Running any sort of restaurant can be tough, but balancing the management of day-to-day operations, raising a dragon, and adventuring is surprisingly lots of fun. One of the great things about Little Dragons Café is that no matter how absurd things may seem on the surface, with wizards, trolls, and of course, dragons, running around, it still manages to create a world that you can't help but feel at home in. The characters have genuine personalities, and it's fun to watch them evolve over time along with the story. That's another unique thing about this simulation-style management game: It's got a real story with real progression. You can take your time with things, but there's still a path to follow with an engaging plot. Like a good book, you always want to know what's going to happen next, but you don't really want the story to end, either.
From a gameplay perspective, Little Dragons Café feels both familiar and new at the same time. Like a fresh take on a favorite recipe, it takes some common ingredients from different genres and adds in a few new flavors. For example, cooking up recipes means selecting choice ingredients, adding any extra "secret ingredients," and then switching things up and playing a rhythm game to a catchy tune to perfect the new dish. Or you might be doing some exploration deep in the mountains when you suddenly get a notice that your staff is slacking off, forcing you to fast-travel back to the café and whip everyone into shape while lending an extra set of hands. The game feels like it's got a little bit of everything but stops short of ever straying too far into one specific category. That's wonderful for folks looking for a more lighthearted experience, but may leave some who are looking for a deeper, more complex game a bit hungry for more. But overall, Little Dragons Café is still a sweet and savory treat that's well worth a taste.