Clash of Chefs VR
Developer: Flat Hill Games
Publisher: Flat Hill Games
Genre(s): Casual, Simulation
Platform: Oculus Quest, Rift, Steam PCVR
Age Rating: PEGI 3
Release Date: 16/09/2021
A code was provided for review purposes
Clash of Chefs VR for Oculus Quest 2 puts you in charge of one of four types of restaurants in either a single-player or versus mode to see who is the best chef. Your four kitchens are American, Italian, Japanese, and Mexican. Each one gives you access to certain types of food like burgers, fries, pizza, pasta dishes, sushi, ramen, tortillas, tacos, and nachos.
Each level in the campaign requires you to manage your time and orders to gain points which allow you to progress through the game to the next levels. The campaign manages to be a bit like Overcooked and Cooking Mama-style games where you need to make specific orders in a set time.
Dine and Dash
Clash of Chefs VR positions you in the center of a cooking station where everything you need is all around you. In the American Restaurant, you have a drink station for orange and grape soda on your right alongside the cucumbers and onions that you will need to chop to place on your burgers. There are also buns and plates which you will need to set your cheese and cooked burgers on top of before sending out the orders. As orders get more complex you may need to pair your burger and soda with some french fries.
In the Italian Restaurant, you will be making a variety of pizza and pasta dishes. There you will need to roll out your dough and put sauce and cheese as well as toppings on before placing it in the brick oven on the left side of your station. Once cooked the pizza can be sent out to fulfill the orders. Pasta dishes require cooking noodles and then putting sauce or cheese on them for restaurant patrons.
A Culinary Test of Courage
For the Japanese Restaurant, you will be making sushi and ramen noodles. There you will need to set out the seaweed and rice on the roll-up mat to your left and place ingredients within it. After rolling up your sushi you can cut it and place it on top of the wooden dish before sending it out. There are also ramen noodles that you will need to cook and place in a bowl with various ingredients like eggs and other items. Some restaurant-goers also want tea as well which you will need to serve.
The Mexican Restaurant requires you to build a variety of tacos, tortillas, and nacho meals. The tacos are built in order from the requested station cards usually requiring meat, sauce, cheese, and other toppings. The tortillas are a bit of the same but need to be grilled first and then rolled up after all the ingredients are in place. The nachos get dropped in the fryer for a short time and then placed in a bowl and cheese or sauce is added on top.
Handle with Care
Clash of Chefs VR has a simplistic graphical style which allows it to run smoothly enough on the Oculus Quest 2 even in online multiplayer without too many hiccups or issues. The main issues I had in the game were with clipping of ingredients during cooking, especially if I managed to drop them just outside my guardian area. You can alter the height of your kitchen cubicle by grabbing the handles and raising or lowering it to a comfortable height. Food items you prepare and ingredients are unique enough and easy to discern what you need as you frantically try and serve guests and beat your opponent.
Where Clash of Chefs VR really shines is in its multiplayer modes. You can play against another human either online live or against asynchronous ghost data for the various levels. In live competitive modes you can talk to one another and even toss items at each other in hopes to distract the other chef. You can talk to and race to fulfill the most orders in a set amount of time. There are leaderboards so you can see how you stack against other chefs for clout.
Clash of Chefs VR takes all the fun and frantic gameplay mechanics of games like Overcooked, Cooking Mama, and Diner Dash. There’s tons of levels to keep you busy and enough variety in the four kitchens to keep things fresh while you cut, cook, and boil your food items to victory.
Rapid Reviews Rating
3.5 out of 5
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