A Pizza Brilliance

Ever since I played Overcooked for the first time back in 2016 I’ve been obsessed with cooking games. Once I had finished Overcooked I needed something else to play that would grant me the same enjoyment, frustration and determination that Overcooked delivered. Nothing would fulfil my appetite and I was left we a donut-shaped hole in my gaming life.

Overcooked was this game that seemed to of come out of nowhere and then it became this amazing couch co-op game, breaking more friendships than monopoly. Dice your way forwards to 2018 and I’ve been playing Overcooked 2 for the past week and I can tell you right now it is such a relief to feel like my appetite has been served.

Overcooked 2 is identical to its predecessor. You, and maybe your friends, play as a chef who is under orders by the king of the Onion Kingdom to save the land from the Unbread (get it?). You embark on your little bus across the map defeating kitchens one by one. Cooking meals and taking tips like you’re the best waiter in the whole world.

The whole concept for Overcooked remains the same in number two with some added gameplay elements. The makers of the game, Ghost Town Games, have added in a throwing mechanic which allows you to throw raw food around. You can throw food to a fellow chef to save you running over to them. Alternatively, if you’re really pro, you can cop your food up and then throw it across the room into what ever cooking device you have to do. Sometimes you’ll do it by accident but other times you’ll get the perfect throw and you can’t help but celebrate like you’ve just won a round of Masterchef. 

Also added into the game is emotes, because every game has to have them. The emotes in Overcooked 2 are a quick and easy way to let your team mates know what you’re doing or simply to just state what you’re doing again because you just told them in real life. It is a nice addition but I found myself rarely using it as Overcooked is a stop and plan your kitchen and then go in with a team leader ensuring everyone is on task.

The kitchens in Overcooked 2 are certainly more difficult than the first game. In the first Overcooked you’re given a few levels to get a good grip of the game and then you’re thrown into the deep dish end. In Overcooked 2 it almost feels like it assumes you’re back seconds and you’re thrown into the deep end immediately, especially since you have to start learning to make sushi straight away.

Overcooked 2 somehow an improvement on the original game. I say somehow because the original Overcooked is one of my favourite games of all time. Overcooked 2 is filled with the same glorious goodness as the original but with added glazing and sprinkles on top. The ability to play online with friends is what I’m looking forward too next but just adventuring through the map, finding hidden levels and attempting to get three stars on every kitchen is entertaining and painstakingly hard enough.

Overcooked 2 is a dish you won’t want to put down. It’s charm remains and its gameplay has advanced. The game will test your video game culinary skills whilst making you feel happy and stressed through calm and exciting music. You could argue that Overcooked 2 is more of the same but that is exactly what I wanted and it’s what I got. Now I’m off to either continue my journey as a Panda who is a chef or go into my own kitchen and realise I can’t actually cook.

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