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Genre: Simulation / Video Game for Nintendo DS / To Be Announced / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2006-12-08 / Published by 505 Games

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      15.01.2012 23:05

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      Good casual game with great dishes and graphics

      I think this was one of the first games that I ever received as a gift for the Nintendo DS, as whoever bought it, obviously thought it was a game that I'd enjoy. They were definitely right as Cooking Mama has been a game that I have enjoyed thoroughly since getting it, and has made me become a Cooking Mama brand addict!

      This game is 3 plus which is a pretty fair rating as generally the things you have to do in Cooking Mama are easy to understand due to the way the instructions are presented, although you do need a basic reading skill to understand some of the instructions they give you. This game can currently be found at about £10 in game and around the same price on sites like Amazon.

      For those who have never played any of the Cooking Mama brand games, the game is centered around Mama who is teaching you currently, her pupil, all of her favourite recipes. There are probably around 80 of the dishes to complete, and each of them comes from a different country. You, the pupil of Mama, is never directly seen by the player, and all we see of who we are controlling are their hands.

      Throughout Cooking Mama what you must do is do certain tasks, and all of these lead up to creating a final dish. These small dishes can be frying, cutting vegetables and meat, grilling, washing rice or blending. After you complete these tasks, you get a score, which is handy if you are trying to get all Gold Medals because it will tell you if you got less than perfect.

      All of the instructions to completing the tasks are well set out and easy to understand, as mostly they are just shown by arrows in which to move the stylus. While some of the written instructions can be hard to understand, once you've played them a couple of times, you do begin to understand what the game is asking you to do.

      You are rated overall on your dishes, with Bronze, Silver or Gold (which can only be acheived by getting 100 points) and the most addictive part of Cooking Mama is that you want to get all of the dishes up to Gold but this can take ages and be difficult. Not only are you rated on your dishes though, as you also are rated on your tasks that you do to make the whole dish. There are rated exactly the same.

      The graphics are pretty normal for the Cooking Mama brand, and although they are not as developed as the later, they are still pretty good. They are cartoony and sharp edged, with most of the utensils looking realistic and the food cartoony. I prefer it to look unrealistic though as it makes the food look much better!

      My mum and sister both enjoy this game due to its easy controls and instructions. This game also gives a variety of dishes with different levels of difficulty, so whatever your mood you will be able to play. This is a great game that I would reccomend to my friends and family as whatever your age you will be able to enjoy it.

      Cooking Mama has expanded its brand however in recent years, and this has meant that more of the games have been created. Therefore, if you are looking for a game with more things included in playing then I would definitely go for one of the later Cooking Mama DS game.

      If you are looking for a game to play casually with easy controls and many levels then Cooking Mama is just that! With cartoony graphics for the Mama and the dishes, this makes it a game that kids and adults will enjoy. It's at a great price right now, however if you are looking for a better modernised version of the game, definitely pick up one of the newer games as there is more to complete in them.

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      09.08.2011 18:50
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      A fun game to play, that makes a great addition to your Nintendo DS games collection.

      Every now and then there comes along a quirky game for the Nintendo DS, and Cooking Mama is just that. It has a really upbeat theme throughout, in terms of the music, the colourful graphics and sound effects.

      The game involves you choosing from a set of delicious sounding meals, such as pizza, spring rolls, vegetable curry and fried chicken. There are some unusual sounding dishes, which are nevertheless interesting to create, such as fried octopus dumplings and fried squid. You then prepare them according to the set of steps that automatically appear on the screen in chronological order. This game only uses the stylus for gameplay, so if you are looking for a laid back game that doesn't involve too much of the arrow keys on the Nintendo DS, then this could just be the game for you. You then select each step needed to prepare the meal, and follow the instructions. You can slice vegetables, boil spaghetti, roll up pastries and much more. For each recipe, you get the chance to practice each step involved, so you can ensure you get the highest score possible for that dish. Each step involved in preparing the dishes is timed, and with practice, the steps can be completed within the time limits. I found some of the steps in dishes are easier than others such as chopping up vegetables, whilst other steps are more difficult such as making wontons, but this is all part of the challenge of Cooking Mama!

      Cooking Mama herself will judge how well each step is completed, and she can be quite harsh but once you know how to complete the steps you will receive your due credit. If you consider yourself a foodie, this game is great for you as you'll enjoy dipping into to create some really interesting dishes!

      I would recommend this game to all age groups, and it is especially good if you are looking for something different to play from Mario Bros or a racing game. This game is also good if you only want to take a quick gaming break as you can play it in short intervals.

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        27.06.2011 15:13
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        Test to see whose the fastest and best!Fun to play, jump in and out of the game as often as you like

        Centres around the idea that you are trying to cook a meal, as well as mama does, and are trying to gain the highest score you can by doing each task the best.
        There is a selection of meals you can make when you first play the game, including drinks and desserts. Then as you complete the meals, more recipes are unocked and new ways to use the stylus to prepare food are introduced, which keeps the game interesting.
        You tap the screen with the stylus to chop, and slide the stylus in the correct direction to slice and so on. There are different ways in which the meals are cooked etc.

        A lighthearted take on cooking with a fun character, mama guides you through each step and before each one there is a quick description of what you have to do, but theres a time limit, so be quick!
        Its generally a fun game, theres not real pressure to just win, if you dont do so well, its not a big deal, you just do it again. However, if you are feeling a little competive, you can play against someone else who has a DS with you by wireless play, and have contests to see who can, peel the carrot fastest etc. Only one of the players need to have the game, so you can compete even without it.

        The game is bright and colourful, and will definately keep kids occupied for hours on ling journeys, just be prepared for them to be asking you what all the random ingredients are! This is another time when DS wireless play comes into its own.
        makes full use of the stylus, perfect game for the DS (and the wii). Although i would say that learning to cook using this game isnt advised, it is surely one way to get small children interested in the preperation of food, and where their food come from and what goes into meals, even if it is on a most simple level. For example, with meat dishes the game requires you to slice a fish or to grind meat to make mince.

        Also, its not really an adventure game with a set story, so you can jump into and out of the game as you wish. I tend to have fads on it when im playing it all of the time, and then it could be months before i even play it again. Theres no need to rush to complete it, its just something to pass an hour or so away.

        Its a great game for casual gamers, if you like games to have a beginning middle and end then this may not be the best game. I cant really say that i have any complaints, its one of the better games that have been made for the DS ( and the Wii infact) so i would reccomend anyone to give it a try, kids really enjoy this game, and adults too!

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        05.02.2011 18:13
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        Cooking Mama is a cooking game for the Nintendo DS and since it's original launch in 2006 there have been several follow up games: Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends (released in 2007), Cooking Mama 3: Shop and Chop (released in 2007) as well as Gardening Mama, Crafting Mama and so on. For the Wii there has been Cooking Mama: Cook Off, Cooking Mama: World Kitchen and Babysitting Mama. Today I will be reviewing the original and first Cooking Mama DS game.

        The game is simple in that there is no detailed storyline as such, you cook your way through what seems like tons of recipes. Depending on the dish you are cooking you may be required to chop, slice, flip food, fry or mix. All this is done on the touchscreen and you can either do so with your finger or stylus. To chop items you have to quickly draw parallel lines whilst mixing means you have to stir in a circular motion. Often you will have to look at the top screen for guidance on what to do next and every action is timed. If for example time runs out whilst you are chopping or you make a serious blunder whilst cooking, that step in the game is a failure and Mama will appear on the screen looking very angry and with flames for eyes! But don't worry, Mama says she will fix it!

        Based on how accurate you complete the instuctions Mama sets you, you will be awarded a bronze, silver or a gold medal for absolute culinary perfection. There are 3 game modes available which are:

        * Let's Cook - This is the main game mode where you will cook all your dishes. Initially there are just a few simple recipes to master but as you progress more difficult dishes are unlocked. There is also the option to practice the dish first before being scored by Mama.

        * Let's Combine - This is a mode where you can combine dishes to make something new, eg: fried eggs being combined with rice.

        * Use Skill - This is the mode where you put your skills to the test, each challenge is timed and you have to chop, grate, peel, stew etc. At the end you are ranked depending on your level of skill.

        Overall I think this is a great little game for the non serious gamer, it is fast paced enough to offer a challenge and is suitable for a wide range of people. I think that the variety of dishes available to cook is superb as are all the different actions you have to do in order to complete the recipe. This is a game you can pick up and play at any time, it's not a serious game with a lot of indepth gameplay but that doesn't matter, instead it offers it's players a lot of fast paced culinary fun. You can pick this game up very cheaply as it's been out for such a long time, definately worth trying.

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        10.11.2010 20:17
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        Simple to understand with lots to do

        Playing games which involve plenty to do and that make completion extremely difficult are the best sort of games to play in my view because they offer you a way out of a boring day and you can try your best to complete them.

        Cooking Mama was a game I got because it was very familiar to an application on the iPhone I played a while ago.

        On this game your aim to prepare and cook food and score the highest number possible in points which is 100 and earn a gold medal. You get to decide what to cook from a wide range of items such as sandwiches or perhaps a nice curry would suit you the best.

        You pick a dish and you have the option of practicing to make the product or you could go straight away into cooking an item instead. You can if you pick the practice option go around working out which bits you can make quickly and easiest. Some items need 6 preparations done before the item is finished, some require just 3.

        You get told what to do on each stage so perhaps for some curry you might need to tender the meat and you do this quickly with a picture of the meat and you are smacking it in all directions. You have a green meter and when this is full it means you have succeeded in the mission. You also have a timer as well.

        If the timer gets to the top again before you complete the task you are meant to be doing then it results in a lower score. You want to see Very Useful all the way through otherwise the game has won and you will not win the Gold Medal.

        Obviously silver and bronze are options and when you cook a product you might see above them a little medal in a colour showing how well you done previously whilst trying to cook that particular item.

        As you go through cooking an item you end up boiling products, filling up bowls with rice and water, making little items out of your cooking.

        You do many more things as well such as stewing your meal or even cutting as well it all depends on your quickness and how good you are with concerntrating. I have found some challenges much more difficult to do then others which is going to be the same with many people not all of us find things easy to do.

        When you do some meals you unlock new dishes and if you are cooking a curry perhaps you want a different type instead of pork and sometimes you get an option have way through the cooking process.

        You can brush up on your skills in another feature on the game and not only that but you could mix items together like bolognese and perhaps a curry and see how it turns out but this is when you are confident and this is a bit of fun to do.

        I like the idea behind the game because cooking is always a fun challenge for me and it is amazing I struggle on some parts of the game like I do in normal life and that is peeling potatoes. I cannot do them well in real life and suffer big time on the game when it comes to this task as well.

        I think the game play is very good at times I have had moments where your left wondering why a movement you performed never registered so that can be very annoying but it happens so you need to expect it. You also have the timer which seems slow sometimes and then quickens up really fast and your again left confused.

        The graphics are similar to cartoon pictures they appear to be pictures drawn by a child who has since uploaded them into a game because they feel like cheap sketches at times. I would not say the graphics are totally poor but in honesty they could be better.

        One thing which did annoy me in the game is that if I have a meal which takes 7 preparations to do and I get one failure along the route I get the silver medal and yet with a 3 preparation meal I fail I still get silver so they do not work out the scores and medal evenly in my view.

        It will take a while to do with over 20 dishes to do and more if you unlock the hidden ones and can be fun and for all ages but under around 8 people might understand some of the terms being mentioned.

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        21.10.2010 14:59
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        My daughter received some money for her Birthday and decided she would like to purchase cooking Mama for her DS.

        Cost and stockist
        My daughter had £20.00 for her Birthday money but we try and encourage her to save some and so I researched the cost and discovered this on game pre-owned for £7.99 plus points if you have a loyalty card so I ordered it and was pleased with the service as my little one got it two day later.

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        This game is all about cooking there are 120 different recipes that you have to prepare using different techniques such as sautéing, peeling, dicing and kneading.

        I have to be honest I thought this game sounded boring and not really very suitable for a five year even one who likes to cook but actually it is great fun and I have to admit I have spent a sneaky half a hour when I should be cleaning having a quick game!

        You have to complete each stage of the recipe and follow the orders on the top screen this game has far more elements than I first thought as when sautéing you may have to turn down the heat at the right time otherwise you will burn the onions and be a failure no change for me there!

        Recommendation
        I really enjoy playing this game I think it is a good little game with lots of fun elements to it as well as teaching cooking skills which my daughter likes to then put into real practise. I also think this game has a long shelf life which is good as once you have completed making fried eggs you can combine this with another recipe to make a new dish

        A really clever and fun game

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        15.08.2010 15:05
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        Cooking fun

        'Don't worry mama will fix it' this is whats heard when I over cook my food on this game lol.

        Cooking mama is a game which 'teaches you how to cook' well not literally just in a game sense you can't really compare chopping vegetables with your stylus to chopping them with a sharp knife but its still fun.

        First off you have to pick what you are going to make then you have to prepare the ingredients chopping and slicing with yor stylus following the on screen arrow. You then go on to mix your ingredients together and then cook them either on the stove or in the oven depending on what you are making and then you have to present them nicely on their plate. You are then awarded a medal for your effort bronze silver or gold depending on how well you do.

        There are 76 receipes in total to complete you can't select them all from the start you have to play to unlock them. The game is broken down into mini games 200 hundred of these to play. As well as chopping, kneading, grating, rolling, mixing etc this game also requires you to cool your food through blowing through the mic.

        You can play this game alone or with up to 3 of your friends by linking to their ds this is quite fun to do.

        I enjoy cooking mama and you do find yourself getting into the game I get quite stressed when my food starts to boil it over I want to get it right. This is a game that adults and children can both enjoy my friends 4 year old loves it she thinks she is a real chef when she is playing which is great. She tells us what she is making as she plays.

        The game is easy to pick up and play 5 stars recommended.

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          02.06.2010 10:56

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          a good game for casual gamers

          cooking mama is a very good cooking ds game and is perfect for children. there are so many meals on here, and you can experience cooking them all.

          What i like about this game is the fact that it is quite life like and you actually have to cut everything up properly. This game is very popular with children around the age of 4. It has such happy music and bring colours so children love to play it!

          this game also has the option to connect and play with a friend! Also, if your friend doesnt have the game you can send them a demo of it and they can have a go playing it too!

          as you play this game you can unlock new dishes! Also, you get rated depending on how well you did while making the dish!

          this game is a very good game and i reccomend it for all casual gamers!

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          20.02.2010 11:49
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          Great game

          As of when the game first game out in late 2006, there were quite a few adverts around on TV talking about the game, and of course as many adverts try to do, they recommend the game, and with some kids playing it having fun. Not only for kids it is also suitable for adult play, as even me I can play it for a couple of hours with out getting bored. At around £24.99 when I bought it, nothing could really go wrong. However at the current moment you can purchase it for £14.99 off Amazon UK.

          The main features and adaptation in the game are fairly simple. You are this cartoon cook which of course as you can tell by the name is a female, as it does say ''mama''. You generally use the stylus to grab the ingredients needed, chopping the vegetables by going up and down on the stylus and more. If you do get many customers in one day and you fail to serve them all in time unfortunately your rank will go down. You also are the only cook and helper in the who Cafe so you basically need to do everything by yourself.

          There are many ways and options on how to design and present your dish. You will need to do so with in the customers personalities. If he or she really likes the way it has been laid, he or she might add on some tips! There I believe is around 75 different dishes to make, and by that I mean like chicken pizza, cake and custard, curry and other stuff like that.

          If you do get in a muddle and some sort of hurry you will usually get your food burned, and by the time you re cook the food the customer would of went away so it is two whole dishes in the bin, so you better take caution with that. Also if you put to much additional stuff say for instance the icing on the cake the customer will practically throw the cake on the floor and give no money, and he usually won't come back again.

          If you want to great some cheese, garlic, onions etc. you will simply need to grab the greater and put it on the work surface, then tap on it which will zoom up to it. Once done that simply get the food from your hand and simply go up and down, which really does make you learn how to do stuff in real life. I suppose it even teaches you how to cook some dishes!

          As with the DS, there is the microphone bit in the centre of the DS. You can in this game actually blow through it, and in this case actually blows away the steam to cool the food cooked. Though do it to hard and some things will get out of place and won't look at all nice!

          There are dozens of minigames which are indeed quite fun. Some of which consists you of trying to cook something with a limited time limit, to see how many customers you can serve in 5 minutes or so, and of course many other games but I can't go through all of them!

          I'm not sure if the game ever ends, as even me I have yet not completed it. I am sure it goes on for a very long time though, if you really do want to keep your kitchen alive! As you go through the game you will also earn points which help your rankings stay high, and at some points you will need to compete against other famous kitchens.

          The graphics are pretty good considering it is for a DS. As the game consists or cartoon elements all the graphics seem to be clear as sharp, so there is top marks for that. The sounds are pretty simple as well, such as when you do grating a grating related sound will come to your ears, and so does everything else done in your kitchen, so for me it is also a thumbs up for the sound.

          Overall the game really does hook your attention for quite a while. And if you are in to these type of adventure cooking active games, then this one if not already bought should definitely be the next on your shopping list. And at only £14.99 I suppose nothing can really go wrong!

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            14.11.2009 14:09
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            I have always liked playing on cooking games, whether they are on the DS or PC or any other games console. I got this when, I wanted to make myself use the DS more often.

            Cooking mama is a game where you can cook food, from the most basic sandwhich and boiled egg to quite tricky recipes such as grilled guyoza (whatever that is) and potato croquets.

            The music that accompanies the cooking of these recipes is quite repetitive, therefore it can get a little boring if you play it for a long time. I would recommend that you play it in short bursts.

            The techniques used in this game again are used in virtually every other recipe, so again, advisable not to go on this game all of the time.

            There are little mini games, in the first menu of this game, like practicing some of the skills that you have learned in the lets cook section, and also combining some of the recipes that you have learned in the lets cook section.

            Overall, I think this game is quite good value for money, but I would not advise anyone to buy this as a present or gift, but if your only looking for something to fill you time with then just go for it!

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            06.08.2009 00:46

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            Learn to cook ..... well sort of

            Cooking Mama DS is an entertaining game for the DS in which you have to successfully complete a series of mini games in order to cook a dish. There are over 70 dishes in total and they vary in difficulty and number of stages.

            Using the stylus you can chop, stir fry, boil, mix and many more. For each dish several different actions are required and upon completion you earn a medal depending on the standard of your creation. Bronze medals are easily earned whilst the all important gold medals can prove elusive on certain dishes. Mama also comments on your dishes and I'm sure when I've done badly before she said "Good not mine".

            Cooking Mama DS is a fun game however it can be easily completed in a matter of hours and after you have done so it begins to seem increasingly repetitive. I would recommend to children as it will pose more of a challenge to them and they will probably find it most entertaining.

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            02.07.2009 16:08
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            Spend your money and a game with more depth

            I always seem to enjoy any game that is to do with preparing food and so this was a gift for my DS that I got very excited with. Yet I was highly disappointed with it and got bored of it very quickly, never to be taken out of the box again.

            The aim of the game is to cook up recipes by slicing, dicing, boiling, frying, chopping etc. For this you get rewarded a bronze, silver or gold award for your skills in the virtual kitchen. There are easy recipes such as an omelette, which then progresses into more difficult things such as Japanese. In total there are 76 recipes to complete and with the easy one not taking much time at all you will whizz your way through them and then ask the question, ok what's next? You have to master the first 15 before you can start unlocking the rest. You can blow into the DS and cool the food down and arrange the food on the plate, which is a novelty for about 3 recipes...

            For my liking it was slightly childish and although it's for 3+, I would say that younger children may have problems carrying out the recipes because a gold was hard for me to achieve and you have to be quite good with timings as well as chopping well with the knife that you move using the DS pen. I found that it was difficult to be precise so for a younger child this is probably even more difficult.

            The actual graphics are very colourful though and Mama seems cheery enough so the appeal is there and maybe this is why I was so disappointed, not that I expected to be a gourmet chef after playing! It just looked so tempting!

            You can also create recipe combinations but this doesn't really vary much from the normal game play so you can't even rely on that to extend the enjoyment time. I found that I spent quite a long period of time cooking but then once it was gone it was gone but maybe I should have realised by the low price in comparison to other DS games that this would be the case. The music was also quite repetitive and annoying and if I had a child playing this with the sound on next to me on even a short train ride I would want to throw it on the floor and stamp on it!

            If you wanted to buy this for a child to learn about cooking, I don't think it really teaches a lot and I worry that a child left alone in a kitchen after playing this game may have disastrous consequences! It does teach what goes into the various recipes but beyond that and there is not a lot else it teaches as the recipes are so basic.

            I think that maybe this game is ok for children around the ages of 8-14 but beyond that and it just gets monotonous and you want to progress to a more interesting level but you can't. I think they should have made it more challenging as the only challenge is completing the actions quick enough and this to me was more frustrating rather than challenging.

            To be honest I just expected more and was highly disappointed. I would never even bother buying the second one. Ok so it made me a bit hungry but other than that it really did not satisfy my appetite.

            Here's the stats:
            PUBLISHER: Majesco Sales Inc.
            DEVELOPER: Taito Corporation
            GENRE(S): Cooking, Action
            PLAYERS: 4
            ESRB RATING: E (Everyone)
            RELEASE DATE: September 12, 2006

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              20.06.2009 13:41
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              Good for all the family

              AVAILABILITY
              This game proved to be hugely popular upon its release back in December 2006. I bought mine from an ebay auction for around £9 but it is available online and at all good gaming shops. It is currently on sale at Game for £19.99 which is rather steep for a game that is so old.

              GAMEPLAY
              Mama gives you a number of recipes to follow and learn how to cook. You begin with a set number of recipes available to you and then unlock more and more as you proceed with the game. She gives you step by step instructions as to what to do such as 'slice the onion finely' and you use your DS stylus in order to follow the instructions given. Providing you make it to the end of the recipe, Mama will give you a medal depending on how well you did. In addition to this there are also mini games such as cooking for the family with no prompts given. The game is in cartoon mode and I must stress it is not like a recipe cookbook and far more like a game.

              MY OPINION
              I bought this game after I had bought Cooking Mama 2 and I think that the graphics and gameplay on the 2nd version are far superior to this. Mama will often tell you you are doing things wrong despite following her instructions to the letter and a number of the instructions are hard to follow and not explained well. However, I would recommend this game as it is fun and the number of different recipes means you are not stuck on one thing for long. All the family will enjoy this game.

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              08.06.2009 02:29

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              defiantely one for the kids

              Game is fun and simple to play, follow cooking mamas instructions and then cookck food, slive dice, boil, simmer, peel all sorts of things to do in here to prepare your food.

              The gameplay involves you in the cooking in game. You use the touch screen to dice, boil, simmer, fry, peel etc etc all sorts of foods. You mix these all together by doing these actions onto different foods and then at the end you have your finished dish. There are a total of 76 recipies in game and you start off with sanwiches and omlettes and move onto the difficult oriental and other recipies. You unlock new ones as you finsh the current ones available. You get a greade at the end of each recipe and a medal being either bronze silver or gold.

              I found it difficult to get gold on a fair few recipies which makes me ask how the kids who are 3+ are going to do that. This is not a game where you learn the recipies but smore simluate cooking for the younger kids. However the game is still fun and has some nice games where you can try and complete the 5 levels of difficulty in all the 40-50 different cooking techniques.

              Buy it becuase it is way worth getting for the DS and very fun to play, but however the game does eventually lose its appeal to the older auidence.

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              fun addictive game but after a while becomes monotonous

              Originally Cooking Mama was bought for my 6 year old niece to play, but after watching her play it I was instantly amused by the kitsch characters and artwork. The aim of the game is to copy "mama" and manage to cook the food exactly as she tells you too. Although it is very addictive to begin with it becomes quite monotonous as you have to repeat very similar processes to prepare most dishes.
              However, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed playing this game as did my niece and I would definately reccomend it to someone looking to buy a game for a younger child as it is quite easy to complete and youngsters like the repetition of the game. It is also a good game when you're feeling lighthearted and don't want to play anything too serious as it is more like a serious of mini-games that don't take too much effort but are fun to play.

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