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Cooking Mama (Nintendo DS)

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MobyRank
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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.4
Overall MobyScore (9 votes) 3.6


The Press Says

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Worth Playing
Cooking Mama isn’t the perfect meal of a game - its incredibly limited base of tasks and the very nature of the minigame-driven title make it too sparse to be a filling entrée, especially for the hardcore gamer known to binge itself for hours at a time. It’s a fantastic appetizer or after-dinner mint, however - if you need a game for those five-minute playing sessions in the bathroom or if you’re looking to get a gift for someone who has less time in their life to play, Cooking Mama could just be the Chef’s Special.
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GamePro (US)
Though we all need and love food, very few of us actually like to cook it. This is why we all love to eat out: all the work is done for you. But there is a certain joy inherent in cooking your own meals--food that you prepared yourself is somehow more satisfying than store-bought--and it's this sense of homemade goodness that makes Cooking Mama such a delectable, gourmet treat for both gamers and foodies alike.
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Gamigo
Wer die Faxen dicke hat von den ewig gleichen Spielideen, der wird mit Cooking Mama sicherlich positiv überrascht und wird eine gewisse zeitlang auch viel Freude daran haben. Allerdings kranken so außergewöhnliche Spielideen meistens beim Thema Langzeitmotivation und eben dieses Schicksal ereilt auch Cooking Mama, welches den Anfangscharme nicht lange halten kann. Für Gelegenheitszocker und aufstrebende Hobbyküche mag dieser Titel vielleicht die Offenbarung sein. Echte Zocker werden aber maximal ein Wochenende daran ihren Spaß haben und den Titel dann im Regal vergammeln lassen. Trotzdem, wer einfach mal ein Spiel der etwas anderen Art erleben möchte, der kann zugreifen.
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Deaf Gamers
As we said at the top of the review the Nintendo DS is allowing developers to come up with different kinds of games and these are certainly refreshing from the usual games we see year in and year out. Cooking Mama is definitely an original game and for the most part, it’s a fun one too. There’s not a lot of depth to the game though and it may not be a game you’re going to want to come back to once you’ve had your fill. Still it’s definitely worth considering simply for its novelty value and it’s also a game that children and those who normally wouldn’t be too concerned playing games may find appealing. Here’s hoping the Nintendo Wii version of Cooking Mama can add some extra depth to the recipe.
70
Good Game
I must admit, after a while I got a little bored of cooking, and wanted to get back to shooting things, but it’s still a laugh. I give it a 7 pan fried chickens for beings its own genre and a novelty game.
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Deeko
Cooking Mama isn't for everyone, that's for sure. I mean, its strong point is how well the game is paced. If you're looking for a game that's fun for short periods of time, this is a great title and it does make great use of the Nintendo DS capabilities. Its weak point, however, is also how the game is paced. It's really difficult to get into the game for periods longer than fifteen minutes, so you'll be bored after a short period of time (though the first time you play, you'll more than likely spend a good hour). With seventy six recipes, there is a lot of play value here, but once you're done, you're done. Budget priced at $19.99, Cooking Mama is certainly a title to look into and one I'd recommend if you enjoy playing games in short spurts. If you want a marathon rpg (roasted potatoe game), you'd best move along.
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Game Freaks 365
For $20, you can’t really knock Cooking Mama. It’s a simple, cute game that I can guarantee for any younger or female DS owner. As mentioned before, the Wii follow-up is coming soon with even more Mama to go around, so DS owners with a Wii might consider waiting for that instead.
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4Players.de
Cooking Mama macht kurzfristig Spaß, ohne wirklich in irgendeinem Bereich herausragend zu sein. Die Minispiel-Sammlung mit Kochhintergrund hat im Prinzip nur ein Problem: Sie kommt etwas zu spät, um für Begeisterung sorgen zu können. Immerhin steht die Kochmutter in den USA schon seit über einem Jahr am Herd und hat mittlerweile in Übersee sogar schon eine Fortsetzung spendiert bekommen. Dementsprechend spröde präsentiert sich die Kulisse, die Steuerung leistet sich gelegentlich kleine Aussetzer und die Musik, die man leider nicht abstellen kann, hätte auch vor zwölf Monaten schon genervt. Da die Auswahl an Minispiel-Sammlungen auf DS sich aber immer noch in überschaubaren Grenzen hält, können Interessierte durchaus einen Blick auf die interaktive Kochshow werfen. Für fünf betriebsame Minuten in der U-Bahn oder auch zehn bis 15 Minuten Wartezeit am Flughafen ist Cooking Mama immer gut!
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Gameswelt
’Cooking Mama’ sieht auf den ersten Blick witziger aus, als es letztendlich ist. Die Idee wird durch ein viel zu simples Spieldesign verwürzt und die ständigen Unterbrechungen nerven. Mangels Alternativen für Kochfreunde bedingt empfehlenswert.
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Game Informer Magazine
I love (no, love) food as entertainment – in particular those wonderfully geeky shows on Food TV like Good Eats and Ham on the Street. Along these same lines, Cooking Mama could have been a wacky, gameplay-oriented way to have some fun with my food. Because of the dual-screen layout and minigame design, it just plain isn’t. Points are seemingly docked at a flat rate – so failing to stir the rice enough could be just as bad as dropping all of the meat pies onto the floor. This scoring discrepancy is even more aggravating when some of the actions are way too easy and others are pretty hard under the game’s harsh time limits. In short, the games themselves just aren’t as much fun as other minigame collections and are really repetitive.
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NintendoWorldReport
Cooking Mama was fun for a while, but after the novelty wore off, the repetition of the mini-games and the janky stylus controls just became a bigger and more noticeable defect, and while I’d love to praise the game for trying something different, I have to fault it for not having much depth. Nintendo’s recently-announced Cooking Navi sounds like it might be the true successor to the Cooking Simulation throne.
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Planet GameCube
Cooking Mama was fun for a while, but after the novelty wore off, the repetition of the mini-games and the janky stylus controls just became a bigger and more noticeable defect, and while I’d love to praise the game for trying something different, I have to fault it for not having much depth. Nintendo’s recently-announced Cooking Navi sounds like it might be the true successor to the Cooking Simulation throne.
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GameCola.net
Cooking Mama is a cheap game, with an MSRP of about $20. However, unless you’re an aspiring chef or minigames are really your bag, that’s 20 bucks you could drop on something more worthy of your gaming dollar.
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GameSpy
Cooking Mama isn't the flashiest game out there, but it's a decent value, considering it'll only cost you twenty bucks. Sadly, the only multiplayer mode included is a downloadable demo you can distribute to your friends -- we would have loved a cooking contest a la Iron Chef, where the highest scoring player across a series of mini-games would win the fame and glory. Still, the mini-games can be fun, and slapping together a meal can be accomplished in just a few minutes, perfect for playing in short bursts if that's all you're looking for. One can also hope that the simplified recipes on your DS inspire you to one day pick up a proper cookbook (and perhaps Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking) and begin some experimentation in your own real-life kitchen. Your friends and family will love you for it.
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TTGamer
Cooking Mama has to be played, but doesn't have to be bought which leaves you with a problem. The game is so unique and original that DS owners have to play it, but the fact it’s so short makes it not worth coughing up the cash for. Wait a few months for it to hit the bargain bins and you will find a gem, in what has been a lacking time for the DS.
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UOL Jogos
A simplicidade de "Cooking Mama" faz dele um jogo ideal para jogadores casuais. Apesar dos problemas com o uso pouco intuitivo da stylus em certos minigames, da ausência de desafio e da repetição de tarefas, é um título sui generis e, por isso mesmo, interessante.
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EL33TONLINE
This game will entertain the casual gamer for a while, the hardcore gamer will 100% it in about 4 hours. You can learn a lot of interesting recipes which, once I tried in the realspace, worked pretty well. So now I can game and cook at the same time.
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3DAvenue
Cooking Mama has to be played, but doesn't have to be bought which leaves you with a problem. The game is so unique and original that DS owners have to play it, but the fact it’s so short makes it not worth coughing up the cash for. Wait a few months for it to hit the bargain bins and you will find a gem, in what has been a lacking time for the DS.
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G4 TV: X-Play
It has a refreshing culinary theme, tons of stylus mini-games and at a bargain price. Its barely like real cooking and has stupid unlockables.
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FOK!games
Cooking Mama is een vrij grappig spelleke waarmee je moeder en je zusje zich misschien een aantal regenachtige middagen kunnen vermaken, maar voor gamers als jij en ik is het minder geschikt. De game is daar te eentonig en te simplistisch voor. Wil je minigames spelen, ga dan gewoon voor Wario Ware Touched, deze is stukken beter.
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NGamer
It's not that it's badly made or anything, it's just a bit dull, and there's only so many polygon peppers we want to chop. Plus, Mama's a weirdo.
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Good Game
Look, the extent of my cooking knowledge is toast & cereal. If you like the quirky casual stuff, give it a try I guess but I think I actually represent the majority here. Its finished, its polished, but its not fun. I’m giving it 5, and your ramen is done!
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The Video Game Critic
Cooking Mama is a cute little cooking simulator, but is there really an audience for this? I sure many gamers have multiple hobbies, but how many would profess a passion for cooking? Playing games rarely puts me in the mood to chop onions or fry chicken.