Parents' Guide to

Hell's Kitchen

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Top chef rants as he teaches in cooking game.

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Career mode is where Hell's Kitchen shines. You even get to keep the recipes you make for future reference in your own real life kitchen. And, yes, while Ramsay is tough on you (too tough for the sensitive), he does release a few compliments when you've done well. While the motion-sensing aspect of the Wii remote is great for cutting and chopping, it's not as precise for pointing and mixing foods together. You'll also have to keep an eye on Ramsay's Tolerance Meter, which flames with rage. If you make too many mistakes, the meter overflows. The result? He'll get so annoyed, he'll close the restaurant early.

There seems to be an endless supply of recipes and levels for you to wade through on your way to becoming master chef. While it's initially exciting (and somewhat frightening when Ramsay cracks the whip), the repetitive nature can get to be a grind. Unless you're a true foodie who wants to unlock the many recipes (including Mint Lamb Burgers and Polenta Shortcake with Roasted Peaches and Ice Cream), you may become restless, and worse, bored. If you want to try before you buy, there's a stripped-down, free game online at Hell's Kitchen

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