As a concept, Overcooked is simple, but ridiculously fun. There’s a wealth of co-op games available, especially on the Switch these days, but none are as fast paced or as hectic as Overcooked. I spent some time with the first game, though not too long, but it was fantastic how easy it was to jump in with a group of people regardless of their skill level. But it wasn’t always that easy to get a group of people together. Overcooked 2 has the perfect solution to this problem, but at the same time does a great job at expanding on the original in almost every way.
Surprisingly, Overcooked 2 has a bit of a story to it, which quite frankly makes no sense but is fun to follow along with anyway. In it, the Onion King desires to learn the most exotic of culinary practices and begins to read from a strange book called the NecroNomNomicon. In the process, he unwittingly raises the Unbread, a horde of zombie bread slices who then begin to wreak havoc on the world. Scared and with nothing more to do, the Onion King sends you and your partner chef on a culinary journey to learn all you can instead. It’s ridiculous but I love it for some reason, and it’s more than I ever expected in a game like this.Overcooked is a simple game and that’s probably why it’s so fun. It’s easy to catch a grasp of and almost anyone with enough effort can master it too. In it, you’ll control a group of chefs as they race to prepare meals for a hungry audience as they queue across the top of your screen. It’s a simple premise, but the resulting chaos that comes out of creating and preparing these meals is where Overcooked gets enjoyable. Not only will you have to keep out of each other’s way, you’ll have to make sure you don’t burn or overcook any ingredients while also making sure completed meals get out to service on time.
An early but simple example is the procedure to cook sushi rolls. You need a plate, which might need to be washed by someone first. You’ll need to get the seaweed to wrap it in, as well as a protein to put inside the sushi, which must be chopped (and sometimes cooked in a frypan) first. You’ll need rice too, but that can’t be used without being boiled. Leave anything running for too long and the kitchen will catch fire, ruining other meals unless you put them out yourself. It sounds complicated but throw in some cramped kitchens as well as some other environmental factors and it gets downright hectic.This is but one of the simplest recipes that is thrown at you early on in Overcooked 2, but the game gets progressively more hectic as you progress through it’s hilariously goofy story mode. You’ll prepare salads in a hot air balloon while the strong winds slide around the locations of your workstations, before quickly crashing it into a sushi station and having to adjust your workflow entirely.