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  • Summary: Coffee Talk is a coffee brewing and heart-to-heart talking simulator about listening to fantasy-inspired modern peoples’ problems, and helping them by serving up a warm drink or two. Immerse yourself in the stories of alternative-Seattle inhabitants that modern readers will find stronglyCoffee Talk is a coffee brewing and heart-to-heart talking simulator about listening to fantasy-inspired modern peoples’ problems, and helping them by serving up a warm drink or two. Immerse yourself in the stories of alternative-Seattle inhabitants that modern readers will find strongly echo the world around them. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 30, 2020
    100
    Although the game is a single-player experience, I never felt alone while whipping up drinks and talking with characters who - as odd as it might sound - genuinely felt like my closest of friends.
  2. 90
    This is a game that challenges the idea of how we label games. Sure, Coffee Talk is a sim, but it’s also a vital experience, a potential therapeutic tool. It’s a friend. A gorgeous, lo-fi, nostalgic, heartfelt journey into some complex lives that makes you want to believe in people. What better way to spend your evening than with a couple of vibrant souls, listening to ambient beats and sipping custom coffee? Just don’t blame me if you can’t put it to bed.
  3. Jan 30, 2020
    90
    Coffee Talk is the kind of game I would never have thought to ask for, but it is exactly what I needed to take a break from my normal video game fare. There's nothing to kill or beat up here, just pleasant conversations in a humble coffee shop, and plenty of drinks to go around. There aren't any skill challenges per se, but there is a bit of a challenge in figuring out how to make the various drinks that are asked for. The more you know about coffees, teas, and hot chocolates, the easier this whole process will be. In this fictional version of Seattle, you never know who will walk through the door as it could be anything from a struggling writer, an alien, or a vegan vampire.
  4. Mar 16, 2020
    75
    This is one of those unique games that we really enjoy. It’s perfect if you just want to enjoy a bunch of stories that feel human and real, even if they are part of a fantastic universe.
  5. Jan 30, 2020
    74
    Coffee Talk’s atmosphere that incorporates the diversity of Indonesia is worth spending some time in, and the game succeeds in depicting something as mundane as people’s worries and how they learn to move on. That makes Coffee Talk the kind of game that you will actually want to enjoy while relaxing with a cup of coffee yourself. While the story has no great drama or impactful event, the message that the developer tries to deliver at the ending comes through.
  6. Jun 10, 2020
    70
    If Coffee Talk was standing on its own in a void, I would call this game a must play, no questions asked. The need to grind out recipes to figure out how to unlock the full story is frustrating, a stain on everything else in the package, but by the time I got to this point I had already fallen in love with the characters and aesthetic. The problem is, everything here has been done before, and better. It does feel like Toge Productions wanted to craft a homage to Valhalla, but doing so puts them right up against a cult classic. I truly think that they should have done more to differentiate themselves, to stand out more in this burgeoning genre.
  7. Jan 28, 2020
    60
    Coffee Talk is very much a mismatched brew. Without strong focus, the surface-level approach to a catalogue of important issues hampers the writing, the principal element of all visual novels. But while its casual philosophies can sometimes be hard to swallow, great visuals, fun side modes, and a budget price point suggests that, for some readers, Coffee Talk will still go down smooth.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
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  1. Feb 1, 2020
    10
    Highly recommended for anyone who enjoy games outside of competitiveness. I already wanted to work in a coffee shop -and have magicalHighly recommended for anyone who enjoy games outside of competitiveness. I already wanted to work in a coffee shop -and have magical creatures as clients-.

    The only details is that the change between music is very abrupt but it's only me because I am tricky.
    It also would be good implements. It would also be good if a kind of activity was implemented between days, such as being able to buy recipes or something.
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  2. Feb 2, 2020
    10
    "Coffee Talk" is a visual novel, there is no argument about that. If you dislike visual novels you will not enjoy this game. However, if you"Coffee Talk" is a visual novel, there is no argument about that. If you dislike visual novels you will not enjoy this game. However, if you can actually appreciate visual novels you will see how much of a masterpiece this game is. With beautiful pixel graphics and a gorgeous soundtrack, this game is going to hit you right in the feels. Not to mention the outstanding writing of the characters which made me feel like I was actually the barista and these were my closest friends.
    I recommend this game to people who enjoy visual novels and who appreciate great writing.
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  3. Jun 29, 2020
    9
    Fantastic music, fantastic art style, fantastic characters and well written storylines. The sudden plot twist at the end kind of came out ofFantastic music, fantastic art style, fantastic characters and well written storylines. The sudden plot twist at the end kind of came out of nowhere, but still an overall really enjoyable experience. Expand
  4. Jun 18, 2020
    8
    I like this game because it is simple and easy to play .It is quite refreshing from the normal games like your normal action /adventureI like this game because it is simple and easy to play .It is quite refreshing from the normal games like your normal action /adventure games and is a simple fun and easy game to play that you simply make coffee and talk to customers. Expand
  5. May 21, 2020
    7
    Coffee Talk is a comfortable visual novel about, well, coffee and talking. You serve drinks to magical creatures and listen to their worriesCoffee Talk is a comfortable visual novel about, well, coffee and talking. You serve drinks to magical creatures and listen to their worries each night whilst chill music is playing on the background. That is basically it.

    I do feel like the game needs some more substance to be better. After unlocking every possible ingredient after a few in-game days I was left a little disappointed. It would have been nice to maybe be able to upgrade the coffee shop or create custom drinks, just to have something more to do. Since this particular visual novel does not let you affect the dialogue in any way either, it becomes rather easy to feel like you're not actually doing anything.

    However, Coffee Talk looks and sounds very good, and everything from coffee making to creating latte art seems well thought out. Even the different phone apps are detailed despite not being an integral part of the game. Definitely one of the comfiest visual novel experiences out there!
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  6. Feb 14, 2020
    7
    Pretty relaxing and chill game if you just want to unwind, listen to some good stories and serve some drinks.
  7. Jan 31, 2020
    5
    I don't really consider "Coffee Talk" a game. It's a visual novel that gets occasionally interrupted by a mini-game where you choose threeI don't really consider "Coffee Talk" a game. It's a visual novel that gets occasionally interrupted by a mini-game where you choose three ingredients for a hot drink. If you like you can draw a smiley face on it, or an eggplant, but just like the drink itself it's more or less inconsequential.

    The game doesn't even acknowledge when you find receipts on your own, and updates the ingame version of their social media profiles of a customer if you get it right. Those profiles are, once more, mildly interesting at best. What would you expect from people who think of you as their best friend because you didn't screw up pressing three buttons on a machine and drew genitalia on their espresso?!

    At no point during the dialogue - that has no respect for anyone's time, especially not the player's - my general feelings towards "Coffee Talk" went beyond "mildy entertained". I enjoyed the artstyle and the music, but the animations were sparse and made some of the customers look like I put far too much caffeine into whatever they ordered. Especially the first customer you meet looks like she is constantly having seizures since the animation is just stretching her upper body, while her arms were left in place. Others have the same constant random hickups. It doesn't help that everything else is so serene and relaxed.

    The lackluster writing also damages the ambitions to grapple some heavy handed social issues. Can you really highlight racism in a scenario where people are actually different *species*? Species where "They are all bloodsuckers" is not a stereotype, because it's a fact? But never mind, since the stories themselves drown in endless smalltalk, and the nicest thing I can write about it that the experience is too short to become offensive.

    But it certainly didn't leave any lasting memories or even food for thought. If you have some time to waste and want to read some soap-style drama, combined with a decent ambiance and occasionally throw a drink together, this one won't fail you. But don't expect more from it.
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