Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop Review
Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Cooking Mama LTD 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Majesco Entertainment 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 20, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Mama's kitchen is as upbeat and colorful as ever. You can unlock different clothing options and accessories to dress Mama up with, including stylish glasses, shirts, hairpieces, and more. The kitchen backdrops can be customized and designed to suit your fancy. The game's cutesy, cheerful appearance is still pretty infectious. All of the food items are visually well-designed and many even look tasty. You might wind up with a grumbling stomach after extended play sessions. There are minor visual updates to recipes, menus, and mini-games that make a subtle difference, though Shop and Chop looks and plays a lot like the past installments.

Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop screenshot

The stylus-heavy controls haven't always been the tightest aspect of Cooking Mama's video game career, especially since you use touch control more than anything else. This time around many of the activities do feel a bit more precise and responsive than they have in the older games, which will be good news to Mama fans. You'll still run across occasional mini-games that have somewhat confusing directions or take multiple tries to really get the gist of what you're being asked to do, but it's not a huge problem.

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Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop is an adorable and entertaining title that will offer hours of virtual cooking enjoyment to anyone who hasn't had their fill of the genre from the past two games. There's always plenty of chopping and cooking to do even though the new shopping element is downplayed and isn't integral to the gameplay. With more recipes, more mini-game tasks, a few additional side activities, and plenty of unlockables, there's a lot to explore here. The problem is it's all pretty much more of the same stuff you've already seen in the past few games. Without tempering your expectations against that hard fact, you're probably going to be a little bummed by how similar this game is to its predecessors.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.9
Graphics
Cute, colorful, and bubbly. Minor updates and tweaks are subtle but pleasant.
3.8
Control
The controls feel a bit more responsive and generally tighter than earlier installments.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Nothing says low budget like "even better than Mama!" It's still somewhat charming.
4.0

Play Value
Lots of new recipes and activities are beefed up by the widest set of modes and features yet. A lot of re-hash material but it's a pretty big sampling of stuff to do.

3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Use the stylus as your ultimate cooking utensil to chop, grate, slice, stir, spread, sprinkle, roll, and much more in over 200 different mini-games.
  • Create 80 new recipes including: chili con carne, mushroom quiche, Eggs Benedict, tulip chicken, pumpkin gnocchi, and many more.
  • Six gameplay modes including new additions to the series.
  • Recipes progress from simple to complex, from small to large dishes, so do your best to meet Mama's expectations and impress your friends. If your friends think your dish is delicious, you'll unlock another new friend.


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