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12. 31. 2007

Virtual chefs compete in a Wii cooking game


I’m married to an amazing chef, currently cooking his way in the hearts of Manhattan foodies at Gramercy Tavern where he’s daytime sous chef. But, then there’s me. I use the kitchen table as the place to throw my jackets, dump out the contents of my purse, set up makeshift wrapping paper center, and of course just dump everything else that’s in my way there. For my husband the kitchen table is a sacred space that needs to be treated with love. And, well, I love to throw my stuff on it - it’s extra storage in our tiny apartment.

In an effort to help get me more interested in cooking for Christmas he presented me with an awesome Wii game, Cooking Mama: Cook Off.

The 2 player game pits chef against chef. Step-by-step, recipe-by-recipe, both players assist Mama cook international dishes from 10 different nations and the coolest part is that the players can watch as the realistic foods actually change in appearance based on their actions and misadventures.

Features Boiled Down:

The Wii Remote is the user's ultimate cooking utensil: chop, grate, slice, stir, roll and use all your culinary trickery! Hold and point it in many different ways (i.e. upright to mash potatoes, lengthwise to fry in a pan, etc.). As the user adapts she/he will actually feel the sensation of cooking in a kitchen! (minus the delicious aroma and results).

Cooking Challenge Mode lets players go head-to-head in the ultimate "cook off" to determine who can cook the fastest with the fewest mistakes, creating 55 real world dishes from 10 different nations: Japan, America, France, India, Mexico, England, China, Spain, Germany and Italy. Making desserts like cream puffs and pudding too! From hot dogs to pan fried crab to bouillabaisse, the challenges invite a wonderful array of food.


The realistic graphics with real-time effects make users feel like they're actually cooking (minus the scorching heat of the grills and ovens). Great players will adjust their timing and make decisions based on what appears on the screen (i.e. if food is starting to look burned . . . move it fast!).

Rewards can be earned that help furnish your kitchen and give you more of an edge (i.e. seasonings, small utensils, etc.). Mama even awards you bronze, silver, and gold medals based on the quality of your cooking.

Practice mode allows you to fine tune your cooking skills without being judged. Recipes progress from simple to complex, from small to large dishes, so do your best to meet Mama’s expectations as you unlock new dishes.

To play most effectively you’ll want to invest in Cta Digital Cooking Mama Kit for Wii

One holder is shaped in the mold of a frying pan while the other is a combination of a spatula, a knife and tongs. Each allows you to fry, flip, cut and spear your dishes. For the handle with the multiple utensils, just keep the one that you wish to use erect while sliding the others to the side of the handle and you are ready to go. In the handle is a cut-out mold that cradles your Wii remote so that you are ready to point and cook.

Aside from the absence of a mess in the kitchen, virtual food doesn't quite pay off when you win, so we recommend a real-life wager. The loser takes the winner out for a delicious meal of his/her choosing. It's only fare after all.

Price: Cooking Mama Cook Off, $49.99 at Amazon.

Price: CTA Digital Mama Cooking Kit, $19.99 at Amazon.

Posted by chrissie    Category: gaming
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