The best feature of the game is the crafting party, where players can connect with their friends. The entire thing is pretty basic, sure, but it helps make the game come alive. Unfortunately, past the networking options, there isn't much that's new and exciting.
Something about Crafting Mama just isn't as engaging as Cooking Mama. Maybe the charm has just worn off, but the simulated fun just isn't as exciting as the cooking games. Maybe it is the crafting angle, maybe the franchise is just worn out, but Crafting Mama just doesn't lead to me obsessively playing as the other titles in the franchise have. Don't get me wrong it's still fun, but I was expecting more from it.
I wouldn't suggest Crafting Mama if you're strapped for cash or are not already hooked on the Mama franchise. For newcomers, it's best to pick up Cooking Mama 1, 2, or 3 and just let this one go. For those who have already enjoyed being part of Mama's adventures, Crafting Mama is a fun installment in the series, but it's just not as engaging.
Crafting Mama is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB for Comic Mischief.