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Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends

Score: 7.0 / 10


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Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends is one of those games that leave you scratching your head when it comes to placing it in a neat genre category, but it can safely be said that it's one of those games that's a non-game that is difficult to put down.


The basic gameplay mechanics couldn't be more straightforward.  Using the stylus on the lower screen you chop, slap, mix, slice, peel, dice, and cook (among other tasks) as you follow Mama's step-by-step directions to create some neat




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culinary dishes (some of which sounded so good in the game I actually attempted them in real life).


There are many, many recipes to attempt, each one unlocked as you progress through the "lower" recipes and work your way up to the more complicated dishes.  It's all very easy and laid back.  If you screw up a step, Mama jumps right in a takes care of it. 


(Gordon Ramsay, she isn't!)  The game attempts to be more complicated by bringing in Mama's friends, who you have to cook for.  In this mode, you don't any intervention from Mama, either with directions or directly saving your butt.  There's not a huge incentive to be on top of your cooking game in this mode though.  In fact, I took great glee in producing some really stomach-churning garbage for Mama's friends.


On the technical front, for some reason the touchscreen doesn't always register movements properly.  For a game that actually requires a bit of precision, it's too bad it feels a little fumbled in places.


Overall, Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends is entirely inoffensive fun, even if it lacks in the challenge department.


- Omni

(February 8, 2008)


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