Gaming Review: Overcooked All You Can Eat

Review: Overcooked All You Can Eat

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The top of the food chain

Overcooked All you can eat should have a warning sign attached. Be warned; This game could ruin multiple relationships many times over! But this is by no means a criticism. Overcooked All You Can Eat is the perfect swan song to a set of games that reinvented the cooperative cooking simulator genre. It provides all the Overcooked games and additional content that fans of this genre love. It offers all of this content, coupled with the intense cooperation fans crave in a fun and charming accumulation of the genres finest.

A classic level

Overcooked All You Can Eat consists of Overcooked 1, 2 and Extra Trimmings, a DLC pack essentially adding new stories and adventures for your chefs to go on. Individually the games stand out in their ability to encapsulate highly addictive gameplay. Which involves perfect cooperation to complete recipes under a specific time limit. With charming music, intricate level design, smooth gameplay and laugh out loud food humour makes each level a genuine pleasure to play within each game. I found myself in mystical castles, cooking up burgers for wizards and floating above the clouds cooking Sushi. As a result, Overcooked 1, 2, and the Extra Trimmings each individually stand out as excellent pieces of content and come together to create an unrivalled cooking simulator experience. 

Cooperation is key

However, each is at its best when you play cooperatively. You feel the heat of the kitchen when you are cooking up recipes alongside friends, family and significant others. Under that intense time limit. One slip up could cost everything and your teammate’s patience! It is the perfect party game, all wrapped up in a package of fun and charm. On the flip side, the single-player element is still the weakest point of the Overcooked series. Although playing on your own does not provide you with a bad experience. It is inferior compared to its cooperative play. Playing each games main campaign puts you in control of two chefs. The constant back and forth between chefs to cook up recipes still is fun. But lacks that magic of cooperative play with a teammate, which is the preferred way to play this game. 

Cooperative fun out at sea

Let’s Taco ’bout content. 

Although it is much harder playing without a teammate. Overcooked All You Can Eat does a successful job offering different modes such as Assist mode to ease the difficulty and vis versa. Although you can’t change the mode, you play each campaign after starting the story, which is frustrating. This addition does offer an excellent cooking simulator experience for both new players and well-established players, used to the cooking simulator genre.

The amount of content available within Overcooked All You Can Eat is also outstanding. You not only get Overcooked 1 and 2 and DLC the Extra Trimmings but an arcade mode. In which the game offers both cooperative and online versus modes. The value for money that Overcooked All You Can Eat offers through its content is excellent. It is undoubtedly All You Can Eat! Sure to satisfy new and old players to the genre for a very long time. 

Two chefs on the road

Verdict

Conclusively, Overcooked All You Can Eat is nearly perfect in every way. Despite minor nitpicks. It is the perfect love letter to the Overcooked series of games. It illustrates what makes the Overcooked series stand out within the cooking simulator genre and how it will stand the test of time as one of the genres very best. 

SUMMARY

+Charming and addictive gameplay
+Brilliant humour
+Excellent level design and variety
+The perfect cooperative experience
+Plenty of content
-Weaker single player

(Reviewed on Xbox Series S, also available on Xbox Series X and PS5)
Jack Boreham
My name is Jack. I've been a video gamer all my life, since getting my very first starter Pokemon on the GameBoy. When I'm not becoming a Pokemon master, I'm focusing on my postgraduate degree and my writing passion. For more about me and my work. Check out my website PixelPolitics.co.uk.

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