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Somewhat Fun and Playful

  • Jan 10, 2010
My 5 year-old daughter wanted some games to go with her new Nintendo DS Lite Metallic Rose. It is sometimes hard to find games for young children who cannot read a lot yet.

She played this game without much assistance and it has held her attention. The few times I picked it up, it was fun but not hugely challenging (maybe because we haven't played through all of it yet.)

One of the problems that I see is that you cannot save multiple player games. This means that I need to play her game and cannot advance at my own pace without changing her play experience.

The tasks you need to complete to grow a beautiful garden are somewhat fun and require some timing and touch screen control.

The voices are rather annoying but my daughter thought they were funny.

One of my favorite sequential games similar to this is Diner Dash. It seems to be much more challenging.

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I'm a work-at-home mom with two children. I've run my own graphic design and marketing company for 15 years and love what I do everyday.      My son and I are black belts in … more
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Go green in the very first gardening specific game for the Nintendo DS. In Gardening Mama, Cooking Mama, from the award-winning, multi-million selling Cooking Mama franchise, has stepped out of her kitchen and into nature for some gardening fun. Join Mama, either in single player, or with up to three friends in wireless DS single-card play as she grows, harvests and enjoys the literal fruits of her labors.

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Wireless DS single-card play available via Nintendo Wi-Fi connection. Key Features

  • Everyone’s favorite Mama from the best-selling Cooking Mama series stars in the brand’s first offshoot.
  • Use the stylus as your master garden tool to take care of flowers, fruit trees and vegetables in Mama’s garden.
  • Growing live products means that you may experience unexpected results based on your care—flowers can bloom different colors, fruit trees can grow different fruits, etc.
  • Multiple game modes:
    • Let's Grow It - Grow many kinds of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Manage your garden as it seeds, blooms fruit, bears fruit and matures. Fertilizer and soil conditions will affect your results.
    • Let's Enjoy It - Produce items from the flowers, fruits and vegetables you have raised (i.e. grow strawberries and make strawberry jam; grow flowers and press them into an album; grow pumpkins to make jack o lanterns, etc.).
    • Let's Do Gardening - Follow Mama’s expert guidance as you decorate various chapel, house and store gardens while ...
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