Crafting Mama E3 preview
Reviewed by Didi Cardoso
Review Date Platform Genre Rating Production
2010-06-25 Nintendo DS Mini-games E (Everyone) Majesco

Crafting Mama marks Mama's return with something other than cooking or gardening. This collection of mini-games revolves around arts and crafts, including projects such as sewing, knitting, pottery. There are 40 projects to work on: you can sew an apron, create a patchwork quilt, sculpt and bake a mug, make little paper airplanes, kaleidoscopes, piņatas, candles, bird houses, even little Mama dolls. And the only tool you will need is the stylus, which does everything - like the Doctor's sonic screwdriver, only for crafts!

I got some hands-on time with the demo, which had me picking fabric, stretching rolls of fabric to cut at a certain length, drawing the pattern on it, placing pins, ironing, cutting and sewing. It took me a bit to get the hang of some movements, but this always seems a clumsy process when you're pressed on time. After getting the hang of the timing and gestures, it was actually entertaining. Personally, I thought it was a cute little game and I could have stuck around discovering more of it. Besides, I like knitting and sewing too; my low-tech entertainment is preparing my Halloween costume for the year or knitting blankets!

For the mug project, you actually begin by kneading the clay, shaping it carefully on a pottery wheel. You will then attach the handle carefully and bake your mug. Finally, you can apply some paint to customize it. For each project you complete in Crafting Mama you get a new mini-game to play and the items you make can be used to accessorize Mama. For example, she will wear the apron you created from scratch catch apples with it, and use that cup you made in a drink serving task!

Crafting Mama will also include a multiplayer component that allows you to play with a friend, and it's expected to ship to retail on October 2010, selling for $29.99.