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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that My Cafe is a time management game for iOS and Android devices. The game involves a number of elements, ranging from taking, assembling, and serving orders to following a storyline through conversation with characters. But while some elements of the story and business are left vague, the app also offers fairly thorough directions to guide kids. These include helpful hints such as written recaps of recent developments and the ability to click on the name of an item someone orders to see a visual depiction of the components it involves so you can put it together. Kids will see how a business is built, from welcoming the first customer to expanding the menu with new equipment and other purchases. They'll need to make decisions as they play and may experience funding shortages at times, which require patience but add a money management aspect to the game. There's no inappropriate content to be found during play, although gamers can watch ads for rewards and bonus items.
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What's it about?
Players run a coffee shop in MY CAFE. They take orders, tap on equipment to gather cupcakes, ice cream, or the ingredients for items like English tea, and serve them to customers, earning coins and diamonds for an espresso machine, chairs, and other items to grow their business. Players will sometimes have to wait for menu items to replenish or use jewels to hurry the process up. They'll find out about people and local mysteries by chatting with customers, who sometimes suggest new items kids can serve after buying the recipe.
Is it any good?
Gamers wear many hats as they work to get a coffee shop up and running, but the pacing issues keep it from being a treat. In My Cafe, players make equipment purchasing decisions, fulfill orders, get new recipes, and perform other tasks. The pace can slow down, though, at times when all customers are eating or you're waiting for a menu item to replenish before it can be served. You can use the game's gem currency to speed that up, but diamonds are given out far more sparingly than coins, so you can easily run out. That means you either buy additional diamonds using real-world cash or keep trying to fill orders with available items until you earn more.
Periodically, you're choices as you play, such as asking a customer what they want to eat or drink or posing a conversational question, which adds some complexity and engagement. The ongoing narrative through conversations, which involves mysterious circumstances in some characters' lives, also adds a touch of intrigue to the experience. But trying to figure out the process involved in serving customers may cause some frustration initially -- you get prompts as new portions of the game are introduced, but detailed instructions on how to assemble orders aren't really provided, so they'll need to figure things out by trial and error. For example, handing multiple items can't be done at once, but have to be done individually, which can start to feel overly slow and repetitive. Customers also ask for items you can't serve because you haven't added one of the ingredients or the recipe. Your avatar will sometimes tell them that, but there’s no way to ask what else they'd like until you have made it through several levels -- and even then, they may decline to answer until you're at a higher level. The inconsistent pace can pose a significant challenge, because technically, you can play My Cafe fairly without buying anything, but you have to be willing to accept some lags in action if you choose to avoid spending money.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to balance getting things done quickly with getting them done correctly. What issues can arise if you try to finish things too fast?
How do you react when something has to be completed in a short amount of time? How can you avoid getting stressed in situations where you're under pressure?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, deduction, strategy
Self-Direction: initiative, time management, work to achieve goals
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: October 26, 2020
- Category: Simulation Games
- Size: 300.00 MB
- Publisher: Melsoft Games
- Version: 2020.10.4
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.3 or later or Android 4.1 and up.
- Last updated: November 10, 2020
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