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Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop is a great fit for young gamers who need simple and responsive controls. Young gamers will enjoy unlocking accessories and cooking dishes. The repetitive gameplay will cause some gamers to avoid it. However, if you are looking for an enjoyable game for young gamers, then you can't really go wrong with giving them Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop.
To summarize, 'Sweet Shop' is a great addition to the franchise that has a few areas needing improvement. Shop customization and 'World Challenge' are great additions, however, the multiplayer is lacking. Overall, it should be a great addition for fans of the Cooking Mama series or a nice introduction for younger gamers.
As someone who had never played a Cooking Mama game before, I have to say I really enjoyed my time playing this one on 3DS for my Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop review. The cute art style is certainly charming, and the gameplay is fun and paced just right. If you're a fan of the series, then you're going to love this one. And if you're new to the franchise like me, this is certainly a great place to start!
'Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop' holds up as a title in this particular series, but doesn't leave much for the seasoned gamer. The customization and mini-game constructs seem better suited for younger players who might be learning the basics
Hurting wrists may be a similar problem to baking in real life, but that shouldn't be the case for games. Needs more depth of gameplay before it's ready to be served as an exceptional game, and not as a good one.
There is a certain type of person who is going to enjoy this, and Cooking Mama: Sweet Shot has the good fortune to arrive at a time when I write for Destructoid, a man whose basic enjoyment of video gaming is such a low bar to hurdle that it can essentially get a pass other writers probably wouldn't give it. I like the game, warts and all. Objectively, you should be able to tell for yourself it shows nary a whisper of growth or innovation since the series' debut. Subjectively, I'm somehow that giggling schoolgirl once more, fawning over a cake I just mini-gamed into existence.
Summary: Cooking Mama Sweet Shop is the same game we've played for years now. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but the franchise is starting to get as stale as a month-old fortune cookie. That said, it's still the accessible cooking game we've come to expect, and it does have a couple features worth checking out if you're interesting in a new cooking game.
The game is extremely charming, but ultimately, the gameplay is paper thin. That's only compounded by the fact you'll be replaying many of the mini games multiple times or similar versions with small tweaks. The game does offer a ton of recipes, easily offering up hours of content for those willing to grind through the mini games, but with little incentive outside of an arbitrary score and medal, it quickly becomes a daunting task.
Your enjoyment of Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop is going to heavily depend on a number of factors. The recipes are vast, even if the minigame mechanics are simple, and the other minigame options are enough to keep you busy for some time. The lack of difficulty can make the title feel tedious for series veterans, while the shop feature is too undercooked to eke out any fun. As a title for casual gamers or those just starting out, Sweet Shop is fine. Everyone else should wait for it to go on sale.
Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop simply adds another title to the Cooking Mama formula without really making an effort to improve on an already rather lackluster series. The gameplay involves little more than simply swiping and tapping as you're told and how well you manage to do that has no actual impact on your experience within the game.
Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop is by no means a broken game. It just wholly lacks any soul or incentive to be better than any previous game in the series. With shoddy systems, repetitive gameplay, annoying sound design and better iterations of the game elsewhere, dessert diversity wasn't enough to keep me interested.