Image via WikipediaTaito's Cooking Mama is one of the first "cooking sims" which basically have you repeat a bunch of keypresses, meant to simulate cooking on a console. It has since spawned multiple clones on the mobile, but also made its own way to mobile. Is it any good? Not really.
You see, the game lacks instructions, for at least some of the events. The "stir fry" event, for example, is undocumented, as you don't know how to finish it properly. All the other moves are fine... Crack an egg, mix the egg, add the proper ingredients in order... All explained. But NOT the stir fry event... You're told "don't burn the rice", but not when to add the stuff, how long to keep it on... When is "done" supposed to be, well, "done"? Argh! Which means it's impossible to cook 'fried rice'!
The other events are fine, but it's basically simulating cooking with the direction keys and a bit of "timing".
The food is simple... omelette, fried rice, dumplings, and so on. However, the game is not that interesting otherwise. It'd be appropriate on a console with a joystick, or even a WII with the Wiimote, but on a mobile? Hah.
You can do better than playing this game. I've even reviewed several of them. Look in the archives, like Sushi Samurai or such.
Overall rating: 5.5 out of 10
Pros: starter of a new genre, definitely cute subject
Cons: some events undocumented, overall boring button pushing
Verdict: only for cooking fans, and those with sturdy fingers