September 14th, 2021 by Simon Elliott

Overcooked! All You Can Eat - PS5 Platinum Review

Overcooked is a fast-paced cooking game where you chop, mix and cook various ingredients to make meals and score points. Free on PS+ for Sep 2021.

Until it was free on PlayStation Plus in September 2021, I'd never really looked into Overcooked. There have been games like it in the past, even on smartphones, but I was pleasantly surprised by the nice graphics, sound effects and clever level design. There's a lot of gameplay bundled into the game and you'll easily get 15-20 hours from it before the Platinum pops.

Essentially the game is a cooking simulator. You'll grab ingredients from their various containers, then usually take them to a chopping board where you can set one of your chefs away chopping it up. To start off with, you'll simply be combining chopped lettuce and tomato to make salads, but things gradually get more complex where you'll be chopping, cooking and combining multiple ingredients to make things like burgers, pizzas, pasta, sushi, burritos and cakes.

The PS5 version comes with a feature called Assist Mode which is very useful as it makes the target scores for 3 stars on each level a lot more manageable and removes the 'time-out' for orders giving you a bit more flexibility in how you decide to prepare everything. With assist mode, the only level which caused me any real problem was the final boss of Overcooked 1 but with enough practice, the game isn't too challenging.

The controls can take a bit of getting used to, especially if you're playing solo as you'll need to alternate between your two chefs. Often it's best to have them both working on something at the same time to improve efficiency, but that will require you to press L1 to switch to the other chef and keep an eye on what they're both doing which can get confusing. You can pick up and put down items and activate switches with the X button. When an item is on a chopping board, you can press Square to begin chopping it. You can also press the Circle button to dash which comes in useful not only to save time but is also necessary to avoid obstacles in some levels. Other than that, you'll just be running around picking up ingredients and grabbing them from the cooker before they start burning, sticking them on a plate and serving them. Then you'll need to pick up the dirty plates and take them to the sink so one of your chefs can wash them before they can be reused and repeat the cycle with another order.

It's quite hectic and although each level only lasts 3-5 minutes, you'll nearly always have something to be doing so be prepared to run around constantly. Once you reach the target score you can sit back and relax until the time runs out. For the Platinum trophy, you'll essentially need to complete Overcooked 1, Overcooked 2 and one of the included DLC packs called "The Ever Peckish Rises" as well as a variety of miscellaneous objectives including playing 15 Arcade mode matches with other players which can be done locally with 2 controllers.




Overview

  • Release Date: 12th November, 2020
  • Publisher: Team 17 Digital LTD
  • Developer: Ghost Town Games
  • Date Started: 3rd September, 2021
  • Date Completed: 14th September, 2021
  • Version Played: Digital
  • Price: FREE (PlayStation Plus, September 2021)

The Good

  • Lovely smooth graphics and clever level design. Although the core gameplay doesn't change an awful lot, each level has it's own challenges with moving platforms or teleporters all of which prevents it from becoming boring.
  • Lots of levels to complete.
  • Lots of different meals to cook, most of which will make you hungry.
  • Not too challenging thanks to the addition of Assist Mode.



The Bad

  • There's no quick way to get through the game, you'll need to work through each level one by one and try to get 3 stars whenever possible.
  • Trying to control 4 players using 2 controllers to unlock some of the misc. trophies was painful.
  • The final level of Overcooked 1 was much more difficult than the rest of the game. It was rewarding to finally beat it (with 4 seconds to spare) but it felt like there was a big jump in difficulty from the rest of the game.



Hardest Trophy

  • Hero of ThymeComplete Overcooked! and save the Onion Kingdom!

Most of the trophies are more time consuming rather than difficult. Lots of them will pop naturally as you play through the different levels and the arcade based ones don't require any actual gameplay, just start the level and do something else while the timer counts down. The misc trophies will physically require you to go out of your way to unlock them, and if you're playing solo you'll either need an online friend or another controller, but for me the most challenging trophy was beating the final level of Overcooked 1 which takes the best part of 20 minutes per attempt, so if you fail it a few times it's going to start adding hours onto your Platinum time.




Helpful Tips / Bugs / Glitches / Exploits

Play on Assist Mode and remember how many points you need to get 3 stars for the level. As soon as you've got it, you can put the controller down and wait for the time to run out. Also whenever a new recipe is unlocked, the game will freeze the timer until you serve the first one, so use this time to chop, cook and prepare ingredients so that you can quickly get 3 or 4 of them served immediately making the level a breeze.




Platinum Difficulty Rating - 3/10

3/10

The game isn't particularly difficult, but you do have to concentrate at all times to prevent things from burning. On some levels, rats will run in and steal your prepared ingredients or you can fall off the level and lose something that's fully cooked so you do need to be careful. In general you'll always have a few minutes more time than you need, especially on Assist Mode but there are a few levels which can be challenging until you figure out the best way to go about them.




Platinum Time - 15-20 Hours

It's not a game you're going to get through in one sitting, that's for sure. If you play a few hours a day you should be done in a few weeks. The game is fun and the levels do add some variety but personally I don't think it's the kind of game I could grind through in a day or two, it's more of a good way to kill an hour here and there.




Platinum Enjoyment Rating - 8/10

8/10
The game certainly makes you work hard for the Platinum. Not in terms of difficulty, but more in terms of everything that you need to do for it. If you've bought the game you'll certainly get your money's worth.


Overall Game Rating - 9/10

9/10
I would probably have never played this game if it wasn't free on PS+. I definitely wouldn't have seen myself buying it, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to play it as it's a really well made game with some decent challenges but plenty of fun. It's a unique take on cooking simulator games which have been around for years but although it was perhaps a bit longer than I'd have wanted, it was enjoyable and I'm glad I played through it. If you have PlayStation Plus, make sure you add this to your library.












Platinum #709

Here are my most recent Platinum Trophies up to and including this game.

# Game Date
709 Overcooked! All You Can Eat
PS5
14th September 2021
708 ZJ the Ball: Level 5
PS4
12th September 2021
707 Baseball Bout: Otterific Arcade
PS4
11th September 2021
706 Highschool Romance
PS5
9th September 2021
705 Highschool Romance
PS5
9th September 2021
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