Battle Chef Brigade Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Battle Chef Brigade by Trinket Studios and Adult Swim Games.
Battle Chef Brigade is an Iron Chef inspired cooking game that combines an RPG, Visual Novel and a Match 3 game. It’s a unique combination and it’s impressive how well each of the mechanics work together.
The story begins with you playing as a Battle Chef Brigade hopeful named Mina Han. She works in her family’s restaurant but she thirsts to learn more in the ways of cooking. So, she decides to run away from home to join the Battle Chef Brigade tournament in the hopes of being accepted into their ranks. To win, she must challenge other chefs to cooking battles Iron Chef style.
To win a chef battle, you must incorporate the required ingredient in the meal as well as include the Judge’s favorite magic element. Doing so will net you bonus points and make your meal that much more enjoyable to each judge. The game starts off easy with only one judge to please but as you progress you’ll eventually need to make 3 different meals for each judge. You must do this within the time limit as well.
To get ingredients for your various meals, you need to fight monsters using the game’s side scrolling beat ‘em up style combat system. The combat system feels very fluid and you can chain together combos easily. There’s a wide range of unique monsters for you to face during a battle and they each drop unique items to cook with.
There are a wide range of different cooking tools and sauces that you can utilize during a cooking battle as well. Sauces allow you to change the type of cooking gems you have in your food. Cooking tools include specialized pans, a slow cooker and frying pans to name only a few of them. These tools must be purchased from the shop in town.
To obtain money for the shop, you’ll need to take part in various part time jobs which act as mini-games in between battles. It’s highly recommended that you complete the part time jobs because they unlock new features in the game. There are 3 jobs to take part in. The first has you solving puzzles in order to unlock new cooking features, with the ultimate goal of acquiring ambrosia, the ultimate sauce. The second is based on the hunting of monsters and will allow you to acquire new combat abilities. And the third is a line cook job which has you cooking meals as quickly as possible.
To cook meals the game utilizes a match 3 style setup. The objective is to match 3 same colored cooking gems to create a more powerful version. This can be done twice until you have the best gem. The higher the level of the gem the more flavor you’ll get out of it. So, if you want to flavor it with fire, having level 3 flavor gems throughout will flavor it with fire. If you have a specialized cooking pot you can move your dish to that and you’ll be able to combine the specialized element with only 2 gems instead of 3. The slow cooker will also cook gems into higher level over time so it’s a good idea to use it when you head out to gather more cooking ingredients.
Overall, Battle Chef Brigade is an incredibly well put together game. From it’s well written and voiced story to its fun combat system and addicting cooking mechanics, the game has quickly become a favorite of mine. The game is a highly addictive experience and the cooking battles were pretty intense. Especially when you don’t know if you’re going to come out the victor or not. If you have any love for Iron Chef or even cooking themed games, then I highly recommend this game, it’s superb in every category.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers Out!
Battle Chef Brigade$19.99
Features of Interest
- Excellent Story
- Great Writing/Voice Acting
- Addicting Cooking Mechanics
- Excellent Gameplay
- Great Cast of Characters
- May Get A Bit Repetitive For Some
- The Keyboard and Mouse Controls Can Be Pretty Clunky/Controller Recommended
- Doesn't Work With the PS4 Controller