A sequel to the widely successful and publicly acclaimed game Overcooked!, Overcooked! 2 is a cooperative cooking simulation video game developed by the independent studio Ghost Town Games. It won the Best Family Game Award at The Game Awards 2018, and rightfully so. Overcooked! 2 will have you screaming at each other in a party atmosphere, and you may either end up in celebratory high-fives or enraged pointed fingers of blame. A brilliant extension to the original, it is a ridiculously entertaining party game, being more absurd than its predecessor, but still having the basics intact.
Story: The game does not have much of a strong story. You have to collaboratively chop, cook, and combine ingredients on plates and serve dishes via a conveyor belt in order to save the Onion Kingdom. These actions occur in the most ridiculous and absurd restaurants imaginable, which adds to the entertainment value of the game.
Play Style: The gameplay tends to overwhelm the players, as coordination of short orders and bumping into other’s characters create pandemonium. The sequel builds upon the original Overcooked!, but with new interactive levels, themes, costumes, and recipes. The addition of bizarre features in restaurants adds a whole new level of fun frustration to the game. Moving floors, portals, impassable fires, and other obstacles complicate the cooking process in the most obnoxiously enjoyable way. The throw feature allows you to throw ingredients and objects to regions or other players, adding depth to the strategies you can employ. It is clumsy, entertaining, and surprisingly difficult. Wandering countertops, disappearing portions of the maps and countless other twists and turns really test your movement skills.
Audience: This game can turn into the life of the party at your home when you are chilling with your friends, having some good quality family time, or even if it is just you trying not to bash your fist into the wall. It is extremely annoying, but just as fun. If you can gather a couple of friends around, this game is one of the best times you can spend together. It is designed in a way that only a few classic board/card games have been. Thus, it has the same effect: mutual rage and reward.
Platforms: Overcooked 2 is available on a variety of platforms that includes Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac, Linux, and Xbox One.
Verdict: Overall, this game is one heck of an experience with all its complications, need of teamwork, and frustrating results. If you can manage to gather a bunch of friends, or if you usually play your games with other people, this is not a game to miss out on. Though we almost threw our controllers into the wall, our team at Maverick IGS loved playing this game. And we are sure you will too.