Cooking Mama: Cook Off

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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A clever but flawed cooking sim for the Wii.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive messages

Encourages playing with friends.

Violence & scariness
Language
Consumerism

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the only questionable content in this game -- which hardly qualifies -- relates to adding cooking wine or Japanese sake to some of your dishes.

User Reviews

Adult Written byLuckyLizz February 24, 2010
I've been playing Cooking Mama on the Wii for quite sometime now and it's amazingly addictive. It's fun, fresh and gives someone who couldn'... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 and 7 year old Written byfig October 1, 2009

Fun game that I play when my son walks away

My 7 year old son loves it. It took a little while for him to learn how to use the controls, but now he is a pro.
Teen, 14 years old Written bySara_diamonds May 28, 2009

Very fun!

Very fun game. Appropriate for all ages. My little brother loves this game and so do I! It's completely pure and there's nothing to be concerned about... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old September 22, 2010

the best game ever

i love this game because it tiches you how ot cook and do sutff the right way

What's it about?

If you think the Iron Chef TV show serves up a wacky culinary experience, wait until you get a taste of COOKING MAMA: COOK OFF, a game designed for the Nintendo Wii. Loosely based on the popular Nintendo DS title Cooking Mama, this console version lets you take command of the kitchen using the Wii's innovative motion-sensing wireless controller as your all-in-one cooking utensil. Your goal is to prepare, cook, and serve dishes from around the world within a predetermined time limit. In total, the game features 250 kinds of foods, which make up the 55 real-world dishes from 10 nations: China, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, and the United States.

Is it any good?

While not without its flaws, Majesco Entertainment's Cooking Mama: Cook Off is a deliciously fun and silly exercise for the entire family. Four optional modes in addition to the main single-player mode add to the depth of the gaming experience, but for $49.99, this collection of Mini games doesn't offer as much gameplay and replayability as it should. The main "beef" with Cooking Mama: Cook Off, however, is sometimes the motion-sensing controller isn't as accurate or responsive compared with other Wii games.

But despite its shortcomings, Cooking Mama: Cook Off is a unique, wacky, and family-friendly game that takes advantage of the Nintendo Wii's clever control scheme -- when it works.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the clever use of the Wii remote to slice, dice, chop, and stir your meals. Games such as this, with its unique control scheme using the Wii remote, form new interactive entertainment experiences. Does this make the game more fun than older games? More challenging? Both? After making some of these international dishes, does it make you want to try them? Are some foods you prepare in this game healthier than others?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Majesco
  • Release date: March 21, 2007
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for Alcohol Reference

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