Gardening Mama (US) Review
- Publisher: TAITO Corporation
- Genre: Action
- Released: 23 Sep, 2010
- Size: 19.0 MB
- Price: $6.99
- Mini-game style of gameplay we've come to know and obsess over.
- Lots of plants to fuss over.
- Outfit rewards for dedicated players.
- A lot of mini-games feel like padding without purpose.
- The voice-acting is no longer a joke; it's painful to listen to.
While not as sharp as Cooking Mama, Gardening Mama still has that 'just one more round' style of gameplay that can waste more time than you intended.
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Sure, Cooking Mama is a whiz in the kitchen and can whip you up a meal of almost any kind in short order, but how does she spend her down-time? Well, it turns out that Mama is a gardening fanatic and in Gardening Mama you'll help her to dig, water and propagate plants of many different sorts while earning new outfits for her to wear around the house.
For those familiar with the Cooking Mama franchise this title isn't going to be too surprising; however if you're new to the Mama series, each plant will go through a variety of steps, requiring you to complete minigames that use various gestures to imitate the processes you're going through. Some of these mini-games, like spraying bugs and viruses or fertilizing plants can be quite clever, however most are fairly rote and repetitive chores of copying gestures until you succeed.
The graphics are also typical for the Mama series, using the clear and colorful cartoonish style that makes it easy to work out what to do with minimal instructions. Though, speaking of minimal instructions, the game does seem to assume prior familiarity with the franchise, giving no basic tutorials to explain what's going on or how the game progresses.
Strangely, Gardening Mama just doesn't share the same simple charm of the Cooking series, with the mini-games feeling more like an excuse to pad gameplay than being a simplified simulation of the real thing (creating rainbows comes to mind immediately). Not a bad casual title, but definitely more appealing to fans than newcomers.
DescriptionFinished cooking? Get gardening!
At last, "Gardening Mama" is now available for iPhone/iPod touch!
Inspired by the hit home console release, this mobile adaptation features a bountiful helping of leafy greens from the original game as well as plenty of never-before-seen plants!
-Featured Game Modes-
* Let's Get Growing!
Show off your green thumb by caring for over 20 types of garden favorites, including veggies, flowers, herbs, and fruit!
Try your luck growing apples, sunflowers, basil, and even durian: the King of Fruit!
Easy, intuitive controls make tending your garden a snap!
* Make It Fancy!
Arrange a beautiful garden and be rewarded with a variety of in-game presents!
Accessorize Mama with new clothes, glasses, hats and more!
Popular the world over, the hit cooking action game "Cooking Mama" is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch!
This edition features a generous helping of dishes from the home console series as well as plenty of never-before-seen cuisine!
The "Cooking Mama" controls have also been optimized for use with the iPhone and iPod touch, ensuring a fresh play experience for even veterans of the home console releases!
"Cooking Mama" includes two fun game modes: "Let's Cook," where players make meals with Mama, and "Cooking Contest," where players can freely practice a variety of recipes and techniques.
*For customers who have upgraded to new iOS devices, you may transfer your previous device's Gardening Mama save data by backing up the older device to iTunes, then restoring to the new device.
Downloading Gardening Mama directly to your new device is not sufficient to transfer previous devices' game save data.
What's New in Version 1.1.0"Cooking Mama World" page have been added to the top menu.
Now you can check the latest Cooking Mama series available on App Store!