Nerd Confessions Podcast: We are starting 2018 off with a game that released in 2016? We’re playing it for a reason! Watch or listen along with us as we discuss what makes Overcooked! just a great coop and party game and what about it keeps you coming back to have heated gaming sessions with your friends. Can you believe Overcooked’s developer, Ghost Town Games is only a two person team?!
Listener Confession this week from @wowzersbrina along with our own confessions!
Watch our first reactions and Overcooked! gameplay as we do a let’s play in the video below:
What is Overcooked?
Overcooked is an indie developed game by just a two man team! Not including QA and their friends that helped. In Overcooked you play a chef that is tasked with cooking a dish to serve. Each dish requires certain ingredients and steps, but the most challenging portion of the game is the kitchen setup and layout. The game will teach you a dish, require you to build that dish a variety of ways and challenge you by separating the kitchen segments or even sliding portions of the kitchen around. This keeps things challenging after you learn each dish. The game has up to 4 player co-op which is when the game is at its best. It was developed with co-op in mind and requires strong communication from your friends.
Overcooked was the first video game developed by the Cambridge based company Ghost Town Games. The company was founded by Phil Duncan and Oli De-Vine, who had previously worked at Frontier Developments for around eight years, before leaving to start their own company. From the beginning, the two knew they wanted to make a cooperative game, and noted how most games only added cooperative elements as an afterthought to the single-player experience. As such, they wanted to develop a game where the cooperative nature was the focal point.
As only a two-man team developing a game with up to four players, Ghost Town spent much of their time taking the game to gaming festivals and conventions for demonstration as to get feedback from players there, often fixing bugs on the fly at these events. The feedback led to a major shift from focusing the game on the various recipes to more interesting level designs, as they found players would be more vested in performing well in complex and dynamic level.
Team17 announced that they would help publish the game in May 2016. Team17 flew the pair to attend the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016 and show off the game; as they had been situated next to the Yooka-Laylee booth, Overcooked gained a lot of attention at the event.
The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in August 3rd 2016 as a digital only game. Overcooked Gourmet Edition which includes the Lost Morsel DLC was released in both digital physical form on November 16th 2017.
A Nintendo Switch version, Overcooked Special Edition was released on July 27 2017 with both a physical and digital copy available.
Metacritic currently has a score of 78% out of 24 critics for the base game. The user score is 7.9 out of 53 ratings. Score for the base game has gone down a bit since the release of the DLC and special edition.
The majority of the game sales were most likely digital so going by steam spy they list:
- 550,79 potential owners.
- 73,455 players actively playing the game within the past week.
What do we think?
- Difficult to play on your own.
- You’re only as strong as your weakest link.
- Extremely fun with coop.
- Great party game, people will end up yelling at each other.
- We rate the game 8 out of 10.
That’s it for this week!
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