Overcooked! and Overcooked 2! are almost universally known amongst gamers as some of the best couch co-op experiences available on the video game market today. Equal parts fun and infuriating, the games, if you have been living under a rock, involve teaming up with friends and family to cook meals which become ever more complex in kitchens which become ever more confusing.

While the game can bring with it an immense helping of fun to you and your companions, it can also test your relationship with them. The frantic gameplay often results in flared tensions and a rush of adrenaline which can get you screaming at your partner, friend, sibling or parent in a fit of rage as they take too long to wash a plate, cut an onion or throw a cabbage your way. The ability to cause such feelings and emotions is the reason why Overcooked still remains unmatched in terms of couch co-op experiences to this day; there is no game out there which has managed to refine such a perfect, inventive and novel co-operative gameplay loop as Overcooked.

This latest entry in the series includes the base levels from both Overcooked! and Overcooked 2! plus every single piece of DLC ever released for both games. The result is a title absolutely teeming with content, including over two-hundred unique stage and over eighty chefs to choose from. Team17 has done a fantastic job at keeping the gameplay feeling fresh and new throughout the wealth of content available; no small feat given the number of levels which are present. You will play in kitchens located in freezing tundra, molten volcanos, floating airships, pirate ships: you name it, Overcooked! All You Can Eat probably has it. There are also some new chefs and levels included in The Peckish Rises, a small expansion exclusive to this new version of the games. Each chef in the game has additionally been given an alternate costume option.

All You Can Eat has also updated the original game’s levels to run in the Overcooked 2! engine and thus the level of detail in the design of each kitchen has been increased. The game runs at a solid 60 frames per second on each next-gen consoles at native 4K resolution. Having tested the game thoroughly myself on Xbox Series X, I can confirm that the performance is very stable. Furthermore, the design upgrades to the original game’s levels are immediately evident and I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting these classic kitchens in a new light.

Thankfully, the game also offers online multiplayer in addition to the local multiplayer modes, meaning that you can play with your friends no matter the place, time or situation. This is the first time the original game’s kitchens have been available to play online, so it’s nice of Team17 to deliver this option for those not in the position to play with people in the same room as them. Furthermore, the development team have promised that full cross platform multiplayer between PlayStation and Xbox will arrive in a post-launch patch, even further expanding the possibilities when it comes to playing with people you know. Voice chat is also available directly in game across all kitchens and modes, which will be a welcome addition for online multiplayer once crossplay arrives.

Playing Overcooked! All You Can Eat solo is possible, however, it is far from ideal. You will essentially have to swap between chefs in the kitchen as you play, controlling each of them in sequence. Not only is this somewhat cumbersome to keep track of but it also slows down the game’s tempo quite a lot and isn’t a very satisfying experience. I would not recommend Overcooked! to you if you do not plan to play through the game alongside someone you know, be it online or offline.

While Overcooked! All You Can Eat does not offer a huge amount of new content for those who already own the existing titles, it is fantastic value for those who are new to the series or those who wish to play the entire repertoire of stages through online, cross-play multiplayer with their friends. This is a best-in-class collection of fun, cooperative multiplayer experiences and is a must own title in any couch co-op collection.

Overcooked! All You Can Eat is available now on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 via digital download and will be released at retail as a physical copy in the near future.

BUG WARNING: While we were playing through the game for review on Xbox Series X, we encountered a bug whereby an achievement being earned in local multiplayer resulted in the game crashing back to the main menu and throwing us out of the stage. Team17 have informed me that the team are aware of reports of this bug and are working on it. If you plan to play local co-op on Xbox Series X|S, we suggest temporarily holding off on purchasing the game until a fix has been released.

DISCLAIMER: This review was carried out on Xbox Series X|S using a review code which was kindly provided by the publisher, Team17.