Coming soon from Nintendo: America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking for the Nintendo DS.
If you were hoping the game would involve a cartoon-like Christopher Kimball swinging through the kitchen by a prehensile bow-tie, you might be disappointed.
This is strictly edutainment of the culinary persuasion. This "game," which features 300 recipes provided by Kimball and company, looks more like a digital cookbook that has been shoe-horned into a gaming platform.
Here are some of the features, according to the official marketing copy (a trailer for the game follows below):
- Everyone in the family can get involved. The software offers up age-appropriate kitchen tasks, so settings can be adjusted to indicate whether younger helpers are old enough to handle knives or adjust stovetop controls.
- Everyone involved in the cooking process can rate favorite recipes. When you're looking for a family favorite in the future, a search function makes retrieval easy. Users can find something for every taste and occasion by browsing the 300 recipes by ingredients, difficulty, cooking time or even calorie count.
- If the cooks in your party don't know a marinade from a marmalade, prompts appear within recipes for specific terms that they might need more information about. Users can then watch helpful how-to videos to show them what to do. Users also can hear audible instructions and use voice commands to navigate the software during the cooking process.
- If multiple people on your cooking team have Nintendo DS systems, you can wirelessly transmit select recipes to them, even if they don't have a copy of the game card. That lets you concentrate on the entrée while your assistants tackle the side dishes.
- Just as with a traditional cookbook, users can take notes. The software's handwriting-recognition feature records notes about personal touches users add to their recipes.
- All the recipes have been created by editors, food scientists, tasters and cookware specialists at America's Test Kitchen. They've taken the guesswork out of finding the best recipes, which leaves you and your assistant chefs to focus on the fun of cooking.