A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hello Kitty Cafe! is a restaurant simulation game that requires kids to manage their time and work fast. Players serve customers, hire staff, upgrade the cafe, and more. Kids who like sims and fast-paced gameplay will likely enjoy this one; however, for young Sanrio fans simply looking to enjoy Hello Kitty cuteness, this game could be overwhelming. In-app purchases are mentioned often and are easily accessible. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
Players tap on a multitude of option bubbles floating around the screen in order to serve customers, make food, hire extra employees, buy more tables, and make other upgrades to their cafe. Each round of play is one business day, during which players must try to earn as much money as possible and keep customers from getting mad and walking out. \"Special Guests\" who are specific Hello Kitty characters pop up from time to time. After closing for the day, players get a daily report and more upgrade options.
Is it any good?
HELLO KITTY CAFE! is as sweet and cute as Hello Kitty is known to be, and this app can be fun for kids who enjoy restaurant or time-management simulation games. Once players get used to the fast-paced gameplay, keeping customers happy and preparing food as quickly as possible can be a fun challenge. However, for many kids, the multiple options and hectic nature of the game could be confusing and frustrating. And because the pace ramps up so quickly, many kids might be tempted to buy in-app purchases just to make gameplay more successful.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: fiscal responsibility, making wise decisions
Self-Direction: time management, working efficiently
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: August 18, 2012
- Category: Simulation Games
- Size: 16.80 MB
- Publisher: Sanrio Digital Europe
- Version: 1.2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
- Last updated: August 19, 2016
For kids who love sims
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