Review: Overcooked! All You Can Eat - Stuff Your Face With This Awesome Multiplayer Marvel (2023)

Team17 has just released Overcooked! All You Can Eat, which pulls together the two Overcooked! games as well as all of the related DLC. By the same token, we've compiled this mega-review which covers all of the content. Enjoy!

Overcooked: Special Edition

Part of the draw and charm of the Nintendo Switch is the increased focus that it puts on local multiplayer. Nintendo has always been the king of that style of play, but the Switch takes this to a whole new level when you combine the portability factor with at least two controllers that are always ready to go. Though there are already plenty of games on the Switch eShop that take advantage of this multiplayer functionality, Overcooked: Special Edition is definitely one of the best uses of it that we’ve seen so far.

The premise is silly and unimportant, but it adds a good amount of charm to the overall tone. The game opens with asteroids raining from the sky and a city under assault, with your cooks watching the chaos with the Onion King from a kitchen on a roof. Not soon after, the source of the apocalypse — the mighty spaghetti monster — storms over to the cooks, and it’s quite hungry. Despite your best efforts at feeding the monster it simply isn’t enough to sate its ravenous appetite, so the Onion King opens a time portal that you escape into. The portal opens up in 1993 — several years before the coming of the spaghetti monster — and the Onion King tasks you with travelling the land so that you can be ready when the apocalypse comes. Aside from occasional visits to the Onion King, the story mostly takes a backseat from that point on, but it nonetheless does a good job of setting up the “why” as you find yourself in increasingly more ridiculous kitchens and scenarios.

Gameplay is extremely frantic and stressful — in many ways emulating the real experience of working in an understaffed kitchen — yet it’s some of the most fun couch co-op we’ve experienced in quite some time. Each stage will see you working to output as many orders as possible under a set time period, making everything from soups to pizza. Each kitchen’s layout is different and there’s a process to producing things. For example, in order to produce an order of tomato soup you have to run over to the tomato box, then run over to a board to cut up the tomatoes, then run over to a pot to cook them in, then put it in a plate and run it out to the window.

(Video) Overcooked: All You Can Eat - #1 - WE RETURN!!! (4-Player Gameplay)

That would be enough as is, but the difficulty comes from how limited your abilities are. You can only be carrying one item at a time, and you can’t move around everything in the kitchen to expedite things. Sometimes the cutting boards might be in one room and you have to walk through a portal or cross a river to get to the fryers. Sometimes there are only three plates to work with in total, so someone will have to keep doing the dishes to keep up with the orders. You only have so much control over how efficiently each kitchen can be run, and many of them are often intentionally made to be as frustrating as possible.

The game is completely playable in single-player — difficulty is turned down greatly and you can switch between cooks at the tap of a button — but the real fun comes when playing with others around you. Whether playing with full controllers or taking a Joy-Con each, the controls are simple to pick up and easy to use. Kitchens are often designed in asymmetric ways, and so your success or failure will almost entirely depend on how effectively you can communicate with your friends. As the orders keep rushing in you’ll have to be constantly asking each other to pass ingredients, or to pull out the pizza before it catches on fire, and it doesn’t take long until everyone in the room is shouting demands and curses at each other as you all barely manage to keep your heads above the never-ending demand. Even so, the goofy visuals and chaotic nature of the gameplay lend themselves to plenty of laughter, as you sometimes fail spectacularly.

It’s that dynamic kind of gameplay that proves to be this game’s biggest draw. No two stages are exactly alike, and the gimmicks grow increasingly more ridiculous as you progress deeper into the game. Even so, the orders that come in for each stage are randomly generated each time, so replaying the same stage multiple times can still lead to vastly different experiences. There’s a great deal of satisfaction, too, to be found in finally mastering a stage by figuring out the most effective method for getting past certain bottlenecks in the process. Each kitchen will give you up to three stars based on how many orders you made, how quickly you got them out, and whether or not you failed to get any out on time, and that coveted third star can be heinously difficult to achieve in some stages.

As for presentation, there’s something left to be desired on the performance side, but the visuals and audio are spot on. The colourful visuals have a cartoony, silly look, and the game sticks to a lighthearted atmosphere; you can be rushing around the kitchen as a small dragon or a raccoon in a wheelchair, if you wish. The soundtrack can get a bit repetitive at times, but it keeps to high tempo tracks filled with accordions and guitars to match the quick pace of gameplay. HD Rumble is utilised here, too, and is especially helpful in single-player for keeping you aware of when the other cook is done chopping something up, but it otherwise isn't a very notable or impactful part of the game.

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In terms of replayability, there’s plenty of meat here for you to sink your teeth in. The main campaign has dozens of stages, which will take quite some effort to achieve three stars in. Beyond that, however, Overcooked: Special Edition also includes two DLC expansions that came to earlier versions, and these nicely build on the initial game and offer plenty of innovations and stage gimmicks of their own. Suffice to say, it’ll certainly take you a while to see everything Overcooked has to offer.

Overcooked 2: Gourmet Edition Review

After nearly two years of regular post-launch support, it seems that Team17 and Ghost Town Games are finally ‘finished’ with Overcooked 2. The developers have provided some excellent additions in the time since launch, and all of it is now being tied together with the aptly named Overcooked 2: Gourmet Edition. For the purposes of this bonus DLC review, we’ll be focusing more on the content introduced in the expansions; if you‘d like to know more about the core game, feel free to read our full review of it here.

In addition to the full experience of the base game, Overcooked 2: Gourmet Edition also includes a few themed mini-campaigns that were added, alongside a slew of new cooks that you can play as across any of the content. One thing we’d like to highlight right away is that all these expansions taken together provide a substantial amount of extra content. Viewing it from purely a quantity standpoint, the DLC content actually doubles the length of the base game, and it introduces several new and cool gameplay mechanics, too. In many ways, one could even view all this extra content as a soft-sequel. It’s all built upon the foundation of Overcooked 2, but the new mechanics that are explored elevate the content higher than ‘just’ themed level packs.

We’ll start this off by delving into the three expansions offered by the season pass, the first of which is called Campfire Cook-Off. Here, the cooks trade in their chef hats for much more functional baseball caps and take their kitchen skills into the backcountry, where campfire s’mores reign king. The deep woods aesthetic presented here looks great, and it’s punctuated by small details like how the knives you chop food up with are replaced by axes. These axes are actually tied to a bigger game mechanic, too, as you must periodically chop up wood to place on the fire so you can keep cooking with it. Additionally, some levels feature-heavy backpacks that must be worn at all times by your cooks, each of which contains an essential ingredient for the dish you’re making. Together, these two mechanics sufficiently add some interesting wrinkles to the standard gameplay, as you must now be vigilant of various cooking temperatures and have to basically chase after ingredients.

(Video) Overcooked: All You Can Eat - #2 - BURGER TRUCKS!!! (4-Player Gameplay)

The next expansion is called Night of the Hangry Horde, and it trades in the rustic locales of the last expansion in favour of much spookier, horror-themed kitchens. Most notably, this DLC introduces a brand new horde mode that introduces light survival horror elements to the standard arcade action. Here, instead of just having one delivery window, there are now three or four, and they are each regularly bombarded by the ravenous Unbread. While the Unbread zombies wait for you to finish their orders, they’ll attack the boards nailed over their window, and you’ll have to regularly spend the money you make from orders to keep nailing new boards in place lest the zombies come in and lower your castle’s health bar. Additionally, Night of the Hangry Horde introduces a couple of other new game mechanics in its main levels, wherein you must regularly shovel coal into a furnace to keep the ovens going and the chopping boards have been replaced by a guillotine that instantly cuts whatever food you place beneath it. The new game mechanics and game mode introduced here make Night of the Hangry Horde the best of the expansions, exemplifying everything that one could ask for out of a DLC expansion.

The final DLC in the season pass is Carnival of Chaos, which sees our cooks showing off their prowess underneath the Big Top. Compared to the previous two expansions, this one feels a little more rote in its execution, but it still introduces some cool mechanics to make life hell for you. The most notable of these is a cannon that can fire cooks across the map. It requires at least two cooks to use – one to climb in, and the other to fire the button – and occasionally must be aimed properly to ensure the projectile cook reaches the correct destination. Additionally, Carnival of Chaos introduces the idea of combo meals to the mix, which often necessitates the usage of new condiment and beverage machines. Though Carnival of Chaos is missing a ‘wow’ factor here to really change up the way you approach your cooking, it still provides some sufficiently challenging levels to grapple with and is a joy to experience.

The next notable DLC is a standalone campaign of equal length called Surf ‘n’ Turf, which sees your cooks donning their swim trunks and providing service at a beachfront restaurant. Most notably, there’s usually no sink to wash dishes here; instead, your cooks must use a nearby water gun to both wash dishes and put out occasional fires. Additionally, fireplace bellows are often used to stoke the fires for making kebabs. You’d be surprised how much these seemingly innocuous tools can affect your performance, and the near-constant presence of water ensures that Surf ‘n’ Turf features some of the toughest level design in Overcooked 2.

Finally, there’s the Seasonal Update content, which was added for free to the base game for all players to enjoy. The first of these is a campaign centred around the Chinese New Year, and it most notably introduces another new game mode called ‘Survival’. Here, you add precious seconds to the clock with each successfully delivered order, and your goal is simply to make it as far as you can before failing. The other half of the seasonal content is called Winter Wonderland and sees your cooks making various Christmas themed desserts in freezing snowscapes. This content pulls together several ideas introduced in all the previous DLC’s, making it a sort of variety pack that keeps you guessing.

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As For Everything Else...

This release would more than justify its high marks if it merely contained all the content of the previous two games, but Ghost Town and Team17 have gone a little further in cooking up some extra content for this already bountiful feast. Most notably, a new campaign of seven tough levels has been added in, each with a somewhat creepy vibe to them. There aren’t any new mechanics or ideas explored here, and the level layouts are relatively simple, but you’ll have to be at the top of your game to overcome the shifting environments and thieving rats which constantly impede your efforts. Ghost Town has already hinted at even more content coming later this year, too.

Additionally, there have been a range of quality of life improvements made to both games to make the experience that much tastier. The first Overcooked, for example, has now had all its environments updated to the more graphically impressive engine of the second game, and it’s also been given cross-platform online play to bring it in line with its follow up. Score thresholds over both games have overall been tweaked to make for a more consistently rising difficulty curve, and you can now trigger assist options to help you get past levels that are just too difficult. Increased (or completely absent) timers and more points per order are par for the course here, which gives less-skilled players a chance to join in on the fun and better hone their skills.


All in all, Overcooked! All You Can Eat is an absolute must-buy for anybody looking for a fantastic party game to play with friends. The wacky visuals and chaotic gameplay make it an ideal game for local co-op, and there’s plenty of content to work through. Across the entire series so far, Team17 and Ghost Town Games have explored a lot of cool ideas via DLC content, and ensured that each expansion had unique theming and gameplay mechanics. Considering that all of this is offered in addition to the stellar base campaign in both games, Overcooked! All You Can Eat really stands as a no-brainer. Overcooked 2 alone is one of the very best local co-op games you can currently buy for the Switch, and if you’ve been looking for that next game to play when you have friends over, look no further than this. The only downside is that those who have already dipped into either title (or both) won't find a massive amount of new stuff here, outside of the exclusive "Peckish Rises" expansion.


Is Overcooked All You Can Eat worth it? ›

Moreover, the game has enhanced graphical fidelity, increased resolution, and access to online multiplayer. All of these updates make Overcooked All You Can Eat an essential game for any fan of the original two titles.

Does Overcooked All You Can Eat have online multiplayer? ›

For the first time ever, online multiplayer has been fully integrated into Overcooked! Revisit your favourite kitchens from the first game in ONLINE! A Visual Feast!

What is the difference between Overcooked 1 and 2 and all you can eat? ›

Overcooked All You Can Eat is not a new game, but a compilation of Overcooked 1 and 2 games. This game also includes all the additional content of each of the games. There will therefore be a lot of levels to complete before completing the game, which guarantees hours of fun.

What is the Overcooked DLC all you can eat? ›

This completely free update will add 10 new levels to Overcooked: All You Can Eat spread across three distinct biomes (Baked Bazaar, Metro Mash, and Pepper Plaza). Three new Overcooked chefs will be available (Globe, Fox, and an alternate Goldfish skin) to help complete the two new recipes: bobotie and curry.

Is Overcooked addictive? ›

But making the game “addictive” and fun is definitely difficult. I was so addicted into this game during the break and I played this game with my friends for a long time in order to hit three stars for the rounds we played.

Can you play Overcooked All You Can Eat alone? ›

How many players does the game support? Up to four players across all platforms! Play alone, or with up to three friends both offline and online.

Is Overcooked a good multiplayer game? ›

Overcooked nails local co-op multiplayer gaming perfectly. It's incredibly easy to pick up and play, yet coordinating its myriad of seemingly-mundane tasks requires its players to constantly communicate. What transpires is riotous and often hilarious gameplay that's simply great fun to play.

How does Overcooked multiplayer work? ›

On Nintendo Switch, when two or three players are in the game locally, online friends can search for and join their game. On Steam, PS4 and Xbox other players can join a game online through matchmaking. PC/Mac/Linux players can split the keyboard between two people when playing locally.

What is better Overcooked or Overcooked 2? ›

It makes more sense to go with Overcooked 2. It's longer, has more levels, more content and more features. Also because it has online co-op (Overcooked 1 only has local co-op).

Why should food not be Overcooked 3? ›

Some nutrients in fruits and vegetables like certain vitamins are soluble in water. Washing fruits and vegetables after they have been cut removes a lot of the nutrients inside as they get dissolved in the water used to clean them. Some vitamins and minerals also get degraded when it is over cooked.

How long does it take to complete Overcooked All You Can Eat? ›

Main Story510h 6m
Main + Extras924h 43m
Completionist1153h 4m
All PlayStyles2534h 16m

Which Overcooked game is easiest? ›

Overcooked 2 is considerably easier than Overcooked 1, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's not the Dark Souls of its genre. Sometimes games are hard because they're badly designed, and. Dark Souls's Difficulty is deliberate, which means you don't get the title unless you meant to do it.

What is the difference between Overcooked and overcooked Gourmet Edition? ›

2: Gourmet Edition contains a smorgasbord of delights, including: Overcooked! 2 and every piece of previously-released DLC – Surf 'n' Turf, Campfire Cook Off, Night of the Hangry Horde and Carnival of Chaos. 58 chefs ready to cook up a storm, including those featured in the Too Many Cooks pack.

What is the highest level in Overcooked? ›

Levels. There are 6 worlds, each with six levels for a total of 36 in the main campaign. There are an additional 8 Kevin Levels that can be unlocked by clearing levels under certain conditions, bringing the grand total to 45 (plus the tutorial level).

Which is newer Overcooked 2 or all you can eat? ›

Overcooked is a series of chaotic cooperative cooking games on PC, Switch, Xbox, and PlayStation consoles. The original game launched in 2016, with Team17 and developer Ghost Town Games releasing Overcooked 2 in 2018 and Overcooked: All You Can Eat in 2021.

Is Overcooked OK for kids? ›

The game is appropriate for all ages, with no offensive content or language, though it's still possible for players to engage in online voice chat outside of the in-game communication options.

Can you get sick from Overcooked? ›

Health experts have warned that overcooking foods such as toast, roast potatoes, chips and vegetables can lead to cancer. The Food Standards Agency says that starchy foods cooked at high temperatures for too long form acrylamide - a compound thought to be carcinogenic.

Is Overcooked a rage game? ›

In China, players have nicknamed Overcooked “Divorce Kitchen” because of the sheer, unfiltered rage it manages to bubble up inside of your very soul. But when you do sync up and nail a round, there's nothing quite like it.

Is overcooked fun for one person? ›

But while this can seem daunting, most of the game can be quite manageable in single-player, provided the right methods and strategies are used.

Which Overcooked is better for multiplayer? ›

As I've said before, only Overcooked 2 has online co-op, arcade and versus. Overcooked 1 is couch multiplayer only. Overcooked 1 is the better starting point.

What's the difference between Overcooked All You Can Eat? ›

Indie games often take advantage of their lower hardware requirements and provide swift load times. While not egregious, the original Overcooked releases did have noticeable load times. All You Can Eat promises quicker load times that get you into the kitchen right on time for you to get all those orders out.

Is Overcooked fun with 2 people? ›

TL;DR - Doable with two players, easier with four. Some level replays will be required to unlock later levels, but that's part of the fun, right? I'm playing this with my brother and we've managed to three star all levels (only final boss level left to beat, and it's 'INTENSE!). you'll love this no doubt..

How do you play Overcooked with two controllers? ›

You will need to have at least two users (gamertags) created on your console and a controller assigned to each. 2) Once in the game press the View button on the second controller and choose the gamertag (which must be different from player one). You should see a message saying the a player has joined the game.

Is Overcooked 2 multiplayer free? ›

No gratuity. Overcooked! 2 is free to download from the Epic Games Store.

How long does it take to beat Overcooked 2? ›

When focusing on the main objectives, Overcooked 2 is about 6½ Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 23 Hours to obtain 100% completion.

Is Overcooked 2 stressful? ›

Playing Overcooked is a notably stressful experience, with each level introducing new ways to make players panic. However, the short length of each round works in the game's favor. Players have a quick burst of stress, then a period of relaxation and amusement afterward.

Is Overcooked hard to play? ›

This is why I love Overcooked so much. We fell in love with it from the very first minutes, and it's designed perfectly. My only concern is the difficulty. On one hand the game feels too hard, as in, we miss tons of orders, but on the other hand we passed levels 1-4, so it doesn't feel rewarding to pass a level.

What is the newest version of Overcooked? ›

All You Can Eat is the ultimate Overcooked experience! Play over 200 kitchens with over 80 chefs, and with Assist Mode and cross-platform support, this is our most accessible Overcooked game!

How many hours is Overcooked All You Can Eat? ›

The estimated time to complete all 42 Overcooked! All You Can Eat achievements is 15-20 hours.

Is it good to eat Overcooked meat? ›

It is very high in protein, and contains various important nutrients. The problems occur when meat is overcooked and burnt. This can lead to the formation of harmful compounds that raise the risk of cancer . So, eat your meat, just don't overcook or burn it.

What do you do in Overcooked All You Can Eat? ›

Overcooked! All You Can Eat is a chaotic cooking game where players need to work together (or alone) to serve as many dishes as they can before the timer runs out.

Can Overcooked food make you sick? ›

It's Harder to Metabolize

Metabolizing food becomes more difficult once it has been cooked above a certain temperature. The result is food that remains in the gut and can eventually become toxic.

Is Overcooked stressful? ›

Playing Overcooked is a notably stressful experience, with each level introducing new ways to make players panic. However, the short length of each round works in the game's favor. Players have a quick burst of stress, then a period of relaxation and amusement afterward.

Why should not be Overcooked? ›

Some nutrients in fruits and vegetables like certain vitamins are soluble in water. Washing fruits and vegetables after they have been cut removes a lot of the nutrients inside as they get dissolved in the water used to clean them. Some vitamins and minerals also get degraded when it is over cooked.

Does Overcooked get easier with less people? ›

Yes, the game adjusts the points needed for stars depending on how many players there are.

Will there be Overcooked 3? ›

We don't have any plans for Overcooked 3. Our team are still focused on Overcooked! All You Can Eat.” This is both good and bad news for fans.

Why is overcooked meat dry? ›

The most likely cause of this is overcooking. As meat cooks, its muscle fibers shorten in both length and width and eventually squeeze out the juices they normally hold. As you can imagine, this leaves meat dry, and often stringy in texture. To avoid this problem, choose less-tender cuts of meat.

Why is it bad to overcook meat? ›

The reason overcooked meat is so much worse than, say, a batch of cooked to death vegetables, all comes down to the proteins. Raw meat is essentially a bundle of protein, fat, and liquid. When you overcook meat, you're rendering out the fat and liquid, so all you're really left with are the toughened muscle fibers.

Does over cooking meat destroy protein? ›

When protein is heated, it can 'denature'- this means the protein molecules unfold or break apart. This is what your body does to protein anyway, breaking down the amino acids and digesting protein.


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