Cooking Mama: Cook Off

 
A clever but flawed cooking sim for the Wii.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages playing with friends.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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 (Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 14 years old Written bySara_diamonds May 28, 2009
age 4+
 

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! There are so many dishes to cook and you can move the remote as if you're actually cooking the dishes! Alot of varieties of healthy meals and deserts from many different countries. Very fun!
Kid, 11 years old May 5, 2015
age 8+
 

Decent

This game is good because you have a great multiplayer mode where you can play against each other in a racing cook off. The single player mode is where you get rewarded with recipes for making a decent meal. The reason I say eight years and older is because anyone younger than that may have problems following the instructions.
Kid, 12 years old September 22, 2010
age 13+
 

the best game ever

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