LIT­TLE DRAG­ONS CAFÉ

Not get­ting on like a café on fire

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - CONTENTS -

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...

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