Editors' Choice DS Game
Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures
Review by Angie Kibiloski
Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures (Retail $29.99) is Majesco Entertainmentís latest in the Cooking Mama franchise games for the Nintendo DS. This time out, youíll join Mama, and Papa too, as they take their kids on an island camping trip. You can play as either of the kids, Ringo or Ichigo, changing characters whenever you like. Enjoy classic Mama style mini games, all having something to do with camping or the outdoors, along side fun treasure hunting and adventuring action. With 38 levels containing 100 unique mini games, youíll have many hours of fun camping with Mama and her family.
As you unlock new areas of the island to explore, youíll visit forests, mountains, and the sea. Walk through maze like adventure maps, shaking trees, moving rocks and bushes, and navigating other obstacles to find treasure and hidden mini games. The treasures you find could appear in your scrapbook of collections, be used in mini games, or decorate and furnish your campsite. In each area, as well as in each mini game, Mama or Papa will be waiting to guide you and reward you for a job well done. Be careful not to bump into any of the bears, monkeys, bees, and other creatures moving around the maps, because they will take one of your health hearts. They move in a set pattern though, so with a little study and a keen sense of timing, youíll have no trouble avoiding their paths.
I was impressed with how many different kinds of mini games there were. Each new activity seemed to be a unique style of game, so playing mini game after mini game never got old. They are all stylus based games, and each has to do with camping or an outdoor activity in some way, whether that is cutting wood for a fire, crafting a slingshot, gathering fruit for dinner, or catching pretty butterflies in a net. If you donít quite get 100% in a game, and you want to perfect your performance, you can find all of the mini games youíve played in the Challenge area of the game menu. Itís very rewarding when you achieve gold status on a game and Mama tells you sheís impressed.
The Mama games have always been good, clean, family friendly fun, and this title is no different. Camping Mama: Outdoor Adventures would be a fantastic gift for anyone who owns a Nintendo DS, kids and adults alike. The mini games are so much fun, youíll feel like youíve been camping and enjoyed all the outdoor activities yourself. Make Símores, pitch a tent, swing on vines, skip stones, and much, much more, all without leaving home. Have fun camping!
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