One of my favorite games this generation is undoubtedly the local co-op cooking game, Overcooked. The cooking simulation will steal your heart with its adorable and unusual characters, fast and frantic gameplay and eccentric and evolving levels. While the experience at its core is a marvelous joy to behold, the Switch version of Overcooked needs quite a bit of work.

Overcooked: Special Edition is now available on Nintendo Switch and from a big picture standpoint, it’s a perfect fit. Switch works great with local multiplayer and local co-op games, and Overcooked‘s gameplay is a shining example of all that. Up to four players can play locally in any of Switch’s three modes (TV, Tabletop and Handheld).

However, with four players gameplay does feel a bit too close for comfort at times. The size of the screen can show its limitations with four players running around a somewhat complex level. For example, level 3-2 is extremely challenging to see clearly with four players. This is due to the layout of the level, its moving parts and size of the ingredient icons.

Overcooked’s boat-located 3-2 level (Courtesy of Team17).

I must say the frame rate shows up at its best when playing the game during Tabletop or Handheld mode. Images aren’t choppy and gameplay feels quite fluid regardless of the level. Even with four players, performance still stands tall. This is true of frame rate and sound, both areas I found issues with while playing the game in TV mode.

Let’s talk about Overcooked: Special Edition while playing during TV mode. Until a new patch is out, gamers will find a choppy, frustrating frame rate that interrupts gameplay. This is particularly obnoxious given the precision you need to employ while trying to cook any recipe. This is the biggest performance issue that’s most recognizable in the Switch version.

Sound is another area there are a few issues, particularly while playing Overcooked: Special Edition in TV mode. During Tabletop and Handheld mode, sound comes across just fine. However, when I play the game in TV mode, some static noise surfaces intermittently. It comes and goes during random instances, and is very distracting from the otherwise wonderful soundtrack.

One of the new levels Overcooked’s Festive Seasoning DLC provides (Courtesy of Team17).

From a content standpoint, Overcooked: Special Edition is a marvelous deal for newcomers to the game. There are 44 campaign levels at your disposal for $19.99. When you take a look at the entire package, it’s a very good deal. DLCs “The Lost Morsel” and “Festive Seasoning” add a handful of new levels that bring the total to 44.

Gamers can enjoy 22 unusual, yet fun playable characters. Head-to-head matches are extremely fun and there are nine different levels that house this type of action. Again, these levels run best during Tabletop mode rather than TV mode. Overcooked: Special Edition possesses all the right value, content and experience for a Nintendo Switch hit. However, the game was just released too early and is something folks should wait for Ghost Town Games to patch.

As soon as its edges are smoothed out, Overcooked: Special Edition is a must-have for any Switch owner who is new to the series. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on OvercookedTeam17 provided We Write Things with a Switch code of Overcooked: Special Edition for the purposes of this review. 

About Steve Ruygrok

Gaming, Spirits, and Craft Beer enthusiast. If you say you don't like beer, then you just haven't had the right type yet. Great spirits keep away the bad ones. Video games are kind of amazing, just do it...or something like that.