During one of my trips through the depths of Steam, I came across a game called ‘Cuisine Royale’. Battle Royale is one of the most popular words in the gaming industry these days. Being a fan of the genre and given the fact that it started with the word Cuisine, I couldn’t resist. And did I mention that the game was free?
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After a bit of exploring I was pleasantly surprised. The structures weren’t identical throughout the map, but had a fair deal of variation oscillating between homes and garages. All of them had enough furniture in them to make you believe that they were still in use.
And if you’re wondering where the word ”cuisine” fits into all of this, basically the pieces of armor are mainly composed of kitchenware and utensils. These are scattered across the map and consist of pots and pans (including a waffle iron to cover your rear!). The clinking and clanking of the kitchenware as you move, takes some getting used to, but otherwise it’s all good. As for health, the medpacks are replaced by pizzas, ham and other “cuisines”, and just like all other Battle Royale games can be acquired through exploration.
Cuisine Royale has outposts spread across the map, equipped with machine guns. With an infinite supply of ammo, you can just pop in there and spray all you like! These are an absolute delight to use, and a nightmare for enemies. making the outposts almost impenetrable. The only drawback is that they make a lot of noise and you will be heard from MILES away. All it takes is for one sniper to ruin your day!
There is a huge pool of vehicles to choose from, right from a prison bus to a cargo truck to a royal VIP carriage. All of these enable fast traversal through the map, unless you’re that guy who loves to camp in bathrooms with a shotgun… PS: don’t be that guy 🙂 Unfortunately, there are no airplanes or boats in the game as yet, but hopefully they’ll be added soon enough.
The general movement seemed a bit clunky at the start, with the character swaying from left to right; the character displacement wasn’t instantaneous and felt a bit sluggish too. I guess the core game design is at fault here, but yeah it does take a while to get used to it just like the armor. The clanking of the kitchenware makes it easy to hear an enemy player, but it works both ways so you need to be careful. The game has many weird pieces of equipment. My favorites are the bunny slippers which give you a jump-boost. They are downright ridiculous and it’s nearly impossible for enemies to shoot you while you’re wearing them. You can jump onto roofs and get away from enemy fire even if there’s no cover otherwise.
Overall, this game is seriously underrated, and like many other games on Steam a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. This game started out as a joke, but it’s actually gotten pretty good and it still retains most of its funny elements. For example, you get to carry your weapons in grocery bags instead of the traditional backpacks!
It’s only got 30 players in each match but don’t worry the map is perfectly sized to accommodate them all. You can invite your friends over to play as a squad, and be able to compete against other squads. The game is still in early access, and may be pay to play in the future.
This game doesn’t take itself too seriously and it’s a refreshing change from the other battle royale games out there. Do give it a try!