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I love this game i think that its alot of fun. This may seem like a kids game but its lots of fun for the whole family. There are many different recipes from all over the world. The recipes are very real everything you make on the game can be replicated and make them yourself. I have tried a few of the recipes of there. My favourite recipe is the Eclaire because it has the most stages to it and I love Eclaires. Whilst playing the game it easy because directions will come up on the screen and all you have to do is copy. It may sound boring but its fun because you move the control as if your actually cooking. Its very realistic. The remote has flown off my hands a few times for getting to over excited so I would suggest having the remote tightly strapped to your hand. You are awarded with points for each meal, the better you do on each section of a dish the more points you get. Onces you finish each dish you are awarded with a bronze, silver or gold medal. Its fun to keep repeating meals to get the top score. There arnt any faults with the game itslef but the are some cooking intensills that you can get to play with this game but i dont think they are good because they dont work well with the game they make it frustrating. This is because the way you attach them to the wii remote blocks signal and makes it awkward to play. I would recommend this games for a family or even just someone that wants to learn to cook. You can get this game for about 5-10 pounds on Amazon. Italian American French Chinese Japanese and many more dishes are available
A few years ago, I was dying to get a Nintendo Wii, and I was thankful enough to receive one as a Christmas present, however I never really got round to purchasing many games for it. One which I did buy was Cooking Mama 2 because I love playing cooking games, despite being an adult. When I purchased it, it was retailing at £29.99 and I paid the full price, however you can now get it on Amazon for around £12.00 which is very reasonable for a Nintendo Wii game these days. It is the second version of the Cooking Mama game, and despite playing the first game, I had heard very good things about this game when played on the Nintendo DS as well as the Wii. The concept of the game is that you have to cook up various recipes for Mama, and there is quite an extensive range to choose from as there is over 50. You cook for her by performing various actions which you follow on the screen, and as you complete each recipe you unlock more and more. The funny thing is that it sounds like such a simple game, and as it is rated for aged three years and over, and I can assure you that I am much older than that, and I understand that due to this it could many older people off playing the game, however I would be astonished if any three year old could perform these recipes and complete the game, because even I find it challenging. I put it to the test by letting my boyfriend, friends and family give it a go, and they also struggled at times with it. In a way, this is a good thing as it isn't an easy game, however you would still be able to complete it quite quickly. It should just be beared in mind that this probably wouldn't be too suitable for very young children, unless help was given by an adult too. The graphics on the game aren't incredible and are quite a lot poorer than many other games I have played on the Wii, but overall this doesn't affect me too much and it does not distract me from game play, however I know it can be quite an important issue to other people, which is why I have decided to bring it up. One thing which I can not stress enough is that this game does not seem to pick up some of the movements you make on the Wii remote. Despite maneuvering the sensor bar a million times, there are certain actions (particularly the spinny ones I find) which it seems to have a great deal picking up, meaning that you are never going to get a perfect result. However, despite this, I still completely adore the game. As it is the second version which is world kitchen, it contains a whole variety of different recipes from around the globe, both sweet and savoury ones. There are some quite difficult, longer recipes, as well as some where you only have to carry out one action. For example, making a snow cone you simply have to turn the Wii remote until it is done. One thing I have noticed however is that it is difficult to get bored when making these recipes as there are various different actions to pick up. It displays on the screen how to hold the remote when carrying it out, as well as explaining what actions need to be done. It is worth looking through the manual if younger people are playing, as the instructions are not great on screen, and the game can be a little difficult to grasp on your first couple of goes at it. Once you have completed a recipe, Mama will grade it by giving you a result out of 100, as well as a coin. These range from a perfect coin if you get 100%, a gold coin, silver coin, bronze coin and a coin with a rain cloud over it if you need to work on your cooking skills! This is a nice little element to the game, as it means that you can work on your score more and more to try and improve it as best you can. Your game scores will get saved, and there are up to three save slots which is excellent meaning up to three different people can have their own personal games to play and makes it a perfect game for the family. A nice little extra for children is that you get to create your own character at the start to look like you. Other little perks of the game are that you can unlock friends, and you can then create the dishes for these friends instead of Mama. It is good when you practice with Mama though, as if you slip up or make a silly little mistake, you do sometimes have a chance of redeeming yourself, and then your character switches to Mama where you get a short chance to save your food. Further little things to do on this game include various challenges which you can take on against Mama, however I find that these are pretty difficult as it is rare that Mama ever does badly, so I would save these until you get pretty good at the game! Another fantastic thing is that in this edition of Cooking Mama, you can play against your friends who are in the same room, therefore if you have two Wii remotes you can both go head to head to see who is ultimately the best cook! Overall, I would definitely have to recommend this game, especially for the small price that it is. Sometimes it does not pick up movements fantastically, however overall it can provide hours of fun for families, children and for those adults who have just not grown up yet (like me)! Not a great deal I can fault with this game, and I would strongly recommend you check it out if you own a Nintendo Wii, and alternatively it is available on the Nintendo DS if you own one of those. Thank you for reading and hope it helped.
I chose this game as I was impressed with both games of the same name for the Nintendo DS. This game however, was a complete let down. It was really not worth the money for the amount of gameplay and there are issues with the controls used with the movements not being picked up a lot of the time, leading to a bad score on the game. I some cases, the instuctions were so vague that it was difficult to understand what you were supposed to do and then when you finally understood it, it didn't register the motion! The addition of the Let's Cook mode is a nice idea but presents the main problems as the main game. The mulit-player mode is slightly better as all players are at the disadvantage of the game's problems and this makes it a more even playing field. The main positive of this game is the addition of new recipes that, as the title implies, are recipes from around the world. This variety is a nice touch that previous games did lack as the recipes were all rather samey but it would have been nice to have a wider range of cooking techniques in order to prepare these new recipes. Personally I would not recommend buying this game unless you deperately want it and it is on sale.
Cooking Mama 2: World Kitchen cost us around £12 from Tesco, and is available from Amazon at present for £16. This is a game that the grandson chose himself, as they have a similar themed PC game at school which he likes to play sometimes. The idea of the game is that you follow a series of basic instructions from the Cooking Mama to create simple dishes. You shake your Wiimote around to season a dish for example, or twist it around to operate a meat grinder etc. In theory this game is just perfect for youngsters who are new to playing a Wii as it lets them practice all the basic moves. The big problem with this game is that it doesn't respond very well to the child's actions. In fact it didn't respond very well to the daughter's when she tried! I had a go and didn't get on terribly well either. The Wii seems to pick and choose which actions it wants to pick up, and you fail the tasks because of this. When it works, it's a great game - when it doesn't it's a source of annoyance and frustration. When you fail a task, you see a Mama crying with fires in her eyes for some reason, and the words on the screen say "try harder". I've nothing against telling a kid they've lost, but the melodramatic music that accompanies the Mama with fires and "try harder" words make it all a bit over the top. A pleasant "keep practicing" or similar would be much better for the target demographic (I'd say 3-6yrs). On the plus side, the grandson is just crazy about making that Mama happy. He smiles from ear to ear when he completes a task properly and makes the Mama smile at the end of it! The graphics in this game are a little bit primitive and not a lot of money has been spent on them at all. They're a bit stiff and I think they could have put a lot more effort (and money) into them than they have done - especially at £16 a copy! In theory this is a great concept, and I do think it's worth buying if you can pick it up at an acceptable price. I'd like to see if Cooking Mama 3 is any better graphics and response wise to be honest, so it might be worth checking that out instead of this to see if the bugs and glitches from this version have been sorted in the newer release.