LITTLE DRAGONS CAFÉ
Not getting on like a café on fire
The twins live idyllically, whiling away days learning to cook with their Mum. But one day she falls into an unending sleep, leaving the tiny tykes to run the family café all by themselves. A wizard appears with a mysterious draconic egg and the revelation that it and their Mum are linked... because she’s half dragon. If the pair can care for the baby dragon that soon hatches, plying it with plenty of delicious food and turning the café into a success, their Mum may one day wake up.
From there you’ll be managing a small kitchen1 and gathering ingredients as you make many meaty meals to help your baby dragon grow up big and strong. It’s a setup that endears itself quickly; naturally you’re going to want to help the tiny wees cure their Mum’s disease, and their quest is helped by adorable art direction. The world around you is seemingly torn straight from the pages of a young (albeit animeobsessed) child’s sketchbook.
Unfortunately, while you’re able to gather a ton of ingredients and cook a variety of recipes, it’s a light affair gameplay-wise, and best suited to younger gamers. Resource gathering hardly develops past mashing q or commanding your dragon to retrieve mystery meat from small caves, and cooking itself is a fairly simplistic rhythm minigame that takes few attempts to master. 2 You do have to worry about your establishment’s reputation, being sure to serve high-quality dishes and lending a hand in the kitchen yourself, but it’s difficult to spoil the broth here. Ultimately, this sweet treat is delightful at first but definitely won’t fill you up for long. Jess Kinghorn
FOOTNOTES1 Complete with quirky staff you’ll need to keep in line. Hospitality is stressful, after all. 2 If only real cooking were as easy. Time to quietly put these burnt leftovers out of their misery...