Overcooked 2 is undoubtedly one of the best co-op games. It has established a classic formula that offers many hours of fun with a partner. You assume control of a chef and can play with up to four players in an offline or online co-op mode. The main task is to cook recipes as demanded by a customer, but there are various hurdles along the way. Preparing the ingredients is just the beginning, figuring out how to make recipes efficiently and getting them delivered to the customer while avoiding obstacles is the main goal.
The latest DLC for Overcooked 2 adds Summer Island Resort themed levels that include new recipes and gameplay mechanics. It is also way more challenging than the main game, so it should delight the fans who have already completed all levels with the max attainable rank. I was a fan of Overcooked 2 so, with the expansion, it was exciting to see the developers have not only added some levels but there are some new mechanics to back them up as well.
The first major change seen is for the recipes. In this DLC, you start by making drinks like cocktails or fruit shakes. These recipes need more time to prepare the ingredients and mostly served in a large pitcher instead of plates. This theme doesn’t last for long though, and soon with a new set of levels, you have to fry food on a skewer. This will be mainly used to prepare various forms of kebab. Another new addition for this stage is a water bottle to clean plates or a fan for flames. All of this was not a part of the main game, so it was refreshing to test them here.
If you merely want to pass each level with minimal effort, this won’t work here. There are conditions to acquire a specific number of stars, and you will need three stars a couple of times just to get to the later stages. The increased difficulty of the DLC means it is not an easy task, but this is also part of the charm for Overcooked 2. The fun is to figure out a level and then complete it in the time allocated with the highest score.
The price of the DLC is also cheap enough I don’t see any reason to complain. It is perfect for the fans who want to play more of Overcooked 2 but don’t like repeating the same levels again. It took me a couple of hours to complete the DLC, and that was without getting every star for all the 12 levels. If you go back and attempt to complete it 100 percent, it will easily take longer.
My only minor qualm relates to the performance on the Nintendo Switch. Right from the beginning, the frame rate feels sluggish. It gets better in some levels but overall the performance is not as solid as the main game. There is also a noticeable lag when performing certain actions but if you have memorized the controls, eventually you will learn to overlook it. If the performance wasn’t an issue, this would easily score a better rating.
As the first expansion to Overcooked 2, this is a solid effort on all front. If the developers keep releasing such well designed DLC, I won’t mind spending money on them to get more out of my favorite co-op game. If you want to read what we think about Overcooked 2, make sure to check out our review from here.
Overcooked 2 – Surf ‘n’ Turf Review (Switch)
Game Reviewed on: Switch
Game description: Get your sunglasses on, gather your chef squad and fire up the barbecue…IT'S TIME TO GO TO THE BEACH!
Final Score - 7/10
Overcooked 2 - Surf 'n' Turf is a fun little expansion that is also extremely challenging. Despite offering just 12 levels, there is some extra replay value with the incentive to get perfect rank and gain three stars. The increased complexity of the recipes means this is ideal for the dedicated fans, but the performance on Nintendo Switch is slightly disappointing.