Game Over writes: "Being someone who has little to no culinary skills, the idea of playing a game where you have to cook sounded more like a chore to me than anything else. Yet Cooking Mama's premise is exactly that: you're given a choice of recipes and then you work through preparation, mixing, frying, etc. The preparation stage involves cutting up ingredients, dicing them up or peeling items. You use the iPod or iPhone's touch interface to mimic the motion in real life. In cooking stages, you'll adjust the oven based on time-based instructions so it's like a culinary version of Dance Dance Revolution. The range of motions gets more complicated like flipping things in a skillet or melting butter or sautéing onions."