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After enjoying the Cooking Mama games so much, I decided to try out the Gardening Mama game they had recently brought out. With a combination of gardening and time management games, which are some of my favourite pastimes, this was a great game to find and I am glad that I did. With the same concept as Cooking Mama but set in a garden, there are a variety of plants for you to grow and different minigames to play.
The graphics are still the same as previous Cooking Mama games, however the detail has certainly increased and they have become much more bright and colourful within this game. Even the loading screens are as cute as the game itself, as they contain various plants included throughout the game.
The touchscreen is only ever used for this game, which makes a great improvement to some of the other DS games out there, as they hardly use it all. It uses the touchscreen in a variety of ways and the actions it makes you perform using the Stylus are never the same, so it does not get repetitive.
You can choose to begin at the "Lets Get Growing!" level which is pretty similar to Story Mode in any other game. Here you have your own little garden, where you can grow plants, maintain them and decorate your garden with various objects you earn throughout the game. Similar to the other Cooking Mama games, there are levels of difficulty for different plants and you can choose which one you play and try and improve upon it. In these mini games, there is also different grading for how well you did it, such as bronze, silver and gold. These keep you wanting to play the game so you can get excellent on all the plants and get a gold medal.
There is also added bonuses with this version of the game, as you are able to get presents after every gold medal you get from a minigame, and after you get 3 you are able to get an ornament or clothing piece to customise Mama or your garden. Keeping your garden maintained is also very important, as your plants can wilt.
Customsing Mama and your garden really adds to what the game has to offer. Throughout the game you have the ability to upgrade your Mama avatar with all different clothes, hats and hairstyles which is really fun. Not only that but you can customise your garden with a wide variety of ornaments to make it as bright as you want.
Along with the Lets Get Growing mode, you can also play with your friends whether or not they have the DS game cartridge in the Lets Play Together Mode. I normally play this against my sister, and we are always competing to see who can get the highest score and beat the other in this mode. It's great fun if you know someone who has a DS to.
I would recommend this game to anyone who has played the Cooking Mama franchise games, loves gardening and wants a relaxing gameplay! I can play this in whatever mood I'm in and it will destress me or add to my relaxing mood.
Having recently been playing my Nintendo DS console I have been playing some older games and this latest was the biggest disappointment I have ever seen on the console.
The game is named Gardening Mamma and the idea is that you have to try and create a garden for your Mamma to appreciate and enjoy. If you have played Cooking Mamma then this game would be right up your street as the format is identical.
You begin with trying to understand how on earth you prepare this garden to plant a whole heap of various flowers ranging from Tulips and Daisies to items such as Apple trees.
You begin with one particular flower and you first have to practice on the game because if you do not then you will struggle. The practice mode lets you practice a number of steps to producing the best results.
Some flowers need about 5 steps and others need 6 or more. You begin sometimes by using seeds and sprinkling them all over a garden and then other steps involve you digging up the correct amount of soil to help the plants grow.
You will struggle throughout the process of practicing because not everything is explained that clearly. You have some information that is displayed before you begin a new task such as Scatter the seeds but it never tells you how to do is properly.
You are aiming to get a gold medal in every step of the process of planting the flowers and this is quite tricky and at the end you achieve a score for your flower making. If you get a good score you unlock a present and I have to say this is a weird part of the game.
Yes unlocking a gardening tool is pretty cool but how cool can is it when you have no idea what you have unlocked. The picture looks terrible and so small you cannot identity what it actually is you have unlocked.
Furthermore as you complete flowers you unlock new areas of this garden for you to visit and help create the new plants and make them grow. The idea of the game is good but everything else is kind of odd and a bit mysterious.
The game play is terrible from the first moment until the last it is poor. You have challenges to do when preparing the plants which is understandable but when you copy the moves you sometimes see the game offer you guidance.
The guidance might be a line to copy but on the screen nothing happens at all. How on earth can you complete a game when the tasks you are given and move you're told to do cannot help you at all?
Sometimes when you are trying a move you keep on following the guidance by moving your stylus across the screen in the direction they have provided and nothing happens. If you do not hurry up before the timer reaches the end you lose that particular round.
The graphics are not the best either. The girl you are playing a part off is hardly that well presented in the graphics and when it comes to creating the flowers and preparing them even the end results are poor. The only good part in terms of the graphics is the odd occasion you see a flower you can identify.
In terms of how good the game is this is not a suitable game for anyone. In my view the game has been rushed in terms of producing and editing and whoever said this game was worthy of being released was wrong.
It is without doubt the worst game I have ever played and price wise I saw this a few days ago for £12 which is just astonishing.
For kids in my view there are much better options for games out there which you can complete and enjoy more especially for the same price.
Gardening mama is a game I purchased for my dsi after enjoying cooking I payed £20 from my local game shop but you can get it cheaper online and also look out for it pre owned in games shops as you get more of a bargain.
So 'Let's Get Growing' in Mamas garden instead of kitchen this time. In mamas garden you get to sew and grow a variety of flowers, fruits and vegetables. You start of by growing flowers and as you get better more things become available to grow in the various parts of your garden. You unlock the various stages of growth as you go in this game. You play the game by following the onscreen instructions using your stylus and following the arrows to sew and water your plants to make them grow. You also have to shoo away pests and make sure weeds don't kill your crop. You get rated on your planting ability and awarded a medal bronze, silver or gold.
You can also play a small selection of games in multiplayer mode these are fun to compete with others.
As well as the main game of growing plants, fruits and vegetables you also get to decorate your garden with items you have unlocked such as gnomes lol. As you play you can also unlock clothing and accessories for mama to wear pimp my gardening mama!
This game I found to fun to start with but then I got a little bored it is kind of repetitive and sometimes the ds just does not want to pick up my moves on the screen which frustrates me. I like the multiplayer games though they are fun especially when I win.
Gardening Mama is from the same series of games as Cooking Mama 1 and Cooking Mama 2. It is based along the same lines with lots of mini games to complete when growing the flowers, fruit and vegetables.
My seven year old daughter got a DS for Christmas and this was one of the games she got as well. This is the game she has played the most since getting it for Christmas.
The game has a main part where you go into the garden and choose what you grow. At first there are only a couple of options of what to grow but as you progress through the game, more plants become available. If you leave a plant for too long, it wilts and you have to go and rescue it. Although it is a game, there is also an educational part to it as it teaches children what you have to do to be able to grow plants. It teaches you that you still need to water the plants, you need to keep bugs off the plants, you need to make sure the plants don't get blown away in the wind and so on.
In the mini games, you have to use the stylus in different ways in order to complete the tasks. In a couple of the games you also have to blow into the microphone in order to complete the task. This took us a while to work out. The mini games get progressively harder as you go through the game.
In addition to the main part of the game, you can also decorate your garden with items that you win in the main part of the game by getting bonuses. Also you can change the clothes of Mama to items you have again won in the main part of the game.
You can also link up to other DS and play with your friends. We haven't tried this option as we only have the one DS.
I would recommend this game to anyone who has a young daughter as mine absolutely loves this game and seems to enjoy it when there is a crisis and a plant is wilting. A couple of the mini tasks have taken us a few times to work out, but if they were all easy to complete, the game wouldn't be very good.
I brought this game when it was on offer for £10 when brought with Cooking Mama 3. Quite frankly I was really disappointed with it. I loved CM 1 and 2 and cant believe the difference. I know there probably is not much you can do with gardening but I think this was a poor attempt. I had a quick flick through the instruction booklet (which I never usually do!) because I was confused as to how to actually play the game! Your character is walking round the garden and you have the option to decorate it (dont quite see the point) and when you actually play the gardening game each one is near enought the same (dig a hole, plant flower, water it...) It is not even simple enough for small children to play alone because they would not understand how to do it. I would not recommend this game to anyone and I have now traded it in for £15 credit, im glad I got £5 extra because the game was not even worth £10.
I bought this as I love gardening (well a little obsessed with it to be honest) and thought this would be a game I could really get into. The mini levels you need to complete to grow each plant can be a little frustrating as they need to be very precise. My daughter who is seven got a little bored quite quickly as you have to dash round a little too quickly to grow each plant. I got bored a lot quicker than most games as I found there wasn't a lot to really keep me interested as it gets a little monotonous as each plant you need to do the same thing each time. The next level unlock was quite easy to do but basically the whole game is to grow plants, harvest them and then sell them it could do with a little more variety to keep the users interest.
Have you spent endless hours playing Cooking Mama 1 & 2 trying to perfect your cuisine and aim for the full 100 points. I know I have. It's not a brilliant series of games but makes superb use of the stylus. Gardening Mama follows suit.
I eagerly awaited the release of this game from the creators of the popular DS and Wii game - Cooking Mama and Cooking Mama 2. One - because I enjoyed the Cooking Mama series and two - because gardening is one of my passions.
The layout of the game is the same as Cooking Mama, with around four or five different menus. The menus are easy to figure out without having to read the instruction manual.
The graphics are bright and basic and the music is not irritating.
You start off being able to plant only a couple of plants but once you have completed the cycle of plants it unlocks many more. Eventually you will end up with your original garden, a rose garden, vegetable patch and somewhere to grow your fruit.
It is very fun to play and can be addictive but at the same time hard to put down when your plants all need tending to at the same time!
I am probably a little older than the target audience and i'm sure a child would get more gameplay out of it. Overall it makes great use of the touch screen of the DS and any lovers of Cooking Mama will not be disappointed.
I award this game 3 stars out of 5 as some tasks are repetitive and this makes it lose some of it's playability.
This review is of the Nintendo DS game, Gardening Mama, developed by Cooking Mama and published by Majesco and Taito. This game is from the Cooking Mama series, and involves building up and tending your own virtual garden.
The game play involves trying to grow your own plants in a garden, including flowers, vegetables and fruit. There is a wide range of different plants to be able to grow, which does all have an educational side to it. You play numerous mini games, which you are then rated on as a percentage and give a gold, silver or bronze award, similar in principle to the Cooking Mama game.
There are lots of these mini games to play through, which generally do require the stylus, although occasionally use the microphone, so at least the game has clearly taken into account the features of the Nintendo DS. The mini games themselves can also become a bit repetitive after a while however, which does limit the long term appeal of the whole game.
The mini games are though let down by often being difficult to control, as although in principle using the stylus seems like an easy control method, it can be frustrating when the console doesn't react in the way that you would like. The controls generally do let the game down, as it is a common problem, and even after playing the game for a while, I couldn't master some elements of the game.
If you perform well in each level, you're given bonuses, and for every three of these you obtain, you can access more unlockable content. This might be different clothes and accesories for your Gardening Mama or more accessories for use in the garden, evening including gnomes for example. These little extra to give the game a more long lasting touch, and work well in encouraging you try just that bit harder!
The graphics in the game are reasonable, they're not exceptional, but they're sufficient to be able to play and enjoy the game. The sound effects are also fun, as are the voice effects of Mama, who lets you know how you're performing in her own distinctive way.
The multi player element of the game is reasonable, and you can join with three other players to complete in various different mini games. You're also able to swap the unlocked elements you've obtained in your game with other players. The developers have chosen the very positive route of only making you need one cartridge between the players, rather than everyone needing their own copy of the game. Unfortunately, the mini games which you take part in are just little extras to the game, and in themselves aren't really that entertaining.
The game retails for 29.99 pounds, but is currently available on Amazon for 26.99 pounds. If you're happy with a second-hand copy, these are at the time of writing available for around twelve pounds on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated as 3+, so is suitable for children of nearly all ages.
In summary, if you were a fan of the Cooking Mama series, this is a game that you should consider getting, at it's the same principle, just used in a different environment. The game is quite fun to play, but elements of the game do become repetitive after a while, which makes the game play just generally frustrating. It's quite an expensive game, and didn't offer me as many playing hours as other titles, but it's worth a look, and maybe there will be a Gardening Mama 2 to improve some of the game's failings.
People all over the world have helped Mama in the kitchen but now itÆs time for them to really get their hands dirty as they help the super chef turn a muddy mess into plant paradise.