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Cooking Mama (クッキング ママ, Kukkingu Mama?) is a cookery simulation-styled minigame compilation video game for the Nintendo DS and the iPhone OS developed by Cooking Mama Limited (formerly known as Office Create) and published by Taito in Japan and for the iPhone OS, Majesco in North America and 505 Games in Europe.

It was awarded IGN's "Best Of E3" award for 2006 and was joined by two sequels for the DS, Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends (2007) and Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop (2009), and two games have since been made for the Wii, Cooking Mama: Cook Off (2006) and Cooking Mama: World Kitchen (2008). Other Games and Spin-Offs include Gardening Mama (2009), Crafting Mama (2010), Babysitting Mama (2010), Camping Mama (2011) Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic (2011), Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends (), Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! (2014), and Cooking Mama Let's Cook! (2015).


In Cooking Mama, the player is tasked with cooking various meals using the device's touch screen. Following the instructions of the titular "Mama", the player uses the stylus or finger to chop vegetables, slice meat, flip food in pans, and arrange the final items on the plate. The version of the game for the iPhone and iPod Touch also takes advantage of the accelerometer in the device with some similar gameplay to Cooking Mama: Cook Off.

Each of these tasks is performed by completing a mini-game which usually lasts less than 10 seconds. The gameplay structure consists of the player progressing through a series of short minigames. The game features a total of 96 different dishes. Most of them being official dishes while others are dishes made by mixing recipes in the Combine feature.

Each minigame represents a different activity in the meal preparation, such as mixing, frying, or chopping the provided ingredients. The minigame mechanics themselves range from quickly drawing parallel lines in order to chop items, to a rhythm game where ingredients are added to a skillet or the heat is adjusted at precisely the right time. In many cases, players must look at the top screen of the DS for guidance on what to do next and then perform the task on the bottom screen. If the player makes a serious blunder or time expires without sufficient progress being made, that step in the cooking process is considered a failure. When this happens, a graphic of an angry "Mama" with flames erupting from her eyes is displayed, along with the caption "Don't worry, Mama will fix it!".

Completing a dish can require playing one minigame, or as many as a dozen. The player's performance is rated when each dish is finished, based on the average result of each minigame. Depending on the final score, the game may award the player a bronze, silver or gold medal. The highest medal earned for each dish is recorded and displayed next to each item on the selection screen.

Game ModesEdit

Let's CookEdit

The main game mode where players cook dishes. Players initially start with just a few simple recipes to choose from, with additional recipes unlocked as the earlier ones are mastered. Each recipe requires players to play through a short, timed minigame for each ingredient or group of ingredients. For example, to make a sandwich, the player would first be required to chop a cucumber into slices before the time limit elapses.

When cooking a recipe which has previously been mastered, the player sometimes has the option to change the dish being made "on the fly" between two minigames. If completed, this new recipe is then unlocked for future play.

A player also has a choice to practice a recipe.

As a player completes task they will recieve golden cooking objects but cannot be used. They will be hung up in the background, mainly seen on the title screen.

Let's CombineEdit

In this mode, players can take the recipes which have been unlocked and combine them to make something new. For example, the "Fried Eggs" recipe can be combined with the "Rice" recipe to make an entree.

Use SkillEdit

In this mode, players put their minigame skills to the test. This mode consists of time-based challenges focused on specific tasks such as chopping, grating, wrapping, adding ingredients, peeling, stewing, tearing, and more. The player is ranked at the end of each task.


  1. Miso Soup
  2. Pork and Vegetable Soup
  3. Fried Fish
  4. Grilled Gyoza
  5. Fried Gyoza (See "Gyoza")
  6. Pan-Fried Vegetables
  7. Sandwich
  8. Beef Steak
  9. Japanese Steak (Grated Radish)
  10. Pork Cutlet
  11. Deep-Fried Pork Kebabs
  12. Pork Rice Bowl
  13. Boiled Rice
  14. Chestnut Rice
  15. Bamboo Shoot Rice
  16. Salisbury Steak
  17. Japanese Hamburg Steak
  18. Minced Pork Steak
  19. Hamburger Stewed in Tomato Sauce
  20. Hamburger with Egg
  21. Pork Curry and Rice
  22. Beef Curry
  23. Beef Stew
  24. Vegetable Curry (See Curry)
  25. Sweet Fried Egg
  26. Fried Octopus Dumplings
  27. Fried Chicken
  28. Potato Salad
  29. Spaghetti Neopolitan
  30. Spaghetti Bolognese
  31. Seafood Spaghetti
  32. Grilled Mackerel
  33. Spring Roll
  34. Shrimp Gyoza
  35. Chinese Sauted Beef and Peppers
  36. Pork Saute
  37. Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl
  38. Fried Prawn
  39. Shrimp Tempura
  40. Rice Cakes
  41. Fried Rice
  42. Crab Fried Rice
  43. Shrimp Fried Rice
  44. Chicken Rice
  45. Fried Squid
  46. Squid Tempura
  47. Meatballs
  48. Seafood Curry
  49. Curried Pilaf
  50. Boiled Egg
  51. Pan-Fried Batter Cake
  52. Chicken in Tomato Sauce
  53. Chicken in Cream Sauce
  54. Croquette
  55. Instant ramen
  56. Shumai Wonton
  57. Shrimp Wonton
  58. Meat Pie
  59. Chili Sauce Shrimp
  60. Rice Balls
  61. Mixed Tempura
  62. Stuffed Peppers
  63. Egg Sunny Side-Up
  64. Macaroni Gratin
  65. Rice Gratin
  66. Chicken Kabobs
  67. Seasoned Beef with Potatoes
  68. Soba
  69. Sweet Tofu Sushi
  70. Cabbage Roll
  71. Omelet
  72. Rice in Omelet
  73. Udon
  74. Hand-Rolled Sushi
  75. Crab and Egg Chinese Style


  • This is the only Cooking Mama game on hand-held without any customization available.
    • This is also the only one where Mama is voiceless. 
    • This was also the only game to present 'alternative' route options in recipes. 
  • Papa is mentioned but didn't make an official appearance until the next game.
  • As the Player completes various achievements (not outright told), the tools on the title screen turn gold.


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