A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop is the latest chapter in the long-standing series of cooking-simulation games. The animated Cooking Mama leads you through a collection of mini-games representing the skills required to make certain recipes. Kids don't fully learn how to make real food but instead use the stylus, microphone, and touchscreen to virtually perform cooking tasks such as chopping, peeling, or stirring ingredients, getting a general sense of the kind of steps that go into preparing a dish. The game is suitable for kids of all ages, but there are some dishes that make use of alcoholic beverages as ingredients in some recipes.
What's it about?
In COOKING MAMA: SWEET SHOP, Mama is back in the kitchen, dishing out some sweet dessert delights to satisfy your sugary cravings. Players make and create a wide assortment of treats by tackling over 160 mini-games based on 60 tasty recipes. Players can even challenge up to three of their friends is competitive cook-offs, trying to one-up each other to create the tastiest treats for Mama and the shop. The more sweets players complete, the more recipes they discover and the more the shop expands. With a bigger shop comes more customers, each with their own cravings looking for that special something to satisfy their sweet tooths.
Is it any good?
This fun cooking simulation will handle the sweet cravings of just about every gamer. For a lot of people, the best part of any meal isn't the appetizer or the entrée. It's the dessert, those tasty confections that make mouths water and blood sugars climb. Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop, the latest in the Mama series of games, focuses on these favored delights by challenging them to create their own indulgent treats. Well, "challenging" might be a bit of an overstatement. While some of the mini-games are a little confusing at first, none of them could really be described as a true test of gaming skills. Plus, having Mama along to help fix things when you mess up takes away any sense of tension. This might be a little off-putting for more hard-core gamers, but then again, the Cooking Mama games have always been more suited to the casual crowd. Younger kids in particular will absolutely love playing around in Mama's kitchen. Best of all, they won't leave a mess behind like they might in the real world.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it takes to cook a dish. What are some of the skills needed to properly follow a recipe and to cook something? Can some of the skills learned in cooking help out with other tasks?
Talk about video games compared with real life. How does cooking a dish in a video game differ from cooking one in real life?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
- Price: $29.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Rising Star Games
- Release date: May 18, 2017
- Genre: Simulation
- Topics: Adventures, Great girl role models
- ESRB rating: E for Some alcohol, like rum and wine, are key ingredients in some of the recipes.
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