Cooking Mama is back with Cooking Mama: Cookstar (Review)
Cooking Mama Cookstar
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: March 31, 2020
No. of Players: Up to 2 Players
Category: Multiplayer, Co-Op Party
Publisher: Planet Entertainment
Price: $39.99-$50.00 USD (depending on retailer) Physical Copies only for now, coming to Nintendo eShop again soon.
If you love simulation games like me, especially cooking simulation games then you will enjoy Cooking Mama: Cookstar. Now before the game was even out one day there was controversy, Rumors spread that the game overheated your Nintendo Switch and was using it to mine bitcoin and all sorts of illegal things. All turned out to be false. The game was pulled from the Nintendo eShop mere hours after launch not because of the rumors but because of issues between the developer and publisher. Now the only way to get a copy is to go physical via your local game store or online. Even those copies became elusive and sold out and were re-sold for crazy prices simply because of the notoriety the game got. I would even say it now would be classified as a collector’s item for true Cooking Mama fans. The publisher behind Cooking Mama even made it available for sale directly from their own website so gamers could get their hands on it. This was something I had never seen before so when I was finally able to get a copy at actual retail price, I knew I had to review it for myself.
Description via Planet Entertainment :
Now, Cooking Mama is back in a brand-new game developed for Nintendo Switch™. A brand new Cooking Mama game created for next gen consoles.
Cooking Mama: Cookstar features over 80 incredible recipes for players to master. Cook everything from classic Japanese recipes to today’s most tasty comfort foods. Cooking Mama Switch truly has a taste of everything. Not a carnivore? Not a problem! For the first time ever Cooking Mama will feature both a traditional cooking mode and a vegetarian cooking mode. Burritos, Bibimbap, Bubble Tea, Baked Alaska, Pokebowls and so much more. Explore the diverse menu to find what suits your taste.
Don’t think you have the skills to become a master chef? Don’t worry, Mama will fix that! Just follow Mama’s instructions and create delicious and decadent treats that you can share with your friends. Chop, mince, slice, dice and roll! Precision motion controls immerse players right into the action. With Mama’s help you will become the world’s greatest culinary artist.
First Impressions :
This was a game I was highly excited to try out so my expectations were high. Cooking simulation games usually relax me and so I knew this would be a great game to pick up and put down. I was a little underwhelmed when I first turned it on, some parts of it felt unfinished and unrefined. I like how they included a vegetarian mode for people who want more recipes to try out or who may be in real life are actual vegetarians. I don’t recall any other cooking games that went out of there way to include that. Yes, it was relaxing to play the game but I feel so much more could have been done before the game’s launch tho I suspect that has to do with the legal issues surrounding the game’s development, to begin with.
Cooking Mama: Cookstar’s graphics also leaves a bit to be desired sadly. I feel previous Cooking Mama games had much better graphics and on older systems too. When you compare it to other simulation games in the same genre they have better-looking graphics. The Nintendo Switch is capable of displaying amazing graphically rich games so I am not sure why this one looks just not as clean and polished. At times depending on what you are cooking some of the colors of the food look faded or even blurry. Food doesn’t look appetizing at all sometimes to be completely honest. For example the famed rainbow grilled cheese on the cover does not look as good in-game as it does on the cover. I really wish more time had been spent on development with this game it had so so much potential.
The gameplay is pretty standard, you use motion controls if you prefer or not and follow prompts to prepare food. You, of course, are guided through each dish and if you mess up you will know. I found it pretty easy to get through but in terms of Cooking Simulation Games, I enjoyed Overcooked and Waku Waku Sweets much much more. It’s a game to really pick up and put down and play for short hauls. Some players may even find themselves bored after a few recipes and snapping photos of your creation for an Instagram-like picture. The idea was cute but it was poorly executed. You can share your creations in real life with your friends if you want but I didn’t utilize that feature at all. It’s ok gameplay-wise not a total win.