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  • Summary: Little Dragons Cafe is the brand new simulation title from Yasuhiro Wada, father of the Harvest Moon series. Manage your own cafe, work together with the quirky staff members and raise your dragon in order to save your mum from her sudden deep sleep.

    Features: * Raise your very own
    Little Dragons Cafe is the brand new simulation title from Yasuhiro Wada, father of the Harvest Moon series. Manage your own cafe, work together with the quirky staff members and raise your dragon in order to save your mum from her sudden deep sleep.

    Features:

    * Raise your very own dragon: Embrace your nurturing instincts and raise your own dragon! Through wise decisions, proper nutrition, and empathetic nurturing show the world the true potential of your dragon companion!

    * Create culinary masterpieces and run a successful cafe: Learn new recipes and master the art of cooking while running your cafe. Explore the world, discover new ingredients, and expand your menu (and your restaurant!) while catering to the whims of your customers.

    * Farm the land and harvest nature's bounty: The best dishes use the freshest ingredients, and the best way to ensure that is to grow your own produce. Till the land and fish the rivers, and gather the most flavourful fixings for your signature dishes.

    * Serve the townsfolk, make them happy: Not only cook for the people in your town, but also help them with their problems to increase your popularity and the general happiness of everyone around you.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. 85
    Little Dragon’s Café is a unique and utterly delightful adventure. There is no better way to unwind then adventuring with a dragon, while helping people solve their life problems, and indulging in a little bit of cooking.
  2. Aug 27, 2018
    72
    The game looks pretty yet cheap in places, but the simple presentation is easy to digest, especially with the sometimes-deeper concepts addressed in the story. I may not be the right audience for this, but as I watch my daughter delight in playing, it is easy to take a page from the story and appreciate the title for what it is instead of what it is not. Despite all of its issues, it is oddly delightful to spend a day playing in the old LDC helping friends, cooking new recipes, or exploring with a dragon!
  3. Oct 15, 2018
    70
    Little Dragons Cafe is a game targeted at a younger audience, and we think it succeeds in delivering a good experience for them. More experienced players won't find them that enjoyable, but we think it's entertaining anyway.
  4. Sep 19, 2018
    60
    Little Dragons Café can be fiddly and repetitive, but it's not all together awful. A host of interesting, well-rounded characters provide an engaging story as you raise the world's cutest dragon. It might not be the most taxing game, but it provides a cathartic experience with its simplistic approach to café management.
  5. Sep 24, 2018
    50
    Despite the piles of issues and annoyances, Little Dragons Café isn’t an unpleasant game. The overall art direction, character design, and music all present a storybook charm that pulls you in early and keeps it enjoyable in the midst of the grind. More than anything, the simple gameplay just gets stretched thin over the 40 hour story. While we don’t often focus on cost, the full $60 price tag also seems particularly difficult to justify. With a stronger investment and more developed gameplay, a sequel may still have potential, but as it is, Little Dragons Café could have used a bit more time in the oven.
  6. Aug 23, 2018
    50
    Little Dragons Cafe is a charming game that has all the ingredients to be an ideal game to play when you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, but it doesn’t manage to be fun enough to make you want to commit to it. It would benefit from a pace that isn’t abysmally slow and having more activities to partake in. Even with my adorable dragon child following me around and the game’s visual charms, the overall experience lacks the substance to make me want to stay much longer than the customers who visited my cafe.
  7. 40
    Little Dragons Café’s adorable premise of owning a pet dragon can only distract from the slow pacing and repetitive gameplay for so long.

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Sep 11, 2018
    6
    Little Dragons Cafe is a case of managing expectations. Hardcore gamers likely will not enjoy this title, and seasoned fans of the HarvestLittle Dragons Cafe is a case of managing expectations. Hardcore gamers likely will not enjoy this title, and seasoned fans of the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons franchise [which shares the same creator] will likely be expecting a bit more from this title. That being said, it is a good game. Let's dive into specifics.

    LDC is mainly Diner Dash with a few large elements supporting it- Story, Characters, Exploration, and Collection. The story of LDC is nothing too out of the ordinary and the payoff isn't necessarily very rewarding after the credits roll, but what makes it special is the characters in the game. There are 10 characters through the story who bear weight on their own individual arcs as well as a small part in the climax of the story. These characters are quirky and packed full of charm and personality, so it's easy to enjoy your time with each of them.

    While the focus of the subject matter is creating dishes with a small rhythm minigame and running the cafe in a Diner Dash sort of capacity, the exploration and collecting aspects are where most of your gameplay lies and underpin this as your ingredients deplete in real time as meals are served, each one of them taking away from your stock to make the dish each time it is made. To get said ingredients, you will need to explore the surprisingly large world available to you to gather from bushes, trees, plants, birds, pigs, and grass, while keeping an eye out for people with requests or recipe fragments, four of which creates a recipe. Your stock is capped at 100 and at end-game you can get 50+ customers per day, so you will need to stay busy to finish the game. You have a dragon companion assisting you in your gathering who grows over the course of the story, unlocking more places to go and actions to perform to gather more ingredients and fragments.

    That's really all there is to it. While the game is simple and fun and charming, once the story is over, there is no reason left to play as the demand for ingredients is too cumbersome to support the cafe gameplay as a casual play session. All of this being said, the current price tag (release) is full retail 59.99, which is simply not a good value in my opinion. I would wait to give this a try until it his 29.99 or 19.99 for those especially wary of casual collect-a-thons. For these reasons, I give the game a respectable, but as a fan of related franchises slightly biased 7/10, rated here as a 6 for those without history with the creator's previous titles. The game has a lot of charm but that can only carry you so far.
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  2. Mar 26, 2019
    5
    So I just picked this game up for $25 and decided to give it a try and not even 5 minutes into playing and I can already tell this game isSo I just picked this game up for $25 and decided to give it a try and not even 5 minutes into playing and I can already tell this game is awful. First off the controls are terrible. I realized my character would run an extra 2 steps after I released the analog stick, you know those ice levels in games we always hate? That is how you move in this WHOLE game. The "helper" serves no purpose other than to be the player's character's "voice" or "personality" since you don't have one.

    The gameplay is already the most repetitive thing EVER! You wake up get a story event, complete it, then go out to get recipes and ingredients, cook recipes, run the cafe, and finally go to bed. Thats this whole game down to a T. So glad I didn't pay full price for this game or god forbid $80 (plus tax) for that collector's edition.
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  3. Dec 20, 2018
    3
    It's cute for all of a couple hours. You get your dragon, love it, and then are faced with what can only be described as hours of repetitiveIt's cute for all of a couple hours. You get your dragon, love it, and then are faced with what can only be described as hours of repetitive and restricted gameplay. The game refuses to let you progress for hours upon hours by requiring you to harvest materials consistently from the same location and awaiting the "story" to progress by just passing to the next day. But there is no reward. No pay-off.

    You have passably good graphics (for what the game is) and a cute dragon. The characters that are presented have no heart or feeling while they try to, and the frustration that is brought on by the phrase "I shouldn't wander too far..." every time you try to cross a bridge to a new area is remarkably annoying.

    The controls themselves are also not the best. There is a lag in the time it takes to press the jump button where sometimes your character won't even jump at all, but instead will just stand there. Overall, I regret getting this game.

    The highlight of my entire experience was the dragon. I enjoyed the mechanic of being able to change the dragon's color as well as just the dragon himself was adorable. So the game gets points for that. But overall, a regretful title that I overall was just not a fan of.
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  4. Aug 24, 2018
    0
    Who's idea was it to charge $60 for an indy game on the Switch? When you can buy the amazing Indy Hollow Knight for $9.90? For that reasonWho's idea was it to charge $60 for an indy game on the Switch? When you can buy the amazing Indy Hollow Knight for $9.90? For that reason alone, the game gets a zero. Expand