Parents' Guide to

Little Dragons Café

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fantasy cooking adventure that's full of flavor.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Surprising use of language in a “child’s game”.

First off, as far as game play, this is a very simple game that kids as young as 5 or 6 might enjoy, and the graphics and music are pleasant. There are many positive messages about self esteem and kindness towards others, and harvesting animals involves ZERO bloodshed, which makes this one of those “feel-good” kind of games that you don’t mind watching as well as playing. The only thing rough about the game in the beginning is the use of “idiot” and “stupid” quite a bit, so if you’re opposed to your kids using those words, be advised. But about 5 chapters in, in the Chapter called “Paranomal Activity”, suddenly in the written text (there is no voice in this game, it’s all written text) one of the main characters hits a problematic guest a couple of times and the words damn and pissed off were used. It was super surprising after how tame the rest of this game has been. I can’t comment on game progress after Chapter 5 because we haven’t progressed past it yet.

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2):

Running any sort of restaurant can be tough, but balancing the management of day-to-day operations, raising a dragon, and adventuring is surprisingly lots of fun. One of the great things about Little Dragons Café is that no matter how absurd things may seem on the surface, with wizards, trolls, and of course, dragons, running around, it still manages to create a world that you can't help but feel at home in. The characters have genuine personalities, and it's fun to watch them evolve over time along with the story. That's another unique thing about this simulation-style management game: It's got a real story with real progression. You can take your time with things, but there's still a path to follow with an engaging plot. Like a good book, you always want to know what's going to happen next, but you don't really want the story to end, either.

From a gameplay perspective, Little Dragons Café feels both familiar and new at the same time. Like a fresh take on a favorite recipe, it takes some common ingredients from different genres and adds in a few new flavors. For example, cooking up recipes means selecting choice ingredients, adding any extra "secret ingredients," and then switching things up and playing a rhythm game to a catchy tune to perfect the new dish. Or you might be doing some exploration deep in the mountains when you suddenly get a notice that your staff is slacking off, forcing you to fast-travel back to the café and whip everyone into shape while lending an extra set of hands. The game feels like it's got a little bit of everything but stops short of ever straying too far into one specific category. That's wonderful for folks looking for a more lighthearted experience, but may leave some who are looking for a deeper, more complex game a bit hungry for more. But overall, Little Dragons Café is still a sweet and savory treat that's well worth a taste.

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