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  • Summary: If you can’t stand the heat, get into Mama’s kitchen! Cooking Mama is back with her most fantastic and fun video game adventure ever. Introducing Cooking Mama: Cookstar. A brand-new Cooking Mama experience created specifically for Nintendo Switch™. Cooking Mama: Cookstar features over 90If you can’t stand the heat, get into Mama’s kitchen! Cooking Mama is back with her most fantastic and fun video game adventure ever. Introducing Cooking Mama: Cookstar. A brand-new Cooking Mama experience created specifically for Nintendo Switch™. Cooking Mama: Cookstar features over 90 incredible new recipes for players to master. Cook everything from classic Japanese recipes to today’s most tasty comfort foods. Cooking Mama Switch truly has a taste of everything. Not a carnivore? Not a problem! For the first time ever Cooking Mama will feature both a traditional cooking mode and a vegetarian cooking mode. Burritos, Bibimbap, Bubble Tea, Baked Alaska, Pokebowls and so much more. Explore the diverse menu to find what suits your taste. Don’t think you have the skills to become a master chef? Don’t worry, Mama will fix that! Just follow Mama’s instructions and create delicious and decadent treats that you can share with your friends. Chop, mince, slice, dice and roll! Precision motion controls immerse players right into the action. With Mama’s help, you will become the world’s greatest culinary artist. Expand
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  • Developer: 1st Playable Productions, Planet Entertainment
  • Genre(s): General, Puzzle, Simulation, Virtual, Career
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
  • Cheats: On GameFAQs
  • Rating: E
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Apr 15, 2020
    80
    As somebody who suffered through the middling Sweet Shop, who grew irate at the cynical cash-grab of a mobile game, and who wanted fresh blood in this series again, Cookstar delivers - and then some. I haven't been able to put this thing down, and it's taken valuable hours away from Animal Crossing, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and quite a few others.
  2. Apr 20, 2020
    75
    While there’s definitely room for improvement and expansion, I can see kids liking this game quite a bit. There’s plenty to unlock, and hearing that you did something better than Mama brings a smile. As someone new to the series, Cooking Mama: Cookstar felt reasonably fresh to me. But vets may find it more so resembles leftovers. Hopefully, the rights holder and publisher can work things out.
  3. Apr 8, 2020
    70
    Cooking Mama: Cookstar is a solid if predictable entry in the series that provides a decent amount of fun and content for the cost, but not much else.
  4. 45
    In terms of what is on offer for a veteran gamer or someone who is familiar with the franchise, you will find this is a lacking option with not a lot of change, variation, or improvements. Motion control issues hamper the experience for anyone going for full completion, and the rest of what you see will remind you of one of the Wii-era titles in the series straight from 2007. As a family game, Cooking Mama: Cookstar offers a serviceable experience for your children for an evening.
  5. Apr 14, 2020
    30
    Cooking Mama: Cookstar is bogged down by monotony, poor motion controls, nightmarish voice acting, and practically nothing new to offer. Whether it’s the lack of consequences for failure, the obnoxious voice acting, the bland single-player modes, the lackluster multiplayer minigames, or the complete lack of meaningful progression, Cooking Mama: Cookstar is a tedious game that does almost nothing well.
  6. Apr 9, 2020
    30
    The odds are quite good that you will never get the chance to play Cooking Mama: Cookstar, and that’s probably for the best. Beyond its status as a curiosity item in the wake of the mess surrounding its release, there is absolutely nothing about Cooking Mama: Cookstar that justifies the price of admission. Extremely shallow gameplay, terrible motion controls, and some of the worst voice acting we’ve heard in a modern video game make for an experience that’s woefully average at best and outright unenjoyable at the worst. If you happen to be fortunate enough to come across a copy, you could always pick it up purely for its resale value and as a conversation piece, but do yourself a favour and don’t waste your time actually playing it.
  7. Apr 16, 2020
    25
    If you’re even able to find a copy of Cooking Mama: Cookstar, you should probably reconsider where you’re spending your money. I know there’s a fanbase for the series that are vehemently wishing that the game will be good and that the bizarre story behind its release is all just an unlucky set of circumstances. But the fact of the matter is, Cookstar has nuked the kitchen and left us standing among a snowfall of ash and burnt Chicken Tikka Masala. I hate to say it, but the series may be cooked.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Apr 5, 2020
    10
    Having the ability to fix dinner in the kitchen all the while my son is cooking his favorite meal, a grilled cheese is priceless. Little ChrisHaving the ability to fix dinner in the kitchen all the while my son is cooking his favorite meal, a grilled cheese is priceless. Little Chris and I now cook dinner together!!! Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2020
    10
    Got one!

    If you love Mama get a copy before they are literally gone. You can take pictures of the food when you're done and there's a
    Got one!

    If you love Mama get a copy before they are literally gone.

    You can take pictures of the food when you're done and there's a ton of recipes with and without meat which is great!! I haven't gotten 3 stars on all the veggie ones yet
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  3. Apr 5, 2020
    9
    Just got this game for my kids (6 and 13) and all
    I can saw is wow! My 6 year old always loved cooking and would ask to stir things etc so now
    Just got this game for my kids (6 and 13) and all
    I can saw is wow! My 6 year old always loved cooking and would ask to stir things etc so now he can cook things along with us! Great game and would highly recommend.
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  4. Apr 6, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I played the previous Cooking Mama games growing up, so this release evokes nostalgia. I love how Cookstar has been updated with trendy recipes and cute new sayings from Mama. The motion controls are smooth and natural. My favorite part that I've discovered is at the end of the burger recipe - you can continue to add a ridiculous amount of fries until Mama tells you it’s too much! I love this game and will continue to come back to play. Expand
  5. Jul 24, 2020
    3
    Poor graphics, horrendous controls, off putting voice work. I am well aware this game was never authorized to be released.