Excerpt: Mama has stepped out of the kitchen, and into the garden in Gardening Mama for the Nintendo DS. This franchise has been in the Top Ten listings since they were released. Majesco Entertainment completely understands what makes a good, fun, and quick game. This sequel is the most natural progression of the series I could hope to play. From flowers to fruit to vegetables, there are a lot of wonderful plants to take care of.
Summary: Parents need to know that as with its popular predecessor, Cooking Mama , Gardening Mama is a safe arcade-like simulation that doesn't contain any controversial content. This Nintendo DS game lets kids – an kids at heart – try their skill at gardening using the stylus pen.One mode does allow you to trade items with a friend using the Nintendo wireless connection.
Excerpt: Gardening Mama seems like a welcome change from the repeated cooking routines in Mama's primary franchise (and it probably won't get the PETA hate either). But it suffers from the same repetitive minigames, spotty control, and lack of depth. Most people garden to relax, but the game's time limits, seed scattering winds, and wildly moving pots ensure the exact opposite.
Summary: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
represents both a pleasant change and cozy familiarity for fans of the
series. While the format and gameplay is the same, there’s enough variation between the two to make this one interesting in its own right. As ever, “Mama”, radiating cuteness and an endearingly atrocious command of basic linguistic skills, is the real selling point of the game.
Pros: If you enjoyed, Cooking Mama, , this is right up your alley., Character design and extremely broken English are both endearing and too cute for words.
Cons: Lots of repetition – the same steps/mini-games pop up over and over as you raise different types of plants., Very poor, abstract instructions make some games far harder than they should be by any rational standard.
Conclusion: I think it might be best to keep Mama in the kitchen. If more time was put into the touch screen controls then we’d have a good game here. All Gardening Mama delivers is frustration at the price of $30. Thanks Mama, don’t expect me to be around during your birthday, mothers day, Christmas…hell I am not coming over for anything! Rating Breakdown Gameplay: 5 out of 10 + Same as the Cooking Mama series… - Except for the good controls.
Summary: Gardening Mama sees Mama heading into the great outdoors to turn an empty garden into a tranquil paradise. Green-fingered players use the touch-screen to dig holes, plant seeds, mix fertilizer and ultimately grow a range of fruits, flowers and vegetables.
Excerpt: By Alex Machuca For almost three years now, Majesco’s Cooking Mama series has given both DS and Wii gamers the chance to create a variety of exciting dishes while utilizing the respective system’s unique form of control. And while players won’t learn how to become the world’s next master chef through a realistic cooking regimen, the premise in the titular series has always remained to simply enjoy the creation process of the food through short (and sometimes overly...