Excerpt: When I picked up the original Cooking Mama for the DS I expected a culinary showdown of Iron Chef proportions. I was set to dazzle the judges with my original techniques and daring combinations (a.k.a. my complete lack of actual skill). Instead, I ripped through a marathon of mini-games with no apparent goal besides the warm feeling of a job well done. The game was endearingly cute, but pointless.
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.
Excerpt: The basic premise of the game to cook fast, and to cook accurately. The idea is you are presented with a bunch of recipes, and each recipe is broken down into a step. Each step is basically a mini-game. Does the recipe call for diced onions? There's a little dicing mini game to play. Does the recipe require skewered eel? Then there's a little eel skewering mini game. Perhaps you need to blend corn? You get the idea.