Taito has recently released a version of its casual cooking action game, Cooking Mama [App Store], for the iPhone and iPod touch.  Cooking Mama has been popular on the Nintendo DS and Palm OS platforms, having sold around 3 million copies worldwide for those devices since its 2006 debut.  Sequels have appeared on the Wii.

IGN took a look at the DS version of the game and found it to be enjoyable for the casual gamer.

The game is nothing more than a set of casually laid-out challenges where each "level" is a certain meal. It can be as simple as making instant ramen to something more involved like pork curry and rice. Each step in the recipe has been paired down into a touch-screen mini-game. Most are retardedly simple: slicing an onion on the lines, or quickly chopping chives, or shredding some garlic. The complex tasks are the ones you have to watch out for: cutting tough meats, weighing specific ingredients, sauteing diced vegetables, or performing specific tasks in "rhythm." Even though most of the game is a simple matter of paying attention and following the instructions, the tougher techniques can turn a gold metal meal into a bronze medal yuckfest.

The big question: is any of this fun? Though the entirety of this game is simply doing what you're told as quickly as possible, it's actually an amusing game if you're not expecting much out of it. More importantly, though, it's been well-designed as a portable game, as the developers have given it a good "pick up and play" presentation: turn on the system, make a dish, get your rank, turn it off.

Forum member 'sushibox' posted a detailed review of the iPhone version.  He found the game very much to his liking.  Have a look.

See this (Japanese) trailer for the DS version to get an overall feel for the game.

Casual gamers looking for a unique title with pick-up appeal may want to have a look.

App Store Link: Cooking Mama, $6.99

  • kevindhehsjs

    It is an action game?

  • kevindhehsjs

    It is an action game?

  • WakaWakka

    I've bought the game last week......

    The game is great! i've played the DS and Wii version and now I have it on my Touch :D

  • WakaWakka

    I've bought the game last week......

    The game is great! i've played the DS and Wii version and now I have it on my Touch :D

  • 1337brian

    If you like the DS ver. then you will love this, perfect. The only complaint I have is there is half the recipes as the DS ver. Also multiplayer would have been nice as well. Other then that, this is a great addition to the series and I highly recommend it to fans of the series...

  • 1337brian

    If you like the DS ver. then you will love this, perfect. The only complaint I have is there is half the recipes as the DS ver. Also multiplayer would have been nice as well. Other then that, this is a great addition to the series and I highly recommend it to fans of the series...

  • Godfrey

    Some reviews said that there is *way* too many wait screens. Can anyone confirm this?

  • Godfrey

    Some reviews said that there is *way* too many wait screens. Can anyone confirm this?

  • WakaWakka

    Yeah, before and after a minigame......thats really annoying -.-

  • WakaWakka

    Yeah, before and after a minigame......thats really annoying -.-

  • Jay

    Tried it at a friend.. kind of crappy.. but no fun for me!

  • Jay

    Tried it at a friend.. kind of crappy.. but no fun for me!

  • Scott

    This looks like a great game... but not for $7... looks more like a $4 game to me... too expensive!!

  • Scott

    This looks like a great game... but not for $7... looks more like a $4 game to me... too expensive!!

  • AntAstrophY

    hmmm is this game even playable without a stylist?
    Thinking back to my DS version some of the lines you have to trace to cut stuff in the game would be kinda hard to see with a giant finger in the way no?

  • AntAstrophY

    hmmm is this game even playable without a stylist?
    Thinking back to my DS version some of the lines you have to trace to cut stuff in the game would be kinda hard to see with a giant finger in the way no?

  • Orion3G

    Wonderful game! And yes, cutting is very easy. I have never messed up a cut. Sauteeing is VERY fun!

  • Orion3G

    Wonderful game! And yes, cutting is very easy. I have never messed up a cut. Sauteeing is VERY fun!

  • TKO

    Hmmm .. I dunno that I'd call them wait-screens, but yeah, there's a curtain that draws closed between stages. Takes around two seconds. Dunno if that will kill ya or not. :) ..The ones that annoy me are where you have to turn the phone around - it sits there for too long waiting for you to do that. IMHO, they should have decided on an orientation and stuck with it (or let the player choose.) It's not such a graphically complex game that that would be so tricky. Just smacks of laziness when porting it.

  • TKO

    Hmmm .. I dunno that I'd call them wait-screens, but yeah, there's a curtain that draws closed between stages. Takes around two seconds. Dunno if that will kill ya or not. :) ..The ones that annoy me are where you have to turn the phone around - it sits there for too long waiting for you to do that. IMHO, they should have decided on an orientation and stuck with it (or let the player choose.) It's not such a graphically complex game that that would be so tricky. Just smacks of laziness when porting it.

  • Samyb123

    Amazing love it
    More recipes please!!!!!

  • Samyb123

    Amazing love it
    More recipes please!!!!!

  • ripardi

    How do you peel those hot potatos? :P

  • ripardi

    How do you peel those hot potatos? :P

  • David Locus

    Yeah definitely not worth $6.99 + $1.00 for each new recipe on the iPhone... the DS version was better.

  • David Locus

    Yeah definitely not worth $6.99 + $1.00 for each new recipe on the iPhone... the DS version was better.