In theory the hook of a multiplayer mini game fest in the general format along the lines of Mario party featuring a collection of quirky chef characters isn’t a bad concept. Unfortunately, though Mario Party’s mini games are typically pretty simple in their design and execution, it takes playing games that fail to reach that same level of quality to appreciate the consistent quality in what Nintendo’s team typically manages. With a general feel more reminiscent of Wii-era waggle fests there’s just a lack of energy and compelling play to make the loosely cooking-oriented games worthwhile, with many being utterly generic variations on simple games you’ve played many times before. While there aren’t many games of this type out there, and this is certainly cheaper than Nintendo’s own franchises, I’d say you’d be better off saving up for those titles rather than plunking down some money on this one.
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