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  • Summary: Cooking Mama's stepped out of her kitchen and into nature for some gardening fun! Join Mama from the award-winning, multi-million selling Cooking Mama franchise as she grows, harvests and enjoys the literal fruits of her labor in the first ever gardening game for Nintendo DS. Use the stylus as your master garden tool to take care of flowers, fruit trees and vegetables in Mama's garden. Growing live products means that you may experience unexpected results based on your care--flowers can bloom different colors, fruit trees can grow different fruits, etc. Multiple modes of play include: Let's Grow It--Grow many kinds of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Manage your garden as it seeds, blooms fruit, bears fruit and matures. Fertilizer and soil conditions will affect your results. Let's Enjoy It--Produce items from the flowers, fruits and vegetables you have raised (i.e. grow strawberries and make strawberry jam; grow flowers and press them into an album; grow pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns, etc.)
    Let's Do Gardening--Follow Mama's expert guidance as you decorate various chapel, house and store gardens while making gardening goods like pergolas and hanging baskets, and planting flower beds and trees. Let's Harvest multiplayer--Compete against up to four friends online to harvest fruits and vegetables. The winner harvests the most! Treasure Box--Keep the products you've made from your gardening and trade those creations with friends online. Dress Up--Change Mama's costume and customize your game layout and design. The better your score in the other modes, the nicer items you can earn to customize. [Majesco]
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  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. If you liked Cooking Mama, give this one a try. [Apr 2009, p.88]
  2. 70
    Gardening Mama doesn't do anything that we haven't seen already in the Cooking Mama games. [Apr 2009, p.79]
  3. While it’s not as satisfying as the Cooking Mama series, there’s a lot to love about Mama’s garden. Gardening Mama’s mini-games are fun in short bursts but totally cute enough to show you and your Stylus a good time.
  4. A cute enough attempt to perk up the Mama franchise but a mere change of scenery isn't enough to disguise the same old gameplay. [July 2009, p.74]
  5. The controls may be to simplistic to be engaging and the absence of instructions can lead this casual game into frustrating territory. Nevertheless, even with the simplistic controls and lack of guidance the player will still feel that same sense of accomplishment and pride when you master Mama’s tasks.
  6. 50
    Gardening Mama and Cooking Mama might as well be the same game. The change of setting is nice but that alone doesn't differentiate it enough from past Mama games to make Gardening Mama feel completely home grown and fresh.
  7. 40
    If you're an eco-friendly person looking for an ideal DS experience, or you just want to see what planting flowers with a stylus is like, Gardening Mama might be for you. Be forewarned, however. It's nowhere near as fun as the cooking games.

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  1. May 28, 2011
    this is a fun game because you can plant and make food for your mama family it is a fun way to learn how to take care of your garden ................................................ Collapse