By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on May 26, 2020
If you have ever been to the Dutch Theme Park "Efteling", you might remember a nice ride called Monsieur Cannibal. You take your place in an overly large cooking pot and then start going round and round and round. Well actually, if you've been in this ride, you will remember, because the same French song is played all day long. Monsier Cannibale, ding, ding, ding, da di dong. Aaaah, no! Now the song is stuck in my head again!
I couldn't help hearing this song in my head all the time while playing this game. I'm not a big fan of rides that only go in circles for a seemingly endless amount of time, because I get sick. Luckily for me, Cannibal Cuisine didn't make me sick; quite the contrary, actually. So, let's don our cooking hats and dive into this tasty dish!
Cannibal Cuisine is a Cook 'm up game, which means that you have to make sure all kinds of nice and tasty dishes leave your kitchen, straight into the belly of the always hungry evil deity, Hoochooboo. No animals were harmed in this game because you don't use animal meat. No sir, it's all human flesh on this menu, which makes perfect sense, because the game isn't called Cannibal Cuisine for nothing.
So, we're hunting humans here, but we need the right equipment for that. A frying pan, a jungle machete, whatever suits your style. You can also customize your character with different types of hats, skin color and, last but definitely not least, a special skill. Up to four players can join the campaign mode, making Cannibal Cuisine a great party game!
Every level has a different lay out, but the order to create a perfect dish is always the same. First get your hands on a piece of meat by killing one of the wandering tourists on the island and put it on the fire. Add ingredients like bananas or peppers to it, according to the recipe of the dish you're aiming to make and let it simmer. When your dish is done, grab it and bring it to the very hungry (and very impatient) Hoochooboo. If you manage to successfully create a dish he wants, he will be happy. And if you're thinking about feeding him one of your own creations, well that's a brave choice. Just make sure that you are ready to dodge some well-aimed objects, like fireballs and such.
Up till now it sounds all fairly simple, right? Well, the levels themselves will shake things up because the levels usually come complete with hazards, like a river or trenches filled with sharp spikes, that you'll need to cross in order to get from one place to another. These hazards can be crossed by making good use of wooden barrels floating in the rivers or wooden bridges suspended over the deadly spike-pits. These hazards will start small in number, but when you reach higher levels, more of these hazards will be added to the playing field. To be honest, I fell in quite a lot. You will respawn within a couple of seconds but, seeing as how you only have a limited amount of time to reach the minimum score for that particular level, every one of those precious lost seconds can mean the difference between winning and losing. To give you an idea, I needed at least four rounds to get used to the level, so I became faster and finally reached the minimum score, which meant that I could continue to the next level. But don't worry, I'm lousy when it comes to skill and dexterity games, so I bet you can do a lot better than me!
An awesome way to spice up things even more is by playing Cannibal Cuisine with more players. As I've already mentioned, up to four players can join the campaign mode. To be honest, how this turns out is totally up to you and your fellow players. You could be nice cannibals and join forces, using this coop functionality to your collective advantage, but keep in mind that more people usually also means more chaos. If you really want to test your skills, you should try versus mode, which lets up to four players compete against each other in teams of two. Both teams have certain areas that are only accessible to that specific team, but other areas will be a free-for-all, so be sure to get your hands on those precious ingredients before the other team does! But wait, the fun doesn't stop there; what would you say to challenging your friends to a food fight?
All in all, Cannibal Cuisine is a very cool party game which, like a fine meal, is best enjoyed together with friends. The colorful and cartoony style is great and the levels are challenging enough. More ingredients and recipe variations will be made available to you as you progress through the game and the different modes offer you enough diversity to have fun for hours. My advice would be to go on this adventure, travel to beautiful Cannibal Island and start cooking as if your life depends on it!