Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
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  1. The gameplay is fun and addictive.
  2. 70
    The gameplay is fun but quickly gets tiresome. It's also somewhat frustrating because the DS screen is a bit cramped and the stylus controls sometimes resulted in careless errors.
  3. Puzzle fans and casual gamers looking for an affordable, quick game have a great option in Jill's bakery.
  4. netjak
    Unfortunately, the touch screen is not as accurate as a mouse and I don’t even want to get started about the glitch - if it had happened any more often than it did, then I would be unable to recommend this game.
  5. Games Master UK
    An addictive new take on old classics such as "Burger Time." [Dec 2007, p.83]
  6. 65
    Cake Mania on the Nintendo DS is fun but shallow; as long as you know that 20 bucks is getting you only a simple, admittedly challenging, casual game, then you're golden.
  7. Game Informer
    Just a little too barebones for its own good. [May 2007, p.97]
  8. Jill's outlook looks bright, however. I can say it was a pleasure to study here, even if it seems that her rote-memorized daily life seems shallow and simple.
  9. 60
    Picky gamers will surely turn their backs, but Cake Mania is not designed for them: in the hands of a casual audience it can be enjoyed little by little, maybe going back to that particularly hard level after a few months or so, just to give it another try.
  10. The DS version retains some of the original game's addictiveness, thrusting gamers into tense situations in which they must multitask in order to please impatient customers. At the same time, they must contend with wonky touch screen controls.
  11. The control issues will kill interest in all but the most determined casual gamer, however, and the graphics will cause even those with 20/20 vision to squint from time to time.
  12. If you're a gamer looking to whet your palate on something new or, worse yet, a casual gamer looking for something to play during a train ride, consider long and hard before putting down money for this. The sharp difficulty curve is enough to scare away all but the most devoted and patient of gamers, and the repetition will lead to the frustration and hand cramps.
  13. Nintendo Power
    More variety and enhancements for this PC port would have made the DS version a lot sweeter. [June 2007, p.103]
  14. Nintendo Gamer
    There's no close-up work, only abstract coarse plotting between cookers and customers and, as such, it's a bit tedious. [Christmas 2007, p.70]
  15. Cake Mania appears to be a game that graphically and conceptually targets a younger, more casual gamer. Unfortunately, the extreme difficulty level will most likely alienate this target audience.
  16. Unless your idea of fun is to stress yourself out by performing menial tasks, you'll want to pass on Cake Mania.
  17. It's disappointing: you'd think that a game about baking would know a little more about when it's necessary to substitute ingredients.
  18. While fun in short bursts, the DS version of Cake Mania lacks depth and overly repeats on you. Burp.
  19. AceGamez
    A flawed and outdated game that is hard to recommend.
  20. Ultimately, Cake Mania is too expensive, too slow and too limited to excel in this overcrowded field.
  21. It's not a bad game, and it's actually pretty fun in short doses. If you're a patient person who likes to multitask this might be the perfect game for you.
  22. 20
    Play the first level of Cake Mania and you've played them all.

Awards & Rankings

#78 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. JoshT.
    Jul 28, 2007
    If you liked the PC game you'll like this one. Not for hardcore gamers but appeals to the casual gaming audience.
  2. ZManWonka
    May 15, 2007
    If you're a hardcore gamer you're most likely going to want to pass this one aside. However, if you are one of the many growing If you're a hardcore gamer you're most likely going to want to pass this one aside. However, if you are one of the many growing casual gamers out there, cake mania ds will make a great add to your collection. Full Review »
  3. paull.
    May 8, 2007
    Found this game very entertaining for the first couple of hours,But after that it became very repetitive and dull. still work the money.