Fan mail is good for the soul

December 21, 2009

It’s always a delight to hear from people who enjoyed our games.

Dear Red Fly Studio team,

I usually don’t write this kind of e-mail, so I kinda don’t know how to put this – I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed playing your two “Mushroom Men” games. I was fascinated by the great character design since I first saw preview pictures on the net. When I recently found out the game had been released for Nintendo’s Wii console in spring, I went straight to the store and got it… and I loved every minute! 🙂

What a fantastic world you have created there. It’s been quite a while since I couldn’t let go of a game until I had finished it (mind you, I’m in my 30s and probably not your ‘core’ target group), but there was just so much to discover. With its detailed graphics, the fantastic tracks by Les Claypool, this game literally screams “labor of love” at the player.

Immediately after I had finished the Wii game, I bought the DS prequel, just to spend a little more time in the world of the “Mushroom Men”.

From what I have read on the internet, the two “Mushroom Men” games have received a lot of flack from the press, so I just thought I let you know how much I enjoyed these titles. Thank you very much for making them – I really hope I will get a chance to experience more “Mushroom” adventures on my Wii or the DS in the not-to-distant future.

Greetings from Munich,

Ninjas in the kitchen

December 7, 2009

Loot Ninja’s BJ Schwinghammer rates Cook Or Be Cooked 3 out of 5. While he is an old-school hard-core gamer, he also likes to cook, so there was just enough appeal to cross the boundaries. He points out an important fact about the game:
“… although this game lacks mass appeal, it does what it does admirably.”

We knew from the beginning that this title would not fit into any existing genres. That’s why we’ve had far more reviews in local newspapers and cooking magazines and blogs than in game periodicals or websites. But for the most part, those people who give it a try tend to genuinely enjoy the time they spend in our kitchen.

Zoey Sachs gives a positive review for Cook or Be Cooked in the New York Post.

As has become common in reviews of this game, I’m constantly surprised by the angles from which the game are approached.

“… this game is paradise for those who find cooking therapeutic.”

After a long exclusivity period, the versions other than the PS3 are available worldwide.

DS-X2 reviewer Chris Coyne reports on his experience.


“With a fantastic art style, audio work that puts many games to shame and decent gameplay, Red Fly Studios can be happy with what they’ve achieved here.”

Nintendo World Report’s Neal Ronaghan wrote a good review of Cook or Be Cooked.

“There might be some games in the genre out there with more content, but I doubt they are as enjoyable as Cook or Be Cooked.”

A fascinating article by Jonathan Holmes at Destructoid talks about No More Heroes HD. He points to Mushroom Men (among other games) as an example of the sort of game that could only sprout on the Wii.

“With the success of NMH came many other punk rock Wii exclusives: games like Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Mushroom Men, MadWorld, Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, House of the Dead: Overkill, Little King’s Story, A Boy and His Blob, the Bit.Trip series, and many others. Some of them made money, and some of them didn’t, but that doesn’t even really matter. The point is that they still were permitted to come into existence, and that’s something that could have only happened on the Wii.”

More Cook or Be Cooked press

November 22, 2009

Gail Ciampa, Food Editor for the Providence Journal, gives high praise to our unconventional game.
CNET’s review of the game is extremely thorough. Reviewer Shaun McInnis understands our goal, identifying Cook or Be Cooked as:
“… a game that will leave you eager to test out what you’ve learned in a real kitchen.”
Fights with Fire (AKA Christin Deville) at Game Vortex enjoyed Cook or Be Cooked, giving high praise to the graphics and summarizing:


“Cook or Be Cooked provides a fun cooking experience that just might provide you with a few real life cooking tips as well.”

Reviews for Cook or Be Cooked

November 10, 2009

Jessica at Small Screen Scoop enjoyed her experience with Cook or Be Cooked.

“Overall, it was a catchy game and hard to put down once you started playing.”

Since CoBC isn’t a traditional “hard-core” game, it shows up in some pretty interesting places like MomLogic. momlogic

Go cast your vote now! Cook or Be Cooked: Best Gift for Mom!