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  • Summary: Making special use of the Wii Remote, Cooking Mama: Cook Off is an entertaining blend of mashing, slicing, chopping and stirring as players create more than 300 real-world recipes from 10 different nations. New realistic graphics and real-time cooking effects lend authenticity to player creations and help budding chefs determine when food is overcooked. Best of all, Cooking Mama: Cook Off offers 2-player kitchen competitions to determine who can cook the best meal the fastest. [Majesco] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 37
  2. Negative: 5 out of 37
  1. A great family game that gets everyone involved.
  2. More importantly, Cook Off doesn't fix the one glaring flaw of the DS game: There's still no story/career/arcade mode to sink your teeth into--just a bunch of individual recipes. [June 2007, p.104]
  3. The clever controls, resourceful objectives (there are dozens of unique recipes), and moderately high replay value are a winning combination.
  4. Light, amusing, and fun in short bursts, Cooking Mama seems like such a suitable title for Wii. Unfortunately, the overall result is hampered by an imprecise control system that throws skill and any sense of weight or meaning to one side, along with a lack of structure that leaves the game little more than a novel yet ultimately trivial experience - ideal for the Wii demographic it seems.
  5. The cooking game concept is off the wall enough to have the potential to be a fun party game, but Cooking Mama is not challenging or deep enough to pull it off. Instead it gives you too much repetition and frustration, kind of like getting stuck eating meatloaf every night.
  6. Though Cook Off is a lot like Cooking Mama on the DS, something significant has been lost in the translation to the Wii.
  7. It bears no relation to the real thing: fine if it’s fun, but unpleasant and frustrating when it’s not. And it’s really not. [June 2007, p.127]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. LauraM.
    May 26, 2007
    Me & my cousins play it all the time!!! it iz really fun, i love cooking.
  2. JessicaC.
    Aug 19, 2007
    Great game! Better played with a friend. You can sit and play for hours and never get bored. I definitly recomend it.
  3. BonbonA.
    Aug 16, 2007
    Actually Cooking Mama: Cook Off could be a great game. Nice graphics, a variety of different cooks and cute accent of the character "Mama" are not enough to cover the fact of the not-so-responsive controller. Even with practice, players will notice that something is wrong with the game, because their Wii Remote doesn't really act like playing Wii Sports or Wii Play. It entertains younger children and old people for a while, but due to its repetitive gameplay nature, they will know when to stop. Expand
  4. WillT
    Dec 28, 2009
    Fun at first but then becomes a complete drag, graphically phenomenal but wont last you long at all maybe christmas or the same night you get it, but you won't play it ever again Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    May 22, 2007
    The game is okay as a rental, but I wouldn't buy it. The controls are not precise enough to make it fun and the repetitive voice of the being "better than momma" is annoying and frustrating. With that being said, this is a truly unique game and if a sequel were to be released fixing some of the blatant issues this could be a fun game. Expand
  6. Aug 25, 2010
    Cooking Mama: Cook Off is the Wii sequel to the popular game Cooking Mama. It now features 55 different recipes with over 300 ingredients to prepare the dishes. If you don't know about the Cooking Mama franchise, the main aim of the game is dishes are prepared by completing a series of short mini-games. Each mini-game represents a step in the meal preparation process, with a complete dish requiring anywhere from two to more than a dozen such steps. Unlike its predecessor however, Cooking Mama: Cook Off features a scoring system after every mini-game which actually works really well. The main problem with the game is that the controls haven't been polished well. This leads to a frustrating experience since you fail the mini-games due to the controls. Lovely polished graphics won't make up for the game's downfall and thus it gets a mediocre score. The sequel, Cooking Mama: World Kitchen is much better or just stick to the original. Expand
  7. SethK
    Apr 28, 2008
    This is the worst game I have played in 25 years. The worst Atari 2600 game is probably better than this game. I rented it with a girlfriend who loved and mastered the cake making version of this game, but we were both completely baffled by this game. For instance, it would tell us to stir and then follow the on screen directions. There were no on screen directions, ever. Just a progress bar or a timer that would run out waiting for us to do some unknown motion and we would lose and then look at each other like "WTF was that?!?" Other times it would tell us to shake the remote to do something, but neglect to mention you need to hold the A button, or the B button, or something else, so every single game was pure trial-and-error. Basically, it was 100% frustration and 0% fun. I can't believe I wasted $8 to rent this POS. Expand

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