Overcooked! All You Can Eat Review

Introduction

Overcooked! All You Can Eat is the definitive edition of Overcooked. It includes both games and all the content for each. It was developed by Team17 and Ghost Town Games. It was published by Team17 and was released for consoles and PC in March 2021.

Review

When the world is on the brink of destruction by a Giant Spaghetti Monster, you must go back in time to learn how to cook all the possible dishes to help satiate the monster’s hunger. The only question is, can your crew of wacky chefs steel yourselves for the task ahead? Or will you burn it all down? Quite literally! As you can burn your food and burn it all down.

That’s just the story of the first game though! In the second big adventure, you’re tasked with protecting the kingdom from the evil forces of the Un-Bread! Which is just zombie bread. It was some really funny stuff. All these wild setups but in the end, that’s as silly as the game gets for story. After you clear each world in each game, you go back to talk to the king, and he just talks about continuing to learn to cook and fight the forces that threaten the world.

The DLCs all have their own stories as well, though they’re more just basic setups for the areas and new recipes you’ll be dealing with. So the DLC when it’s all about Kevin The Dog’s birthday, you get a loose set or dialogue before you’re off to make cakes and such! Some of them just have a basic summary when you select them, and then no dialogue at all. So the story is certainly not a reason to look to play this game.

Now the main reason to play this game is for the crazy nonsense that happens during the game! With at least one friend, the games are a riot and a half, but a full group of four, would be absolutely madness! I played the entirety of the main games with a friend in co-op. The basis is that you have to both work together to prepare food orders, all while the kitchen you’re working in is going crazy. So the game starts off in a basic kitchen, with you doing something simple, like chopping salad, before it has you separated, in speeding cars on the highway, as you’re tossing chicken and potatoes across the laneways to make up these orders of nuggets and fries! It was madness, and exciting…until it wasn’t.

In later levels of both games, it becomes apparent that the game really flourishes with a team of four friends, all dedicated to one job each, while making call outs. So you’d have someone grabbing ingredients and running them around the kitchen, someone chopping and preparing all the ingredients, someone cooking all the orders, and someone putting the orders out to the customers and washing dishes. With just two players to do all that, eventually the frustration and stress start building up as you’re fighting against the timer, and the layout of the kitchens constantly shifting around you. Trying to get high scores to get three stars on levels so we could advance through the world map started to become an annoyance rather than a fun time, being surprised that we managed a three star rating, as were screaming and dying and cursing constantly. But that didn’t stop the fun in the end.

Now I tried playing the game in single player after the main campaigns were done. With 14 DLC packs to playthrough and a ton of levels to boot, I was excited to keep the fun rolling. But it was anything but. The game was not meant for a solo player, as I had to constantly shift between two chefs, making sure they’re always doing something so I’m not wasting time to get a decent enough score, only for every activity to take over twice as long to complete! In co-op mode, when you chop an ingredient on a chopping board, it takes 4ish seconds. In single player, it takes 10 whole seconds. I counted and recorded a video to make sure I was right. So sure the score counts for the stars are lower, but that doesn’t mean anything when everything takes twice as long to do! It’s bad enough I had to manage all the takes alone, but I didn’t even get longer times to make the orders. Figure out how that works. So needless to say, after three full DLCs that totalled about 18 levels, I finally gave up. Which sucked because there was so much more content to do, but it’s not worth the headache at all!

Rating

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Pros:

  • Exciting Crazy Gameplay
  • Fantastic Party Game
  • Tons Of Content

Cons:

  • No True Story
  • Not Meant For Solo Play
  • Kitchens Get Frustrating

Summary

I only played a tiny bit of the first Overcooked about 5 years ago and always wished I had finished it. This bundle made it the perfect opportunity to finally play both of the main games and see all the content that it has! I hope one day I can come back with a partner to finish it all off, and I can’t wait to see if that happens.

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Game & Developer Information

Developer Website: Ghost Town Games
Developer Socials: Twitter
Publisher Website: Team17
Publisher Socials: Twitter
PSN Store Links: £30.49/€39.99 Europe / $39.99 North America
Trophy Information: 43. 40-platinum 1 / Gold 3 / Silver 11 / Bronze 28

Overcooked! All You Can Eat | Announcement Trailer

Published by oniwalker

Co-owner of NodeGamers(dot)com. Reviewer and Guide Writer. I'll play just about anything as I cry about my backlog!

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