Free simulation game for Windows
An average day at the cat cafe is a free simulation game for Windows by Angela He. In this game, you manage a cafe, serving your customers whatever they want. Your clientele is primarily cute animals, but there are some strange customers after dark.
There aren’t many titles like this for Windows, and it’s certainly different to others set in the food industry, such as The Fertile Farm and Diner Dash: Flo on the Go. This game has some hidden layers of complexity as you progress. If you’re wondering why it’s called a “cat cafe” when it doesn’t seem to highlight cats, and you aren’t a cat, it’ll become clearer as the game evolves.
An average day at the cat cafe’s greatest strength lies in its core mechanics: the animals want something, and you see an image of what they want. Then it’s up to you to deliver: you won’t have any quick-build menus, so your memory will be challenged often.
It works like a puzzle because it’s not obvious how the orders should be prepared. It also makes for some laughs since you risk losing your customers if you make it wrong or take too long.
Creatures of the night
However, the best comes at night. The clientele changes from cute animals to ghosts, demons and other creepy customers. Their requests are also very strange, and very different from those of the daytime characters. Some of them are hilarious.
It sets the tone for some unexpected, darker humour that you wouldn’t get if you only played the game during the café’s daytime hours
An excellent option
An average day at the cat cafe is a great title from a small team of developers. The graphics are excellent, with a beautiful hand-drawn style for the cafe and the characters. There’s a charming cuteness in an anime style but with its own personality. It also manages to throw in some surprises, such as the night-time aspect. It keeps using the same gameplay elements by reinventing itself without becoming repetitive.
There are some minor moans, though. The animation is very basic and needs some improvement. Hopefully, this will be addressed in a future update, since the game has received a lot of acclaim.