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- Create a personalized profile: Set your preferences such as calories, budget, time constraints or ingredient preferences, and receive daily suggestions.
- Receive step-by-step voice assistance: Hands-free option walks you through recipes.
- Helpful features to help plan your meals: Calendar, shopping list, calculator and ingredient list with visual glossary and nutritional tips.
- Find recipes based on ingredients you already have at home. Practice 25 of the most difficult healthy recipes in the virtual kitchen before trying them.
- Use DSi feature to upload your pic into your profile
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Upon starting up the game, you first must set up a profile. In addition to name & birthdate, it takes your photo (if you have a DSi, which as far as I can tell is the only enhancement for the DSi in this game), and asks you some very useful questions. It gauges the amount of calories you'd prefer per meal, how much time you have to prepare meals, and how much you want to spend per meal. Then it gives you the option to select foods that you can't stand and foods that you really love, so it can make recommendations based on your preferences (though you always have the option to explore and use any of the 240+ recipes included).
After going through this process, it suggests today's meal, which you have the option to use or move on to other suggestions. I was impressed that all the suggestions sounded REALLY good and perfectly fit my preferences! I also explored some of the other recipes and wound up expanding my preferences a bit...originally I wanted a <30 min prep time but there were too many >30 min recipes that sounded really yummy!
The recipes themselves are very easy to search - you can go by suggestions, browse everything, or do a more specific search. There is an excellent variety of recipes here! My primary complaint about Personal Trainer: Cooking was that they really skewed strongly toward Asian recipes with ingredients that are hard to find in my small town. This one seems to have a lot of different types of meals (plus snacks, desserts, and sauces) with more commonly available ingredients.Read more ›
The recipes are also simple, I find myself using the george forman grill for most of them. They also provide healthy options for the basic ingredients tomato sauce, mayo, pesto, all which could potentially be very unhealthy if store brought. This game has expanded my horizons when it comes to food but I do have some gripes.
I like the music and getting around to find recipes is relatively easy. However, since playing Personal trainer cooking I miss the ability to write what I'm looking for instead I have to search for it.
Also I like that you can set up your meals for the week but managing the calendar is a bit annoying. If you decide to change the recipe you planned today for another day, you have to go search for it again instead of being able to just take that recipe and move it. I also do not like that you can't fit a lot on your shopping list.
I would also not suggest buying this game to play in the virtual kitchen, though it does provide the option to play. The gameplay is pretty ridiculous and this game is only worth it for the yummy recipes that are relatively simple and with ingredients that are easy to find at your local supermarket.
So buy it for the dishes!! Some are a bit lackluster but don't be discouraged because there are others that are really really delicious and I crave the ones already aforementioned. If you are into cooking games try this one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i bought this because i have all the "other" type of cooking games/guides. It's ok, its just like all the others only a healthy version. I wasn't impressed. Dissapointed.Published on April 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Not really that fun. If I didn't have a food budget or had expert cooking skills maybe the selection of recipes would've been more to my liking. But it's a good effort.Published on April 28, 2011 by L.C.
I thought I could use this program to help plan meals and have some good recipes. I found that the recipes were not that great and there were too few of them. Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by B. Hirata