Moé Girl Café by Cat Studio HK
Type: Business Manager, Restaurant
Basic Game Setup and Plot: You are a manager of a Japanese maid café (which are cafés in Japan that are of a cute style and the workers are girls in maid costumes). It has no plot, but it is a game where you try to unlock as many things as you can such as recipes, awards, and a bigger café.
Note: The word “moé” (pronounced with a long “o” and the “é” like the “e” in anime.) is hard to translate, but in short, the Japanese see “moé” as an adjective for cute anime girls that the Japanese otaku (nerds or geeks) have romantic or sibling-like affection for. If you want a more clear idea it would be better for you to research it on wikipedia or elsewhere, because it is very hard to explain in one paragraph.
Game Play: 3½/5 Above Average: The game was fun to play. There is a lot to do in the game such as unlocking awards, trying to get people to vote for your café, and getting a five star approval from the twice a year (game time) reviewers. The way you play is by hiring different girls to serve food, cook food, or attract customers to your café. You can upgrade them and you can also upgrade your food and can buy more attractive furniture and decorations. You do not do any of the chores yourself; you only manage the café and employees.
Graphics: 3½/5 Above Average: The graphics are cute and sweet. The characters are all very “chibi,” which is the Japanese term for anime and manga characters that are short and cute. The entire game is like this in the food, decorations, and people. There are no graphics in the game that I thought were ugly or badly drawn. They were drawn better than the lazy, unimaginative way some American games draw their restaurant graphics.
Music: 3/5 Average: The music was like most games of that sort: a little catchy, repetitive, and not to dramatic or complicated.
Overall: 3½/5 Above Average: The game is fun and cute, so I think that it would be much enjoyed. I also think it is unique in being maid themed and having so many different employees in it. I think girls in their late preteens and older would understand and like it best.
Official Rating: E
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 2½/5 Quite Suggestive: In the game you may buy different clothes for your maid’s including some pretty provocative ones like bikinis, playboy bunny costumes, and school swimsuits. There are also other less sexy clothes like a teacher uniform and cat costumes. (The cat costume advertised is not really a two piece bikini but a one piece dress). Though I believe these clothes were put in the game for people who are attracted to certain kinds of clothes, they are not really made to be sexy. The characters are also very short and stout, even close up, so the only really sexy outfit is the bikini and maybe the bunny uniform (unless you are attracted to girls wearing certain clothes such as teacher outfits). There are also some girls that show up in the game that make announcements and tell you how too play. Though their clothes are a little revealing, they are also not given very much detail because they are just close up chibi characters. NOTE: You will notice there are some very feminine dresses of a theme called “Lolita.” This is not the American Lolita, and research proves it is merely a fashion trend that somehow picked up the name.
There is an award called “Shake hentai” that you get by irritating the maids. Though I cannot say if “shake” is being used as a Japanese word or an American one (either way I cannot make sense of it) I do know hentai means a porn game in Japanese. Nothing sexual is done in the game or when you rub their heads to irritate them, so I am personally a little confused by the title. Perhaps it is a way of calling the player a pervert.
Your café is referred to as a “harem” in the game.
Violence: 0/5 None
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 1/5 One or Two Light Utterances: There is an award you can earn called “Go to hell~” because you have to irritate your employees to get it.
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 0/5 None
Religious Issues: 1/5 Slight Contradiction: There are three awards mentioning false gods.
Magic: 1/5 Some References: There are table and chair sets that are themed “Vampire”, “Mushroom fantasy”, and “Season of witch.” There are two awards one called “Even aliens visit here” and another called “Be careful of dragons.” No magic is done in the game.
Overall: 2½/5 Almost Child Appropriate: The worst things about this game were the language and the reference to hentai video games. It is not strongly recommended because of that, but if a person wishes to play it is suggested thirteen years and older.