Iron Chef combining with Guardian Heroes positive seems like a recipe for achievement, and that’s simply what you get with Battle Chef Brigade. Mixing technique with the excessive depth of cook-what-you-kill fight and competitors, this indie launch by Trinket Studios and Grownup Swim Video games ticks all of the containers and offers a full meal. My compliments to the chef, even when I do want there had been extra programs.
The world is superbly hand-crafted with 2D artwork and animation, with some actually superior characters, locales, and arenas to battle inside. It’s too unhealthy that almost all of time was spent in only some locations as a result of the extent of element to every space was very good and it could have been nice to see much more – however that’s at all times simple to say about video games with nice artwork!
Think about if Iron Chef filmed in a colosseum like this!
The story is one which we’re all accustomed to, full with a younger upstart with big ambition. Mina Han, a proficient younger chef who works in her household’s restaurant, has desires of changing into a member of the Battle Chef Brigade – an elite squad of warrior-cooks who’re tasked with defending the individuals from monsters whereas delivering scrumptious meals ready from their stays.
The sport has a perfectly numerous solid that ranges in character from bubbly and excited to grumpy and impolite. This made interacting with every character and watching the story unfold that rather more partaking. For a brief(er) recreation, it is a great point, as I felt myself rising hooked up to sure characters and eager to study extra about them. It definitely helped that the voice performing was superb, and the genuine personalities that have been created to suit every character meshed extremely properly.
Couple that voice performing with some very good music, and “now you’re cooking with gas.” There wasn’t an extreme quantity of music for the sport (a lot of the tracks have been reused for matches and chores), however the music and sound results have been used completely to intensify the temper of no matter was occurring. I obtained main 90’s/00’s anime vibes, which tweaked my nostalgia as I performed. It’s undoubtedly a soundtrack that’s value listening to.
With the objective of changing into a member of the Battle Chef Brigade, Mina and buddies should win seven cooking matches towards different challengers to make the reduce. Nevertheless, there are a couple of occasions alongside the best way that derail that quest only a however. With the destiny of their homeland in danger, Mina and Co. should discover the supply of what’s threatening the meals provide, all whereas attempting to finish their Brigade duties. It’s an action-packed story, and the concept behind the Brigade itself is definitely an fascinating idea – even in fantasy lands, we’d like a type of Iron Chef!
The story and gameplay mesh so properly as a result of Mina progresses as a chef earlier than your eyes. You unlock new pots, pans, skills, and extra, including layers of complexity to the cooking challenges. Between matches, there are three NPCs you’ll be able to go to with a purpose to study new cooking methods/resolve puzzles (Belchior), apply searching (Thorn), and apply rapidly matching (Pontida). Every awards you gold for serving to them, and you may spend that gold to improve your loadout to boost your cooking even additional. These “chores” are important to mastering your cooking abilities, and far of what Belchior teaches is important to successful challenges all through the story.
This man is such a personality
Battle Chef Brigade comes down to 2 important basic gameplay fundamentals with every cooking match (in addition to the in-between bits): Cooking and Preventing. To make something, you want components – proper? Proper. Battle Chef Brigade blends fight into the recipe for the sport by sending you into the world to battle monsters to accumulate the components in your dishes. Elements are made up of 1 or a number of “Taste Gems” which might be necessary to the cooking course of, as you’ll be combining “water”, “earth”, and “fire” gems collectively to extend the purpose worth and properties of the dish. Each area has completely different monsters that spawn, every with a number of components that drops so that you can use in your cooking. There are additionally “bigger” monsters to take down just like the Hydra and Dragon that drop components that may add that further OOMF to your dishes.
The fight is simplistic, simple to choose up, and quick – precisely what you want once you’re on the clock to assemble components for a killer dish. Thrash and Mina every have their very own elemental skills (fireplace and air respectively), that they will use in fight to complement their fundamental assaults. These assaults are fairly highly effective (and enjoyable) to make use of on numerous enemies, and like your fundamental assaults, you’ll be able to improve them utilizing objects you decide up or purchase as the sport progresses – including longer durations, or for Thrash – heat-seeking fireballs! There’s a number of versatility in your fundamental skills and specials, they usually all permit you to combo opponents or ship them up into the air to stop them from damaging you.
Throw some air at ’em
One of many cool issues about Battle Chef Brigade is how among the monsters will work together with the world and objects round them to permit you to accumulate components that weren’t potential with out that interplay. For instance, there are monsters that may steal a dropped ingredient and fly away to put an egg that can be utilized as a substitute. Using (and planning for) these interactions made for much more dish choices.
When you accumulate your components by way of fight throughout the area, we’re onto the cooking part – which is extremely easy to choose up, however tougher to grasp. Very similar to the real-world Iron Chef, each match has a “special ingredient” that could be a requirement to have a dish that the judges will approve of. This particular ingredient will probably be obtainable throughout the area, and in some circumstances, you’ll solely have sufficient for the best variety of dishes – so being attentive to what you’re utilizing in your dishes is necessary. If you happen to’re wanting some further factors – you may also make certain to please the judges by guaranteeing their favourite Style(s) are closely current within the dish.
Coming right down to the wire
As a part of the RPG components to the sport, you’ll be able to equip as much as Three completely different pots and pans – every with properties that may velocity up cooking or slowly improve particular forms of Style Gems. The fundamental pan (and upgraded that permits for combos) permits for matching Three Style Gems at a time, however the elemental pots permit you to match 2 Style Gems at a time. Then you might have choices just like the Sluggish Cooker, which is able to slowly improve a single Style Gems when you work on one other pan to mix gems, or the Reducing Board that permits you to “dice” up gems and bones to clear up area or undesirable components out of your dishes. The pots and pans you employ are extremely necessary to how rapidly you’ll be able to improve your dish, which suggests higher dishes and better factors.
Along with pots and pans, equipping the best sauces and spices to drop into your dishes will enable you improve and enhance your dishes as properly. An excessive amount of water in your dish, however want some extra fireplace? Simply drop a sauce packet in and rapidly convert four blue gems to identical-level pink gems. If you happen to actually need to up the ante – you’ll be able to even equip Cookbooks to award further factors on the finish of a match if sure standards, like four+ Fireplace Gems in a dish, are met.
Now that you just’ve obtained the fundamentals of your cooking loadout – let’s speak in regards to the precise cooking, which is tremendous easy to choose up and enjoyably fast-paced.
When you’ve obtained your components, it’s time to drop them into the pan or pot. Your “dish” is comprised of a four×four grid to drop components, that are a max of two×2 Style Gems, into. When you begin dropping your Style Gems into the dish, you’ll be able to gentle the range and begin cooking – as you rotate gems throughout the dish and get match-Three’s (or 2’s in some pots) the Style Gems will improve to a max of Degree Three by combining same-level gems collectively. The extra matches – the extra factors your dish is value, so intention to get as many degree Three Style Gems into your dish as potential however be sure you’re together with the particular components and proper “Taste Profile” for the Decide you’re cooking for to maximise your factors. Together with any poison or bones will lose you factors as properly so make certain to chop out or match up the poison (matches create a slot that upgrades the gem in it afterward) and bones (matches create a “wildcard” gem).
Lastly, when you’ve made a dish for every decide throughout the time restrict (which may be robust!), you’ll be judged. Your closing factors will probably be made up of the bottom factors of the dishes, bonuses for assembly the Style Profile of the judges, and any Cookbook standards that have been met. Tally up your whole factors, and whichever chef has the upper factors would be the winner. Lose, and properly, you’ll be able to simply restart the match and check out once more.
When you’ve crushed all of your opponents, and accomplished the sport – there’s extra to do afterward, providing some nice replay worth. There are two problem modes, one which is a timed platformer the place you have to break all of the plates, and the opposite a cooking problem just like the restaurant wherein you carry out chores within the story mode the place you’re serving as many purchasers as potential. There’s a slight multiplayer facet to the ultimate possibility, in which you’ll full each day cooking challenges the place you’ll have a brand new cooking match every day to finish – win to extend your Brigadier rank, one thing that has a leaderboard!
I didn’t depend the variety of precise cooking matches it took to finish the sport (10-12 hours to completion), however there have been quite a few and accented by the puzzles you possibly can full in your downtime to earn some coin. There was a good quantity of content material to the sport, unquestionably, however there was one thing that left me wanting extra – the ending felt a bit rushed and I might have beloved to study extra about what Ziggy and Kirin have been doing throughout the occasions that you just have been in command of Thrash and Mina. There’s undoubtedly a TON to do each day with the non-story challenges and each day matches, however there was one thing with the story mode that left me feeling that there may have been extra. Previous that, there was actually little or no I felt I can complain about – the mechanics are enjoyable, and the characters are well-crafted to the world.
One factor to notice, within the Kickstarter, backers have been promised that they’d obtain four playable characters – Mina, Thrash, Kirin, and Ziggy. Sadly, Trinket Studios lowered this to Mina and Thrash as they “had to make the tough decision to go with quality over quantity… Kirin and Ziggy would have prevented us from launching anytime soon. (link)” Whereas this was one thing I used to be excited for, the sport definitely didn’t really feel incomplete, and nonetheless supplied a number of nice content material between Thrash and Mina throughout the story and further recreation modes.
Battle Chef Brigade is a improbable recreation, and whereas there undoubtedly may have been some further story content material (doubtless as a result of above omissions), the gameplay and story undoubtedly present for a terrific recreation that’s worthy of your time. If you happen to’ve ever wished to be on Iron Chef, and even simply love enjoyable fight and puzzle mechanics – you’ve obtained to seize this recreation.
Our Battle Chef Brigade assessment was carried out on PC by way of Steam with a replica bought by the reviewer. It is usually accessible on Nintendo Swap.
Extra About This Recreation
Battle Chef Brigade is a improbable recreation, providing an pleasing story with partaking characters and a scrumptious mixture of Motion, RPG, and Puzzle mechanics.
ProsSuperb Puzzle MechanicsSimple, Quick CombatDelightful CharactersLots of Replayability
ConsStory Lacking Some Particulars
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