Developer Ghost Town Games Publisher Team17 Format PC, PS4, Xbox One Release 2016
In the utterly charming Overcooked, up to four players must work together to run an efficient kitchen, while dealing with the additional challenges thrown up by increasingly ludicrous working conditions. Ingredients are plucked out of storage bins and must be prepared on chopping boards, cooked and combined. Onion soup, for example, requires you to chop up three onions, dump the lot in a pot, and ensure it doesn’t burn before you plate up and take it to the pass. Dirty dishes need to be washed, too, and the value of your tip starts to decrease from the moment an order arrives. Simple enough at first, but try doing it on a rolling pirate ship where work surfaces shift position and block routes. Or, for that matter, preparing a burger in a kitchen consisting of two moving trucks that separate and recombine as they drive along. Hilarious, raucous stuff.