It's a well-known fact that cake is awesome, so it would stand to reason then that a game about cake would be awesome as well. But that's not the case with Majesco's Cake Mania on the Nintendo DS. Don't be fooled by the game's cover art, which makes the game look as if it's geared toward young girls. Cake Mania is repetitive, frustrating, and surprisingly difficult.
Cake Mania is not nearly as delicious as it sounds. In fact, it's a serious problem not to be taken lightly.
Cake Mania places you in the role of Jill, a young woman fresh out of culinary school. When she returns home from school, she's shocked to learn that her grandparents' bakery has gone out of business. Determined to "show the big bad big box business who's boss," Jill sets out to reopen her grandparents' beloved bakery.
Cake Mania was originally a Flash game, so it makes sense that its gameplay isn't overly complicated. You work in a bakery and it's your job to take customers' orders, bake cakes, decorate them, and then serve them. The game is played entirely with the stylus, and you move and perform actions by tapping a location or item on the touch screen. When customers walk in the door, you walk over to them and tap the menu icon. After a few seconds, the cake they want to order appears onscreen, and then you walk over to the oven and press the button that corresponds to what type of cake they want. When the cake is ready, you carry it to the bottom of the screen and ice it. If they want a decoration, you pick up the cake and press a button to decorate it. When it's all finished, you take the cake to the customer, collect their payment, and do it all over again for the next customer.