Saturday, 28 January 2012

Cooking Mama 4 Demo Review

The Cooking Mama series is known for it's wacky, Wario Ware style gameplay, and now the demo for the forth in the series has been released on the Nintendo 3DS store. 
The demo sees players join the cute looking Cooking Mama as she creates one of the variety of dishes that are available in game. For the demo, players will create a pizza from the dough making stage, right up to the oven. 

Each recipe is split up into five sections, where the player will use the Nintendo stylus to sieve flour, kneed dough, assign toppings to the pizza, and more. Much like the previous Cooking Mama games, the top screen is used for guidance, and the bottom screen is where each different cooking skill is simulated. At times it seems a little hard to get used to some of the motions, which can result in a disappointing end result if the timer reaches zero and you're still struggling. Mama may accept your failings, but those psychotic looking flames shooting out of both of her eyeballs beg to differ. 
Many of the tasks require a steady and slow hand in order to complete it well. The sieving section is the best example of this. Players will be required to tap ever so lightly on either side of the sieve, and alternate until the flour has been sieved through into the bowl below. It's incredibly easy to tap just that tiny bit harder and cover the whole screen in flour. This will then have to be cleared by blowing into the microphone. I found that I had to do this several times in this section, but then perhaps I'm not the greatest at dexterity games! 

Although personally I found the gameplay a little frustrating at times (some of the flicks of the stylus did not seem to register as accurately as I'd hoped first time), I cannot deny how addictive this game becomes by around the middle portion of the recipe. The demo only provided a small taster of the game, so it would be great to be able to try out a few more of the sections, such as "Let's Help!", where players will help Mama clean the house in a variety of ways. 
Fans of the previous instalments in the Cooking Mama series will not find any faults in this demo, and the 3D, although not incredibly necessary for the top screen, is a nice touch. The demo is available to download via the Nintendo 3DS eStore from now.


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