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  • Summary: Learn how to cook with your Nintendo DS! As a budding chef you must first prepare foods then combine raw ingredients together as you cook them on the stove. Follow real recipes or experiment with your own combinations to create a culinary masterpiece with your stylus. Create 76 different,Learn how to cook with your Nintendo DS! As a budding chef you must first prepare foods then combine raw ingredients together as you cook them on the stove. Follow real recipes or experiment with your own combinations to create a culinary masterpiece with your stylus. Create 76 different, real world dishes from fried eggs to cabbage meat rolls. By mastering the first 15 recipes you can unlock 61 increasingly complex bonus recipes to expand your skills in the kitchen. The stylus is your master kitchen tool. Use it in more than 200 mini-games to chop, slice, pan fry, knead, grate, mash, tenderize, mix, peel, carve, roll and more. Once your dish is ready, you can even use the stylus to prepare the final layout of your meal. Cool food down by blowing into the Nintendo DS microphone. Combine recipes to create more advanced dishes. Share recipes with up to 4 other people or transfer a saved game to a friend via the DS wireless link. Earn bronze, silver and gold medals based on the quality of your cooking. Practice mode lets you finetune your cooking skills without being judged. [Majesco] Expand
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  • Developer: Taito Corporation, Office Create
  • Genre(s): Simulation, Miscellaneous, General, General, Virtual, Career
  • # of players: 1-4
  • Cheats: On GameFAQs
  • Rating: E
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Overall, Cooking Mama is an oddly entertaining game.
  2. The dishes and ingredients are all very detailed and look just like they should and Mama comes across as the tough extremist she is. She exudes her “Cook or die” mentality in every scene she graces. [JPN Import]
  3. 70
    Cooking Mama does what it sets out to do very well, even if its concept will never be a true gaming classic. It's a really good niche-filler that utilizes the DS well.
  4. Whether you are a master in the kitchen or if you burn toast, Cooking Mama lets you enjoy simulating cooking without all the mess.
  5. Controls are tight and responsive, and offer up an entirely new experience, especially since Cooking Mama is one of the first of its kind, but the experience will not last.
  6. 60
    The cheery 'bloop-de-bleep' repeated throughout the entire game is enough to make ears bleed.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jan 24, 2018
    10
    This game changed my life. I was once sad, I was once alone. But nay, no longer, Mama is here. She is here for me and she is here for you. SheThis game changed my life. I was once sad, I was once alone. But nay, no longer, Mama is here. She is here for me and she is here for you. She will not abandon you at age 14, she is a true mother. Cooking Mama stimulates the way you think about food. For example, I would describe the food as interesting and a journey to another world, another time. Much more peaceful and serene. But nothing compares to the kind and gentle words that Mama says to you as she whispers to you, "Even better than Mama." This type of encouragement is the first I've seen in many years. I wish she existed in real life but in a way, she does. One criticism I would make is I think that she should leave her husband, Papa. He does not treat her the way she deserves. As she is my mama, I would treat as a goddess, a true queen of cooking. To quote a great philosopher, "It is not what you cook which makes the dish, it is with who you cook which makes the dish." I am not one to be sentimental or cry over things such as video games but this came to me in a time of difficulties. Where I did not even know how to bake a cupcake? But cooking mama taught me, nay, influenced me to strive better when I cook. I owe them my livelihood. This is the game that will change your life. This is the game that will lift you out of your depression and teach you how to love and how it is to be loved.Bob Marley once said, "she will be loved." When I heard that, I did not know how I would be loved. But this game showed me that. I will be loved. By Mama. In conclusion, great game, taught me a world about values, morals and cooking. Thank you, Majesco Games and thank you, Mama. Expand
  2. ChrisW.
    Sep 18, 2006
    9
    I consider this game to be a must own next to any warioware or brain age game. For only $20, this title gives you hours of minigame I consider this game to be a must own next to any warioware or brain age game. For only $20, this title gives you hours of minigame psuedo-cooking fun. Some recipes are simple enough that you could make them in the real world if you were so inclined. I really enjoyed this title, one of my best DS purchases yet. Very fun! Expand
  3. JennB.
    Jan 20, 2007
    8
    This goes well with those who enjoy mini games. Being obsessed with simulators, I was instantly addicted. For only $20, its worth picking up.
  4. TJM.
    Oct 3, 2006
    7
    The replay value of this game lies in achieving gold medals for every last dish. Beyond that, Cooking Mama is best played in bite-sized The replay value of this game lies in achieving gold medals for every last dish. Beyond that, Cooking Mama is best played in bite-sized morsels, and one should not pick it up at $20 expecting a full course meal. Expand
  5. Nov 26, 2010
    7
    Adorable graphics and a slew of mini games, heck the whole game is mini games. It's amusing and for that $20 price tag. It's not the best outAdorable graphics and a slew of mini games, heck the whole game is mini games. It's amusing and for that $20 price tag. It's not the best out there, but definitely the best for that price. Expand
  6. HannahR.
    May 10, 2007
    7
    This game is fun for all ages. Anyone can play it. i think it has affected by psyche in real life though. I find my self chopping, slicing, This game is fun for all ages. Anyone can play it. i think it has affected by psyche in real life though. I find my self chopping, slicing, stewing, saute-ing furiously in my real kitchen to get that mental gold medal. Help!! I have clocked this game over the duration of about 3 days and found that the only way to get a gold is to get 100%. This can be frustrating if you make something with about 7 stages and you get one minor thing wrong. Somethings seem almost impossible but you can do it if you don't mind getting repetitive stress syndrome in your hand. The game utilizes the touch screen very well AND you can blow into the microphone. How cool is that?! Expand
  7. 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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