Battle Chef Brigade by Trinket Studios is truly a gem of flavor and taste on the Nintendo Switch. The game brings you into a world of fantasy and magic where battle chefs are the saviors and protectors of the land and, to hone their skills, an annual tournament is held in tradition.
As Mina Han, you are a twenty one year old woman full of spunk working at a family-run restaurant in a quiet little town. Longing for adventure, she runs away to the big city to compete in the tournament and become a member of the Battle Chef Brigade. Along the way, you encounter colorful characters to befriend, challenge to battle, and help try to figure out the mystery of the tainted monsters and what or who is responsible for their poisoned meat.
Cooking Under Pressure
Tom Eastman, President of Trinket Studios, stated in an interview, “If the player feels like they’re in a cooking competition, we’ve succeeded. The instant planning, the race for ingredients, the frantic cooking, and the last-second plating are all there in BCB.” He was not lying. During every battle, I had the feeling of being on Iron Chef when the clock is ticking and the chefs are trying to get the final course plated within the last few seconds. It’s especially tense when I need a few more fire gems to balance out a dish and must run back out into the wild to hunt a monster and collect the ingredients to add to the entree.
That kind of action mixed with the puzzle-based cooking mechanics replicates that urgency Eastman speaks of wonderfully. Tom goes on to say, “A strong cooking theme let us really have fun with the puzzle design. Solving separate puzzles at once in different cookware is really fun, not to mention sauce, cutting boards, and poison!” There are different items and abilities you can mix and match to further your hand in hunting and cooking.
Battle Chef is an extremely intriguing experience with an innovative, hybrid style of gameplay, beautiful artwork and lovable characters. The gameplay has a depth to it that can even bring players back after they finish the main story line, trying to perfect their recipes and get to the top of the online leaderboards in the daily cook-offs or challenges. The only thing I feel that the game is missing is a way to have split screen battles against a friend (which would be perfect for the Switch).
At $19.99 on the Nintendo e shop, I’d recommend this to any gamer looking for a wonderful indie title that goes outside the box with a unique concept.