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Imagine Master Chef puts you in the role of a young girl named Lisa (approximately 12 years old), who is learning to cook to impress her father who is out of town. There is a very lengthy story surrounding this game, where the girl's stuffed animals come to life and are quite chatty during cut scenes throughout the game.
These long pauses for dialogue between cooking lessons are fairly boring but whimsical, even nonsensical at times (poor translation?), but arent bad enough to turn one away from the game.
The meat and potatoes of this game is in the cooking lessons which are guided by a girl named Rachel. They are designed much like the original Cooking Mama with one major difference: NO TIMER! This is a wonderful thing too - cooking at your own pace, not racing against the clock. It's a little less hands-on than Cooking Mama, which makes it more accessible to younger players or those who are a bit new to gaming in general. Best of all - no hand cramps here! You will still find yourself chopping, stirring, frying, baking, etc on every dish but once in a while, Rachel (your teacher) will do one or two of the cooking steps for you (still leaving about 80% or more of the work for you to do though). There are many recipes to do here, 65 of them in fact, ranging from all sorts of local to international cuisine. A few examples are meatloaf, eggs over easy, garlic bread, salisbury steak, minestrone, custard pudding, Japanese pancakes, and much more.Read more ›
This game (thank goodness) has no time limit so it is very relaxing, and you get to learn about how some of your favorite recipies are made. It is pretty fun making some of the meals actually. Also, another plus is that you get to set the tables and garnish your food and get scored on your food. Also, freestyle mode allows you to make some meals that you have learned or meals similiar to what you have made.
Now for the bad. There is WAY TOO MUCH diolouge between cooking classes which can be really annoying. Also the mini games are just a pain in the but to do. Another thing is that it is not hands on enough, your teacher, Rachel, does at least 60% of the things. The most annoying thing that I found was that after your dad comes home (which is the whole reason you are taking cooking classes so that you can make a meal for him when he comes home) you start again from the beginning but still haven't learned one dish and one technique.
All in all this game is fun, but can get a bit boring, and need some tweeking.
I remember I was obsessed with cooking games when I was small, and it made me a bit happy to think that she may be having a similar experience through this game.
It is more relaxed and stress-free than Cooking Mama, and, in my opinion, much more realistic.
In Cooking Mama it is more of a game. They have unrealistic ways of cooking and is just a game with a cooking theme.
Imagine: Master Chef, is really like cooking. You really can burn or undercook it, and you have to choose the right ingredients, and the way you cook is more real. Also, there is no time limit, which is much more realistic. It is also not a series of mini-games, it is actual cooking. I personally hate Cooking Mama, it is just too much, and too stressful! It's just not as enjoyable as this game.
But, if you like a fast-paced, more game-like "cooking simulation," it is a GREAT game. But if you like a more relaxed, more realistic "cooking simulation," than this is the better game. It really depends on your personality.
Also, this game has a nice storyline. It involves a lot of dialogue, but is a fun storyline. You can also customize your kitchen, and the freestyle mode lets you cook all of the dishes you've already learned. It also has a real-life recipe for each dish, which is a nice feature. There are also dog recipes, which is a nice bonus.
The only reason I give it four stars is because it is boring to repeat the storyline and gets boring doing the freestyle mode.
All in all, if you like the more "realistic" cooking games, then this one's great. If you like more unrealistic,
"game-like" cooking games, then Cooking Mama is definitely the way to go.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game is incredibly fun. It wouldn't look like it right away but I have beaten it over eight times and it still isn't boring. Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by Amme Hsuor
Story is a bit long but gameplay is worth it and you get more recipes than you do in "Happy Cooking"se amount of minigames though even though 2 are. Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I am 11 years old and I got this game a couple of months ago after reading the reviews. I wanted another imagine game for my ds and by the reviews this one was the best. Read morePublished on August 8, 2010
My daughter loves the game and so does my wife. It is a challenge and addictive.Published on March 13, 2009 by Robert M. Moorman
This game is the best! I got it for my birthday in november, and the day after, I beat it! It was really easy to play, fun, and after I beat it, I still play it! Read morePublished on January 1, 2009
I received this game as a "goody" in a car ride entertainment bag. I was very excited to start playing the game, as I was interested in the game. Read morePublished on November 8, 2008