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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Zombie Café is a satirical horror-themed restaurant simulation game. Your diner serves food made from people, and your wait staff are former customers that you've turned into zombies. It's all portrayed in cartoony graphics, but the the spooky/violent overtones are very apparent. You can even make your zombies attack -- and kill the staff of -- competing restaurants. Theme aside, parents also need to be aware that this is a "velvet rope" game, which will move at a very slow pace unless you spend real money ($5 to $100) to speed things up. Also understand that this is a living game world that continues to run even when you're not playing, meaning that you may feel the need to check in and play several times a day to make sure everything's going well at your cafe. You can also connect your diner to a friend's to form a franchise with them via Facebook.
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Is it any good?
The silly horror-movie concept behind ZOMBIE CAFE is a fun one, but as a real-time restaurant sim, the game is sadly dull. Many so-called "velvet rope" games offer players a chance to speed up their games by spending extra dough, but often they make sure there's plenty to keep them busy without spending, too. Here, the game moves as slowly as the shuffling undead. There's simply not a lot of variety here. Watching zombies wait tables for several minutes at a time is less than thrilling, to say the least. Even the attacks on other restaurants grow tiresome by the second or third one. And it just feels unfair to have your restaurant's star rating go down while you're not playing -- which it will, since customers will show up, find no food, and leave angry.