Cooking Mama is one of the most unlikely casual gaming hits in recent memory. The goal of the game is to basically prepare culinary delights from scratch, which runs you through a series of mini-games for each step of the cooking process. The Nintendo Wii and DS’s unique control mechanisms are perfect for this type of game, as players make chopping, stirring and other motions to complete the minigames.
No popular game can exist without someone copying it, and sometimes the copies are better than the original. Destineer has teamed up with Iron Chef America to try and push Cooking Mama out of her kitchen. I’d love to see Cooking Mama go up against Morimoto any day… you still wouldn’t be able to understand what either of them are saying, but it would be one furious battle.
I was given a tour of the quick-play scenario, and it appears nearly identical to Cooking Mama, except that the dishes are more sophisticated. You can practice a dish (or set of dishes) just like in Cooking Mama, you can cook for (or with) friends, just like CM2.
The main differences (other than the likenesses of the actual chefs) is that you can mess up… a lot. Mama will not come to your rescue. You are an Iron Chef after all, so if you burn your tuna steak then the judges will skewer you. You also have a time limit, so you can choose to prepare a small set of dishes and do them perfectly, or complete up to 6 dishes. The more dishes you make (and how well they are executed) determines your overall score.
Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine challenges players to take up the role as a master chef in the midst of a battle for culinary supremacy. Recreating the blistering speed of the Food Network’s hit television show, Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine presents players with epic culinary battles centered on 15 theme ingredients and hundreds of dish variations. Featuring recipes chosen to look and sound delicious and be fun to make, gameplay revolves around nearly 300 different mini-game tasks designed to highlight the skill and speed of the real Iron Chefs.
King of Iron Chefs: Make your way through the gauntlet of master chefs to earn the title of King of Iron Chefs! Battle celebrity chefs in frenzied competitions for the delight of discriminating judges.
Epic Culinary Battles: This is no lazy day in the kitchen! Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine challenges players to complete several dishes simultaneously, using the Wii Remote or DS Stylus as your cooking tools. Stir, chop, mince, fry, and more… just keep your eye on the clock!
The Secret Ingredient is…: Featuring 15 theme ingredients and hundreds of dish variations, Supreme Cuisine challenges players to create three to six dishes per battle. The judges favor more courses but also prize skillful cooking, so players must weigh the challenges of taking on more dishes against the potential rewards.
Step into Kitchen Stadium: Enter the world of Iron Chef, complete with an accurate recreation of Kitchen Stadium, world-famous chefs, and hundreds of mouth-watering food items!
Cooking with Friends: On both the Wii and Nintendo DS, players can challenge a friend to a cook-off. Or, two chefs can cook together for a true meeting of culinary masters!
Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine is scheduled for release this fall from Destineer and developer
Black Lantern Studios.