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The game is definitely fun. But only for about the first 5-10 minutes. After that it's a "do the exact same tasks but in a different order with different animations on the screen"
It's kind of mindless, but for some reason I find some of the tasks to be so much fun I want to do them over and over, which is good because I HAVE to do them over and over. These tasks include chopping, grating, baking, pouring molds. But most of the tasks I hate and don't want to be done, like cracking eggs (which is really hard for some reason) stewing, removing yolk (which I SOMEHOW messed up by tossing said yolk across the room) and pan frying (which lacks instruction)
On the topic of lacking instruction, the game has a lot of that. Before each cooking task is a paragraph of instruction that sometimes fails hard. example: fill cup with water. "move the wii mote up to turn on the water, wait until it's at level, move the wii mote down to turn water off." I say "okay I can do that. wii mote up. huh? the water's not starting? kinda jiggle wii mote. ...What? I failed? how?" things burn because they don't tell you what needs the least amount of time to cook, sometimes the wii mote doesn't catch your pounding moves, you can fail at any time for any slip up, etc.
Overall, I'm SO glad I just rented it. Totally not worth my money, and barely worth my time.
This game stinks - I don't think Ive ever started a review of anything so negatively - but this game stinks . It starts off with you washing the dishes you just used to "make" a pan of rice - If I want the feeling of washing the dishes, I'd get up and tackle my sink full of dishes.
BTW: I understand this is a sim game - I am very find of sim games - but I don't want a "rake the leaves" game or a "scrubbing the toilet" game -I want to simulate something I'd never get the chance to do coupled with a sense of urgency or timing to add excitement to the gaming experience - i.e control a house full of people, or building a city, or working as a sushi chef. - There are a few manifestations of the Cooking Mama franchise - I hope they are better than this one. -Vic Future.
I have not played this game much myself, but my kids absolutely love it. I bought it for them three days ago and they haven't done much but play it since then. I have played it twice and had a good time getting beaten by my daughters. It takes good advantage of the Wii's motion technology and the game play seems to be pretty fun as well. I'm not sure about the longevity at this point, but I'm sure the multiplayer aspect will keep my kids competing with each other for awhile.