Nintendo’s latest console was built with co-operative play in mind. Ghost Town Games’ Overcooked was designed to be played with friends. It’s no surprise, then, that the pair are a perfect match.
There’s been some rumblings around the internet about the Switch version of Overcooked having some framerate and optimisation issues. Rest assured, outside of the opening scene, we didn’t experience any game-breaking slowdown. The issue has been addressed regardless, and the game will be getting patched imminently.
Originally released in 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Overcooked is a chaotic cooking game that requires you to work as a team in order to succeed. It’s no regular Cooking Mama experience though; Overcooked will challenge you to cook in a moving lorry, in the middle of a busy street, during an earthquake, and on a pirate ship sailing on a choppy ocean. Your environments are designed to work against you, adding an extra challenge to an already hectic kitchen — but it all adds to the messy, riotous fun.
While it can be played solo, Overcooked has been designed with co-operative play in mind. With up to four people being able to jump in locally, you each take control of a chef, and it’s up to you to communicate effectively in order to prepare the most meals. If you’re playing solo, you have to keep switching between characters, and while it means you’re fully in charge of your own destiny, it’s a massively uphill battle that’s just not as fun as it is when a friend or two is playing alongside.
Thanks to Nintendo Switch’s proprietary Joy-Con, co-op play is its middle name. There’s no need to fork out to buy an extra controller in order for a mate to join in — just snap off the Joy-Con and pass one over. Obviously, if you intend to play with four people you’ll have to have extra controllers, but even with two, Overcooked is high-pressure mayhem. It’s glorious.
More than anything, the game will test your ability to work as a team, and how well you can work under pressure. Overcooked doesn’t tell you want to do; it provides you with a list of orders, and how you go about preparing them is up to you. Maybe player one will be in charge of chopping onions while player two will be chief pot washer and oven-watcher. Or maybe you’ll both work on a separate order. However you decide to tackle the game, one thing is for sure: chaos is imminent. Better make sure you know where that fire extinguisher is at all times.
For £18/$20 on the eShop, the Nintendo Switch version of Overcooked includes all previously-released DLC — that’s The Lost Morsel, a separate six-level campaign set in the jungle, and Festive Seasoning, a jolly Christmas-themed offering with eight new levels. For the asking price, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
If you have a Switch and want some family friendly co-operative fun, you can’t go wrong with Overcooked. Give it a go. It has a raccoon as a chef; what more could you want?