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Fun, but too overly repetitive...
on September 8, 2010
Let me first say that I love the Cooking Mama games. I've played almost all of the games that are out there multiple times- they're just fun to replay, so I knew what I would be getting myself into when I purchased this game.
Game Synopsis: Gardening Mama takes our favorite gaming character out of the kitchen & into the garden as you attempt to grow a wide variety of flowers, vegetables, & trees.
1) This game is incredibly simple to play. The directions are pretty clear & less gifted players will still be able to keep up with everything.
2) There's a wide variety of plants to be grown in this game, from roses to cosmos to grapes. You won't lack for things to do.
1) Too much repetition. While there was a ton of repetition in the previous CM games, it was never as obvious as it was for this game. It's fun but a lot of it gets REALLY old after a while, which will cause many gamers to put this game to the side rather than try to play & beat it over a few days like they would the other CM games.
2) It might have been my DS, but game play was occasionally sluggish- most notably in the bonus screens & whenever I went to change things in the game like Mama's outfit. Since CM2 wasn't that slow, I was surprised to see how sluggish this was.
I also sort of had an issue with having to go back & forth between plants, but I was mostly ambivalent about that. It just got a little old when I had to do one part of my gladiolas, then go to the map & visit the orchard in order to work on my apples. There's a lot of fun to be had in this game overall, but for me the repetition REALLY got on my nerves after a while. You'll raise some flowers & everything will be the same except for the name of the plant you are growing.
Overall this is still a fun game, just not as fun as the regular CM games. It's worth playing, but I'd look for a previously played copy rather than a brand spanking new one.