Monday, July 3, 2023

Coffee Talk -- A Video Game Review


It's been a bit since I've done a video game review, and book friends and video game friends I think will like this game.

It's set in a world where elves, orcs, and other fantasy creatures have moved into our cities and towns trying to make a life just like the rest of us.  They come to the coffee shop and share their stories while you make them their warm and cozy drink.

One of our main characters, Freya is an aspiring author and she comes into the shop every day.  She has decided the stories she hears in the shop will be a big part of her book. So she listens to the stories and gossip to give her writing the extra boost it needs. She loves her espresso, which is one of the first drinks we learn how to make. 

The mechanics of making the drinks is simple. Add three ingredients and brew. If you forget what the ingredients are you have a log in your phone that keeps them all on the bottom left corner of your screen. You start off only knowing a few recipes and learn more along your way, and if you mess up it's not really a big deal. With drinks with foamy milk tops you can practice your artistry skills with latte art.  Playing this on my computer I've found the latte art is awful, but I hear it's much better on a switch with touch screen.

Overall the atmosphere is great, with gentle music and it's always raining. So if you enjoy a no stress game with a fun storyline, and gentle rain in the background be sure to try out Coffee Talk. Once I finish Coffee Talk, I'll be sure to grab Coffee Talk Episode 2, which just came out in April 2023.

Difficulty level: Easy

Publisher: Toge Productions

Release date: January 29, 2020

Genre: Visual Novel

Available on  Xbox, Playstation (spring 23), Switch (spring 23), PC (through Steam or Xbox).

Photo Credit: Toge Presskit

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