Cooking Mama 2 was the first game I got for my lovely new Turquoise DS Lite. This game was top of my list and I must say - it doesn't disappoint! I'm grown up and I love this game - I can only imagine how crazy about it I would have been when I was younger!
There are three main areas to navigate around on the main menu. You can choose to `Cook with Mama', who will give you step-by-step instructions on recipes (great for introducing you to the game). From making Ravioli and T-Bone Steaks to pressing waffles and decorating iced cakes with strawberries and chocolate houses, Mama has the best recipes!!! Once you've mastered all of the whisking, blending, pouring and chopping techniques you think you'll need try cooking for a friend in `Let's Cook!' The recipes are the same but you won't have Mama helping you along and fixing things if they go wrong in the kitchen. Don't mess up!!! There is also a `Cooking Contest' option where you can play at mini challenges to win ribbon-wrapped pressies and lovely surprises. How many apples can you peel in two minutes? Know how to cut corn from the cob or wrap bamboo rice?
The magic that really makes this game special comes from the joy of unlocking new recipes, winning new friends to cook for and enjoying its whimsical aesthetics (swooshing rainbows and dancing gingerbread men anyone?) You can earn bonuses that give you new accessories and clothes for mama, and even new kitchen designs. From the colour of the wall clock to the style of the kitchen units, yup yup, you can change it all!!! My mama now lives in a wooden log cabin with a brick fireplace and a window looking out onto trees covered in winter snow. These may be trifling details that don't actually affect gameplay but they really give the game a charming appeal and make it so much more fun to play!!!
This game comes highly recommended, and with all the things you now know - how can you resist?