When it comes to things like business sims there’s a tendency, once you’ve played enough, for them to feel a bit indistinct from one another. Going beyond simply creating a sim that includes taking care of some cats, thankfully Cat Cafe Manager distinguishes itself in a variety of ways from its competition while also cranking up the cute with plenty of feline varieties and some townsfolk of different types who can have some fun personalities. While getting started felt a little rough, not really sure how best to try to construct my basic cafe, it didn’t take long to get into the groove of things, understanding that for every type of customer you’ll need to potentially have different things to serve, but they’ll each use their own distinct currency, each of which you’ll need at different points in order to focus on keeping yourself stocked, expanding, buying new equipment, etc. In addition, you’ll need to make some tough choices on what area of “research” you’d like to pursue, and I’d definitely recommend getting the job board so you can hire a little help to reduce the limited pressure you have when you’re trying to serve everyone solo. My one complaint tied to that is that at times it was hard to interact with people I was standing right next to, trying to approach them in different ways, etc, until it finally worked. That’s where added staff really helps, I then didn’t need to sweat that detail. The great thing here is that it doesn’t feel like there’s a set path to success to take, you’re really free to experiment and in general it doesn’t seem like there’s a crushing disappointment ahead when you make mistakes, progress may just be slowed. All in all Cat Cafe Manager’s pretty distinct mix of some routine tasks, planning, discovery, and quite a few furballs made for a charming and even somewhat relaxing time.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]