Knives At the ready
“Chop those tomatoes faster!” “Get me more burgers!” “Why aren’t the plates washed!?” If Overcooked was anything, it was the most beautiful and addictive stress-inducer we’ve ever played. Overcooked 2 is bringing us more co-op cooking this August, this time with more elaborate level design, online multiplayer and the option to throw food at each other.
Other than the welcome addition of online multiplayer, the biggest change is kitchens that change dramatically as levels play out. For example, one test of you as a chef begins in a kitchen set on a giant platform suspended from a hot air balloon. When you’re close to the ground you’re thrown from the balloon and into a sushi kitchen, changing both the required recipes and layout of the kitchen.
To help with the added difficulty and the need to stay nimble of mind you have the option of throwing ingredients between each other. This cuts down on the time required to get the lettuce in the bun or the burger in the pan, giving you more freedom to define specific areas of the kitchen that each player controls.
As in the first game, though, some kitchens feature holes in the floor or are otherwise positioned in locations that make throwing anything risky business. Chucking a tomato to a friend isn’t going to help anyone if it ends up off the side of the hot air balloon and lost in the clouds.