Battle Chef Brigade is developed by Trinket Studios and combines multiple elements and genres into one nice little anime-style package. You can view their trailer here or visit their blog for more information on the kickstarter!
Battle Chef Brigade takes the concept and setting of the show Iron Chef and combines it with an RPG element where you have to step out of the kitchen and into the wilderness to hunt monsters to gather fresh ingredients. Once the ingredients are obtained, you then need to hustle back into the kitchen and can then begin to select said ingredients and begin to cook.
The combat mechanics are very intuitive and easy to use. You have your basic jump, melee, and ranged attacked as well as a dodge ability. You are able to cast a variety of spells and even aerial attacks with just a simple direction + button combo so there’s no need to worry about having to shuffle through dozens of skills. Elements are a factor and Mina, currently the only playable character, specializes with Wind and the animations for her spells are wicked. However, don’t forget that you are first and foremost a chef and the clock is ticking so get back to the kitchen before it burns down in your absence!
During the cooking process, a final element of a puzzle game is added. This puzzle mechanic can take a little bit before everything clicks. The most accurate way I can describe it is Dr. Mario on a 2×2 grid for the pills meets Pokemon Puzzle League where you have infinite moves and free reign with puzzle pieces to get matches. When you are in the pantry, each ingredient’s puzzle piece composition will be displayed before selection so that you can plan ahead for easy combos. Each color/element will have different tiers as well, which can then only be matched with the same tier. If you find yourself unable to make any more matches, then you better hurry back out and thin out the herd a little more!
The better your matches are, the more stars you will obtain for that move which is what determines the overall rank of your dish.
When I first got the rundown, I was a little worried that there was too much going on and the main point of being a chef would be lost in translation but I must say I was very impressed. The combat is fluid, the graphics and music were amazing, and the cooking portion was quite fun even though it took me so long to get the hang of it I might as well have gone and actually made the dish in that time.
The puzzle portion feels like it needs a bit more polish (or I just need to git gud) since you work with limited ingredients at a time in a very compacted space so setting up combos can be difficult at first. That being said, it’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you like cooking and anime.
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