'Overcooked! All You Can Eat' Anniversary Update Adds New Mechanics, Kitchen and Chef

Overcooked: All You Can Eat has launched a "birthday update" to commemorate the original game's 5th anniversary.

What Is Overcooked! All You Can Eat?

For those who do not know, All You Can Eat is a compilation of the first Overcooked, its 2018 sequel and all the post-launch content that was added to them over the years.

Available on every modern platform, it is essentially a definitive edition of both titles. It is complete with over 200 levels, the full character roster (including The Swedish Chef), enhanced accessibility options and, depending on your chosen system, support for 4K visuals and 60fps gameplay.

If you have never played any version of the couch co-op title, and missed Overcooked 2's recent giveaway on the Epic Games Store, then All You Can Eat will catch you up on everything you have been missing. Speaking of which, if you are new to the culinary-based franchise, it is the ideal party game for you and up to three friends.

In it, you must coordinate with one another to cook meals in a variety of quirky situations. This means everything from chopping up the ingredients, to preparing them with the right utensils, serving orders to customers and then washing up afterwards, all of which must be done without stepping on your partners' toes.

As if that was not stressful enough, the environments get increasingly surreal as you progress further into the game. Eventually, you will find yourself passing entrees between a fleet of hot-air balloons, catering for an evil wizard and jumping between river rafts to put out raging kitchen fires.

Overcooked: All You Can Eat Launches Birthday Update

To celebrate the original Overcooked's 5-year anniversary, developer Ghost Town Games has added a special "Birthday Party" update, with a distinctly Alice in Wonderland flavor.

Although it is not explicitly themed around Lewis Carroll's novel or any of its Disney adaptations, the resemblance is undeniable. There's a playable "Tabby" chef that blatantly recalls the Cheshire Cat, the kitchen has a chessboard motif, and you will be serving a derange monarch with an oversized head, who also happens to rule over a population of anthropomorphic playing cards. Not to mention you will primarily be brewing tea.

In total, there are 5 new levels for you to master in this new kitchen which—like all the best Overcooked arenas—has a totally unique mechanic. Known as the "Switcheroo," the idea here is that the aforementioned playing cards will constantly be stalking you around the environment. When one of them catches you, they will suck you into a vortex and teleport you to another place in the map, disrupting whatever task you were currently in the middle of.

The birthday party expansion can be downloaded now for free if you already own a copy of Overcooked: All You Can Eat. Meanwhile, a "taster" session will be running today from 1 p.m. ET on Steam, enabling you to check out the game itself for free. This trial period will last until 1 pm ET on August 11.

Overcooked: All You Can Eat is available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5 and PC.

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