Overcooked (Series) Review

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Posted: A year ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and Overcooked! All You Can Eat are collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated as you prepare food in ever more fantastical locations.

They offer a similar experience, although the second game adds new places to cook and new recipes and the ability to throw food. Also, Overcooked 2 can be played online with friends and family. Overcooked! All You Can Eat is a delicious blend of Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and all DLC remastered and playable in 4K on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/08/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action and Puzzle

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 3 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. Overcooked 2 and Overcooked! All You Can Eat supports online multiplayer but the original Overcooked doesn’t. You can play two people in one place on one system with two people in another place on their system. You can have two players use half a controller each. You can control the game with one hand using one half of the controller.

Cross-Play: Play between Xbox, PlayStation, Switch and PC.

CostsCosts

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

The original Overcooked doesn't have in-game purchases. But Overcooked! 2 offers purchases that expand the experience by theme:
  • Carnival of Chaos
  • Night of the Hangry Horde
  • Campfire Cook-Off
  • Surf 'n' Turf
  • Too Many Cooks
You can purchase a Season Pass for Overcooked 2! to access all these. Overcooked! All You Can Eat includes both original games and all their relayed purchased content.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass. This game is free with PlayStation Now. This game is free with Origin Access.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

 

Rated PEGI 3. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: The player needs to fend off a horde of zombified pieces of bread, which have red glowing eyes. In the intro cutscene, thunderclaps and lightning is present. This can be scary to some children.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Overcooked! All You Can Eat offers extended accessibility over Overcooked 2!. Overcooked 2! has a low-pressure (endless) practice mode on any level you have got to, that can be customised to not have a timer, score or expiration of the orders. There is a harder difficulty unlocked when you finish the game.

Overcooked! All You Can Eat bas added an assist mode offers Increased Round Timer, Increased Score, Increased Recipe Time Limit as well as switching off recipe timeouts. It also adds dyslexia friendly text and colourblind friendly mode with symbols as well as colours to identify each chef.

You can remap the PC controls but not on consoles.

The whole play area is usually in view and any event out of view is indicated with visual signs in the direction of noise/incident.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Difficulty Options

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game.

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren’t time-limited or with a high emphasis on performance. Or there is a low pressure play-mode available.

Assistance

Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.

Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Text Visibility

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Remap Buttons: Re-map all buttons/keys.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visibility

Bright Colourful Palette: Game uses bright colours and is generally high contrast.

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable.

Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.

Audio Cues for Visual Events

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events.

Audio Depiction of Event Location: Indication with stereo audio of where directional events are on the screen for things like damage, footsteps, environmental elements or way-finding.

Head-Up-Display Visibility

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Adjust Head Up Display: Remove or resize head-up display to remove distraction and make more visible.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Audio Events

Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.

Visual Depiction of Directional Audio: Indication on screen with arrows, icons, located colour splashes and the like, to show where directional audio for damage, footsteps, environmental or way-finding sounds are coming from.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson



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