Cake Mania for the DS is a game I've had for a good while now and one I slightly regret getting back into because at times it can be so frustrating and other times I just can't stop playing.
The game is basically running a cake shop. You're a lone employee called Jill who must serve all the customers and reach a target to be able to complete each month. The profit you earn from tips and anything above the target can go towards buying new equipment for the shop to help serve customers faster and increase earnings by decorating the cakes. Unlike games like Cooking Mama you don't have to worry about ingredients or baking the cakes but head to the oven and pick the shape of the base the customer is looking for, icing it with the correct colour and any required decoration to get the sale. If the customer is left waiting too long they get frustrated, reduce their tips or even walk out of the shop before being served - some of them are very demanding! Jill's aim is to be able to afford to re-open her grandparents' cake shop which closed down and she finally manages to do after completing 4 yearly stages.
The game isn't challenging but it relies heavily on concentration. Accidently pick the wrong shape at the oven and you can waste 4 or 5 seconds baking another. Pick the wrong icing colour or decoration and you need to start all over again wasting valuable time so obviously making sure the DS is calibrated before playing will really help. If any cakes left are over by the time the shop shuts they get deducted from the total which can cause you to fail that month.
The game has a great variety of characters including boys, student, Easter Bunny, a bride, Vampire, Cupid and Santa. One of the items that can be bought is a TV to keep them entertained so you learn which TV programmes they enjoy to increase their happiness plus you can serve them cupcakes to eat while they're waiting. I like the grannies mostly because they're easily pleased with a cupcake and can be kept waiting far longer whereas the Easter Bunny is a rather angry man and the boy expects to be catered to quickly.
The graphics are not great, even if they are vibrant, and very two dimensional which isn't really a problem until it gets to picking the cake bases. When you progress through each month you then have to layer cakes and when it gets to Halloween the pumpkin base can look a lot like the square base and same again at Easter with the egg shaped cake. The game also doesn't fit the DS screen well. From serving the customers on the left, the cake decoration stations on the right can't be seen so at times I've picked up iced cakes only to remember there's already a cake there so have to put it back down to be able to serve the decorated cake to then go back and decorate the next cake. There is music to the game but it's not really anything exciting. It is slightly fast paced though and doesn't really distract from what you're doing.
After completing the 4th year of tasks Jill can finally hand her grandparents the deed to their bakery but the game doesn't end there. The game then unlocks 'Back to the Bakery' and game pretty much begins again with far fewer appliances but this time Jill's aim is to win her grandparents a holiday. Having played the first game makes this second game a lot easier but there were times where I'd bought the wrong equipment for the upcoming task, lost concentration or just not managed to reach the target.
Saving the game after each task is so important because although you get 4 or 5 lives to begin, if you do end up losing on the final life it's easy enough just to replay that level again than having to start from the beginning. The good thing about saving it too is it won't save any purchases you make before playing the next round so you may buy one thing then find out another would help more. This changes in 'Back to the Bakery' so it's worth saving each level alternately or even using all 3 save slots.
Both games have 4 years (or maybe there's only 3 in the second?) to complete with each month lasting around 5 minutes. Back to the Bakery doesn't show a map like the first game but it still works from month to month so you have a good idea of where you're at. It is probably possible to complete the whole thing in a day but I tend to switch it off when I can't pass a month, go back to it the next day and complete it easily. It's slightly anti-climatic by the end of BttB - you've worked so hard for Jill's grandparents to get their holiday and have nothing to show for it. You can go back to the save slots and replay from those or start from the beginning but there's not really any reason to try and improve. There's no multiplayer option and unless I'm just really good at it, all the high scores were my mine by the end of the game anyway.
The game did hold my attention but it just wasn't very creative. All you have to do is press the correct buttons. I did still enjoy it while it lasted though and I'm probably likely to play it again in the future but now have the option to play either game. It might have been a bit better if you could choose which character to play and customise it a little more. It does look like it's aimed at kids and is actually aimed at those 3+ but I wouldn't put adults off playing it at all unless you have other things you really should be doing. It does sound like an easy game but it is a little more than that.
==Price and Availability==
I always used to play Cake Mania on my computer and after looking in CEX and noticing the Nintendo DS version for just £5 second hand I had to buy it. The game can be bought new on Amazon for just under £11 but I rarely buy new games unless they're for presents as most of the time they work out a lot more expensive.
==Idea of the Game==
The player is in the role of Jill, a young chef who has taken over her grandparents failing bakery, the basic idea being that you serve customers and make them cakes to advance to the next level. The bakery is very basic to begin with; just one oven and an icing machine however, over the course of the game as you earn more money you upgrade the bakery and Jill so she works faster.
As you advance to the next level it also moves onto the next month, obviously this brings with it different seasonal cakes and trends. Sometimes the necessary toppers are only available on upgrades so if you haven't upgraded you will be missing out on making the top money and therefore advancing easier. There are also five different locations in the game which can be viewed on the level map, as you advance through the levels you're working your way towards unlocking the next location.
Obviously, the main aim of the game is to keep your customers happy. There are a few different customer types, there's a little blurb at the start of each level which will tell you if a new type of customer is coming into the shop, it's worth knowing the customer types as some will be prepared to wait longer than others. Each customer has a little heart above their head, this is their patience level. If they're getting sick of waiting the heart will gradually empty and if you let it empty completely they will leave which means you'll miss out on money and this can have serious consequences when it comes to completing the level.
==Playing the Game==
When the customer comes in you first have to click them to give them a menu, they then choose a cake shape and colour of icing. As the game progresses they also choose different toppings so it does get more complicated. As the bakery is only basic to begin with it is quite slow going as there's only one oven but as you progress and build up your kitchen you can juggle more orders at once and this is the key to achieving high scores and bonus money. The game does become very fast paced and can be frustrating as the game is played entirely with the stylus and sometimes if a tap doesn't register it can cost you the whole level. There are over 80 levels in the games and I am nowhere near the end, it's something that can be played for a very long time. It's not a game that I've paid continuously for months but I do go through phases where I'll just play Cake Mania for a week as once you start progressing you want to keep going.
This game is great for anybody who likes simulation games, it's quite like Diner Dash and although it's got a guideline of 3+ I'd say it's for older children although adults would really appreciate the game especially in the later levels when it gets harder. The price new is good but it's definitely worth buying second hand especially if you've never played before. This game will provide hours of game play, but it will require a lot of concentration to unlock new levels!
Cake mania is a great game for the DS and is based on the PC game.
If you have never played it before, basically what you have to do is take customers orders and make the cake that they want. It seems easy, but it gets harder! If customers get angry, they leave. Some customers will want a double cake with different kinds of icing on the top. Different customers tip differently and it's a great game to play! Also it's a lot easier than PC because its touch screen so you can move around quicker which is great!
The levels on this game are good and there are a lot of them! You have about 4 different restaurants and about 10 levels for each restaurant.
This game can get very boring after a while. As you go throughout the levels, they get harder and harder. Then, once you go to a new restaurant, it gets easy again and then gets harder! Basically it just feels like you are doing the same thing over and over again and it can get boring
It doesn't take very long to complete so don't think that this game will last long; it only took me about 2 hours to complete the full game, part 1. There is a part but it is basically the same as part 1 just a slightly different storyline.
A good thing about it however are you getting to upgrade your equipment for each restaurant, depending on how much money you get! This makes it more exciting to play.
Yes, I would recommend this game to all playfirst fans, but don't expect too much out of this game. There is a Cake Mania 2 out which are better than this game but some people like to start off on the first one.
Normally I buy my own games so I know what to expect. But since this was a gift my mind was absolutely blank as I turned the game on. I've played the Cooking Mama game afew times, so thought it was something similiar. But its not.
There's no chopping, slicing, or burning stuff involved in Cake Mania. Its played in the girls grandparents shop. The profits have taken on abit of a dive, so the grandkid's here to sort that out. It starts off very simple. You get a customer, customer orders a plain cake, you bake the correct cake (there are different shaped cakes, like circle, heart, star), give customer cake and take his/her money. At the end of each level, the amount of money she needs to make increases. Also the cakes get more complicating. You get different coloured icings, and cake toppers. Although as you earn more, you get to buy stuff for your kitchen (shopping bits I like).
As you go about your way baking and icing, you cannot be relaxed. The customers include teenage kids, students, old ladies and so forth. Some wait longer than others, so sometimes you have to serve in different order. If your customers leave you're usually left with an extra cake, which you may have to throw away cos you have nowhere else to put it. So its not just about the cakes. You need to have a strategy in mind when it comes to serving your customers. And thats probably why I like it. Even though it may not seem obvious, logic has a role to play here.
Cake Mania is the well known computer game that many have enjoyed for years and is now available on the Nintendo DS. It is available at many online stores and all good gaming shops. Currently it is being sold on the Game website for just £4.98 which is incredible value as I bought mine from ebay for double this!
The game follows the layout of the online version very closely, you take the role of a girl who owns a cake shop. You have to wait for customers requests, bake their order and then decorate them as they have requested. You then hand them out to the correct customer and receive cash in return. Depending on how quick and accurate their order is, the customer will tip you, therefore giving you more money. There are 12 levels in this game, each taking the name of a month in the year. Each level has a particular target which is usually in the form of how much money you need to make. In addition to this, each level has a new type of customer depending on the month. For example, in April you will see Easter Bunnies. With the money you make, you can use it to buy new items for your kitchen in order to make it easier to pass the next levels.
I would certainly recommend Cake Mania to people of all ages. It is a great game and can be very addictive at times. To begin with, the gameplay is fairly easy which makes it easy and quick to complete levels therefore making you become accustomed to the game.
Approach this game with caution, as it is probably one of the most addictive games that you can play! Although the format is repetitive, with the game basically consisting of the same level played over and over again with varying difficulty, the challenge of completing that one last level quickly means that you're determined to complete the whole game!
This game can be found on Amazon, eBay and in high street shops for generally around £10 or less, for the DS. It utilises the DS' touchscreen capabilities, with the stylus being used to operate everything in the game. This can be fiddly, as the DS does have a relatively small screen, and so it can be difficult to understand more complicated orders, and one little knock with your stylus can hit the wrong button and, on the later, more complicated levels, send the whole game out of whack! This just adds to the challenge though, as you feel you need to start again and beat the game!
The backstory is that the main character, Jill, is setting up a bakery, having just finished a cooking degree in order to buy her grandparent's bakery back from a supermarket takeaway. The game takes place over four years, with each month being one level, and you progress through a variety of locations, serving different customers with different preferences and levels of patience.
The basic idea with each level is the same- you have a set level of funds that need to be reached in order to progress onto the next level. Customers will enter the shop, and need to be handed menus by tapping on their speech bubbles. They will the request a cake, by flashing pictures of it in their speech bubble. Jill then needs to bake this cake, ice it, and decorate it as needs be. In later levels, icing decorations can be added to increase the value of the cake. Also, some customers will start to request two-level cakes. There are different types of customers that visit the shop, with differing levels of patience. If a customer is not served before all their patience hearts run out, they will leave the shop. A happy customer will also tip more.
The money raised from each level can be used to buy upgrades to the shops, such as faster equipment (ovens, frosting machines, decorations, faster shoes for Jill) and gadgets to make the customers happy (a TV and a cupcake machine).
In the later levels, the game becomes very fast paced as larger amounts of money are set as the target and it becomes a challenge to manage your customers so they are as happy as possible and you get them all served.
I completed this game over the course of a few days because I could not put it down! However, it could last for longer, and when the game is completed....Cake Mania 2 unlocks!
Platform: Nintendo DS
ESBR : E Everyone
PEGI : 3+
Based on the Sandlot Games online game, Cake Mania for the NDS is a fast paced addictive game in which the aim is to help Jill make enough money to re-open her grandparents shop. Using the touch screen you need to hand menus to the customers as they come in, take their orders, bake their cake and ice and decorate it, then serve it to them before they run out of patience and leave. There are 84 levels to complete in total.
The aim is to reach your bakery targets and collect as much money as possible to raise funds for equipment upgrades. You can earn more money from tips which are greater if you have kept your customers happy, for example by serving them quickly, giving them free cupcakes while they are waiting and putting on the TV for them to watch.
My advice is to serve the awkward impatient customers first as they are more likely to walk out of the shop wasting both the cake and the tip.
At the end of each level you then need to decide how to spend the money you have accumulated . You can upgrade kitchen appliances like the oven or the icing machine, offer new cake toppings or even buy go-faster shoes so you can whizz around the kitchen. You can also choose not to spend the money and save it until the end of the next level until you have enough to buy more expensive pieces of equipment - the choice is yours.
There are 84 addictive levels to complete and each gets a little harder and faster and although slightly repetitive, the game is still interesting because it is up to your time management and decision making along the way as to the outcome of each level. The graphics are bright and colourful and game completion is achieveable providing you master the art of precision screen stabbing with the stylus!
Definitely good value for money as a fun and entertaining game suitable for all ages and abilities.
Having played Cake Mania on a website online. Not sure if i'm allowed to mention it?. It was Zylom.com
It's basically about Jill, and she is wanting to raise enough money to buy her grandparents bakery.
Aim of the game is too serve customers with the exact type of cake they want. Firstly you hand them a menu, then you wait till a speech bubble comes up with the cake type they want. Say they want a circle red iced cake with a little ship on top. You'd go to the oven, and press the circle button, wait till the cake is baked, pick it up, ice it with red, then take it to the ship decorating section, and add the ship, then take the finished cake all the way to the customer!.
Whilst doing this more people are coming into her shop, ordering things left right and centre. You have a budget you have to make each day, say $500, any less then this, and you have failed the level, and have to try it again :)
This game is good, although more aimed at teenegers to adults i'd think, as the game does get very fast, and you need to have 6 pairs of hands at times!. It is frustrating when you accidently ice the cake the wrong colour, if this does happen though, you can buy a little cake stand for the table in the middle of your kitchen, and hope one of the customers sees it and orders it!.
Little kids wouldn't be able to do this game i don't think. It's too fast paced.
I am on the secone world at the minute. I think there is 60 levels in total, and you get to work in 5 different bakeries (different places) i'm up to two as i just said.
I'm really thinking i'll get bored with this game if i have to get up to 60 levels
At the minute, i'm enjoying it. I'd recommended it :)
I have always been a fan of Cake Mania on the PC so when I spied a version for my DS it was inevitable I was going to buy it.
Cake Mania is a time management game where effectively you have to complete tasks in the time available to you to be able to progress further in the game. As you go further into the game, the tasks get harder and more complicated in the same amount of time provided to complete them. It can get quite challenging but is a good achievement if you manage to complete it.
** Storyline **
Jill is taking over her grandparents failing bakery business. As she has just completed her culinary course she is the perfect person to build the business up again.
Each level is set in the same shop which you can upgrade as and when you have the funds to be able to do so, but until you do the shop remains a basic shell selling basic ingredients.
** Aim of the game **
As I mentioned above, the aim is to complete tasks in the allotted time to complete the level. The task is usually a required monetary amount.
In the beginning of the game with a basic shop layout, you will start with an oven, and an icing machine.
Customers arrive in the shop and you must click on them to hand them a menu. When they have decided on what cake they wish to order, a bubble appears at the top of their head with the shape of the cake and the coloured icing on top they wish to order.
You must then click on the correct shape of cake above the oven to allow the oven to cook the cake. The oven will take approx 10 seconds to cook so you have no choice at this stage to wait, or click on another customer if one appears to give them a menu.
Once the cake is cook you have to click on it to pick it up and click on the correct colour for the icing to allow the cake to be iced.
At this point the next customer will have chosen and his choice bubble will have appeared, so whilst you are waiting for the cake to be iced you can place the next cake in the oven.
The process of the game continues like this. The customer will disappear and the line decrease once you have given the customer their cake and taken the pile of money from the counter.
Your money automatically goes into your till and your total increases once you click on it.
** Extras and upgrades **
As your monetary target increases, you will need to upgrade your shop to be able to make your daily targets. By adding upgraded ovens, fancy toppers machines for the cakes, you will be able to charge more for your cakes (which is done automatically) and therefore make your daily targets easier.
You can also upgrade Jill in certain ways by giving her faster shoes to make her travel around the shop quicker and getting the tasks done faster.
To be able to buy upgrades, you have to wait until the end of each level and can then spend whatever money is available to you form completing the level. You can choose not to buy something one level and have more available to you next time.
Each level will be on a different month and with that month a little storyline of its own. If it is Easter for example you will have customers that want to buy Easter cakes. If you have the correct cake toppers then you will obviously make more money by offering the correct cake.
Some customers are also more impatient than others so it's worth reading the level intro to find out who you should be serving first and who you can afford to make wait.
Each customer has a heart patience level above their head and it disappears then the customer will leave. This counts against you at the end of the level and affects your bonus.
** Mistakes **
If you make a mistake in the level, which is easily done when the level is hectic and you are in the middle of a process, the cake will have to go in the bin and you will have to start again. This can really set you back and counts against your bonus at the end.
A way to get around this is to buy a cake stand for the counter. Hopefully a customer will ask for the exact cake at some point in the game and you will get back on track and make up that time again.
** Controls **
The game is played solely with the stylus as everything needs to be clicked on to activate the next motion. It's worth noting here that you need a stylus that hasn't been chewed or bent etc to play this game properly as sometimes you only have time to click once and there is no room to wait clicking a couple of times.
** My thoughts **
You will either love or hate Cake Mania. I love it because it really makes me think as I am in the middle of a level. There really is no room for error as you are clicking away. It can be very frustrating when you click something wrong or miss a customer's wish, but I breathe a sigh of relief when I have served every customer.
The game is long enough to keep you entertained for weeks as playing a couple of levels at a time before switching off can be enough sometimes. As the game can only be saved at the end of each level its worth remembering to do so, especially if it was a particularly hard level.
I also like the way the whole game is set over five different locations. Once you have completed certain goals in one area and worked around the level map which you see at the end of each level, you then go to a different location and start over again to build up the business. It keeps the variety alive in the game and ensures the player doesn't get bored with looking at the same four walls in the shop all the time.
There are 84 levels in Cake Mania and all for the bargain price of £11.99 from Amazon. This makes the game great value for money and can last you for months. I have completed about half the levels so far. A couple of them have provided me with a headache or two but a couple of day's perseverance has gotten me through it.
Highly recommended if you like time management games.
Cake mania was released on the Nintendo DS September 2007. I pre-ordered this game as when read what it was about, I thought that it could be a fun game that you could play for hours on end and not think about what you are playing.
Cake mania starts with you playing the character of Jill who is great at making cakes. She returns from school to her grandparents bakery an is horrified when it has been closed down because of competition. Here is where you come in, determined to re-open the shop with you making all the cakes and making a success of the bakery.
The concept of the game is that you are placed behind the counter. The customer arrives and you take their order, which you then have to bake the exact cake to order and decorate and then give the cake to the customer and then that customer pays. This is what you do through out the game until the end. Of course, with each level the customers become more demanding and the queues do form. You are constantly multi-tasking with putting cakes in the oven and decorating whilst still taking orders from customers. You also acquire certain customers, Cupid on Valentines day, Easter Bunny at Easter, Santa on Christmas Day.
Through out the game you can purchase upgrades, such as more and quicker cookers, more decorating kits, cake stands and plenty more that will help you progress through the game.
I love this game, but my other half finds it completely frustrating and repetitive and he can not complete a level without screaming at the DS. So it really depends whether you like this genre of game, and if you do I would highly recommend it.
It's no secret to my family and friends that I'm a big fan of cakes. It's for this reason that a handheld video game based entirely around cakes caught my eye. Partly due to this, and partly due to my unexpected enjoyment of the Gordon Ramsey cooking game, I picked up Cake Mania.
The premise is, you run a cake shop, and you absolutely MUST sell lots and lots of cakes to compete with the big supermarket that's opened up nearby. So it's time to bake bake bake.
There are two main views, which are the kitchen and the shop. In the shop, you encounter your customers, who will request annoyingly specific cakes that you then have to make in the kitchen. Making cakes is fairly tricky at first, but you soon get used to the different stages involved - just in time for the difficulty level to ramp up yet again.
The basic gameplay is lots of fun, and you will find yourself enjoying the frantic rushing around to please your customers. However, it does get very difficult very soon, as customers get increasingly impatient and picky, and their orders get more and more complex - a 3 tiered wedding cake, anyone? And if you mess up, you have to start again, wasting money on the incorrect cake and of course wasting precious time.
I learnt a lesson from this. If I ran a cake shop, I would take orders in advance, then make them in my own time for the customers to pick up later. The business model demonstrated in Cake Mania is just a recipe for stressed out staff and annoyed customers!
Although this game is lots of fun to pick up and play, it's certainly not without flaws. For me personally, I found that it got far too hard very soon, as my improving skills didn't seem to match up with the steep learning curve. There's also a bit of a control problem in that a lot of the icons on the screen are absolutely TINY. This makes it incredibly frustrating when you accidentally click on say the wrong ingredient, spoiling your cake and greatly reducing your score.
Overall, I like cake and I like Cake Mania. If you like the sound of it, be aware before you buy that it can be frustrating, and very tough at points!
Well this game is fantastic and well worth the money.
Jill grew up helping out in her grandparents' bakery which inspired her to go to culinary school. However she returns after graduation to find that her grandparents have been evicted as their landlord has sold the property to MegaMart. Jill vows to earn enough to buy back the family bakery and this is where the game starts.
Customers come in and you give them a menu, when they've selected the shape and colour of the cake, you bake it and ice it for them. Later in the game you can also add decorations or bake double-layer cakes.
You start with supermarket deliverymen but soon you'll have kids, food critics and 'holiday characters' ranging from the Easter Bunny to Santa. They all have different tastes and personalities, giving them certain amounts of patience. For example, if a cupid and a granny come in at the same time, serve the cupid first as he's less patient and more likely to walk out. The delivery men have very good patience so always serve them last if you have different customers in.
Upgrades to the bakery are not automatic in Cake Mania, like some similar games, instead you have the freedom to choose what you want to buy when you're taken to the shop screen at the beginning of each month. Whether or not you can afford things depends how much money you made that month.
Some upgrades are really good, the shoes is a must, it makes Jill move faster. The display bowl is a must too, because is you make the wrong cake you don't have to throw it away(which in turn lose's you money), if you pop the cake on the bowl stand one customer will almost always buy it.
When you have got the the end, you unlock a new game called Cake Mania Back to the Bakery in which Jill aims to win the Cake Mania competition because the prize would be a cruise for her grandparents.
Well I have got to say this game is a keeper, you may finish it quick enough but it's one of those games that you will definatley go back to it and start all over again.
Its a good game for children but what I have seen from friends and myself adults get addicted to this game.
Well worth every penny.
Cakemania is a short but incredibly addictive time-management game.
You work in a cake shop, and you start the game with one oven, which bakes cakes of four different shapes, and an icing station which will ice the cake one of four colours. You're aim is to serve as many customers as you can, and hit the targeted amount of earnings for the day. If you don't, game over!
To start off with, you will have just one customer. An image of the cake he wants will appear above his head, for example, a round cake with red icing.
Then, on the touch screen you touch the round cake symbol on the oven, pick it up when it is cooked, put the icing on it, take it to the customer, and collect the money.... You can touch the screen in all of the required places to perform this actions one after the other, and she will do one thing after she has finished the task before. You don't have to wait until each individual task is complete before giving her another.
In between levels you have the opportunity to buy other things to increase your income, such as cake decorations, more icing stations, or new ovens.
The game continues to get faster and faster as you progress through each level.
This is a simple game, and really really addictive. It's well work anyone getting. It will keep you entertained for longer than most of the best-sellers for the DS. It did me!
Have you ever been to a bakery before? I mean a real bakery, where they make all the stuff on the premise, and you can go upstairs and watch men in white aprons bake huge, fancy cakes to be later sold at an exorbitant price. I, for one, have always been fascinated by such spectacles. It's people like me, then, that games like Cake Mania are likely geared toward. Originally a popular PC game, Cake Mania has now been ported to the Nintendo DS.
My one biggest gripe with Cake Mania for the DS is simply the fact that there's nothing much that's all that impressive. Many games, at least within the first hour or so, show some sort of potential. Perhaps the graphics are astounding, or the game play is particularly interesting, or the plot is excellently set up. Well, the thing about Cake Mania is that there's really none of that.
You, the player, take on the role of Jill. Her grandparents, the owners of a successful bakery, have earned enough to send their granddaughter off to culinary school. Upon her return home, though, Jill is met with a nasty surprise: her grandparents' bakery has been bought out by a large chain of stores! Determined to put her grandparents back in business, Jill sets up her own bakery and works out of home.
In order to buy back the bakery, Jill has to work hard over quite a long period of time -- five years, in fact. Each gaming session takes place over the course of one month, during which you'll have to make a certain, quoted amount of money. This quota ranges from just a few hundred, in the earlier levels, to a few thousand, once the game gets more difficult.
Making money, at least at first, is a rather simple affair. Customers will queue up in your bakery, and you merely have to fill their orders and get them their cake before they get so fed up that they leave. A simple word bubble will appear over each customer's head once they decide upon their order; each order will be expressed in terms of a picture. You must look at the small picture to determine the shape of the cake your customer wants, the number of layers, the color frosting, and any decorations.
Cake Mania is played exclusively via the Nintendo DS stylus. Every action you perform in the game, from baking to frosting to decorating cakes, is performed via very standard use of the touch screen. Clearly, the aim here is to emulate the point-and-click style of PC game play. You tap around the bakery to direct Jill, and make all your baking selections by touching small icons. Once the cake is complete, a few quick taps of the stylus will have Jill give the customer their desired pastry and pick up the cash that they leave.
I mentioned just now that the DS version of Cake Mania obviously attempts to recreate the gaming experience provided by the PC version of the game, and in one rather critical way, they have failed. No matter what anyone tells you, the DS stylus is just not as precise as a computer mouse. The stylus tip is slightly bulky, and the touch screen is relatively small. As a result, it can often be difficult to select the right icons to select, especially since they are so small. Easily the most annoying part of the entire game are the times when the stylus, acting in a slightly imprecise manner, is not accurate enough to register with the icon that you actually tapped, and then accidentally churns out the wrong cake, icing color, decoration, etc. You're then forced to toss the cake, which eats into your profit, all because of imprecise handling.
In terms of graphics and music, Cake Mania is also rather lacking. Graphically, it's not at all impressive. Sprites are blockily animated, roughly colored, and too small to allow any real detail. The game's music, sadly, works along the same lines. It's simple and boring, all too forgettable, and really doesn't at all contribute to the overall quality of the game.
All its flaws overlooked for a second, there is a valid reason to consider purchasing Cake Mania. If you can overlook the sloppy design, sometimes-annoying controls, and all-too-noticeable dearth of a story arc, there is something underneath all the crap that can only be described as fun.
You see, like most simple games, Cake Mania does not stay simple for long. As you progress further and further into the game, Cake Mania's difficulty shoots up, sometimes to almost unbelievable points. This, at least for hardcore gamers, is going to be the sole reason to pick it up. Game play, thanks to the racked up difficulty level, suddenly becomes more compelling and engaging. You can't make mistakes, because one single misstep will quickly result in a game over. I know it seems weird that I'm recommending a game about a girl making cakes to hardcore gamers, but...trust me, it's true.
So, in the end, there's really two audiences that Cake Mania may appeal to. If you're buying for a younger girl who just wants a cheap little game that she may be able to relate to, then Cake Mania may be for her. My sister plays the game, and she does enjoy it. Be warned, however, that the difficulty level later in the game will likely turn off causal players, at least once they reach this point.
And, as I've already mentioned, Cake Mania may appeal to lifelong gamers looking for a real challenge on their Nintendo DS. Cake Mania may have crappy graphics, no story, horrendous music, and frustrating (occasionally) controls, but it's one redeeming factor is that it's difficult. So, if you're in the market for a game that isn't a cinch to beat, or one that you can't breeze through in four or five hours, then poke around for a copy of Cake Mania. You might be happy that you did.
(also on gamefaqs)
Stupidly, I'd always dismissed Cakemania as poor man's more gaudy version of Cooking Mama. So...there was an offer on at the local gaming shop and finally after picking up the box and reading the back, I realised that been dismissing a potential gem!
You play the Granddaughter of a cake shop owner who is risking losing their shop. You need to make enough money to keep it from closing....
The story thinly disguises a puzzle game, where you have to bake, ice and decorate cakes for allsorts of different customers. with different temperaments!
As the game continues, you make enough money in each successful month to buy upgrades for your shop. Examples include and lightning fast oven, speedy trainers so you can move faster, and a samples oven which produces cupcakes which you can give to the customers while they wait to ease their mood if they have been waiting a long time!.
I played a game similar to this ( and equally addictive) called Diner Dash.
Once you complete the game it opens a new game where you have to compete in a bakeoff competition to win your Grandparents a luxury cruise. I'm playing this at the moment and so far it's pretty much the same game. I'm hoping the further I go I will notice the differences!
Anyway, I'd definitely recommend it, but be warned it is frustratingly addictive, and pretty difficult on some levels!