Cooking Mama DS

Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
Buy On
  1. 40
    Although there are a few clever mini-game ideas worth seeing, overall it will not hold your interest for long, which is disappointing since the whole concept of using the DS touch screen to control your way around the kitchen seems so natural. [JPN Import]
  2. The potential is clearly here for another out-of-left-field cult hit, but the charm of sautéing, stewing, and sometimes scorching wears off too soon, and there's nothing to fall back on to bolster the experience.

Awards & Rankings

43
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#28 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
34
#34 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 9, 2015
    6
    I'm not sure why this is so entertaining, but it is. And it's given me ideas for making fun lunches at home.

    Shallow and repetitive, but
    I'm not sure why this is so entertaining, but it is. And it's given me ideas for making fun lunches at home.

    Shallow and repetitive, but somehow compelling.
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  2. Apr 17, 2015
    4
    I don't like it. I haven't played it, but it creep me out when i was young. When you fail, the "mama"'s eyes were fire, and her face wasI don't like it. I haven't played it, but it creep me out when i was young. When you fail, the "mama"'s eyes were fire, and her face was creepy! Don't get this game if you have a child under 10! This game will creep them out if they fail! Full Review »
  3. Sep 26, 2011
    7
    There have actually been a couple 'cooking' games on the market before but I think they were always limited to obscure Japanese imports thatThere have actually been a couple 'cooking' games on the market before but I think they were always limited to obscure Japanese imports that never saw an English or American release. This game does a pretty good job of doing the same thing those did; introducing some fun minigames based entirely around cooking. I don't know exactly what it is that makes these games so addictive, but I can highly recommend giving this series a try when you have a few extra dollars. At it's current price, it's a great deal for some casual fun when you are in the mood for it. I only rated it a 7 because honestly the premise is extremely basic, and it's almost a direct copy of the earlier import cooking games I had played, but it's still a fun experience for the price. Full Review »