With the recent release of Super Mario Party and upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Switch is the quintessential party system. With a slide of the joy-cons, Switch instantly becomes multiplayer-ready anywhere you are. In typical Nintendo fashion, that is where the Switch shines – Couch co-op. One of the first games I ever downloaded onto the Switch would become a classic among friends and continue to be the very best party game on the system.
The premise seems simple. Cook the food as the orders come in. Yet Team 17’s Overcooked can be one of the most challenging, friendship-ruining, and zany games that I have ever played. It starts with a simple onion soup dish and evolves into a patty-tossing, earthquake-dodging mess within a few levels.
It is a truly special game. The control scheme is simple enough for anyone to pick-up and play the first few levels with little to no trouble. The progression of the game is fairly quick however. The difficulty increases pretty steadily, and will pose a bit of a challenge.
Having only played the game in a multiplayer setting, it is hard to imaging playing this game solo, but it may be a lot easier. There is a story to the game. It seems kind of campy and cute, but I could honestly care less about the lore of Overcooked. Overcooked is all about the game play. Communication is the key to Overcooked. If your friends are not on the same page as you, something will go array. Overcooked brings the best things about couch co-op into one package. It is the kind of game that can be played for a few minutes or a few hours. There’s nothing but fun, tight controls in this game.
The music within the menu is pretty reminiscent of how one will feel after an intense level. It’s sad, disheartening, and yet oddly calm. Overcooked reinforces the idea that couch co-op is not dead. The sequel offers online-play, but I truly believe that Overcooked is everything that is good in video games. This is a must-buy on the system alongside Breath of the Wild, Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8.
Ninten-DO download Overcooked… Like right now. You’ll laugh, you’ll yell, and most importantly – have a blast.