Do you guys have a Wii? After all the buzz about em’, I finally got one at the beginning of this year! I absolutely love it—from Wii Fit, to me trying to be a cheerleader (hilarious!) in All Star Cheer Squad. I am growing a little collection of Wii games, so I thought I would share my two current favorites because they are cooking games! Surprise, surprise huh? I just can’t get enough of it in the kitchen, so why not move it into the living room right?
First Favorite: Order Up!
Amazon Description: Order Up is a delicious blend of precision cuisine crafting and culinary empire building, all rolled into a light and flaky crust of memorable characters and humorous situations. With the Wii Remote in hand, the player will be guided from burger to chateaubriand; taught every aspect of food preparation and presentation. For anyone who has dreamed of becoming a world-class chef or restaurant mogul or both!, Order Up will deliver. The core game play of Order Up is cooking, from preparation to presentation. Preparation consists of "cutting and cooking" while Presentation refers to garnishes and "flourishes" - e.g. sauce drizzled over a dish to please the eye or the use of flame (flambé) for dramatic effect. Beyond the core, game play includes rising through the ranks of the culinary world from fast-food to world-class restaurants as chef and owner while ever-expanding your cookbook of recipes and ever-improving the quality of your equipment. Along the way you will face demanding patrons, discriminating food critics…and at the pinnacle of your fame in the world of fine cuisine you will be invited to complete in the, "Fortified Chef World Challenge" - an Iron Chef-style cooking competition.
My Thoughts: I would definitely give this 4 stars! (er, PacMans?)
If you like the thought of running your own kitchen, hiring crazy workers(who sometimes fall asleep!), impressing the cranky health inspector, pleasing customers, and visiting the Farmer’s Market to buy specialty spices for your dishes and buying new recipes, then I have a feeling you would enjoy this game as much as I do! I like to take my time in the kitchen when I cook, but this game pushes multitasking and you have to get it cooked and on the table or customers won’t leave a good tip! Which means you won’t get a lot of coin to buy updated appliances, clean up your kitchen, visit the Market, etc. I got this game at Game Stop used for $10 because they had a deal where you could get 3 games for just $30!!
Second Favorite: Cooking Mama: Cook Off
Amazon Description: After her initial DS debut, Mama is whipping up some kitchen competition by pitting chef against chef in Cooking Mama Cook Off – a unique 2 player family game designed specifically for the Wii home video console. Step-by-step, recipe-by-recipe, help Mama cook international dishes from 10 different nations and watch as the realistic foods actually change in appearance based on your actions!
My Thoughts: 3 stars
This one was a little less fun than the previous. If you’re not one who has dreams of working in a kitchen, serving others, etc. and you like the idea of just making dishes from around the world, learning new culinary skills, and beating the clock, you would like this! I got this for $3.50 on Ebay! Steal!! It just came without the case, but really who needs cases anyway?!
So you don’t have a Wii, but you have a…
- Restaurant Empire (I have this and it’s super fun too!)
- The Great Kitchen Escape (free)
- Coffee Shop (free)
- Cooking Hangman (free)
- Diner Dash (free version)
- Cake Mania (free trial, or buy full version)
- Burger Shop (free)
- Cooking Quest
Do you play games? What ones are your favorites?