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Overcooked – The Lost Morsel Review: Turning Up The Heat

/ Nov 30th, 2016 No Comments

Overcooked - The Lost Morsel

Overcooked shrouds its toughness with charming, cute characters and a gradually increasing difficulty. How can you be frustrated when you see adorable chefs working together to create culinary masterpieces? Well, if you didn’t find out the answer while playing Overcooked, you will certainly be pushed to your limits in Overcooked – The Lost Morsel.

Related: Overcooked Review

This DLC provides a series of new levels that exist outside of the main game, each more difficult than the last. The Lost Morsel is unforgiving and unnerving, but that’s what makes it a perfect complimentary dish to the main game.

Somewhere in the Jungle

The Last Morsel takes place on a new map separate from the main game. Players use a helicopter to move between levels in the DLC. There’s not much of a plot in The Last Morsel. The Onion King has discovered these new locations and wants players to complete challenges in these areas.

In the DLC, levels do not gradually ease players into the challenges or mechanics. It is expected that you have played through the main game and mastered the difficulty it threw at you. In The Lost Morsel, you are thrown straight into tough challenges and you must learn new skills on the fly.
 

Overcooked - The Lost Morsel

Flying really is the only way to travel.

The new content is intensely challenging, but if you have managed to pass Overcooked, you might be prepared for everything The Lost Morsel throws at you. The downside of this is that players who have not yet beaten the main game aren’t able to jump into The Lost Morsel.

Most levels feature a unique gameplay element, such as conveyor belts that constantly bring out new ingredients and dividers that force chefs to pass ingredients to each other. These gameplay mechanics essentially require four players to be playing cooperatively. Like the main game, players will have a tough time playing The Lost Morsel alone.

One Kitchen, One Life

Despite the increased difficulty in Overcooked’s DLC, The Lost Morsel features the same fun gameplay and humorous tone as the original game. Helping set up the game’s increasingly stressful tone is its unique musical composition. Light, bouncy scores hasten into dramatic pieces as levels near their end. This is even part of the gameplay, as the music keeps players aware of the timer counting down to zero.
 

Overcooked - The Lost Morsel

Montezuma’s Déjà vu.

Unfortunately, The Lost Morsel is too similar to Overcooked in many aspects. The jungle theme levels are not as diverse as in the main game, and each of these levels feel interchangeable.

Even though the levels blur together, the DLC maintains a cute art style with bubbly characters. This charm of Overcooked perfectly contradicts and overpowers the game’s difficulty.

Overall

The Lost Morsel was made for Overcooked players looking to put their skills to the greatest challenge. The intense tasks can be extremely difficult, and it can grow frustrating, but this is exactly what you’d expect from more Overcooked content. Just don’t go into this DLC alone.

Overcooked: The Lost Morsel was reviewed on Xbox One using a code for the game provided by the publisher.

 

Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.

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OVERCOOKED – THE LOST MORSEL REVIEW: TURNING UP THE HEAT

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall85%

GAMEPLAY8.5

The intense difficulty provides a steep curve for any newcomers, so you'll have to master the main game before you move on to The Lost Morsel.

GRAPHICS7

The art style is cute and charming, but the levels blend together after a while.

SOUND8.5

Music is light and bubbly, and it slowly builds in tempo as the timer runs down. It suits the mood with The Lost Morsel's frantic gameplay.

REPLAY10

The Lost Morsel lends itself to replayability by not only having new levels to work for high scores in, but also driving players to freshen up their skills in levels from the base game, Overcooked.

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