Coffee Talk Makes Your Barista Dreams Come True for Nintendo Switch | Review

Coffee Talk

Coffee Talk isn’t really a game, though there are some gaming elements in it. Instead, Coffee Talk is a visual novel. Developed by Toge Productions and published by Chorus Worldwide, Coffee Talk is a game in which friendly conversation and late-night warm drinks yield interesting stories and the joys of meeting new people. Immerse yourself in the stories of alternative-Seattle inhabitants where many of their stories find strong echoes to the real world.

So Coffee Talk is a very casual game. It’s not very hardcore, there’s nothing really difficult about it, and you don’t have to worry about rage quitting. Instead, what you get is a very chill, relaxing game where conversations and listening to your customers take precedence. Learn about you customers, from what they do to what they drink. Listen to their problems and hopefully make them feel better by offering them a their favorite drinks. Sometimes nothing is more soothing than a freshly brewed cup of tea of coffee.

Coffee Talk

Of course Coffee Talk  isn’t all about conversations. The main gaming element in the game is brewing drinks and you’ll actually be doing plenty of that. Customers will tell you what they want and it’s up to you to make the perfect drink. The process is quite simple and only requires that you use the right ingredients. You’ll start off only know how to make less than a handful of simple drinks, ,but as you progress, you’ll learn how to make more complicated drinks. Each customer has their own preference so pay close attention to what they’re asking for.

Luckily you don’t have to completely memorize everything because your trusty smartphone can help. It has a database of all the customers who come into your shop as well as a database of all the drinks you’ve learned how to make. New customers and drinks get added as you discover them. Your smartphone also does other things such as being able to catch up the latest news stories and changing the music your shop plays.

Coffee Talk

Now back to what is ultimately the main focus of Coffee Talk, and that’s the customers. Coffee Talk has a wide range of really colorful characters because this is a world in which not only humans exist, but also other fantasy based races, such as werewolves, vampires, elves, etc. This allows Coffee Talk to really expand on what’s going on in this world, but still make everything relatable to the real world. I know that reading isn’t usually what gamers find fun, but in this instance, I really enjoyed how Coffee Talk gets you involved in these stories and makes you really feel something for these characters.

In terms of presentation, Coffee Talk to me is near perfect. I love the art style, which has that anime/manga type look to it. Everything is pretty colorful and I love the wide range of characters introduced. The user interface for Coffee Talk is also really intuitive and you’ll have no issues getting around the game or making any of the drinks. It’s all very straight forward and keeps the game very relaxed and chill. Nothing about the game screams difficult or stressful, and that’s basically the them here.

Coffee Talk

With that said, Coffee Talk is a very different game from what you’ll be used to. Yes it’s more of a visual novel, but their are fun little gaming elements included. What I like about Coffee Talk is how mellow it is to play it. It’s almost like sitting down with a good book, except you get to participate a little in the story. Your drinks help these characters unwind where they feel relaxed enough to share their stories with you. Because most of the game requires a lot of reading, this isn’t a game for everyone, but if you love a good story and character development, you’re going to love Coffee Talk. I know I do and I don’t usually play games like this.

Coffee Talk is available now on the Nintendo eShop for $12.99.


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