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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kawaii Kitchen is an arcade puzzle game available for download on iOS and Android devices. Players take control of a burger shop, filling customers’ orders by selecting items from a menu in the correct sequence. Once complete, the order's delivered and the next customer in line comes up. The game has simple controls that are easy to pick up and play. As the game progresses though, customers put in requests for more complex orders with additional ingredients tossed into the mix. Like many free-to-play games, Kawaii Kitchen is supported through pop-up advertisements and microtransaction purchases. Though in-game currency can be earned through gameplay, it’s a very slow process, with players constantly encouraged to spend money to buy additional currency or content.
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What's it about?
Fire up the grill and get those lunch crowds fed in KAWAII KITCHEN, an arcade puzzle game that puts you in charge of the cutest restaurant to ever come to mobile devices. You’re in charge of the line, as custom orders of all kinds come in from adorable animals looking for a quick bite. Work your way up from a small kitchen with just a few ingredients to a grandiose burger bistro with more than 100 different burger combinations at your disposal. You'll need to satisfy your customers’ hungers to complete quests, honing your culinary skills and earning rewards on your way to becoming the greatest chef in the animal kingdom.
Is it any good?
You might think that super cute animals can get through life by simply being cute, but sometimes they’ve got to make a living too. Enter Kawaii Kitchen, the burger shop arcade app that comes with an extra side of adorable. The game's simple to play for gamers of all ages, with tutorials that walk players through the basics of flawlessly filling their customers’ orders. It’s also a fair bit of a challenge to build the perfect burger, especially later in the game when you not only have a wider selection of ingredients to choose from, but also add things like extra patties, double cheese, and the like. The difficulty curve does eventually get pretty steep, which might frustrate some younger gamers, but it’s still gradual enough to ease them into the tougher stages.
One of the few hurdles facing Kawaii Kitchen, aside from the obvious health code violations of animals serving food, is the game’s slow grind. Although players can rise through the ranks fairly quickly, the rewards for doing so feel like they come along at a glacial pace unless you’re willing to spend some extra money for coin or gem packs. The game even features bloated and invasive ads that pop up frequently after rounds, ads which are conveniently removed only after the player’s first real money purchase in the shop. Still, Kawaii Kitchen is a fun and addictive way to kill some time and a cute change of pace from your usual café game.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about consumerism in gaming. What are some of the ways that some games push players to spend extra money? How intrusive are advertisements in some games and is it worth spending money to have an ad-free experience?
How can game encourage kids’ interest outside of those games? Can playing games like Kawaii Kitchen inspire you to learn to cook in the kitchen?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Hobbies: cooking
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, solving puzzles, thinking critically
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: April 5, 2019
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Topics: Cooking and Baking, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Wild Animals
- Size: 129.00 MB
- Publisher: Platonic Games
- Version: 1.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or higher; Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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