Overcooked 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One & Nintendo Switch)
A functioning kitchen needs to be a place of zen-like order and serenity, but what happens when you are forced to create your culinary masterpieces in weird and wacky circumstances with up to four players fighting for ingredients, preparation space and cooking pans all against the clock. That’s Overcooked 2.
Building on the strong foundations laid in the original game, Overcooked 2 ups the ante with a variety of new dishes, new locations, new gameplay affecting mechanics and a brand new story. For up to four players at any time, chefs race against the clock to master the circumstances of each level to earn the required number of medals to continue on in their quest.
With local and online multiplayer, Overcooked 2 relies on your ability to clearly communicate with your compatriots in order to maximise your points. With everything happening around you however Overcooked 2 frequently descends into anarchy a high percentage of the time. In reality, Overcooked 2 is a double-edged sword depending on the nature of your kids, light hearted and easy going kids will likely always see the funny side and the laughter you get will be worth it, those more tightly wound or playing with siblings who are already prone to arguments may want to give this a miss as it may cause more stress than anything else, especially in multiplayer.
With an increase in the number of gameplay modes over the original and an increase in styles of play, Overcooked 2 is an interesting premise with low barriers to entry but with a high difficulty curve to mastery. That doesn’t stop you playing it but may frustrate players the further into the story they progress.