Honorable Mention: Overcooked
It’s award season here at Twinfinite! Starting with a few runner ups, let’s look back at the games that had some of the best multiplayer experiences this year and our 2016 winner!
Chaos is the best way to describe what almost every multiplayer game of Overcooked devolves into by the end. In an era where more titles are pushing for the best online features, developer Ghost Town Games keeps it old school with this couch co-op only title. Players are placed into the role of four adorably different chefs that are tasked with creating everything from burgers to salads to fish and chips. Users need to manage everything from frying times to making sure the food is delivered while it’s still hot.
Each kitchen has its own unique personality and design, making almost every culinary experience a unique one. It’s these levels that truly allows Overcooked to excel, as each one offers their own challenges for cooking teams to overcome such as trying to transport food across a slippery glacier. This not only allows for the gameplay to keep from becoming repetitive but it fully embraces the wacky sensibility that Overcooked prides itself on.
Playing side by side with others is reminiscent of the Mario Party titles, where every little mistake is met with laughs, blame, and yelling. The maps are specifically designed to create such moments as they often limit you to a small amount of fryers, burners, and plates to use. Overcooked is a title that is built on creating memorable experiences thanks to its design and reliance on working with others in order to complete their goals. Even though it lacks an online component, if you are able to play this title with friends it’s one you’ll want to break out during parties often.