Excerpt: Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends offers up most of the same simplistic, addictive gameplay that fans of the series love with a few twists, namely multiplayer action and new recipes. It's a great title for short gaming sessions, definitely tops the cutesy chart, and boasts those same adorable visuals and step-by-step cooking minigames that fans are familiar with.
NDS Review - 'Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends'
6 March 2008
Summary: Cooking Mama 2 promises more culinary fun and even tastier gameplay as Mama cooks up a spicy storm with new recipes, twice as many mini-games and an all-new multiplayer mode to challenge other players to a "cook off," Mama style.
Excerpt: 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...
Excerpt: Majesco's release of Cooking Mama on the Nintendo DS took the world by surprise. This budget title not only completely blew away all sales expectations--but led to a version on the Nintendo Wii and now a sequel to the Nintendo DS. Unfortunately, just like heating up leftovers, the gameplay in Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends is a bit stale and just not as good as the original.
Conclusion: Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends has this certain charm to it that makes it a real fun game. I played the hell out of the first game so it made sense to get the second. All I wish is the developers put more new aspects into the game. Earning new costumes is not enough to justify an extra $10. Rating Breakdown Gameplay: 7 out of 10 + I can really cook! - It’s all the same really. Graphics: 7 out of 10 + Some of the food looks yummy.
Conclusion: Cooking Mama is an acquired taste. If you enjoyed the original, then you'll easily get a huge amount of play from Dinner with Friends. The new recipes alone are well worth the time, and throwing in many new steps and rewards freshens the gameplay. There aren't a lot of major changes to the original formula. At its core, it's essentially the same game only a bit better.
Excerpt: By Kevin "Berserker" Hall Player(s): 1-4 Multiplayer: single card, download play Like the original Cooking Mama, Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends once again takes us to the kitchen armed with a stylus where we must please Mama by fixing her up some meals. This time Mama brings many of her friends to the table with her.