I bought this game yesterday, and have been playing it on and off. It has been a good game so far. There are a few pros and cons I will review.
Animation/ graphics: So, if cute anime style appeals to you when it comes to art, you'll love this. The graphics, in my opinion, are spectacular. The clash of realism, with cute really sets the mood when playing this type of game. The food isn't cartoon like the other graphics, setting a serious example. If the food had been cartoon like, it wouldn't set a good example on how to cook. The anime graphics of everything else is a relief from realism. Now, animation; the animation is semi-perfect, but nothing can be perfect can it?
The sizzle of cooking a nice, juicy piece of fish, or the clashing noise when the wooden spoon scrapes up against a plastic bowl are just two examples of how well the sound effects are in the game. The sizzle sounds like a sizzle, the clashing, scraping noise sounds like a clashing, scraping noise.
The music, it fits the games adorable, likable graphics. It might seem to be repetitive at times, but you get used to it. Without that music, you wouldn't be in the mood to cook, would you?!
The controls act like the utensils you use while learning to cook. The movements are spot on, and you feel like you're actually cooking! Need I say more?
This game does help you learn about different foods, different cultures, and how to cook! I've already learned a lot by playing!
When you're cooking, the controls can be tough to deal with. In a tournament to win against the other, you can not have any mess ups. What happened with me was that whenever I try to mix something, it never recognizes how fast I'm working, or it skips and won't mix. I can tell you that the controlling is very difficult.
The game play can get tiring. Like some other cooking Mama's, they have fun mini games to play if you mess up, but not on this one...you get the grouchy Mama, with her fire flaming eyes, telling you to try harder! Plus, it's supposed to be a competitive game, and without a friend to play with, it gets a little boring; like Super Mario parties.
You need patience to play this game.
I give this game an overall rating of 7.5.
yes: I recommend this product