When Overcooked 2 launched, Summer was in full swish with clear skies, sweltering heat, and lots of ice pops. I, however, was in a kitchen with burning cakes, charring chickens, and failing to locate the fire extinguisher as the world kept shifting. It’s now Autumn, but thanks to Overcooked 2’s Surf ‘n’ Turf DLC I’m still stuck in Summer.
I’m not usually a fan of Summer and I’m usually moaning about how hot it is, but in this instance how can I complain when I’m on the beaches of Surf ‘n’ Turf? After all, I’ve been exiled to a luxurious land with my pal the Onion King, surrounded by pineapples, hula dancers, and all while my daughter keeps telling me to stop dropping the kebabs in the pool.
Surf ‘n’ Turf is the brand new DLC that finds players fresh from the aftermath of the Unbread situation from the base game —you can read the review here— but there’s no time for relaxing and soaking in the suns golden rays. While you may be in another realm, the Onion King still needs you to do all the work while he sits in his makeshift throne area. The overall goal is to get busy in the kitchens once more in order to get accepted back to the realm by showing off your magnificent teamwork and cooking skills.
Similarly to the base game, players are able to drive around the new Surf ‘n’ Turf map and unlock levels providing they have the stars required. Some levels still require you to pointlessly find a switch to raise a ramp in order to reach them too, a feature I still don’t fully understand. There are twelve new kitchens to master that may seem simple enough, but the layouts grow progressively more puzzling. The scores to earn stars are also oddly high to begin with. Perhaps too high.
Some levels still require you to pointlessly find a switch to raise a ramp in order to reach them too, a feature I still don’t fully understand.
I faced the first levels of Surf ‘n’ Turf that appeared simple in solo mode but found myself frustratingly attempting to control two chefs terribly. I failed miserably several times to the point I called my daughter for help as well as seeing what effect the difficulty had on an eight-year-old. While the additional player bumped up the required score from 480 points to 1060 points on one level, it was a damn sight easier to complete with someone else helping. Further strengthening the co-op theme for Overcooked and discouraging playing alone.
Eventually, after several hours of grinding through we started progressing more, but it wasn’t easy and phrases such as, “Put the cake dow….not in the bin!” and even, “We could have won that if you hadn’t fallen in the pool four times Dad.” I felt like the difficulty was a lot harder than it should have been, at least for the first few levels.
On top of new kitchens with pools you can fall into, and joysticks to move platforms on rapid waters in true Surf ‘n’ Turf style, players can unlock several new chefs with a wonderful tropical theme. Furthermore, there are new tropical recipes to master while using knowledge learnt from the base game.
Recipes such as smoothies, cakes, kebabs, and burgers with pineapples are on the menu and look mighty tasty. I’m actually craving a burger with pineapples at the moment. While fairly easy to follow recipes, the game still suffers from having so many orders in the top left that it becomes overwhelming.
Some kitchens have interestingly opted to remove the sink for cleaning dirty plates and cups and instead replace it with a fancy, high powered water gun!
Some kitchens have interestingly opted to remove the sink for cleaning dirty plates and cups and instead replace it with a fancy, high powered water gun! It’s now possible to squirt those plates clean from a distance but also has the potential to push other chefs around from the pressure. The kitchens shift around as they do in the base game, causing more confusion and wasted time but keeps you on your toes.
There were a few occasions where I got moving platforms stuck in walls or corners and had to restart. Similarly, some kebabs refused to go on plates despite being a correct order and resulted in the order having to be binned or the level restarted.
However, it’s the annoying holiday go’ers this time around that cause great annoyance as they stop you from getting to your required areas while laying down some fancy hip movements. I’d also say that some of the kitchen layouts that separate the chefs completely work wonders with forcing vocal communication.
I would say that the Overcooked 2 Surf ‘n’ Turf DLC is a fantastic addition to the base game and adds some more of the Overcooked humour for fans of the games. However, it’s certainly a DLC to be played by those who have successfully completed the base game and have their skills fresh in their minds as it doesn’t exactly ease you in with low scores.
It’s also not a DLC that’s particularly fun to play alone, and my editorial on whether the base game plays well as a single-player title still stands. That being said the new chefs are a delight, and the recipes are fantastic to create…especially the cakes. Mmm.
Developer: Ghost Town Games
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch
An Xbox One code was supplied in order to complete this review