GAMES - Review
18:00 - 1st April 2014, by NEO Staff

Cooking Mama 4

They say if it's not broke, don't fix it - and that seems to be the winning recipe for the Cooking Mama franchise, which has long been a staple favourite at the NEO office. The basic premise of the game sees you completing a series of mini games that rely on timing, skill and patience. Each mini game is a stage in a recipe, and sees you doing everything from whisking ingredients together to cracking eggs, all using the touch screen interface. At the end of each stage, you're given a score, and you earn medals for completing each recipe to a certain standard.

With this new instalment, don't expect much in the way of innovation, as it's pretty much the same as the previous three games, except with different recipes. You can also dress Mama up in different outfits, and unlock mini games involving household chores.

The fun aspect of this game is in its mini game action - if you liked Wario Ware, you'll probably like this - and its depiction of delicious Japanese dishes. Even though you'll never learn how to cook anything from playing Cooking Mama, if you enjoy Japanese culture, you'll definitely get a kick of out playing it.

Not much new here, but a solid instalment in a cute and quirky series that we love!
SCORE: 3.5/5
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