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Cooking Mama (2006) is a long-running series of stylised cooking puzzle games where you complete recipe minigames to cook various dishes. From mixing ingredients in a bowl to deep frying the food, you mirror on-screen instructions to create sweet and savoury dishes. The easy-to-follow steps, quick gameplay loop, and real-life foods make it a fun way for youngsters (and young at heart) to cook and bake.

The setup is the same in each game. You're given some ingredients and instructions to follow to carry out the steps in the recipes. These can range from rolling doughnuts in sugar, to chopping up meat and vegetables, to adding flour and baking powder to a mixing bowl. In Cooking Mama: Cuisine! on the Switch, like the DS and 3DS versions, you use touch controls to slice, roll, and combine the ingredients. After each step is performed, you get a rank. Do well all the way through and you can unlock new recipes and ingredients to use and create with.

The result is a longstanding and really fun (beloved, as Disney would say) series that introduces the basics of cookery through simple tasks. It's a novel way for young children to engage in an essential skill for the first time.

There have been lots of games in the Cooking Mama series, all offering a similar gameplay experience but with varying recipes and ingredients to pick from, with some also offering local multiplayer games, like a speed-chopping competition. Some spin-off games take the simple formula of short tasks and apply them to other settings:
  • Cooking Mama (2006) DS and iOS
  • Cooking Mama: Cook Off (2007) Wii
  • Cooking Mama 2: Cooking With Friends (2007) DS
  • Cooking Mama: World Kitchen (2008) Wii
  • Gardening Mama (2009) DS - Gardening spin-off.
  • Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop (2009) DS
  • Crafting Mama (2010) DS - Crafting spin-off.
  • Babysitting Mama (2011) Wii - Babysitting spin-off with a real baby toy to put the Wii Remote in.
  • Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures (2011) DS
  • Cooking Mama 4: Cooking Magic (2011) 3DS
  • Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends (2013) 3DS
  • Cooking Mama 5: Bon App├ętit! (2013) 3DS
  • Cooking Mama: Let's Cook (2015) iOS and Android
  • Cooking Mama Sweet Shop (2017) 3DS
  • Cooking Mama: Cuisine! (2022) iOS Apple Arcade.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Cooking Mama 18 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Creative and Simulation game with Puzzle and Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 10 hours to complete. There are lots of recipes to discover, and mastering all of them takes time.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Cooking Mama: Cuisine! is rated 4+ on the Apple App Store.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Each action required is clearly communicated on the screen, and the controls are simple and easy to learn.

CostsCosts

Cooking Mama: Cuisine!

App Store iPhone, iPad Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
The latest game, Cooking Mama: Cuisine, is exclusive to Apple Arcade. 
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/03/2006, updated in 2022

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Wii, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Creative, Simulation (Puzzle and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Cooking Mama Eng (@CookingMama_Eng)


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