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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.1
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.1
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Overall User Score (9 votes) 3.3

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Just Adventure (Apr 30, 2007)
Cooking Mama Cook Off is not a game that will leave you hungry for more (Ha, get it!), but it will make you hungry! It may also be that more than a few gamers can at least learn some basic cooking techniques as not only are they are well presented, but the player is actually performing the motions necessary to make the dish. As I can personally attest, it is also a great family game that gets everyone involved. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have Laura Croft coming over for a virtual candlelit dinner.
Nintendojo (2007)
Another reason to own a Wii arrives as Cooking Mama: Cook Off, a three-course meal to stave off post-launch hunger. Superbly utilizing the unique features of the Wii remote, this game is highly recommended for all ages, sexes and levels of experience. You can almost smell the food cooking, the only regret is you can't taste it. To quote Mama, "Wonderful!"
80 (Jan 15, 2008)
Trotz einiger kleiner Macken macht Cooking Mama einfach nur sehr viel Spaß und zählt zusammen mit Trauma Center nicht zu Unrecht zu den Geheimtipps unter den Wii-Spielen. Gerade diese frischen Spielkonzepte sind wie für die Steuerung mit der Wiimote gemacht und so auf keiner anderen Heimkonsole umsetzbar. Zum Glück hat THQ die Gunst der Stunde genutzt und das Spiel auch in die deutschsprachigen Länder gebracht, die sehr guten Verkaufszahlen in Großbritannien sprechen für sich. Wenn ich die nächsten Tage nicht online sein sollte, macht euch keine Sorgen, die Minestrone muss noch zubereitet werden.
1UP (Mar 21, 2007)
An upset victory for the fresh-faced Wii as the reigning champion is humbled in a landslide decision. But ultimately Cook Off's combination of improved variety, a better interface and multiplayer gameplay were an easy decision over the DS's stylus controls, solo-only play and limited palette -- and palate. And so a new champion is crowned... and we'll see you next time.
GameLemon (Sep 18, 2007)
It looks cool just dropping bits of food into a skillet and shaking it about on the screen, but it doesn't really work too well in the kitchen, and it usually results in you making a mess and your parents making you clean the entire kitchen and wash dishes for a week and not play video games so you'll stop getting these stupid ideas and why don't you get a real job and move out of the house already and--- whoa, sorry. I think I have to go call my therapist. Maybe after I do just one more meal.
nRevolution (Mar, 2007)
Cooking Mama represents something of a missed opportunity. With more subtle controls (one too many actions just require simple button presses, while the remote motions are a little on the basic side), a few tweaks to the fluctuating difficulty, and a wider range of meals to create, you'd have a worthy update to the DS original. As things stand, this is one recipe that could have done with a little more preparation time - an undercooked sequel the leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Worth Playing (May 02, 2007)
It's hard to figure out who to recommend Cooking Mama: Cook Off to outside of young girls or chronic party-gamers. It's a passable cooking simulator that's not without its own brand of charm, but which also lacks polish. However, if you're like me (or even if you're not), odds are you're wondering why you should spend $50 on a game that lets you cook virtual food when you could instead buy $50 of real food, do the cooking yourself (with far more precise recipes and actions, and a lot more potential for adventure), and have a grand old feast afterwards.
Nintendo Front (Feb 14, 2008)
Die Anleitung der Spielsteuerung ist zum Teil als Frechheit anzusehen. In wie weit die berüchtigte Nintendo-Qualitätskontrolle bei diesem Titel gegriffen hat, ist fraglich. Beschreibungen sind unverständlich und schwer zu verstehen, was unter anderem an der lieblosen Übersetzung aus dem Englischen her rührt. Bei „Cooking Mama“ handelt es sich um einen Vollpreistitel der nicht ganz das hält was er verspricht. Spielspaß ist garantiert, wenn auch nur für eine gewisse Zeit. Der Spielablauf gestaltet sich stets gleich und bietet keinerlei Abwechslung in Form von Minispielen oder gar einer Geschichte. „Cooking Mama“ ist als kurzatmiges, aber spaßbringendes Kochspiel zu bezeichnen.
GamePro (US) (Mar 20, 2007)
It's not that Cook Off is a bad game--all Wii owners should at least rent it for a weekend, and some will fall in love enough to buy it outright--but it isn't a particularly great game either. It's the gaming equivalent of a local neighborhood eatery: the food's good and service is decent, but it certainly won't be the best meal you've ever had.
GameSpy (Mar 28, 2007)
Don't mistake us for complete and total haters; Cooking Mama: Cook Off has its moments, such as in multiplayer, in which most players will end up on the same level playing field, partly due to some of the flaws of the gameplay mechanic. It seems as though Taito wanted to get a Wii version out quickly, and we wish it hadn't. The ideas behind Cooking Mama are very fun, interesting, and appealing to both hardcore gamers and casuals alike, but unfortunately, this title feels far too rushed to capture the essence of what made the DS game fun. The controls feel sloppy in places where they should be intuitive, and in a game of this nature, precision is crucial. Still, it's a great-looking game for what it is, and we don't doubt that there will be people out there who will embrace it, warts and all. We're just not among them. Hopefully, Taito will take its time with the next game and not pull it out of the oven quite so early.
Frictionless Insight (Apr 17, 2007)
The colorful visuals are bright and appealing, and the instructions are only occasionally cryptic, but after extended play, the "mushy" controls can move Cooking Mama: Cook Off from fun to frustrating.
60 (Dec 30, 2008)
World Kitchen starts the fun fires but it never hits a boiling point. The slow pace drags the game to a numbing grind of flipping burgers and adding salt. It appears that World Kitchen took a step back when it could have used some more time in cooker.
Cooking Mama ist eine sehr nette Spielidee für kurze Zocksessionen zwischendurch. Auf lange Sicht gesehen kann der Titel aufgrund des extrem monotonen Gameplay aber nicht überzeugen. Klar, die Duelle gegen meine Freundin haben mir grossen Spass gemacht. Aber sobald man alleine den Kochlöffel schwingt, stellt sich schnell Ernüchterung da. Ausserdem ist der Titel nach rund sieben Stunden vollkommen ausgespielt. Wer aber dennoch unbedingt kochen will mit seiner Wii, der sollte unbedingt darauf warten, bis der Titel zum Budgetpreis erhältlich ist, den vollen Preis ist er nämlich nicht wert.
60 (May 16, 2007)
Armé d'une bouteille de vin rouge accompagnée d'un hamburger sur sa pochette arrière, Cooking Mama se rêve jeu culinaire fédérateur, qui réunira les amateurs de grande bouffe et les consommateurs de pizzas surgelés, les gros joueurs et ceux qui veulent juste passer un peu de bon temps. Avec son contenu rapidement répétitif et son manque d'audace visuelle, le titre de Taito est quand même plus proche du MacDo vidéoludique : on s'y arrête le temps d'une pause, pour se détendre en faisant l'idiot avec sa Wiimote. Un peu plus fournie et accrocheuse que la première version sur DS, cette adaptation Wii est un bon party-game, mais qui doit être utilisé sur de petites sessions, sous peine d'éventer le gameplay en quelques heures.
60 (May 27, 2007)
Cooking Mama heeft de overgang van DS naar Wii prima doorstaan. Dit neemt niet weg dat het nog steeds niet een spel is om uren achter elkaar te spelen. Het is vooral een spel dat geschikt is voor de non-gamer. De nieuwigheid van het spel is er al snel af en dan blijft een relatief saai spel over. Enkel nog leuk voor een potje multiplayer.
IGN (Mar 20, 2007)
When it comes to captivating casual gamers, control needs to be simple and intuitive, and the Cooking Mama franchise needs to evolve to do that. We could rant all day about what technically works and why 1:1 motion is important, but in the end it’s an issue of whether or not the game is fun, inviting, and entertaining. The overall consensus; it’s still a fun game, as long as you can ignore some of its faults. The inviting presentation will still bring people in, it’ll still be a blast for certain gamers, and the act of doing motion-controlled cooking pantomime will be a hit with the younger crowd and a niche group of gamers. At the same time, the series has a long way to go before it really “feels right” on Wii, and if nothing else Cooking Mama: Cook Off can act as that first step towards an inevitable improvement. We love the series, but we simply can’t endorse this one. Here’s hoping for a sequel that truly innovates around the controller, rather than borrowing from DS control.
50 (UK) (May 09, 2007)
All of which skewers any hope the game had of receiving the same guarded recommendation it got last time. Whereas the DS game could be defended for ignoring significant depth for the sake of accessibility, Cook Off's controls are simply too ropey for it to earn any flavour of respect, and leave its repetitive, flash-in-the-pan mini-games open to assault. Still a novelty for the first half an hour (and one greatly intensified by the two-player mode), it boils down to a game that punishes you for the flaws in its own control system, with the result that it's not only an experience whose ingredients appear more appetising than the dish they're set to become, but one that simply burns you the way you've been burnt ever since you first wound up with a bad game. "Cook Off" seems like a decent place to leave it.
IGN Australia (May 17, 2007)
And that is pretty much that. For a semi-sequel that is arguably a large backwards step from the original game, Cooking Mama will leave a bitter taste in your mouth. It's a neat idea that definitely deserves a better team or larger budget should a sequel ever make its way to shelves. If anything, it makes us wonder if the Wii's emphasis on originality might be a dangerous proposition for mainstream gamers - gamers who might be pretty appalled by a title of this dubious quality. Nintendo seal or no, Cooking Mama needed longer in the oven and a few more ingredients.
Deeko (Mar 29, 2007)
Overall, Cooking Mama is a title that is sure to interest some players, especially those familiar with the original DS title. However, as opposed to the DS version of the game, Cooking Mama on the Wii is a mess and something that is often very hard to enjoy, especially for the younger crowd. The Wii sensitive controls don't work well and even when they do, there will always be one or two parts of a recipe that you'll maul because of those rogue elements. Cooking Mama: Cook Off at least offers multiplayer play, but even that isn't enough to keep this meal from being bland. With proper Wii control, this title could have been a four star meal, but instead remains nothing but an overcooked steak - tough and non-enjoyable.
Consoles Plus (Jul, 2007)
Regardez Chef, la recette ! sur M6 ou faites la cuisine vous-même plutôt que de jouer à ce Cooking Mama qui perd ses étoiles en passant de la DS à la Wii.
With bad controls, a weak cooking book, and lame features, this game should not be one of those mini games that you need to own. After playing this I was almost wishing I didn't get rid of Wario Ware on the Wii, at least those mini games responded well. Oh yeah this game also makes American's look like idiots in the kitchen, one of our main entrees is a hot dog. Beat that French, you can keep your Cream Puffs.
Gamestyle (Nov 06, 2007)
If you think this is a short review, you clearly haven't played Cooking Mama (and that's the way it should stay). There's an alarming lack of variety in how you cook each recipe and the whole game feels like it was knocked up in a five minute lunch break. With half-baked ideas like this getting released, it's no wonder the Wii gets a bad reputation.