Hello Kitty Cafe!

Common Sense Media says

Speedy cafe sim may be too much work for Hello Kitty fans.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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 kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • working efficiently

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility
  • making wise decisions

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • working efficiently

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility
  • making wise decisions

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
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

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Kid, 8 years old July 4, 2013
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Hello Kitty Cafe Review

This is the cutest, most wonderful Hello Kitty app ever! Get it now!
Parent Written byShugocharafan88 January 7, 2013
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17
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LEARNING

Noooooo. I've been through worse. (I still have that "Cole" t-shirt.....)

They actually sell Japanese songs on iTunes US, except they got rid of most Morning musume。albums and I requested for Yukiko Okada, I'm still waiting for them to put it on. They also have alot of anime songs. I love Hare Hare Yukai and Vanilla Salt.
Parent Written bysky2a1 November 14, 2013
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4
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Hello kitty is good.

Good game for kids hard for kids 3-.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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