Cooking Mama
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), two wii games, 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 (2014), Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit! (2014), Cooking Mama Let's Cook! (2015), and Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop (2017).


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 user's performance. 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 Modes

Let's Cook

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 Combine

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 Skill

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. Salisbury Steak
  2. Japanese Hamburg Steak
  3. Minced Pork Steak
  4. Hamburger Stewed in Tomato Sauce
  5. Hamburger with Egg
  6. Potato Salad
  7. Fried Fish
  8. Pork Curry and Rice
  9. Beef Curry
  10. Beef Stew
  11. Vegetable Curry
  12. Grilled Gyoza
  13. Fried Gyoza
  14. Pork Cutlet
  15. Deep-Fried Pork Kebabs
  16. Pork Rice Bowl
  17. Boiled Rice
  18. Chestnut Rice
  19. Bamboo Shoot Rice
  20. Fried Chicken
  21. Beef Steak
  22. Japanese Steak (Grated Radish)
  23. Sweet Fried Egg
  24. Fried Octopus Dumplings
  25. Spaghetti Neapolitan
  26. Spaghetti Bolognese
  27. Seafood Spaghetti
  28. Pan-Fried Vegetables
  29. Miso Soup
  30. Pork and Vegetable Soup
  31. Sandwich
  32. Meatballs
  33. Fried Squid
  34. Squid Tempura
  35. Croquette
  36. Grilled Mackerel
  37. Curried Pilaf
  38. Seafood Curry
  39. Spring Roll
  40. Shrimp Gyoza
  41. Fried Prawn
  42. Shrimp Tempura
  43. Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl
  44. Fried Rice
  45. Crab Fried Rice
  46. Shrimp Fried Rice
  47. Chicken Rice
  48. Rice Cakes
  49. Chicken in Tomato Sauce
  50. Chicken in Cream Sauce
  51. Pork Saute
  52. Boiled Egg
  53. Pan-Fried Batter Cake
  54. Instant Ramen
  55. Chinese Sauteed Beef and Peppers
  56. Pizza
  57. Stuffed Peppers
  58. Mixed Tempura
  59. Seasoned Beef with Potatoes
  60. Shumai Wonton
  61. Shrimp Wonton
  62. Chili Sauce Shrimp
  63. Rice Balls
  64. Chicken Kebabs
  65. Macaroni Gratin
  66. Rice Gratin
  67. Egg Sunny Side-Up
  68. Soba
  69. Meat Pie
  70. Cabbage Roll
  71. Sweet Tofu Sushi
  72. Omelet
  73. Rice in Omelet
  74. Udon
  75. Hand-Rolled Sushi
  76. 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 given a cameo in this game in the form of a mention when choosing how many Gyoza to cook.
  • As the Player completes various achievements (which cannot be viewed), the tools on the title screen turn gold.


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