Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 1:24AM
Just like a lot of people I got really excited when Majesco Entertainment came out with the Cooking Mama series. I thought that the idea of cooking real meals, through steps in the game was an interesting concept. So I couldn’t wait until they came out with new games. I admit that I bought Cooking Mama 1 and 2 for the DS. I even picked up Gardening Mama for the DS. Little did I know that they were coming out with a camping version for the DS: Camping Mama Outdoor Adventures. OMG, I had to have it.
Mama has been working really hard in the house cooking up a storm or out in the garden, and Papa thought that she needed a break. So he and Mama packed up their two children, Ichigo and Ringo and went camping. One of the things that I like about the game is that you get to play as the daughter, Ichigo or the son, Ringo. The main menu in the game has an ‘explore’ option. This is actually the main game mode. You have to explore through out the game to unlock other areas. I like that compared with some of the other games this one adds a sense of realism to it. In explore mode you have 8 hearts to your life. If you run into dangerous animals, you lose a heart. But at the same time if you play one of the mini games and get a 100% then you can gain that heart back. In each stage you can earn a gold medal by finishing the 2 mini tasks with 100% and finishing the entire stage with all 8 hearts. Along with finding the mini tasks that both Mama and Papa will give you, you can also find hidden treasure chests. In these chests you will get either a heart, an explorer badge or an item to spruce up your camp site. Along with the hidden treasures in explore mode you can also find mini activities as well.
Most of the mini games and activities are easy and clear with the directions. There are a small few that are a bit harder. One of the games that I found difficult was the throwing rocks to knock the banana bunches down. I found that the target icon was a little sensitive to the touch. Another issue that came up with that game was the dangerous animals. I thought that they were a good addition to the game to add a bit of difficulty to the stages. But there is a sense of too much difficulty. Another game that gave me trouble in the beginning was the swimming game. The instructions were a little unclear and it took about half a minute to actually maneuver my player in the game.
Like in the other Mama games this one has a challenge mode to it. In this mode you can play all of the activities that you have already unlocked. Along with the challenge mode there is also a books mode. This is where you can view pictures of the fish, treasures, bugs and food that you have collected on the way.
I thoroughly enjoyed playing the newest addition to the Cooking Mama series. I highly recommend it to anyone who could use a camping adventure to unwind from everyday life.
Cara “D Monkey Girl” Castillo