This little cooking simulator was a surprise hit and is now into its third incarnation, with no signs of losing its vast popularity. If, for some reason, pretending to make all kinds of meals sounds just like your cup of tea but you have somehow managed to miss out on the game that was clearly made for you then Gameplay have come to your rescue with their excellent under £5 deal! Alternatively it would make a great little stocking filler if you have children or younger siblings with a DS.
The next best price for this game is £19.99 from either Gamestation or Game. There are better deals out there (although the very lowest I have seen was £12.73 from The Hut, nearly £8 more than Gameplay's price!) but virtually nowhere has the original title in stock at the moment.
Cooking Mama places you into the loving hands of the titular "Mama" who will guide you through a series of recipes as you hold your stylus at the ready to chop, slice, flip and arrange your food items to her exacting(ish) standards.Fail to do so and Mama's eyes will, rather terrifyingly, burst into flames. But hey, "don't worry, Mama will fix it!"
The game offers 96 dishes and its fun to play around with all the different ways you can use the DS's touch screen abilities and microphone (blow on it to cool your meals) throughout the "cooking process". However I can't help but wonder what the point is exactly. If you want to play around in the kitchen then why not, umm, go and play around in the kitchen?
Personally, I hate real cooking but at least I get a meal out of it.
Thanks to Rhys135 at Hotukdeals!