Overcooked 2 puts some icing on the original’s delicious co-op cake

Overcooked 2 puts some icing on the original’s delicious co-op cake

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A couple of years ago, we declared the original Overcooked "the new couch co-op champion" thanks to its elegant mix of a charming, simple-to-learn concept, clever level design, and chaotic multitasking gameplay. Overcooked 2 feels more like an expansion pack for that strong basic concept than a full-fledged sequel. Still, it adds a much-needed coat of polish and some important new features—including online multiplayer—to help bring the game to the next level.

If you've played the first Overcooked, you know how the basics work. Up to four cooks share a kitchen contained on a single screen, working together and running around to prepare food orders that appear in the corner. That means pulling up the raw ingredients, taking them to a cutting board for chopping, dragging the chopped ingredients to a frying pans/pots/ovens/steamers for cooking, then putting the finished dish on a plate and delivering it to hungry customers. It's all about efficiency and effective multitasking, with scoring bonuses and multipliers for filling orders quickly and penalties for missing orders before the time limit is up.

The more things stay the same...

Things start off simply enough, and even novices will have a fine time working together to chop up raw sushi and mix it with steamed pots of rice. By the later levels, though, you'll end up screaming desperately at your partners to throw some chopped chocolate into the pancake batter as you run to save a cake from the oven before it burns, all while the dirty dishes are piling up and random fireballs are blocking your path with flame.

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