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Beans: The Coffee Shop Simulator

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Caffeine-focused sim runs out of energy with slow pacing.

Game Windows 2017
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If caffeine is a stimulant, this tycoon simulation's drawn-out gameplay and action is clearly caffeine free. Beans: The Coffee Shop Simulator is, initially, a slow-paced game where the player builds a business and then tries to grow customer appeal, add to the menu, add amenities and events to drive traffic, and expand the staff. The goal is to open more shops in town and become a tycoon. To that end, Beans does an admirable job of easing players into the game flow. The graphics are old school and pixelated, and the music is repetitive and can get on the nerves in long play sessions, but the game is intuitive. Thanks to its graphics and central concept, it may not have great appeal for some players, but the flow of action does make it accessible for younger players who have a concept of money. Unfortunately, the pacing can feel way too slow as you start to build your shop empire one coffee at a time. Technically, that's intentional to ease players into the game, but this also drags out the action significantly, meaning that at times, players can walk away for a while to take a break without any consequences for being away from their keyboard. Overall, Beans has some charm, and while the humor (and puns) may be just a bit beyond younger players, it manages to be a good, if slow, introduction to the tycoon sim genre.

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