I’ve never had to hunt for my own food before, but I imagine it’s a little bit like this.
I mean, why do we eat? Firstly, so we don’t die. Second, because (most of the time) it tastes good. And third, it can be fun. And what’s not fun about murdering your fellow humans for a little bit of meat? That’s the question you’ll be asking yourself when you play Cannibal Cuisine from developer Rocket Vulture. You’ll have to cook to appease the hungry God Hoochooboo and keep from going cuckoo along the way.
Cannibal Cuisine plays very similarly to fellow cooking-themed party game Overcooked. Fortunately, Cannibal Cuisine has enough differences to avoid feeling like a copy-and-paste project. Here, you and up to three friends play as ancient warriors who must master the art of slaughtering humans for meat. Recipes start out simple, combining only two ingredients together. As you progress through the game, they grow more and more complicated. Cannibal Cuisine’s levels also grow more difficult as you proceed, forcing the player to jump over rivers avoid lava and spike traps and more.
Cannibal Cuisine is best played with multiple people. You can play by yourself, but it quickly feels like an insurmountable challenge. And it’s just not that much fun. On just the second level I found myself overwhelmed and not able to get many meals done to appease Hoochooboo. Teaming up a friend means double the hands, double the murder, but most importantly, double to food going into the open jaws of the God. While things can (and will) get heated, finishing a level and high-fiving your teammates is supremely satisfying.
Don’t think that things are as simple and cooking food and serving it up, though. You’re on a strict time-limit. And if you serve Hoochooboo a bad dish, he’ll strike back at you with all the godly fury he can muster. You’ll have to be careful; speed and strategy are important to fulfuil as many complete orders as possible. But don’t worry: you and are friends have abilities to help you along the way. There’s the ability to heal, which is helpful when those pesky tourists start hitting you; and firebreath, which cooks food faster. It isn’t much, but it just might give you an edge on future levels.
Cannibal Cuisine may feel similar to Overcooked in terms of its mechanics, but it’s got enough of its own personality to warrant playing it. If you enjoyed Overcooked, it’s very likely you’ll have fun here too. It might not be appropriate for really young players, but there’s nothing wrong with shutting the door, smacking some tourists with a frying pan and cooking them up for dinner. No one has to know.
Cannibal Cuisine is available now on PC and Nintendo Switch.