Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you’ll have a great holiday. But for now, in this particular post Overcooked is helping us celebrate this wonderful holiday of gratitude, family and cooking. But mostly cooking. And, due to the ongoing global pandemic, I must urge you to please look out for yourself and your family. However, these are crazy times we’re living in, so stay safe even in the holiday season.
Overcooked and Thanksgiving: A Match Made In Heaven
Why it’s a match made in heaven? Because both things involve cooking, and yes, as you can probably tell from my tenure here at IndieGala… Cooking is one of my passions. I just did a post about the Elder Scrolls cookbook, and I loved it. Here it is again if you’ve missed it the first time. So you can imagine how I relished the fact that I’ll be blending these two things in one wholesome post. Cooking video games, movies and Thanksgiving. What’s not to like about that? Let’s begin.
Before I continue with the game in question, I believe a nice reminder of the historical significance is in order. What’s Thanksgiving all about? Well, Thanksgiving’s origin is that of giving thanks and sacrifice. For the blessing of the harvest and the preceding year, and not much has changed since. It’s still a day of looking back and gratitude, but with great food and family gatherings.
Turkey and some sort of pie (most commonly pumpkin and apple pie) are served as well. And last but not least, the first day after Thanksgiving Day (Black Friday) marks the start of the Christmas shopping season. But, don’t you worry. We’ll not forget about Black Friday. Stay tuned, and game on!.
Stills from Over Cooked
And What About The Game? What’s Overcooked All About?
Developed by Ghost Town Games and published by Team17, Overcooked is a chaotic couch co-op cooking game for the chef in you. Furthermore, working as a team, you and your fellow chefs must prepare, cook and serve up a variety of tasty orders. Before the baying customers storm out in a huff of course. So, sharpen your knives and dust off your chef’s whites. There isn’t mushroom for error. And of course the stakes are high in these crazy kitchens!
A culinary Quest, Simple Controls/Deep Challenge and Different Ways to Play are some of the key features in Over Cooked, and yes. So, you can safely assume that we have plenty of the Over Cooked games ready to be purchased. But hurry up!. Thanksgiving is almost here.
And if you’re not fans of Over Cooked, perhaps Cook, Serve, Delicious! Can interest you a bit more. We have it as well here at IndieGala, so feel free to browse and take your pick.
Home For The Holidays, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Hannah and Her Sisters
As one Steam user (CrateBoxer) mentioned in the comment section:
Overcooked seems simple. You cook and clean, and there are only three buttons. Sure, sometimes your kitchen is rent in twain by an earthquake, or maybe you’re cooking on the back of three trucks cruising 120km/h down the highway. But even then it’s still shocking how quickly your teamwork and craftsmanship unravel. When you and your partner devolve into rabid Gordon Ramseys screaming for the other to chop up some more GDMFBS ONIONS!
It’s everything you want from a cooking game? We thought so too. So, with that in mind, we prepared some amazing Thanksgiving movies to go with Over Cooked. They all involve the holiday of Thanksgiving and some of them even involve cooking. Let’s begin.
Planes Trains And Automobiles
Planes, Trains and Automobiles isn’t just an 80’s comedy classic. But Thanksgiving classic as well. The John Hughes 1987 movie stars Steve Martin as Neal Page, a high-strung marketing executive. And the late John Candy as Del Griffith. A goodhearted but annoying shower curtain ring salesman. So, together they must share an odyssey of misadventures trying to get Neal home in time for Thanksgiving.
Oh, how I love this movie. It’s one of those movies that I can never get bored of ever. And it’s timeless, and hilarious every time I see it. Seriously. It’s one of those movies that can make my stomach hurt just from laughing, and I adore it, enough to recommend it. I just had to start with Planes Trains And Automobiles.
Fun fact: It was John Candy and Steve Martin’s favorite film of their own. That’s speaking volumes in my book.
Pieces of April
Peter Hedges is known for making family comedy-dramas and Pieces of April is one of the finest examples of his writing genius. Katie Holmes is April from the Pieces Of April title. And she’s hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for her estranged family. However, the prep for the dinner will go downhill really fast, and that alone is just a base of a good movie. Pieces Of April is a brilliant movie with exceptionally good performances. It’s funny, warm, sad and touching and it’s one of my favorite movies ever. Patricia Clarkson really shines here as well.
Fun fact: The movie was shot in just 16 days on a budget of $100,000. Costs were kept this low by the film company InDigEnt cutting a deal with the unions. This meant that Peter Hedges was paid $10 to direct the film and another $10 to write it. All the actors worked for $248 a day.
Home For The Holidays
Home For The Holidays is Jodie Foster’s second movie as a director. And although doesn’t match the quality of the first one (Little Man Tate), it’s also a good film nonetheless. It’s an ensemble cast of acclaimed actors and veterans of Hollywood, and Jodie is really decent behind the camera. Holly Hunter stars as Claudia. A recently unemployed and single person who goes home to visit her slightly nutty family for Thanksgiving. Anne Bancroft is really good as well, and so is Robert Downey Jr to be honest. You can feel the effects of the heroin even on screen.
Fun fact: Robert Downey Jr. publicly admitted to using heroin during the making of this film. Jodie Foster wrote him a letter praising his work, but warning him that he could not keep doing this on other films.
Hannah And Her Sisters
Another comedy/drama and another 80’s classic. But this time written and directed by Woody Allen. And of course, Allen’s former partner Mia Farrow stars in the titular role of Hannah. Furthermore, almost the entire plot takes place between two separate Thanksgivings. Two years apart, and at the high end, Langham apartment building in New York. The movie is also filled to the brim with incredible actors, and two of them won Oscars for best-supporting roles. Michael Cane and Diane Wiest respectively.
Fun fact: Sir Michael Caine played Mia Farrow’s husband. In real life, Caine had been a long-term friend to Farrow and Woody Allen, then a couple. Furthermore, he had been the one who introduced the couple to each other nearly twenty years before.
Overcooked: Which Are Your Go-To Picks For Thanksgiving?
Perhaps Adams Family Values? Or maybe A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving? How about The Blind Side and You’ve Got Mail? Let us know in the comment section, which Thanksgiving movie is your favorite? And of course, on behalf of IndieGala, I just want to say… Happy Thanksgiving!