Overcooked: All You Can Eat is without a doubt one of the most maddening and frustrating games I’ve ever played. It also happens to be one of the most enjoyable too. This bundle is the best way to play Overcooked 1 and Overcooked 2 along with their respective DLC packs and the free levels that come with it. With this, you’ll have over 200 levels to tackle, seven of which are completely new to the franchise. A welcome challenge indeed if you’ve played any of the previous games, but the challenge won’t last too long for veterans.
While Overcooked: All You Can Eat isn’t for everyone due to the game being co-op, and you need good communication and organisation with your partners to tackle the tasks at hand. This makes it both tough and worthwhile when you three-star every level you possibly can. To be clear, the game remasters the original Overcooked to look and feel like Overcooked 2, just without the throwing ability. It’s also nice to be able to see your finely cooked dishes in 4K at 60FPS.
Bitten off more than you chew?
If you’re looking for a whole new experience going into the game then you’ll have a bad time. But if you’re looking to relive the fun in modern graphics and a no-hassle menu then this is for you. One of my favourite additions to this bundle is also the new character selection screen. You can now see the full list of characters available. Believe it or not, it’s so much handier to select a character rather than just scrolling left or right to pick one.
In Overcooked: All You Can Eat you’ll also notice a range of quality of life improvements. One of which was being able to see if there is a bun on a plate. The devs came up with a handy new way of displaying the buns. When cooking hamburgers this is a big step up. I’ve also noticed an auto-drop feature when you’re falling off an edge on lava or ice levels. Meaning that when you go over the edge the game seems to drop the dish close to the edge so that your partner can still pick up the dish. Making the game a lot less frustrating than the previous iterations.
Fun on the menu?
The difficulty level seems to have a natural curve as your progress. I have noticed that some of the score requirements have changed to a higher value. I’m assuming this is due to the small quality of life improvements. With a recent announcement of cross-platform multiplayer coming sometime in early 2021, you’ll soon be able to scream at your friends cross-platform.
There’s something so special about the way Overcooked: All You Can Eat mixes simple cooking instructions with frantic level designs. Causing you to verbalise your tasks with your co-op partners. I can’t get enough. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve beaten these games, and it’s a testament to their design that they still hold up so well.