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Cooking Academy

 

 

SCORE: 83

Cooking Academy 

 

Family Friendly Gaming was provided a copy of Cooking Academy by one of our advertisers. They thought it would be interesting for us to review this Personal Computer video game. Cooking Academy is a clone of Cooking Mama. Cooking Academy is also a game from 2008. So it is not a recent video game. It does try to get into the ball park with Cooking Mama.

Cooking Academy looks nice, and it sounds nice. I am not a fan of the art style, and the music gets boring and repetitive. The cooks do not have sound bytes in Cooking Academy. Remember Cooking Mama came out a few years before Cooking Academy, and it had sound bytes in it. Plus Cooking Mama came out on the Nintendo DS, and not the Personal Computer. I expect a lot more from Cooking Academy.

The mini games get repetitive in Cooking Academy too. The biggest problem with the set up of Cooking Academy is you have to pass all of the appetizer recipes, and then the exam to unlock any of the breakfast. This limitation hurts Cooking Academy. Again I compare it to Cooking Mama. Which had a lot more variety, and a lot more recipes. Cooking Academy should have knocked Cooking Mama out of the water.

The controls in Cooking Academy were off and on. Some of them worked in the repetitive mini games, and others were glitchy. Which is not a good thing when a timer is running and you are mainly graded on time. There are some like frying things where more than time is part of the grading. I also questioned some of the grades in Cooking Academy. At times it was nice to me, and others it was cruel.

I wish the food at the end of each recipe looked realistic in Cooking Academy. Again a hand held game did this better, and that is a real shame to a Personal Computer video game. The chefs in Cooking Academy feel like afterthoughts with little to no personality. I wanted to like them or dislike them. I wanted to have some reaction to them. They were just there every so often.

Cooking Academy has potential. Now that Cooking Mama is not around as much, there is an opportunity for someone to take the formula, improve upon it, and release it. I see there was a sequel to Cooking Academy. I may have to look into it in the future. I had some fun playing Cooking Academy. If I had never played Cooking Mama, I would probably like Cooking Academy a lot more.
- Yolanda

 

Graphics: 75%
Sound: 75%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 65%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%

System: Personal Computer
Publisher: Mumbo Jumbo
Developer: Fugazo
Rating: 'E' - Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY
{Alcohol Reference}
Company provided product
Value/Cost of the review is greater than value/cost of provided product

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