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Cooking Mama 2: World Kitchen (Wii)
Member Name: lj174
Cooking Mama 2: World Kitchen (Wii)
Advantages: Cheap game, Entertaining, Wide Range of Recipes, Lots to do
Disadvantages: Doesn't pick up movements all the time, Graphics are poor
It is the second version of the Cooking Mama game, and despite playing the first game, I had heard very good things about this game when played on the Nintendo DS as well as the Wii. The concept of the game is that you have to cook up various recipes for Mama, and there is quite an extensive range to choose from as there is over 50. You cook for her by performing various actions which you follow on the screen, and as you complete each recipe you unlock more and more.
The funny thing is that it sounds like such a simple game, and as it is rated for aged three years and over, and I can assure you that I am much older than that, and I understand that due to this it could many older people off playing the game, however I would be astonished if any three year old could perform these recipes and complete the game, because even I find it challenging. I put it to the test by letting my boyfriend, friends and family give it a go, and they also struggled at times with it. In a way, this is a good thing as it isn't an easy game, however you would still be able to complete it quite quickly. It should just be beared in mind that this probably wouldn't be too suitable for very young children, unless help was given by an adult too.
The graphics on the game aren't incredible and are quite a lot poorer than many other games I have played on the Wii, but overall this doesn't affect me too much and it does not distract me from game play, however I know it can be quite an important issue to other people, which is why I have decided to bring it up.
One thing which I can not stress enough is that this game does not seem to pick up some of the movements you make on the Wii remote. Despite maneuvering the sensor bar a million times, there are certain actions (particularly the spinny ones I find) which it seems to have a great deal picking up, meaning that you are never going to get a perfect result.
However, despite this, I still completely adore the game. As it is the second version which is world kitchen, it contains a whole variety of different recipes from around the globe, both sweet and savoury ones. There are some quite difficult, longer recipes, as well as some where you only have to carry out one action. For example, making a snow cone you simply have to turn the Wii remote until it is done. One thing I have noticed however is that it is difficult to get bored when making these recipes as there are various different actions to pick up. It displays on the screen how to hold the remote when carrying it out, as well as explaining what actions need to be done. It is worth looking through the manual if younger people are playing, as the instructions are not great on screen, and the game can be a little difficult to grasp on your first couple of goes at it.
Once you have completed a recipe, Mama will grade it by giving you a result out of 100, as well as a coin. These range from a perfect coin if you get 100%, a gold coin, silver coin, bronze coin and a coin with a rain cloud over it if you need to work on your cooking skills! This is a nice little element to the game, as it means that you can work on your score more and more to try and improve it as best you can.
Your game scores will get saved, and there are up to three save slots which is excellent meaning up to three different people can have their own personal games to play and makes it a perfect game for the family. A nice little extra for children is that you get to create your own character at the start to look like you.
Other little perks of the game are that you can unlock friends, and you can then create the dishes for these friends instead of Mama. It is good when you practice with Mama though, as if you slip up or make a silly little mistake, you do sometimes have a chance of redeeming yourself, and then your character switches to Mama where you get a short chance to save your food.
Further little things to do on this game include various challenges which you can take on against Mama, however I find that these are pretty difficult as it is rare that Mama ever does badly, so I would save these until you get pretty good at the game! Another fantastic thing is that in this edition of Cooking Mama, you can play against your friends who are in the same room, therefore if you have two Wii remotes you can both go head to head to see who is ultimately the best cook!
Overall, I would definitely have to recommend this game, especially for the small price that it is. Sometimes it does not pick up movements fantastically, however overall it can provide hours of fun for families, children and for those adults who have just not grown up yet (like me)! Not a great deal I can fault with this game, and I would strongly recommend you check it out if you own a Nintendo Wii, and alternatively it is available on the Nintendo DS if you own one of those. Thank you for reading and hope it helped.
Summary: Great family game.