Cooking Mama: Kitchen! Apple Arcade is the latest game to bring cooking fun to your iPhone or iPad. As with old Nintendo DS titles, Mama is there to compliment you and help you out with her super cute facial expressions. While this new entry doesn’t do much to deviate the minigames from previous titles, it does provide some progress as well as a reason to come back every day. Plus, cooking all those delicious dishes is very satisfying.
And don’t worry. For anyone wondering, the kitchen! It is a huge improvement over Cookstar.
It’s no secret that the last game, Cooking Mama: Cookstar, released in 2020, failed to impress people – it’s currently resting with a Metascore of just 46 and a Metacritic User Score of 6.7. On top of the low-quality gameplay, Cookstar encountered licensing issues between the publisher and developer which resulted in it being pulled from store shelves and the Nintendo eShop shortly after release. But fortunately, Cooking Mama: Cuisine! It makes up for what the previous game lacked and has no legal scandal to distort the experience on Apple Arcade.
In many ways, Cooking Mama is the perfect Apple Arcade game due to the focus on touch controls. The first game was released on the DS in 2006 and relied on players using a stylus to participate in small games such as slicing potatoes and frying onions. On the iPhone and iPad, I only use my finger to tap, scroll, or place items as instructed for each mini-game. Most of the mini games are very easy to play, which makes it a fun game for people of all ages and skill levels. I even enjoyed watching my favorite shows while playing this on my iPad because I didn’t need to pay much attention.
Another reason Cooking Mama works so well on Apple Arcade is that the game can easily receive updates to include new recipes and ingredients. The list of ingredients available to you changes every day to keep the game fresh and interesting, so it will come in handy.
In previous Cooking Mama games, players were brought into the kitchen and then given a recipe for her making. dishes! He changes this by trying to add a more realistic element with a touch of surprise. Just like when you come home all day and stare at the food items available in your pantry trying to figure out what you can make, the kitchen! It gives you a limited number of components and devices to work with each day, and then lets you choose which ones you want to use.
You won’t know what you’re cooking until you’ve finished the recipe, which adds a fun layer of discovery. So you can keep trying different ingredient combinations to try to unlock as many recipes as possible. As you cook, you unlock more everyday ingredients and maybe even a new appliance, giving you more options to work with. It wasn’t always easy for me to remember the combinations of ingredients I actually used in a day, but the game makes even the occasional iterations worth it. For example, I ended up making cupcakes twice, but at the end of the second cooking session, Mama suggested we add chocolate, which opened up an entirely new recipe.
Unlike previous Cooking Mama games, Mama will never be bothered by those iconic fiery eyes and tell you you screwed up. I kind of miss this because it was funny in its own way, but it makes the game much easier. Mama is always happy in your work even when you fail miserably. If you fail to get the desired three-star rating, you can always work on the recipe again as long as the ingredients are still available.
The game also rewards you for cooking dishes by unlocking new customizations for Mama or the kitchen. I don’t know why it’s fun to wear digital characters, but I found myself smiling every time I put on a new outfit or hairstyle for my mom. It kept me going, and I wanted to unlock more.
In fact, the biggest drawback of this game is that chopping up those saturated veggies, frying that pot, and making candy made me hungry in real life. I had to honestly tell myself that it doesn’t make sense to throw a lavish feast in the middle of the night after playing this game for over an hour. But if you want to look at amazing meals without the mess or hassle of real cooking, you should check out the kitchen! Outside.
The game has begun!
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