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Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends (DS)

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Genre: Simulation / Video Game for Nintendo DS / Release Date: 2008-02-15 / Published by 505 Games

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      23.02.2012 03:43
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      Great game with loads of hours of gameplay combined with colourful graphics

      Being a big fan of the first Cooking Mama game, when the new one came out I was super excited and as I found it near my birthday, my hints obviously paid off, as I was given it as a birthday present! However, currently it can be bought for around £15 on both Amazon and GAME, which is a pretty fair price considering the amount of things it has improved on and has to do throughout it. It's rated 3 plus, and I totally agree as everything is simple to understand and just requires some basic reading skills. Even that probably wouldn't be needed though, as generally the instructions on the screen simply follow an arrow or a hand telling you what to do. It's definitely a game anyone could enjoy, even though it probably is centered as more of a girly game. Cooking Mama 2's gameplay is exactly the same as the previous, you are a character who is guided by Mama, a cooking whiz who is training you with all her favourite recipes! She watches you complete tasks, using your DS stylus to guide the characters hands (the only part we ever see in the game of the person we're controlling) to do various tasks which can be chopping vegetables, cutting meat, blending, frying, mixing or grilling. All of which will lead up to making a dish. There are many different dishes within this game, and you are bound to see one of your favourite dishes included. Some of the dishes you will see in the game are pizza, meatloaf, popcorn, ice cream, kebabs, scones, peanut butter, squid fried rice, churros, waffles and much much more. There must be at least 80 dishes! How many tasks the dishes have can really depend on how difficult making it can be, for example something like churros will require you to do 7 things while making popcorn only 1. The only annoying fact about these dishes is that you cannot see the difficulty rating for them before you play! After you've done all the tasks to make the dish, your dish will be scored by Mama out of a 100. These scores are based on how well you've done each of the tasks (which is shown at the end of each of them with a score of Failed, Well Done or Perfect!). I'm forever trying to get all of a 100 on all the dishes in the game, and this is one of the great things about Cooking Mama 2, it always gives you something to do! Aside from the fact that I am constantly trying to get Gold Medals in just the Cooking With Mama section, there is also a variety of other side games you can play, which also have medal ratings! I've been playing this game for at least 2 years now, and I still haven't got all of them! I like the fact that there is the option available to make a Photo Diary to, as after a particularly difficult dish, when I get a Perfect mark I love being able to put them in there! There is the Let's Cook option which gives you the chance to cook for Mama's friends and family, unlocked throughout the game. In this little section, you basically do the same as you did in Cooking With Mama, except now the written instructions are taken away and you get thrown straight into making the dish. This option is great for those who've played Cooking Mama to death and want to play without having to read the instructions each time they want to do the next task! If you don't feel like cooking a full dish, then there is the Cooking Contest, with really fun little minigames for you to challenge yourself with. This usually means doing a task as well as you can in the time given, trying to do as much as you can e.g. breaking the most eggs. Then after you've played it, you can go back again and again trying to beat your scores! One phrase of warning about the Cooking Mama game though has to be this: Beware of the bonus stars. They are the most addictive thing about the game! If you happen to do a task really well or quickly, you will be rewarded by a bonus star, if you collect 5, you are able to get a gift which will unlock a special stamp in Cooking with Mama mode or object in Lets Cook mode. Even after playing the game for so long, I haven't been able to unlock all of the items and am constantly trying to get bonus stars! However, I do like this add on to the game, as it does give me something to try and achieve to other than just the gold medals. Usually the things you will unlock in the game are used for the customising aspect of Cooking Mama. Generally this will revolve around changing the colour or design of certain utensils or changing how Mama dresses by her clothes or accessories. Cooking Mama definitely has a distinctive design to it which really engages the audience. The cartoony happy characters combined with the bright colours is enough to draw anyone in and keep them playing. This is probably why it got rated a 3 plus, as it definitely is child friendly. I like that everything is cartoony to, as it makes everything look much sharper and neat! Everything is well developed and no glitches have happened to me so far when playing the game. Sometimes the instructions can be hard to understand, but this is nothing a little practice (using the handy Practice feature for specific tasks!) wouldn't help. The one thing I cannot stand however, is the music of the game. While okay for about 5 minutes, eventually you will just have to turn the sound down. The music in this game is one of the most annoying things I have ever had to listen to. The backing track is super repetitve and combined with the characters voices, it makes for extremely annoying gameplay. One thing I must say though, is that they do have well matched sound effects for all the tasks. Overall, I would say this is a great child or adult friendly game that anyone can enjoy. It will keep you busy for hours on end as you'll always be trying to beat your score or get all the medals that you can! Aside from the annoying sound, this game is definitely one of my favourites and I use it for those long car and train journeys where you need to stop yourself from falling asleep!

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      23.06.2010 18:35
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      A challenging game - for ALL ages

      I must admit when I set out to buy this game I was slightly embarrassed at buying a game that is aimed at a younger audience than myself. As it turns out, it was also not the version I had intended to buy. I had previously spent a few hours playing on the original version, Cooking Mama, and had become quite addicted to it. So I decided to buy my own so I could carry on (and so I could stop driving my friend mad by completing her game). Like with the original version of the game, you're an anonymous character (whose hands are the only thing you see) guided by Mama, a Japanese-esque character. She watches over you as you complete a variety of tasks using your DS stylus, such as chopping vegetables, blending, frying & mixing within a time limit for each task, eventually creating a complete dish. As you complete dishes you are able to unlock more dishes to try your hand at, eventually leaving you with a catalogue of 80 dishes. These include: bagels, churros, crepes, sliced burdock root, pizza, escargot, meatloaf, ice cream, chilli dogs, corn soup, kimchi, macaroons , scones, popcorn, peanut butter , sea bream Carpaccio , Eel rice bowl , squid fried rice and more. Once you have completed a dish, your character is scored out of 100. These scores are based on how well you completed each section of cooking & whether these sections were completed within the time limit. Getting a fail during a stage of cooking, getting below a certain number of points (I think about 60 but I'm not too certain) or completely failing to carry out some step's will result in a Broken medal - a dark grey medal with a crack through it. The other medals available are Bronze, Silver & Gold, depending on the points you accumulate. Any bonuses earned during the cooking stages accumulate as Bonus Stars. When you earn 5 of these stars you are able to choose an unlockable item; these can include stickers, outfits for Mama, Kitchen decorations and much more. Even though you have 80 dishes to cook & attain Gold Medals for (which, believe me, can take a while), there are numerous other features and mini-games included. You have the opportunity to cook meals for Mama's friends & family (you unlock the majority of these with your Bonus Stars); but beware, if you fail one stage you are not able to carry on - instead you serve your half-completed dish, much to their disgust. There are also some mini-games where you are able to practice certain cooking skills, such as separating eggs, grinding meat & cutting pasta, and try to do as much as you can in a set time. You can go back to this as much as you want to practice and try to beat your own score. You are also able to create photo albums from pictures of your favourite dishes. These allow you to stick borders, text and images (stickers) to decorate the picture, all of which you can unlock with your Bonus stars. The final feature of the game is that you are able to change the design of both the kitchen & Mama herself - you can pick what colour all the utensils are, the design for the wallpaper, Mama's outfits & accessories amongst a few other things. Along with most of the bonus items on this game, you can unlock more accessories & items with your bonus stars - so the more high scores your cooking gets, the more you can put your own style on the game. The design of this game is very child-friendly. There are lots of bright colours, and all the utensils you 'use' are big & easy to pick out with the stylus However, some of the cooking tasks may need a helping hand at first as they can be a little tricky to grasp. Before actually cooking a dish, you have the choice to practice it, and can pick which task you would like to practice. This came in handy when I had to separate eggs; I hadn't quite understood what was being asked of me and spent a good hour being defeated again & again by a simple egg. Having the option to practice allowed me to try out a few things & work out exactly what I was supposed to do, so I would suggest either practicing beforehand or, if you can't do one part of the recipe, practice it until you do. This decreases the frustration. Being able to customize the game to the design you like & create scrapbooks of the completed dishes is quite a fun little aside as it gives a break from the cooking, and also makes the game your own. It is well put together; all the characters & kitchen items are bright and cheerful. It is not overly detailed, but I do prefer the use of block colours rather than attempting to make everything look realistic, rather than cartoony and fun. The only downsides of this game are firstly I tend to play with the volume off. This is because every time you complete a section of a dish, Mama announces that your character is "Even better than Mama" in a high-pitched voice. After a few sections this can get very irritating, for both you and anyone in close proximity. Secondly, after a while the cooking can become quite tedious as, just like real life, there are only so many tasks you can do - chopping in particular gets boring very quickly. Even though this game is aimed at a younger age-range, and I imagine it would keep them entertained for hours, it has also managed to entertain both me & my housemates for hours on end as we set out on a mission to achieve all 80 gold medals (which we eventually did). Once completed, and all items collected, there isn't really much else for you to do. However, there are hours and hours of game play available until you finish - even though I have cooked all my recipes for the extra characters & completed all 80 dishes, there are still a few bonus items I need to unlock.

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        27.05.2010 22:42
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        A good game that is thoughly enjoyable

        Cooking mama 2 is a DS game that is compatible on any DS consoles; this includes the Nintendo DS, DS Lite and DSi. I have fully enjoyed playing this game as it can almost never get boring this is because it takes so long to complete, however once completed, it isn't boring to do it again. Cooking mama 2 is the second game that has been produced and an improvement on the first, with better challenges and more of them. It is also great for the whole family and to play interactively. The aim of the game is to prepare, cook and cut various different recipes, cooking at Mama's side. Once completing a recipe you are then given a certain amount of points, depending on how well you did in the various different stages in the cooking process. For example once you have chosen a recipe that you want to perform a list of different stages that you have to perform will appear. Before doing the different stages you are given a small description of what you need to do and then you swipe, circle and select with your styles to perform the task, and if it is completed in the given time and correctly then you will be given maximum points for the task. At the end you have a finished dish and your points are averaged out to give you a bronze, silver or gold medal for your performance. The dish can be cooked as many times as you wish and you may also get special surprise for doing well, which may consist of a new outfit for mama, accessories or utensils which can be used in 'change design'. Overall I think this is a very fun game to play and will always surprise you with the new dishes and the things that you are able to perform and would recommend it too all from about the age of 5 up.

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        21.02.2010 10:50
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        A fun and simple cookery based game that everyone needs

        My little cousin introduced me to Cooking Mama on the DS about a year and a half ago, yet I've only just got round to getting my own copy - I went for the Dinner with Friends edition as it was slightly cheaper at the time, but to my knowledge there is little difference between the versions. It is, in all forms, truly an addictive little game! The main idea behind Cooking Mama: Dinner with Friends is that you cook up the recipes whilst Mama shows you how, and then once you've mastered them (if you want) you can go on to try and cook them for your friends from around the world. The recipes are wide ranging but mainly Japanese cuisine or just made up foods, with each recipe having between 3 and 20 steps that have to be completed! In each recipe you will have to prepare the ingredients, cook them and then (possibly) serve them or decorate them. This all of course depends on what you're cooking and how well you're doing! There are also a lot of recipes with more to unlock all the time so it's not a game that you complete quickly - and even if you've unlocked all the recipes, you can always work to improve your score and get a gold medal in all of the recipes! Throughout the game, you receive bonus stars which contain something you can customise your kitchen or character with. This game makes great use of the touch screen, with all the game play being on the lower screen. You can chop (tap the stylus against the screen), cut (draw lines on the food), brand (hold down a stamp on the food), scoop (circling bits of the food), knead (drawing the stylus along the lines as directed) and do many other actions, all to make some yummy food up! The range of motions is quite large and so you can't really get bored with them that easily. However, occasionally I find that the game doesn't recognise my actions - whether this is to do with my DS or the game itself, I do not know - and so I end up burning something that I didn't want to burn! With this game, you can also cook for your friends, which basically means you go through a previously unlocked recipe without Mamas help. If you get it right, your little anime friend gets a lovely home cooked meal, but if you get it wrong, they don't get anything to eat as there's no Mama around to put things right! This is a nice little addition but a bit random and quite hard; I struggle to get the recipes perfect sometimes so I can see that a child would have particular trouble with this part of the game. You can always leave it (there's no penalty for not going into this section) and simply play the main game if you wish. There's also a few mini games where, for instance, you can see how many eggs you can crack in a set time. Overall, this is a sweet little game for young and old alike, and a nice way to pass time. I haven't tried the multiplayer but I think this would be fun especially when things got frantic and stressful! The mini games are fun and having the ability to cook without Mama adds a new dimension to this simple game. I would say this is definitely one you need in your DS collection!

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          22.10.2009 18:19
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          Overall its a good game but i wouldnt say the best one

          Game is fun and simple to play, follow cooking mamas instructions and then cookck food, slive dice, boil, simmer, peel all sorts of things to do in here to prepare your food. The gameplay involves you in the cooking in game. You use the touch screen to dice, boil, simmer, fry, peel etc etc all sorts of foods. You mix these all together by doing these actions onto different foods and then at the end you have your finished dish. There are a total of 76 recipies in game and you start off with sanwiches and omlettes and move onto the difficult oriental and other recipies. You unlock new ones as you finsh the current ones available. You get a greade at the end of each recipe and a medal being either bronze silver or gold. I found it difficult to get gold on a fair few recipies which makes me ask how the kids who are 3+ are going to do that. This is not a game where you learn the recipies but smore simluate cooking for the younger kids. However the game is still fun and has some nice games where you can try and complete the 5 levels of difficulty in all the 40-50 different cooking techniques. Buy it becuase it is way worth getting for the DS and very fun to play, but however the game does eventually lose its appeal to the older auidence.

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          19.09.2009 19:12
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          Great game for the whole family

          I brought Cooking Mama 2 for £14.99 after really enjoying the first one and wasn't quite sure what to expect as I've always found that sequels never seem to live up to my expectations however I was pleasantly surprised that this sequel managed to live up to my expectations and more. When the game first opens up you are greeted with the tart button. Once you click this it loads into the game where you will see six sections; cook with mama, let's cook, cooking contest, change design, write in diary and of course options. If you choose cook with mama you will be shown some recipes where you must decide what you would like to cook. Cooking with mama will earn you medals next to the picture of the recipe to show you how good you have cooked that particular meal. You will also earn golden stars, five golden stars will earn you a present from one of three coloured boxes the present can be anything from new clothes for mama to different coloured kitchen utensils. There is also at the bottom of the screen a back button to go back to the top menu with the six different sections, a practice button to let you practice the recipe before trying to cook it and an ok button to select a recipe. Once you cook an item and have received the points you have the option to place a picture of the food inside one of the eight diary slots (these can be viewed in the write in diary section) On the let's cook menu you will see a page of five people including mama & papa if you click on one of the ten faces (there is another page of five people if you go to the next page) you will see a selection of recipes suited to the person you have chosen. You can then cook one of the meals for that person. Once that meal has been made the person will try the food and tell you what they think for example "taste's good" if they enjoy the food that you have cooked you will be awarded with more recipes in the cook with mama section and with more golden stars to unlock presents. In the cooking contest section there is a series of challenges where you have to try and get the best score you can these challenges can be anything from breaking as many eggs as you can or cutting as much corn as you can from a cob. There is also the option of challenging friends (up to 4 people) using the wireless download play. This is the same as doing the solo challenges but the person who does the best wins. The change design section is exactly as it says unlike the first cooking mama game where you have a set design and set utensils this gives you the option to choose what outfit mama wears, what clock design to have, the colour of the kitchen and also what colour utensils you would like to use. The more you play the game and collect golden stars the more colours, clock designs and outfits for mama you will collect. On the whole I must say this is the best sequel to any game I have ever played as it has been improved so much from the first one. This is a great game which can be played by anyone by people of all ages.

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            08.07.2009 01:42
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            Not bad to try, probably not worth getting if you have the original game

            This review is for the Nintendo DS game, Cooking Mama 2, developed by Cooking Mama Limited and published by 505 Games. The game is based on cooking and has you creating recipes in your DS's kitchen! The game is a follow up to the previous game in the series. It's very strange really that this game works, as your role is to make recipes from a large selection, and progress through the game and unlock more different characters and unlock ever more recipes. It's not a challenging game at all in either principle or in practice, and is likely to appeal to many kids. There are two main modes to this game, cooking with Mama and then going alone. In the former, you are given clear instructions for each recipe, and this is the easiest way to learn how the game works. Once you're more proficient in the game, you can then try cooking for a friend, where you don't get Mama helping you along the way. An additional feature of the game is the contest mode, where you are given various challenges to complete, such as how quickly you can complete various cooking challenges. This is a fun addition to the game which is called the Let's Cook more, and which is quite good to break the slightly repetitiveness of the main game. After a while though, the game does become a bit repetitive. It is hard to really be too enthusiastic about unlocking more features, when that really is limited to changing the colour of Mama's clothing. However, this is one of those games that you might well find yourself keep coming back to, as it is a game that you can play in short bursts. The bulk of the game is controlled by using the stylus, and the functions and advantages of the Nintendo DS are well used in this game. You use the stylus to make the recipes in terms of cutting, stirring and generally being in control of the meal. The controls are easy to use, well thought through, and so work really well. The graphics in the game are reasonable, although they're not of the highest quality. The sound can be a little frustrating, as after a while it does become a bit tiring to hear from Mama again! But overall, they don't detract from the atmosphere of the game, even if they don't add much to it. There is a multi player element to this game, but it is a little limited. You're not able to have cook-offs so to speak, there are just smaller challenges which you can take part in. It's better than nothing, and fun for a while, but this element of the game could definitely have been better. You only require one copy of the cartridge to take part with up to three friends, which is good, but the mini games which you can play really seem to have little relevance to the main game. The game retails for 29.99 pounds, but is currently available on Amazon for 19.99 pounds. If you're happy with a second hand copy, at the time of writing these are available on sites such as eBay and Amazon for around ten pounds each. The game is rated as 3+, so is suitable for children of most ages. Overall, this is an improvement of Cooking Mama 1, and has more recipes and more depth. It's a fun game to play, and works surprisingly well, especially as the controls are easy to use and accessible. It's also a good game for kids to play as it's something that they would be easily able to pick up. It does all become a bit repetitive after a while, but it is a game which you can keep coming back to, so overall, not bad value at all and worth a look. However if you already own the original Cooking Mama, there's probably not enough here to warrant buying this version as well.

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              20.06.2009 13:56
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              Great Buy

              This is the eagerly awaited follow up to Cooking Mama and it is a very good sequel. If you liked Cooking Mama - you will love this! I found the instructions and the game play slightly easier to follow than the original and found it interesting because there are a number of new sections to the game. There is a huge library of recipes and this time I found there were a number that were more familiar to me. The game appeals to everybody and is great for kids because of the fast game play, the number of seperate things to do and the colours and graphics of the game. I feel it is a much better game than the original and because I bought this one first, when I bought the original I was slightly disappointed although they are both very good games. Great game which appeals to everyone.

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              10.06.2009 12:38

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              Cooking Mama 2 is a great game and is fun for all ages

              Cooking Mama 2 has to be one of the best games available on the Nintendo DS. I first playes this game to simply cure boredom. I was at my girlfriends flat and she was leaving to go to her lecture and she said I could play on the DS until she got back. At first I tought Cooking Mama was more a game for girls and that I really wouldnt enjoy it but I was absolutely hooked and I couldnt put it down. The general idea of this game as the title suggests is to cook. You have a wide variety of over 80 new recipies to create. Each recipie requires you to create a meal step by step for peeling and chopping vegetables to warming up the oven. The game provides a wide variety of food from different cultural back grounds which makes it educational to younger players and more interesting for olderEach meal is rated with a score out of 100 and medals and bonus gifts are awarded depending on how well you create the meal. Cooking Mama is simply hours of endless fun and once you pick it up you wont want to put it down until you have perfectly created every repepie there is to create.

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              03.06.2009 15:22

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              Get cooking

              Cooking mama 2 is a nintendo DS game designed around all different recipes. You have to complete diffrent tasks through all stages of the recipe to finish the dish at the end. For example apple pie you have to add ingredients to a bowl and mix, then need the pastry, then peel the apples, spread the apple over the pastry and then seel the pastry top and put it on the oven. Through each step you get a rating bronze silver gold etc. And then once you complete the dish you get an overal score. There is over 70 different recipes to keep you entertained. It is all good fun doing the recipes trying not to spill ingrediants blowing on food to cool it down and setting the oven to all diffrent tempretures however the only problem I am finding while playing it is that some of the tasks arent explained in much detail as to what you have to do. Even when choosing practice mode it doesnt explain which makes certain bits of the game very difficult. Other than that there isn't any other faults in the game it is very good fun to play.

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              11.05.2009 22:20
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              A great cooking DS game

              Cooking Mama 2 is one of my favourite Nintendo DS games. I rarely get to play on my DS but when I do I love going on Cooking Mama 2 and trying to get golds on all of the recipes. Cooking Mama 2 (CM2) is the second game in the Cooking Mama series and is the same as the original but better... more recipes, more things to win, etc. I enjoy all the different steps you have to take and get very frustrated when I can't do a certain step. I enjoy mixing and slicing but find pouring, separating egg whites and cutting the rice for the rice recipe incredibly difficult. The rice one I just can't get the hang of at all and will never get gold as far as that recipe is concerned. Most of the steps are against the clock and if you do it before the clock goes to the half-way mark you get a bonus. If you get five bonuses you get a prize which could be a different dress or hat or things like that. It's a really great game with loads of different recipes to try. If you enjoyed Cooking Mama you'll love Cooking Mama 2!

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                28.03.2009 18:34
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                your rates go towards my preorder of "Gardening Mama"

                I drew a comic strip about this game when it was first released. The backstory was that my hapless protagonist was madly in love with a staff member at her local Gamestation store. Stumbling over her words, blushing, and desperate for an excuse to talk to him, she asks him about the first game that comes to mind- "Do you have....Cooking Mama 2?". The joke was that it was the most embarrassing game she could have possibly have expressed interest in. Fast forward two years, and a copy of the game actually falls into my hands. To a certain extent I stand by my observation. Cooking Mama is unashamedly a girl's game, appealing to the conventional little-girl territory of baking and cute characters. The colours are bright and cheerful, and even the food looks adorable. Your average serious gamer would turn their nose up, and put this DS mini-game-fest firmly in the same box as *spits* babysitting simulations, and the umpteenth Cute Kittenz title, but.... It's actually rather good. This sequel to the first Cooking Mama game sees your character, once again, as a nameless protegee to the ever-patient voice of experience, the eponymous Mama. Through a series of addictive and enjoyable mini-games you use your stylus to chop, bake, knead and stir your way through her seemingly limitless catalogue of recipes, from familiar foods like pizza and all the way through to the more obscure dishes like Yaki or Tokoroten. Successfully completing a recipe to Mama's satisfaction unlocks more recipes, and then when that finally all gets boring, you can branch out into cooking without her safety net, for those oft-mentioned "friends". You can cook for her attractive bespectacled husband "Papa", the grandparents of the family, and a range of her cookery pals, all of whom will be far more judgmental than Mama, and refuse to eat your dishes if you make a simple mistake, such as, for example, accidentally pouring all your ingredients on the floor. However, the added challenge comes with the added bonus of their glowing praise and smiling face at the end of a successful meal, and if you're extremely lucky, a stream of sparkles and flowers will inexplicably drift over your dinner table, a touch which always makes me want to squeal excitedly and quite lose myself. The whole thing has a really well-designed feel to it- thought has been put into the artwork, and it's overall extremely visually appealing. Compared to the disappointing amount of third-party sub-standard casual games on the DS, with rushed graphics and poor gameplay, Cooking Mama is a gem, a real breath of fresh air, a game that does what it does exceedingly well. From the painfully endearing voice acting, to the cute little outfits you can dress Mama in as a bonus for being the fastest cake-maker in the land, the game's been crafted and assembled in a way that's swish. I can't criticise that. Cooking Mama loses stars from me because, inevitably, the gameplay gets old. If you're under the age of 12, or just an extremely casual and bored sort of person, it might be exactly what the doctor ordered- and anyone could definitely while away some tedious atfernoons with it: but after you've done all the best recipes to the extent of your stylus-brandishing ability, you'll probably find yourself thinking it would be too much effort to get it out of the box again. It lacks any realistic sort of incentive to bleed it dry. My completionist streak saw me spend a week straight conquering those unlockables in the otherwise extremely repetitive Tamagotchi Connexion Corner Shop, but Mama offers me access to her repertoire and extensive collection of friends within the first couple of hours of being her kitchen companion, so although I spent the next few days wandering around annoying my boyfriend by exclaiming "Terrific! Even better than Mama!" in an accent at random intervals, I didn't feel the mad lust to pick it up again and give Seafood Rice another stab. (My first attempt failed miserably because staring at the in-game squid's cheerful smiling face paralysed me with indecision about whether chopping off its tentacles really was moral... in this case my vegetarianism got the better of me.) Having not played the original, I can't really draw any useful comparisons, but the consensus seems to be that Dinner With Friends is pretty much the same as Cooking Mama the first, apart from more so (more recipes, more game modes, more mini-games). So value-wise, if you're a Mama n00b, you'd probably be best off skipping to the main course, so to speak. It also has the added benefit of a more extensive multi-player mode, with limited, but novelty appeal. In conclusion, a nicely made little mini-game title, which I'd thoroughly recommend if you can get hold of a copy for say, under £15.

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                  26.01.2009 20:19

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                  Hours of fun :)

                  Cooking Mama 2. When I saw this game I thought that it would be a bit young for me.. However I love this game! Regardless of age I think that this game is suitable for people of all ages :) When I started playing this game I found it a bit hard at first, for example, I didnt understand the "blowing into the microphone" and always seemed to burn the food. Hiwever, after a few plays I soon worked out how to play it properly :) There are many recipes that you are given and many dishes to try and cook. I personally find this game very addictive and cannot out it down once I start playing it! Overall a brilliant game for all ages, However I think that the "3+" on the case is probably a little young as I could not see a three year old being able to understand this game :) This game can vary in price depending on where you buy it from. I managed to purchase this game for £15 off Ebay. In shops however, on average you are looking to pay around £20- £25. In my opinion this game is worth the price. It gives you hours of fun- particularly useful for those who have children who enjoy to cook and be involved. This game can be found in places such as Game, Zavvi & Tesco's. It can also be bought online from places such as Ebay, Play & Amazon.

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                  13.11.2008 21:11

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                  I thought this game was really good. I tried this one before i tried the first one so i wondered why it was so hard and i kept burning everything but then i layed the first one and understood lol. It is really good, there is such a variety of dishes to make and you can go into an achive and see what you can make. I am now as good as mama and decided to give up my title before i become to cockey. I would definetly reccommend this to someone it is a really good game and especially if you have played cooking mama one and enjoyed that you will love this.

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                  18.10.2008 23:09
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                  An exciting game for any age.

                  I love this game. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to buy a child a good game for chirstmas or birthday. I have played this game and i keep playing it because it is so fun. When i first started playing I found it quite hard but then after awhile it started to get easier and I found it more fun as you could cook for different people and cook different things aswell. I have also taken recipes from this game and made them for dinner as well. I would deffinatly recommed this to adults as well as children because adults can still have fun with this game as much as the children do. So look out for this game in different shops as it would definatly be a game that the children will play for hours on end learning new things and learning the basics of cooking. Thank-you

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