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Battle Chef Brigade Preview: Chop, Stir, Fight!

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Battle Chef Brigade Preview

There is no greater pleasure than watching someone else cook. To be a culinary voyeur is to catch a glimpse at gastronomic brilliance. Then, you realize it’s 3 a.m. and you’re 10 episodes deep into a competitive cooking show binge and you don’t know where your life has gone or what you’ve become. Still, you can’t stop.

We’ve all been there, right?

Something is very addictive about watching other people cook. There is also a part of it that makes you want to imitate them, even though you know deep down that if you tried to roughchop some swiss chard you’d lose all your fingers. So you’re content to watch, learn about ingredients, and drool over food you’re never going to eat (or if you’re honest probably have too gutter a palette to appreciate).

Battle Chef Brigade is a game that will pique any would-be gourmand, wanna-be chef and disgusting Chopped addicts’ interest. It is part side-scrolling brawler, part puzzler, part cooking game, part RPG and 100 percent awesome.

From Humble Beginnings

Mina Ha works in her family’s restaurant. It isn’t much; a local spot catering to customers who enjoy a flavorful dish, but nothing too extravagant. Mina is growing bored of serving the same customers the same simple dishes. She longs for something more, something to prove why she is the Iron Stomach.

Eventually, she gets the opportunity to move to Brigade Town and try to be part of the Brigade. As such, she must compete in a rigorous cooking competition to wow a tough panel of judges with top notch palettes. Her journey won’t be easy, as she’ll have to battle other chefs to prove her worth.
 

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Mina Ha starts out humbly serving dishes in her family’s restaurant.

Mina Ha is one of five playable chefs, three of which will have their own campaigns. Her story is only a small taste of what Battle Chef Brigades’ story offers. Each campaign has its own arc, emotional center and cast of characters to love and hate.

Battle Field to Table

While a chef isn’t only as good as his/her ingredients, it is important to procure the freshest and finest ingredients possible. Battle Chef Brigade gives new meaning to farm to table.

Whether you’re cooking in your family’s restaurant to make a customer’s order or competing in a chef battle to appeal to a judge’s culinary whim, you’re going to have to track down your own ingredients. In both instances, your cook space is connected to both the field and the dining space where you’ll serve. The field is where you will procure ingredients. However, you aren’t simply grabbing items from a pantry. You will have to hunt for your ingredients.
 

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When a chef battle is on, you’ll need to get your own ingredients.

When in the field, you’ll encounter beasts both large and small and plant life. But this isn’t as simple as picking your ingredients and bringing them to the kitchen. You’ll have to fight flying plants, cycloptic birds, single-horned boars and fierce dragons to harvest delicious ingredients.

By utilizing a variety of different attacks, including some special skills, you’ll be to take down any beast and harvest different plants. You’ll need to be on your toes and ready to maneuver quickly because you don’t want to die trying to harvest delicious dragon steak.
 

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The tougher the beast means the better the ingredient will be.

When you are in the act of “harvesting” ingredients, the creatures you fight will drop orbs of different shapes and colors containing the ingredients you need. It is important to only grab ingredients that will satisfy a judge’s taste because you have a limited inventory. For instance, if a judge wants a fiery dish, collecting ingredients with red orbs will serve you well come cooking time.

Harvesting ingredients is vital to cooking a good dish, but your matches are timed. You won’t be able to spend the entire time hunting because you’ll have to cook at some point.

Artisnal

So, what about cooking?

Cooking in Battle Chef Brigade involves mixing ingredients into different cooking vessels and slowly deepening the flavor to improve a dish’s score.

Different vessels yield different types of puzzles, and you’ll want to mix up the way you cook to add flavor to your dish. For example, using a vessel that requires you to play a match-two game then switching to one with a match-three game can help you turn lesser ingredients into a world class dish.
 

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Cooking is an addictive puzzle game that requires smart matching to create great dishes.

As you drop in ingredients, colored orbs will appear on your board. Depending on the type of board, you’ll have to match that number of orbs to clear a line and yield more flavor. By combining gems, you’ll eventually improve your dish’s score.

You don’t have to let orbs randomly mix by dropping ingredients in. Stirring allows you to rotate orbs in a four-square pattern. Doing so gives you control of how deep the flavors in your dish are.

The better you are at combining orbs, the better you’ll be able to create amazing dishes sure to satisfy any judge’s palette and knock your opponent out.

Shokugeki

Battle Chef Brigade is wildly cool. It has an absolutely beautiful hand-drawn art style, smooth animations and an imaginative fantasy world. Even in the short demo I played, the gameplay was addictive.

If the final product is half as delightful as the demo, Battle Chef Brigade will serve up a treat.

The game releases on Nintendo Switch and Steam this holiday season.

 

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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