Cooking Mama – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Alcohol Reference

Parents
don't have anything to worry about. There is no questionable language, no sexual content, and no violence. The game completely revolves around food preparation and cooking, and the "Alcohol Reference" mentioned on the back of the box refers only to using cooking wine or Japanese sake as an ingredient. If there's a cleaner, more harmless game out there, I'd love to see it.

DS fans who can appreciate a little bit of weirdness should check the game out. Released at a bargain price, it's easy on the wallet and will make an interesting conversation piece in any DS owner's library. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much staying power and its charm wears off too soon, but it's fun in short bursts.

Cooking fans will get a giggle out of how faithful the game is in regards to portraying the actual process of cooking. Meats brown, rice must be washed, and all manner of things must be chopped. I have to say that I don't understand how ketchup ends up being an ingredient in so many recipes (?!?) but I guess that must be a Japanese thing.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers will have no problems. There is no speech or important auditory cues. All directions are given via text, and each minigame has specific visual icons that help the process along. Everything here is completely accessible.