Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
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  1. Good family fun that will keep you entertained for ages.
  2. All in all, Cooking Mama: World Kitchen is a blast, and any gamer with the faintest interest in the micro-games genre will find something to enjoy in Mama's kitchen.
  3. It still needs some improvements in the controls, and it doesn't offer a deeper single-player experience like its counterpart, Order Up. Still, fans of the original and those curious to try the series will find that this version of the game does not disappoint.
  4. More of the same with a few additional spices, Cooking Mama: World Kitchen isn't the freshest game in the market. But fans of the series should be entertained, especially those who can appreciate the silly humor that it provides.
  5. 70
    So what we have here is a good casual game; what last year's Cooking Mama should have been. World Kitchen is easy enough for anyone to pick up and play (despite the lack of tutorial), and Mama's charisma may even keep cynical hardcore gamers playing longer than they expected.
  6. Really, the biggest issue with the game is the lame multiplayer and lack of enough game modes.
  7. Nintendo Power
    Cooking Mama World Kitchen isn't bad, but it could have been better. [Holiday 2008, p.80]
  8. Cooking Mama: World Kitchen cooks up its best version yet with its second round at seasoning the Nintendo Wii. The game might be a little shallow and strange for some gamers; however anyone who has got down and floury with Mama in the past will enjoy her usually optimistic approach.
  9. Mama may be smiling away on the box but you certainly won't be if you buy this after playing her old games.
  10. Games Master UK
    It's great trying to perfect all of the recipes, but the terrible utilisation of the Wii-mote is tougher to swallow than a week old pork pie. [Apr 2009, p.79]
  11. Cooking Mama 2: World Kitchen will be loved by users that want to have simple entertainment, but "hardcore gamers" will not feel any interest for this game. Anyway, the title is quite good ad fans will appreciate that first version issues have been resolved.
  12. Even with the controller glitches, which seemed not to bother younger players so much anyway, it's more fun with the Wii remote than with the DS stylus.
  13. Game Informer
    Even serious fans should rent before buying this half-baked cash in. [Jan 2009, p.77]
  14. 52
    Although this installment has achieved to overcome some of the control issues of the first game, and it also offers slightly better graphics than those one, it doesn't bring anything new to the series.
  15. Feb 23, 2011
    Don't expect to learn any parenting tips that can be applied in real life. And don't expect to see any gender-based issues brought up either. However, as a game it may fill some niche with 3-5 year old girls with parents who want to perpetuate the stereotype.
  16. 42
    World Kitchen tries hard to spice up the already tasty Cooking Mama recipe with new characters, slapstick rescue minigames, and cheesy-in-a-bad-way voiceovers, but the results leave behind a funny aftertaste. It'll do in a pinch, but I prefer Cook Off's well-balanced helpings.
  17. Nintendo Gamer
    A lazy addition to a series that belongs on DS anyway. [Apr 2009, p.70]

Awards & Rankings

#55 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2008
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. Aug 24, 2010
    Cooking Mama: World Kitchen is the sequel to the tedious Cooking Mama: Cook Off and fourth instalment to the popular series. Unlike itsCooking Mama: World Kitchen is the sequel to the tedious Cooking Mama: Cook Off and fourth instalment to the popular series. Unlike its predecessors, Cooking Mama: World Kitchen has a new graphical style, using 3D cel-shaded graphics which also gives the game a different vibe to the others. There are also a few game-play changes including the new comedic mini-games and cuts-scenes in place of failing such as Mama racing to catch a hamburger patty before her dog, Max, eats it. The controls have been dramatically improved from Cooking Mama: Cook Off, there are a lot more recipes and this feels like the first decent Cooking Mama game since the original. Another new feature in the game is the ability to create your own character. However, the good bits are balance out by the bad bits and there are a few flaws including the mini-games compiled within the games. They can get tediously annoying sometimes and the controls during the mini-games aren't great. Co-op mode is also pretty average and it isn't as good as playing solo. However, if overlook the flaws, this is a pretty decent cooking game, however I would suggest getting the game Order Up! or Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked as an alternative. Full Review »
  2. SteveW.
    Nov 5, 2008
    Very fun game.
  3. Jan 28, 2012
    I bought this game as me and my family really enjoyed Cooking Mama 1 but number two was a big disappointment. True, there are more recipes,I bought this game as me and my family really enjoyed Cooking Mama 1 but number two was a big disappointment. True, there are more recipes, but the methods that you have to use are very annoying! Cooking Mama is as irritating as ever and the graphics are awful! I detest this game now as I get fed up and the whole game gets on my nerves! I strongly dislike this game! Full Review »