Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! (Nintendo 3DS) Review

By Brian Short 09.10.2014

Review for Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! on Nintendo 3DS

The casual craze kicked off by the Nintendo DS was carried by new game series such as nintendogs, Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training, and even Cooking Mama. Casuals have since left the handheld market space and turned their attention to the ever popular bite-sized games on smartphones. Does this relegate the Cooking Mama series to being a relic of the past or is there still room on the Nintendo 3DS for this old friend? Read on to find out!

Mama's got content, lots of content. There's enough to keep anyone busy for days. Not only is there cooking to be done but there are also chores to do, lessons to study, veggies to harvest, and even a store to help in. All of these side attractions can be fun in moderation but none will be as enticing as working with Mama in the kitchen.

Be prepared to discover recipes for dishes of all types as it seems nothing was left off the menu. Items range from peanut butter crackers to sushi with instructions that range from simple one step processes to intricate preparation of a delectable dish. Mama's gonna be there through it all, giving instructions that can be somewhat vague for each step in the process. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, Mama can find a way to help even if the meat is burnt to a crisp!

Mama is also going to find a way to make this as difficult as possible. Trying to launch meat from a manual slicer onto a plate is tough enough, but that is not the Mama way. She is going to make sure this mundane task will be anything but by moving the plate further away so that the speed with which meat is sliced will have to be adjusted accordingly. Although some actions are still pretty basic, Mama finds a way to spice up most requests in order to provide a little challenge…

Screenshot for Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! on Nintendo 3DS

Not all challenges are good, though. There are a few occasions where the instructions are just as unclear as the on-screen prompts. Indications for when to tap, or simply press with the stylus, are too similar and can lead to confusion. Some challenges are near impossible to pass the first time but luckily there is a practice mode that allows a specific step in the instructions to be replayed repeatedly.

Unfortunately, with the way Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! is set up, once a mistake is made it cannot be undone. The dish gets made in the end, but a perfect score will not accompany it. In order to get a perfect score, each step in the process must be performed perfectly within the required time limit. Practice mode can help a little, but it will still be frustrating to lose that potential top level right at the end because the last instruction was not clear enough.

Getting the best score will earn some high praise from Mama. Every dish completed will unlock a plethora of rewards in the game. All of the scenery behind Mama is customizable with items unlocked, and her outfits can even be changed. Other rewards include new dishes and new mini-games. Also, each completed dish will unlock its counterpart in the Cooking Dojo, where players are tasked to complete the same instructions in a shorter time limit.

Screenshot for Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! on Nintendo 3DS

Cubed3 Rating

Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

Visuals and sound are touched up enough that it does not feel like shovelware, but it also doesn't try to be more than a typical mini-game collection. Preparing dishes is fun and varied enough to be entertaining without feeling repetitive. Although the price is hard to swallow, there definitely is an audience for what Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! on Nintendo 3DS has to offer. Bon appétit!


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European release date None   North America release date Out now   Japan release date Out now   Australian release date None    Also on Also on Nintendo eShop


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