Overcooked! All You Can Eat review
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Overcooked! All You Can Eat
Overcooked: All You Can Eat includes both Overcooked from 2016 and its successor Overcooked 2, which was released in 2018. In addition, Team17 has packed all of the additional content into the collection, which increases the number of levels to more than 200 and gives you immediate access to nearly 60 chefs with around 130 skins. Among them are seven completely new challenges and three previously unknown chefs.
However, the new and optional Assist mode counteracts the steep learning curve and defuses the sometimes crunchy challenges, which are mainly due to the nasty level design and the omnipresent time pressure. Now you get the option to extend the time limit during game rounds and for handing in dishes. If desired, it's even possible to simply skip levels if they seem too difficult for novice cooks.
Assist mode is also joined by other additional options to improve accessibility. These include customizable screen sizes, text variants for dyslexics, and adjustments for players who suffer from color blindness. Nevertheless, the fun cooking game still carries around a few old burdens: The overview still leaves a lot to be desired in some stages and the controls prove to be very fiddly in some situations, so that not every move fits. In addition, you have to be aware that Overcooked: All You Can Eat is a completely new game, despite the recycling.
However, one big advantage of the new collection is that it breaks down the previous platform boundaries in online mode. That's right, Overcooked: All You Can Eat permits cross-platform play between PC and consoles, as well as between the various console platforms themselves. Those who want to play online with random people can fall back on the automatic matchmaking in the arcade mode. For cooking together within the campaign, however, invitations have to be sent to fellow players in the friend's list.
Overcooked is still a wonderfully hectic and chaotic party game, which demands a lot of skill and organizational talent from the would-be cooks very quickly due to the challenging levels. Therefore, beginners, in particular, will welcome the new Assist mode of All You Can Eat, in which you can take things a bit more leisurely. Within the collection, the first part in particular benefits from the remaster revision, which has been recreated in the new and improved engine of the successor and now also features an online cooking course. For those who have never encountered Overcooked and are looking for a challenging co-op game, All You Can Eat is a damn good buffet of party fun.