From the moment I heard Overcooked 2 was coming out, I wanted to try my hand at it, having never had the chance to play the first and I was very, very impressed. I’m looking forward to testing it out with friends, as the game supports local cooperative play. I especially loved the different levels you get to cook on such as a flying hot air balloon that suddenly crashes into the ground, or a kitchen where the fire is creeping at you closer and closer. These are just a few examples of what Overcooked 2 has to offer.
I had some challenges getting used to the controls but once I got the hang of it, getting into each session came naturally. The more levels you play through the more the difficulty increases, so I had to really try a few times before moving on within the game. Having tested both, it works great using either a keyboard or an Xbox One controller.
Overcooked 2‘s solid gameplay and easy controls combine for hours of fun. It’s a game you can just dive right into with an easy quick save feature and pick up right where you left off. You don’t need to commit hours if you don’t want to.
Cute character designs and generally flawless design for the overworld are another positive. There’s lots of attention to detail, especially in the kitchen and different level designs. As mentioned earlier they really take cooking to another level with some of the different stages. I personally loved the cuteness combined with the urgency of getting your orders in and also facing dangers such as fire and moving objects.
The story sets you up for a hilarious adventure about saving the Kingdom from “The Unbread” which are zombie toast that the King accidentally summons. You hop in your RV and go search the land for new recipes to save the Kingdom. It has a great storyline that isn’t too complex to get into and also refreshes your memory from the first Overcooked or gets you in if you are not familiar with Overcooked.
Easy to pick up and play solo wise or with friends, controls are solid just require the right timing and some time to get the hang of things. Seasoned players should have no trouble, while a new player may need some extra time.
As mentioned earlier the difficulty in the stages does increase as you progress but with some practice, you will get there. The tutorial at the very beginning is very helpful and you can replay as much as you want till you progress. It has the good balance between being too easy and just right. If you loved Overcooked you will love its’ sequel. To sum up it is a solid game, I enjoyed my time with it and I am sure others will as well.
Don’t forget to check out Arcade mode and Versus mode for even more cooking fun.
Overcooked 2 launches today August 7th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch™, and PC. You can also check out our previous coverage on Overcooked 2 here.
An Overcooked 2 Steam Key for this review was provided by the publisher Team17 Digital Ltd.
Tarah Bleier is a freelance writer, editor and content creator from Toronto. As a graduate from Centennial College’s Journalism program, she has written for Tribute.ca, and Factinate.com and recently for Geek Enthusiast Magazine. In her free time, she loves gaming, cosplaying, prop making and attending as many conventions and geeky events as she can. Writing has always been a passion of hers and she has been a contributing writer of The Planet Observer for many years before becoming its Assistant Editor last year. Her work can also be seen on The Geekcast Radio Network where she has been a podcast host and writer.