Hello Kitty Cafe!

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
Hello Kitty Cafe! App Poster Image
Speedy cafe sim may be too much work for Hello Kitty fans.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Hello Kitty Cafe! wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

Even though the basic idea of taking orders and serving customers is simple, this game might be confusing and hectic for kids. Players have to pay attention to the many bubbles popping up that show different options and needs. The pace ramps up pretty quickly, with customers getting angry and walking out after only a few seconds by "Day 2" of gameplay. Players can hire help and choose from a wide range of upgrades, which must be purchased with in-app currency.

Violence
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Consumerism

There are in-app purchases for "points," one of the game's currencies (the other currency is dollars, earned through gameplay). Players can also earn points for "free" by watching videos with ads, viewing other apps on the Tapjoy advertising platform, or playing a gambling-style spinner. In some ways, the entire app is a promotion for the Hello Kitty brand. The developer's logo appears on the main screen and other ads appear throughout the game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysky2a1 November 14, 2013

Hello kitty is good.

Good game for kids hard for kids 3-.
Kid, 8 years old July 4, 2013

Hello Kitty Cafe Review

This is the cutest, most wonderful Hello Kitty app ever! Get it now!

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.

App details

For kids who love sims

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