Overcooked: The Lost Morsel (PlayStation 4) Review

By Gareth F 28.11.2016

Review for Overcooked: The Lost Morsel on PlayStation 4

The chefs from Overcooked learned a lot during their time working the kitchens of the 20th Century and managed to save the Onion Kingdom from the looming threat of Ever Peckish in the process. Chefs don't just hang up their hats at the end of the day, as there are always more recipes to learn and more people to feed. Luckily, Ghost Town Games has kept the oven flames burning hot by releasing Overcooked: The Lost Morsel, an expansion DLC that provides the perfect excuse to dust off those chopping boards and make like an angry TV chef with the shouting and the swearing.

Overcooked is a chaotically fun local multiplayer game that provides the opportunity for up to four friends to reinforce the old adage that too many cooks do indeed spoil the broth. For those foolhardy souls that were skilled enough to make it through the main campaign and emerge at the other end unscathed, then for just over the price of a Happy Meal there is The Lost Morsel. Here, the jobbing food technicians head out to the leafy jungle to prep and serve culinary magic in six brand new kitchens that are so far off the beaten track they can only be reached by helicopter.

One of Overcooked's strengths was the fact that it remained constantly inventive and had enough fresh ideas on a level to level basis that it was able to avoid any obvious repetition - an admirable trait that has, thankfully, continued into the DLC. On the menu this time around are pizzas, which are straightforward enough, and the slightly more labour intensive chicken or beef burritos. These dishes require some rapid switching between frying pans for meat and saucepans for rice. With limited hobs, that's actually a lot harder than it sounds. The majority of the kitchens are divided into two halves with a design in mind of keeping both chefs separated, forcing a reliance on good communication, if well organised team play is the aim.

Screenshot for Overcooked: The Lost Morsel on PlayStation 4

Expect such kitchen obstacles as player-operated counter switches that open up certain areas while closing off others, and hobs on rails where one of the hobs has to be rolled off screen to access the other. Not to mention one particularly treacherous kitchen that has two sporadic streams of fireballs that just so happen to run along a busy serving/washing up corridor. Managing recipe preparation while dodging these obstacles is key to succeeding in each stage.

It starts getting particularly tricky when each chef has to rely on their partner to stand on floor pressure pads that operate doors on the opposite side of the kitchen, meaning that they have to take turns to perform each stage of the preparation process. Cookery isn't supposed to make the head hurt this much. The final level is ridiculously tough, as each workstation will very suddenly relocate to another part of the kitchen — sometimes midway through chopping up ingredients — frequently leading to some very confused chefs.

Screenshot for Overcooked: The Lost Morsel on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Overcooked: The Lost Morsel contains six of the most fiendishly designed kitchens yet to appear in Overcooked; and those relishing a challenge will definitely have their work cut out if they want to earn all three stars in each stage. Toss in six new chef characters to unlock, including a panda, a pig, and a bulldog (bringing into question whether people should eat at these establishments) and there's a solid, fun-packed bundle ready for the next appropriate social gathering. The only downside is that there don't appear to be any additional trophies to unlock but, then again, a well-balanced meal is its own reward.

Developer

Ghost Town Games

Publisher

Team17

Genre

Party

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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