Cooking Mama: World Kitchen

Mama brings a lot to the table, including all new 3D graphics, new recipes, comedic kitchen minigames, new gameplay modes and much more!

What It Is

Cooking Mama World Kitchen is the latest installment in the popular and kooky Cooking Mama series of games. The game’s basics remain the same—prepare and cook recipes under the guidance of Mama—but new 3D graphics, gameplay modes and mini-games add a fresh take to this culinary cutie.

Cooking Mama is the perfect example of mindless entertainment, which the Japanese have mastered. It has that often bizarre yet fascinating Japanese sensibility that is both perplexing and highly comical at the same time.

Why It’s Fun

You begin the game by customizing your game character and then selecting from a varied range of recipes that include traditional American items such as burgers, cookies, and pizza as well as more exotic and, I’m assuming, Japanese items like marinated sea bream, octopus dumplings, and potato balls. Mama will then coach you through the preparation and mixing of ingredients. Each step of the recipe is it’s own challenge and that’s where the fun really comes into play. You will be timed on how well you chop, dice, roll, flay and many more kitchen activities all performed with the Wii-Remote.

Your goal is to make Mama proud, which you do by preparing the recipes correctly. Hidden throughout the game are hysterical mini challenges that you are thrown into whenever you make a mistake. For example, if you toss a pancake too forcefully you will have to guide Mama as she tries to catch it in her apron.

Who’s Going To Love It

Cooking Mama World Kitchen is essentially a collection of mini-games grouped into recipes. Anyone who loves mini-games and has some appreciation for offbeat Japanese pop culture will love this game.

This isn’t an easy game to master and should provide a challenge for all levels of gamers. However, there is very little penalty for mistakes in this game. Even screwing up a recipe and receiving a low score will unlock a new recipe, which keeps the content fresh and will appeal to gamers who often get annoyed with games that don’t move quickly enough.

What To Be Aware Of

At times during challenges it can be difficult to figure out exactly what the game wants you to do, which can get frustrating.

In addition to several single player modes, there is also a cooperative cooking contest challenge that allows two people to play together.

There are eight available recipes to choose from at the start of the game and 43 additional recipes to unlock as you play.

Fun Scale

0 out of 5

It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!

Video Game Information

Cooking Mama: World Kitchen
Publisher: Majesco Entertainment
Rated: Everyone

System: Wii
Genre: Simulation/Cooking
Players: 1 - 2

MSRP: $49.99
Available: Now, at most major retail and toy stores as well as electronic gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: November 2008

*Rating determined by the ESRB


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