11 years ago
It's been (literally) two years since i've used my Nintendo DS for anything more than an alarm clock, but when I had heard that this cart was coming to the DS, it breathed new life into the system. I'm 30 years old and I can't cook worth anything, so it was time to see what something of this nature could do on a "children's" gaming system. I wasn't the least bit disappointed. Right out the gate, the game welcomes you (depending on time of day) "Good evening! It's time to get cooking!". The voices are tinny, but nothing less than I would expect from a handheld gaming system, the music is subtle and "backgroundy" while the soundFX are decent and not overbearing. The game is considered multiplayer since you can assign multiple chefs (If you're cooking with friends or a family) to be assigned to certain tasks, if any of your chefs should be too young, or inexperienced, you can restrict that chef to assignments which DO NOT require the use of heat or knives. So with all of that out of the way, how does this actually compare to something to the effect of a cookbook? There are 300 recipes of all types that you can choose to make, each recipe comes with not only a fully detailed explanation of how to prepare, AND cook the food in step-by-step based instructions, but also a breakdown of what utensils are needed. It gets better, in addition, most everything is voice guided! It will allow you to announce "More Details" which will prompt the game to begin an explanation of whatever required you to request greater detail of something or "Continue" if you've finished a step and want to continue without getting your food-laced fingers on your DS, a "Repeat" option, "Go back" option, "Start Timer" option (for timed steps) and more! The game creators definitely were hard at work when they made this game, they've also included VIDEO TUTORIALS of more difficult tasks and some educational clips, such as how to properly hold/use a knife, how to chop various vegetables and more. If you're a picky eater like myself, then you will appreciate the ability to filter out ingredients. Once you've removed an ingredient, the cookbook will still reflect a dish that has the ingredient you chose to avoid, but there will be a small "X" indicating that an ingredient that you do not wish to consume is present in that particular dish. If you like to schedule dishes, you may do so with this cart as well! Another very thoughtful aspect within includes the ability to select a dish or dessert (or whatever) and select a day of the month to make it, the game will actively remind you (as long as it's turned on) that you have a dish that you wanted to make on that date and will allow you to select it. What can be better than that? The game actually has preloaded dishes for special days such as Mother's Day and Christmas! The dishes you select and make can be assigned a 1-5 star rating so that you can remember how much you liked it! All in all, if you're looking for a fun way to learn how to cook, or if you're looking to involve other people in a "cook night" at your place, then this cart is DEFINITELY FOR YOU! If you want a cart that will serve as an interactive cookbook which will help hone your skills or even teach you slowly how to cook and impress people with what you've learned, then this is DEFINITELY FOR YOU! Pick up this cart and you WILL NOT be unhappy you bought it, it's worth every penny!
yes: I recommend this product