After spending years localizing lesser-known Japanese titles, Aksys Games is working with Yasuhiro Wada, the creator of the “Harvest Moon” series, on a project of their own. Together, the publisher and game director are launching an unusual project.
“Little Dragons Cafe” puts players in the role of cafe manager. They choose whether they want to play as a boy or girl. Whomever they don’t choose becomes a helper. The children are forced to grow up faster than they expected after their mother falls ill and becomes bedridden.
They look doomed until an old man appears and gives them an egg. He tells them that raising a dragon can save them from their predicament. (Anything can happen in video games.) That means “Little Dragons Cafe” is both an animal husbandry simulator and a restaurant game similar to “Cooking Mama” or “Diner Dash.”
Cooking food is done via rhythm-type minigame. Players will have to satisfy customers who come through their doors, but sometimes, they’ll come across requests that they can’t immediately satisfy. That’s when players will have to explore the world and discover new ingredients and collect recipe pieces.
The dragon plays a critical role in this area. It helps players gather ingredients, but also, as the creature grows up, players can ride it and venture to other zones. The dragon acts almost like gating element.
Lastly, as players solve customers’ problems and help them out, the cafe will grow more popular. It will expand and become more impressive.
“Little Dragons Cafe” is scheduled for release for this summer on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
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