When it comes to video games, I am a big fan of cooperative games. Actually, I’m a big fan of cooperative board games, and you can check out my list of my favorite cooperative board games here. I love PvP in video games, but I have much more fun in a game like Destiny running strikes or raids with friends. I love horde modes in games like Gears of War and Ghost Recon. Maybe one of the best multiplayer games I have ever played has been out for over a year, and I didn’t know about it. I just discovered it 2 weeks ago when a friend introduced me to it.
The game is called Overcooked and is available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Overcooked is not a shooter or an RPG type game like I would normally play. It is something totally different, and it is SO MUCH FUN!
In Overcooked, you and up to 3 other friends are working together running a kitchen fulfilling food orders for hungry diners. There are different types of foods that need to be prepared, and how you prepare each will be slightly different.
For example, there are soups. If an order for onion soup comes in, you will need 3 onions from your stockpile. Each onion needs to be delivered to a cutting board and chopped up. The chopped onions then go in your soup pot to cook. Once cooked, the soup must be plated and served.
For burgers, you take a piece of beef to a prep station to prepare it. Then throw it on a skillet to cook. Once cooked it goes in a bun, gets plated, and is served. Some burger orders will want lettuce, tomato, or both. Those need to be prepared as well and added to the burger before it is served.
In some scenarios you will find yourself making pizza, burritos, or fish and chips.
While all this is going on, dirty plates will get returned to the kitchen that need to be washed before the next order can go out.
Communication is extremely important in this game. It gets chaotic, and if you are not talking to one another and letting your teammates know what you are doing or what you need, you will fail.
The game is couch co-op only. While I do wish I could play online with a few friends who are not close to me, this game really shines when you are playing in the same room together. It gets chaotic and crazy.
The kitchen may shift around on your in some levels. On others, you are forced to negotiate icy patches, fire, moving platforms, moving trucks, or you may find yourself on a pirate ship.
This game is just great fun to play with friends or family. I would say for kids, it’s probably best for 8-10 years old and up. On some of the harder levels, maybe 12 and up. I’m a terrible judge of what kids are capable of grasping in video games though. A 5 year-old would likely run circles around me these days.
I know my description of this game may not make it sound like it is that gripping. Trust me though. This is just one of those games you absolutely have to try. My girlfriend and I have been having a blast with it, and she rarely likes playing video games. Throw in a few beers, and it’s a party.
Just trust me. Have a few friends over and toss this on the console. Get a 4-player co-op game going, and your friends will not leave. You will have to kick them out. It’s that much fun.