Updated: Nov 26, 2019
I'm trying to learn how to cook.
Has this been a successful endeavor so far? That...is debatable. Pretty sure I set my apartment on fire for a hot minute just trying to fry some eggs, but at the end of the day I reckon practice makes perfect.
At least when it comes to baking I've more of an advantage (even if I don't currently have an oven). Virtual baking?
Piece of cake.
Waku Waku Sweets is a game I saw lurking on a Bic Camera shelf in Akihabara, and I knew I had to pick it up and try it. I'll admit the cover was the main appeal for me, but I also have fond Cooking Mama memories that pretty much sold me on this one.
Comparing Waku Waku to Cooking Mama though...it's like comparing a light jog to an Olympic sprint. One cannot help but recall how gruelling the latter was at times. If I had a copy of this game for every time Mama told me she'd 'fix this', I'd be able to build one ridiculously cute fort.
This game is definitely a lot more relaxing. It seems to be targeted to a younger audience and having played it in Japanese, I can vouch for the language being simple enough that a newbie myself can understand most of what's going on (Kanji who?).
There's a bit of a story to this one, as the gameplay combines something of a visual novel style with cooking simulators. You're given free reign pretty much immediately, and a set amount of time for each in-game day, where you can either bake at the cafe where you work and earn some money, bake items at home that you can give to others for the sake of boosting relationships (some of which are romantic), or when you've raised your baking meter high enough, partake in a competition to raise your level and unlock more recipes.
All in all it's pretty fun! I will say, the controls are perhaps a little too simple, a lot of the baking is pretty much impossible to fail and is maybe not as exciting as it could be. However, it's the kind of game you can certainly relax with at the end of the day.
I recommend it!