Overcooked 2

LQ: 9.6

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Brain grade: 9.3
Fun score: 9.9

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Online XBox One

Overcooked 2 is a cooperative cooking game with a twist! You play as a chef of the Onion Kingdom, where your king has just used a book called the Necro-nomnom-icon to summon zombie toast creatures called the “Unbread.” These monsters soon start to rise from their graves and approach the kingdom, causing King Onion to panic. The Unbread are hungry and someone needs to feed them. You and your fellow chef(s) are dispatched to gain more practice at recipe preparation before facing your biggest challenge; satiating the Unbread. 

However, the kitchens you will work in are nothing like what you are used to! From a sushi restaurant where patrons get in the way to an air balloon to an alien ship, your characters will be subjected to the wackiest challenges while trying to prepare and serve their recipes. Players need to work together to communicate what tasks they are working on in order to serve up as many dishes as possible and score the most points. 

Overcooked 2 has an arcade mode where one to four players can move through the game or an online mode where players can connect with each other around the world.


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Overcooked 2   helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

 

Flexibility: Coping with unpredictability. 

Whether playing Overcooked 2 alone with others, the player needs to be prepared for circumstances to be constantly changing. Playing solo means that the player needs to shift between two different characters to perform all of the necessary tasks efficiently. If playing with other people, it is absolutely necessary to communicate with them about what actions you are responsible for and what their tasks need to be. For example, in a level where you are making sushi, communicating with one player to make the rice while you chop vegetables and plate will lead to more dishes being served and a higher overall score. However, a lack of flexibility will lead to poor communication or, if you are playing alone, a feeling of being overwhelmed with the situation. 

Time Management: Increasing the pace of activities. 

There is a time limit to each level meaning that you need to get as many dishes out of your kitchen as possible within a short period of time. Not only must the player be flexible and multitask, they must also be able to work under pressure and step up the pace of their actions to match the amount of time remaining. Players who struggle with working quickly under a deadline may find themselves not earning a full three star rating because of the small number of dishes they were able to turn out. Playing the tutorial level and the beginning levels a few times can help acclimate these types of players to the time limits in the game. 

 

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