[PS4 Couch-Coop] Overcooked Review
Overcooked is a couch-coop/versus game in which you will cook food for fictional customers. I love playing cooking games (I reviewed Order Up! a few years ago) and even more couch-coop games (like the excellent Rayman Legends for instance) as I play those with my wife. So how’s this game? Check it out in my Overcooked review!
Overcooked – Launch Trailer
The Onion Kingdom is in danger and only the finest cooking can save it! In Overcooked players must journey through a variety of cruel and unusual kitchens on their quest to become master chefs capable of conquering an ancient edible evil which plagues the land. Play solo or engage in classic, chaotic couch co-op for up to four players in both co-operative and competitive challenge modes. You’ll have to cook a range of different dishes and work together in order to become the most effective and ultimate team!
Before going any further, take note that if you’re planning a couch-coop party with some friends or your family, Overcooked is a pretty good title! I had a lot of fun playing through this game, until a certain point which I’ll cover later. But long story short, it’s very fun and worth your time!
As you play, you’ll be doing what cooks are doing in their kitchens, so expect to be slicing, mincing, cooking, washing the dishes and delivering orders to your customers. What I loved the most about this title is its arcade nature and managing a whole kitchen is as simple as determining what you have to do and pressing the Square button to execute it.
The game is easy to control, but each stage (or kitchen, really) is designed in a way that each character will obviously get in the way of someone else, making this a crazy experience! Check below to see how my wife and I burned our kitchen in our first try of an early level. It was HILARIOUS!
In fact, the only complaint I have against the game is how hard it gets. Completing each level nets you one to three stars depending on how you fared in it. The SECOND level took us three tries to achieve the third star as the timing is really tight. Right at the third level, we stopped aiming for the third star and only aimed for the second one. By the fourth world, we were struggling to reach the first star. The downside of this is that we reached a point in the fifth world because we lacked the stars required to unlock the levels.
While we did redo older levels to get more stars, my wife eventually got sick of losing the same levels over and over again, so she resigned from her chef position. I then tried to play alone (which is, mind you, doable), but WAY HARDER than playing as a team. There are also no difficulty options which we could have lowered at that point. So long story short, I’m stuck in the fifth world, and I’ll never experience the levels past that impassable star requirement. But who knows! You might be up for the challenge and your skills might be good enough to get you over that point.
I really loved playing the game for my Overcooked review. It’s a genuinely great couch-coop game! Don’t try it alone however as you won’t get very far because its difficulty is balanced for more than one person.
PSN Game size: 550MB
You can purchase Overcooked on the PSN right here.
This review is based on a PS4 digital copy of Overcooked provided by Team17.