South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack (1999)

by Christopher
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South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack offers a unique blend of trivia and mini-games set in the South Park universe. Despite mixed reviews and limitations in single-player gameplay, it remains a memorable multiplayer experience for fans of the series.


South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack is a unique entry in the video game world, combining the edgy humor of the South Park series with a competitive game-show format. It offers players a mix of trivia and mini-games, featuring beloved characters from the show.


“South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack” is a 2D game show-style party video game released in 1999. It is a sequel to the 1998 video game “South Park”, which is based on the American animated sitcom of the same name. The game was developed by Acclaim Studios Austin and published by Acclaim Entertainment. It was released for the Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, and Nintendo 64.

The game features all your favorite South Park characters, including Eric Cartman, Kenny McCormick, Kyle Broflovski, and Stan Marsh. The player takes the role of one of these four characters in a game show hosted by Chef. The game intermittently switches between questions and mini-games, with a mini-game preceding every three questions. Players score points by correctly answering questions and mini-game ranking. Players lose points for questions answered incorrectly.

The game is exclusively multiplayer; when played by one player, there is no AI, so that player always wins, even with a negative score. Players have the option to “shaft” (pass on) a question to another player after opting to answer the question. The “shafted” player can then pass the question on again or choose to answer the question. When “shafting”, a question will always be answered by the last player to be ‘shafted’.

The game features dozens of crazy mini-games and tests your South Park knowledge with outrageous trivia questions. It also includes authentic voices from South Park, including Isaac Hayes as Chef. The game show was originally intended to feature swimsuit models competing for a romantic vacation trip with Chef. However, due to a change of plans, the models instead begin cheerleading practice, and are replaced with the boys as the contestants.

Despite “Chef’s Luv Shack” appearing on all the major home gaming consoles at the time, the only instance of the game taking advantage of the then-modern hardware is the up-to-four player multiplayer game featured in the Nintendo 64 and Sega Dreamcast versions. The PlayStation version supports four players with an adapter, and the PC version allows 2 players to play with a keyboard and 2 more players to play with Joysticks.

“South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack” was met with mixed reviews. It is the second of three South Park video game titles developed by Acclaim after “South Park” in 1998 and preceding “South Park Rally” in 2000. Despite its mixed reception, “South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack” remains a unique and memorable part of the South Park video game franchise, offering fans a chance to step into the shoes of their favorite characters and participate in Chef’s outrageous game show.


Chef (Host), Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, Kenny McCormick


Chef’s Luv Shack is exclusively multiplayer, with no AI opponents. The game intersperses trivia questions with mini-games, rewarding points for correct answers and performance. The absence of AI means solo players compete in essence against themselves, a design choice that underscores the game’s focus on party play.


South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack stands as a testament to the late 90s era of gaming, encapsulating the humor and style of its source material. While it may not offer the depth of gameplay or replayability of other titles, its unique approach to the multiplayer game-show format provides a fun, albeit niche, gaming experience.

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