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Cooking Mama World Kitchen review

Troubled
AT A GLANCE
  • Mid-recipe minigames
  • Share the pain in two-player mode
  • Thankfully brief
  • Inconsistent controls
  • Repetitive activities
  • Belongs on DS

Part of the charm of the original Cooking Mama on DS was Mama herself, with her cheery advice that would turn to fire-eyed anger at the drop of a spoon. The cutesy presentation helped too, yet the game was fundamentally about cooking.

 

Now, however, food has taken a back seat to ‘personality’. The game’s shifted from a first-person view, meaning you now face your MySims-esque avatar as you control their movements while Mama buzzes around offering non-stop Engrish encouragement. This front-on view isn’t nearly as intuitive as before, and the blocky 3D is a graphical step backwards for the series. 

The Let’s Cook mode gives you the chance to prepare a meal for one of Mama’s odd friends. It’s a pretty pointless addition though, as the process of assembling one of the 51 dishes (yes, just 51) remains the same, except on a ‘one mistake and you’re out’ system. The two-player activities fail to liven things up for the same reason – there just isn’t enough variety. There are more new tricks in the shape of mid-recipe minigames where you help Mama rectify your culinary mistakes by catching stray ingredients in her apron or grabbing a flying pizza base, but, as in the main game, unresponsive controls hinder your efforts.

Feb 25, 2009

More Info

Release date: Nov 18 2008 - Wii (US)
Available Platforms: Wii
Genre: Simulation
Published by: Majesco
Developed by: Cooking Mama Limited
Franchise: Cooking Mama
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Alcohol Reference, Comic Mischief
PEGI Rating:
3+

3 comments

  • gaspipe109 - December 29, 2009 12:23 a.m.

    Don't waste your time and money on this abomination. This is the worst video game of the modern era. "Joust" and "Pac-Man" are still better games than this one. It doesn't respond to controller inputs or it "overreacts" to inputs. Nowhere can you figure out what you did wrong.
  • lucashintz - February 25, 2009 11:58 p.m.

    Sad thing is I really liked the first wii game.
  • VinylSiding - February 25, 2009 8:41 p.m.

    the wii sure does love it's cooking games..

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