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We call this show Saturday Game School, because learning about new games is always fun.

Tonight on Beam, we played Overcooked, the amazing local co-op cooking game from Team17. Read on for detailed impressions and contest winners.

Just follow us at Beam.pro/WindowsCentral, enable email notifications, watch along, and participate in chat for your chance to win. After the stream ends, be sure to check back for the Beam replay video and contest winners.

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Overcooked

Overcooked for Xbox One

Although numerous Xbox One games have great local multiplayer, Ghost Town Games and Team17's Overcooked really takes the cake. Here's a game built from the ground up for local co-op, and it's quite clever and unique to boot.

The story is surprisingly exciting for a cooking game. In the near future, a gigantic, ravenous beast threatens to destroy the entire world. A team of cooks gathered by the Onion King isn't quite ready to quell the beast's hunger, so the king sends them back in time to develop their cooking skills enough to save the world.

Overcooked plays like a time management cooking game in which players have to actually navigate around the kitchen rather than just appearing at the various stations. You'll pull ingredients out of storage, chop the vegetables, cook the meat, throw things into a pot, assemble burgers, etc. and then throw the finished food onto a plate to serve customers. Washing dishes and putting out fires plays into things too.

In single-player, one must switch back and forth between two chefs as they share the kitchen. Not the best way to handle single-player; the developers should've adopted Crawl's approach and added bots. But the entire game supports 4-player local co-op, and everyone can get Achievements.

Overcooked for Xbox One

Playing with friends, you'll have to divide up duties, frantically communicate, and avoid traffic jams in order to beat levels with high ratings. It's simple but fast-paced and exciting. The game also offers a local versus mode for competitive cooking.

Overcooked deserves plenty of credit for reinventing a time-worn game style and giving it some serious appeal. It's a completely family friendly game, too, perfect for playing with kids and significant others. You'll be surprised just how much fun cooking can be when you're doing it to save the world!

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The Contest

Overcooked for Xbox One

We streamed Overcooked for ~90 minutes. During that time, we gave out a total of 20 game codes:

  • 10 Overcooked for Xbox One
  • 5 Overcooked for PlayStation 4 (North American accounts only)
  • 5 Overcooked for Steam

To enter, just follow us at Beam.pro/WindowsCentral (making sure to enable email notifications!) and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you need to actually participate in the stream chat to have a chance at winning. We'll contact winners via Beam message (PM) during the stream. No code begging!

Feel free to stick around in chat before and after the stream if you have any questions or just want to say hi. If you enjoy the stream, be sure to check our schedule and come back for more!

How to watch Beam livestreams

Overcooked for Xbox One

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Future streams

Overcooked for Xbox One

Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekend Beam programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):

  • May 20: Lost Grimoires from Artifex Mundi. Win an Xbox or Steam copy of this hidden object puzzle adventure game.
  • May 27: Castle Crashers Remastered from The Behemoth. Win an Xbox or Steam copy of this unequaled beat 'em up action-RPG.
  • June 3: Four Sided Fantasy from Serenity Forge. Win an Xbox or Steam copy of this clever puzzle platformer.

We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.

Winners

Overcooked for Xbox One

These viewers won a recipe for fun!

Xbox One

  • qwe123878
  • IIofSeven
  • bubbaliam
  • Oblivion275
  • jobeto666
  • jr97ai
  • Link1207
  • AirForceOne
  • Zehel
  • Torquey1994

PlayStation 4

  • ShihTzuOnYou
  • DarkSixx
  • tylerh1701
  • rosenstell
  • LightspeedChicken

Steam

  • bria5544
  • audi360
  • dryden13
  • Swizzlerz
  • mase123987

Tonight's prizes generously provided by Team17. Thanks also to our stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!