Parents' Guide to

Cooking Mama

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

200 crazy DS Mini games with cooking theme.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

I think its mediocre

The gane cnstantly puts u into the sam mini games its graphics are terrible for a game made for nintendo a usual triple A developer.
age 5+


It is one of my favorite games but I wish that it had more recipes.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Original, fast-paced Nintendo DS game Cooking Mama makes excellent use of the DS' touch-sensitive screen capabilities in its 200-plus timed, cooking-themed Mini games. While things like chopping are easy, peeling a carrot using the DS stylus is a challenge, and probably more so because the controls aren't responsive enough. Some of the Mini games can get quite demanding, as you are required to add ingredients, stir, and adjust the heat either up or down at just the right time as indicated on a scrolling timeline. And some of the Mini games don't come with enough instructions, which forces you to experiment.

The newness of this gameplay will sustain players through preparing many feasts -- but eventually the novelty wears off. This game is best played in small bursts -- a recipe or two at a time. This game succeeds because it's wacky -- too bad cooking a real dinner isn't this entertaining.

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