In case you don’t know what it is, Overcooked is a hectic team based cooking themed game that tests you and your friends ability to work quickly and as a team. Released earlier this year Overcooked has been greeted with open arms however, as it’s nearly time for the fat bearded fella to arrive it’s only right that a Christmas themed DLC is released.
Ghost Town Games and Team 17 have gone all out spreading Christmas cheer as this DLC won’t cost you a penny. The Festive Seasoning DLC will offer up eight new co-op levels to master, two new chefs to play as and shout at, new recipes and a new way to cook using the flamethrower!
The Festive Seasoning DLC includes:
8 new co-op levels set in the new Winter Lodge theme
2 new chefs to unlock, the snowman and reindeer
2 new recipes to dish up, Turkey Dinner and Stew
A new way to cook recipes, the flamethrower!
Santa hats for your chefs
A brand new wintery world map, complete with a snowmobile to get around with
The Festive Seasoning DLC will be available as a free download for Xbox One and PC on the 6th December.
It turns out too many chefs doesn’t ruin the broth; Overcooked proves that the more chefs you have the more fun you can have. But can this delightfully deranged arcade cook-a-thon satisfy your hunger or is it a mere snack?
In Overcooked you are tasked with preparing a multitude of dishes for hungry customers. You must dash around a variety of kitchens, collecting ingredients, chopping, cooking, plating, serving and cleaning dishes to the whim of customers with particular cravings, scoring more stars depending on how quickly and accurately you serve up your dishes.
It sounds so simple, and indeed the concept is, but in execution it turns out to be anything but. Organising your cooking method to efficiently create your meals is a unique challenge to overcome, one made more difficult by the absurd kitchens you have to cook in. What starts as ordinary kitchens, where learning their layout is your biggest challenge, soon turns into crazy scenarios, such as two trucks with half the kitchen in each, speeding down a road and only crossable during small windows of alignment. It offers a special brand of insanity that’s wonderfully humourous to play within and equally difficult to overcome.
It’s a pleasant surprise to see what concoction of kitchen chaos is presented in each level, and achieving the full three stars is a satisfying goal. Moreover, just as you think you’ve seen all kinds of layouts, new challenges are introduced, such as rats that steal ingredients. But even on the most ordinary of kitchens there’s still plenty to keep you occupied. Performing all the aforementioned tasks swiftly and efficiently is made all the more interesting by having to watch for food burning on the stove and fires blazing as a result, requiring a blast from a fire extinguisher to quell it.
On your own you control two chefs, able to switch between them at the press of a button and share out the tasks. But Overcooked is by far the most enjoyable when you have a friend or three join in for some local multiplayer. Organising your group of chefs requires constant communication and quickly leads to a room full of people shouting for vegetables, meat and plates, or screaming about fire amongst panicked hollering as things get hectic. It’s delightfully entertaining. Additionally you can play competitively, which offers a fun but fleeting experience, cooperative play is certainly the better bet.
On your own however, Overcooked is still a lot of fun. It feels like a very different game, one that’s far less hectic and silly and more of an odd puzzle experience as you try to manage the two chefs so that one isn’t idle for too long.
Unfortunately the multiplayer mayhem is restricted to local play, although it’s certainly well suited to this style, making it hard to fault. It even supports the shared controller method of yore where two players can use each side of a controller. Indeed, as one mistake can send the whole kitchen into disarray and get everybody shouting, local play certainly offers the better experience, although having the option for online would still of been appreciated, and may come in the future.
Driving your group of chefs in their quest to chaotically create meals is a wonderfully ridiculous story. The Onion King and his dog, Kevin, have summoned you to satiate the appetite of The Ever Peckish, a giant spaghetti monster. The collection of crazy levels acts as your training grounds. It’s a simple, odd and amusing way to set the scene that does a tremendous job of setting the silly tone right from the get-go, along with its cute, comical art style.
Indeed, Overcooked offers a terrifically fast paced, multiplayer focused experience, with an incredible variety of levels with additional challenges beyond the primary mechanics, such as icy surfaces you can slip on or ghosts moving things. Meanwhile, a well thought-out single player component keeps things entertaining when you don’t have a room full of friends to cook with.
Thanks to Xbox and Ghost Town Games and Team17 for supporting TiX
Award-winning veteran games developer and digital publishing label Team17 has today announced a partnership with UK based independent developer Ghost Town Games to publish the chaos of couch co-op cookery that is Overcooked.
The Onion Kingdom is in danger and only the very finest cooking can save it. Overcooked will see players journey through a variety of cruel and unusual kitchens on their quest to become master chefs capable of conquering an ancient edible evil which plagues the land.
You will be able to play solo or engage in the classic chaos that is local co-op for up to four players.
Game modes will include co-op or competitive challenge modes and Team17 have history with co-op. You’ll have to cook a range of different dishes, and possibly work together, in order to become the most effective and ultimate team.
Ghost Town Games are the developer behind this new title. They are a two-person team made up of ex-Frontier Developments staff, Phil Duncan and Oli De-Vine.
Phil Duncan had this to say regarding the deal;
We’re really excited to be working with Team17 to help us release Overcooked. We’ve been working on the game for over a year now and it’s just great to have the help and support of a team with 25 years’ experience that has as much love for local multiplayer gaming as we do
If you’re lucky enough to be attending MCM London Comic Con later this week, you’ll be able to see Overcooked live on the Resero Games Stage from 12pm on the 28th of May. Team17 will be showcasing the game, along with a few other titles from their upcoming range, including Worms W.M.D at 4pm.
So, when are you likely to be able to fire up the ovens? Overcooked will be heading to Xbox One later this year.
Of course, we have the announcement trailer. Here you go, extra helpings.