Overcooked! All You Can Eat is a remaster collection of 2 party games Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2.
In addition to the full content of the two games and all DLC ever released, this collection also adds some new content and features.
The most notable of this version is the online and local multiplayer or multiplayer game section and cross-play support between different platforms, making it easier to find common players to stand in the kitchen. This is a good feature, especially for those who love the original Overcooked because this game was previously limited to local multiplayer. If you love 2 player games, Overcooked! All You Can Eat is a worthwhile gaming experience.
Basic gameplay of Overcooked! All You Can Eat is unchanged from the two original games. However, in terms of graphics, you can hardly see the change in the image of Overcooked! in this collection compared to the original game at a glance. Only when I looked closely did I notice that the environment looked more detailed and the lighting effects had a slight adjustment.
Overcooked! 2 also has similar changes, although not as obvious as the first game in Overcooked! All You Can Eat. Lighting effects and shading are both slightly improved on the Switch, while textures are generally sharper, especially when docking. If playing on the Nintendo Switch, the machine is quite struggling to maintain a stable 30fps, especially when playing 4-player co-op. On new consoles and PCs, the resolution is upscaled to 4K and the frame rate is doubled to 60fps, providing a smoother and more chaotic experience.
Even Overcooked! 2 even shines in Overcooked! All You Can Eat with a fairly massive amount of DLC almost doubled the playing time compared to the original. These DLCs add a lot of new gameplay mechanics and provide a much more engaging experience than the first game. Specifically, the Campfire Cook-Off expansion adds wood-cutting and furnace-burning mechanics, which play a big role in completing dishes in the game experience. Some levels also have very heavy bags, containing essential ingredients that chefs must carry at all times.
The two gameplay mechanics mentioned above are actually quite simple, but greatly change the familiar experience. Players must be more careful in controlling the temperature of each ingredient when standing in the kitchen. Similarly, the Night of the Hangry Horde expansion brings a new game mode with a bit of an exciting survival horror element. Instead of the usual one delivery door, there are now three or even four zombie themed doors. Each door has Unbread waiting for the dish and smashing it, forcing you to use the money earned from food delivery to repair.
Not to mention, the Night of the Hangry Horde expansion also adds a new gameplay mechanic modified from the aforementioned wood stove, requiring players to regularly shovel coal to light the furnace. A bit less exciting is the Carnival of Chaos DLC, although this expansion still adds some interesting gameplay mechanics. The most notable is the cannon to transport from one side to the other. It requires two cooks to operate: one climbs into the cannon and the other presses the button. That’s not to mention you also have to aim for standards to make sure the “target” goes to the right place.
There is also the DLC Surf ‘n’ Turf with a fairly high level of challenge, adding quite a long time to the game experience. This DLC removes the dishwasher and replaces it with a water gun that introduces new gameplay mechanics. Players not only use water guns to wash dishes, but also sometimes have to put out fires caused during cooking.
In particular, Overcooked! 2 also has many seasonal updates, themed from certain events of the year such as the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Lunar New Year. Although the content of each update is small, it adds a number of interesting new topics for two or more people to work together in the kitchen.
In addition to the full original experience and all DLC ever released for Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2, the collection also includes the previously unreleased Ever Peckish Rises expansion.
This DLC adds 7 exciting new levels, although the kitchen design is somewhat simple. In addition to new dishes, these kitchens often move and make it difficult for players to stand in the kitchen. In particular, you have to be careful about the situation of “begging” for ingredients from rats that appear everywhere, causing players to spend more time chasing them.
August 2021 is the time when the Overcooked! turn 5 years old. It is also the “land” for the Overcooked Birthday Party update with 5 new levels, taking the birthday theme with cakes. Still a kitchen with a simple structure, but with an additional Switcheroo mechanism shown in the form of pink magic circles, causing the character to instantly teleport to another location whenever accidentally or intentionally entering. Although these levels still have familiar gameplay, they are quite short in duration and are not very good in design.
Notably, Overcooked! All You Can Eat has many tweaks and feature additions to keep the incremental challenge more reasonable. For example, the score thresholds of the levels in each game have been adjusted for a more consistent difficulty. The game also has support options to make the experience less inhibiting and friendly to a wider audience. There are also some new accessibility settings, such as customizing the interface size and font choices more diverse and easier to read, especially the feature to support color blind players.
Experience Overcooked! All You Can Eat has more than 200 kitchens with a unique structure for you to test your cooking skills, providing an extremely attractive experience and even more fun when playing with friends. However, the biggest minus point of the game is still the repetitive heavy gameplay. This repetition, however, leads to chaotic experiential situations and is part of the typical experience. That is why the aforementioned feeling can become quite heavy when you experience it for a long time, instead of the typical short duration of a game party.
After all, Overcooked! All You Can Eat offers an exhilarating party game experience with a massive amount of content. However, the biggest minus point of the game is that it is difficult to attract longtime players of the purse hook series because there is not much new content worth noting. This is especially true for those who do not need to play multiplayer but only experience solo. If you haven’t played Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2, this is actually a name not to be missed.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat is available for PC (Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.