bother me as much, in fact with this game it's not as big a problem as it is in others. It's just slightly annoying to me, and potentially some others to see our Gamerscore uneven. Achievement tracking for multiple players is an absolute MUST though. Why it wasn't implemented into this game, I don't understand. While I did really enjoy playing this game, I don't think I needed to play the whole thing three times to fully appreciate it.

    Overcooked is a revival that the couch co-op of video games needed to see. While there are a few minor things that could have been prevented, any group of family or friends will find themselves laughing, shouting, and screaming in the span of about an hour. Overcooked is a great game for any party of two or more!

    Overall Score: 89/100