Cooking Mama 2 is a Minigames game available on the DS Wii.
Cooking Mama 2 is a Minigames game. Mini games come in a variety of shapes and sizes. What unites the genre is the speed with which players can pickup the games and the relativley short time requried to complete a level or two.
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Cooking Mama 2 DS inspires real world cooking with its bright and breezy Japanese approach to food.
One of the things I like about video games are ideas that overspill into reality. I'm not talking about people dressing up as characters from World of Warcraft or eight year olds running down the street pretending to Mario. Rather, when games inspire people to be creative, or when people learn something they may not have if they hadn't played that game.
Everyone's favourite cooking Mama returns with a sequel, but the game fails to connect the dots and instead turns itself into a disconnected experience. Although each recipe collects together a unique set of activities, they never quite make the jump from mini-game to something more coherent.
Second time around for Cooking Mama makes me realise just how much weight and expectation had been placed on the previous title. Released into a market where the jury was still out on the plausibility of the DS, the original provided a magical combination that sold itself and the system. Using the DS's touch, blow and dual screen features it was a must-buy for many people and I even imported a cartridge at extra cost.
Cooking Mama 2 is rather quirky and difficult to master and definitely more likely to make you want to break your wii-mote than master the art of filleting fish with it! A new cooking game? This is a job for the Domestic Gamer!
After seeing Cooking Mama being talked about in the same breath as Jamie Oliver's What's Cooking, my expectations were quite high. Now that I have my hands on it, I am pretty disappointed. I think it fits more happily with games like Order Up, a game loosely based on cooking rather than a cook book with games thrown in. Jamie's game was definitely a more serious approach to the games and cooking genre, with the focus on real food and real recipes with a bit of a game on the side to do while your shepherd's pie is in the oven! Order up is great fun, but gets you running around your diner and keeping the customers happy. Juggling orders with a great pace and excitement. Cooking Mama doesn't seem at home in either world.
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