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Cafe World -It Might Become Your World..
Cafe World - Facebook Application
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Cafe World - Facebook Application
Date: 10/12/09, updated on 10/12/09 (415 review reads)
Advantages: It is very time consuming..
Disadvantages: It might take over your life (if you let it!)
Originally posted on Ciao!
I would have to say that before I start talking about this application that I don't think I need to explain facebook to anyone? If you are not sure what facebook is, well it's the biggest or at least one of the biggest social networking sites out there. If you don't know what a social networking site is, well simply it is a website which means you can contact friends and family, at the same time as playing games; searching for family and friends you haven't spoken to in years! I know a lot of Ciao and Dooyoo members are on facebook because some of you are on my friends list! If you aren't already and want to be just give me a message and I'll be happy to add anyone to my friends list!
There happens to be all these applications on facebook, which no doubt most people have friends that play on a regular basis. I know I have six of these applications on the go at the moment to fill the boredom of being jobless... One warning about these games is that they are highly addictive. There are lots of different games out there produced by many different companies, but Zynga who makes Café world and a lot of other games out there seems to be amongst the most popular so you have probably seen it advertised even if you don't use them yourself.
~*~ Who Makes Café world? ~*~
Café world is made by a company called Zynga. Zynga is a video game developer from San Francisco in America. The company was founded in 2007, so it is still quite a new company, but regardless of that a lot of people will know the company name - even if you only play facebook games they are around a lot and now they are also available on iPhone applications. Just last year (2008) the company acquired that large social network game YoVille, which I have seen a fair few people playing but it doesn't seem to be very popular with the introduction of some of their newer developed games.
The way this company makes their games work is that whilst you are playing, and earning money within the game, you are taunted by all the special and limited edition items for whichever Zynga game you happen to be playing. They advertise all these special items until you feel the need to buy the special credits for the game, in which they accept credit cards, debit cards and even PayPal. However some of the games actually enable you to learn the extra credits and you go along in the game and level up, but it takes a long time to get anything that is really worth spending those credits on. However as always with companies that make their revenue though players buying extra credits - there are issues of conning and scamming. For this company it was in the shape of mobile subscription which are now banned so don't expect to see them in any of their games again. For a fairly new company they have had their fair share of problems, with money and law suits for car names and designs. So the best advice for anyone playing is really to just play literally for fun and not worry about extras, as they aren't going to get you anywhere in reality!
~*~ So What Is Café World? ~*~
So if you hadn't guessed by now Café world is a facebook application made by Zynga. If you already play a Zynga game you will see the Café world icon in the link box at the bottom of the screen. If you don't play any of their games, you will still probably have noticed other playing via their notifications of new levels and new items they have cooked recently and want to share with you. To be honest if you don't use any applications on facebook I would be very surprised, but at the same time very impressed!
If you are looking for Café World, that's if you fancy giving it a go, you can search for the application in the search bar of your homepage. There you will find a number of pages to look at, there are many fan pages to take a look at - or you can go straight to the Cafe World fan page. By reaching this page you can have a look at some of the food soon to be available in the cook book, and some of the special edition food that have been available on promotion in the past. On this page there is a link to the actual application page, which will open in a new browser - so you can carry on looking around in your original browser! The basic idea behind Café world is to create, cook, and serve food for your customers. There are a number of different ways to succeed, well actually one way but a number of ways to get the experience to level up. That I will talk about in more detail later on in the review.
~*~ Playing Café world ~*~
When you begin to play this application, things start out just a little sparse. As you start out with a teeny little cafe, and I mean small with barely a space to walk around - or at least it looks like that now compared to the size of the Cafe I have now! Anyway, when you first start playing the Cafe has very basic solid blue walls, which are really quite offensive on the eyes; you get two sets of tables and chairs for your customers to sit on. The tables and chairs are reminiscent of the tables at primary school, and to be honest in a Cafe I would not want to be sat on one of those - but that's when I remember it's not real! When you start cooking you get three basic cookers and three basic counters, on which to serve and cook your food. You only have space for three different types of food for starters, so it is difficult to provide enough food for all your customers - but not to worry if you have plenty of friends sending you gifts you can keep your food topped up... I will explain them in more detail later on in the review... You also have to hire a friend to serve your customers the food you produce on the cookers, the waiters just happen to be from your friends list, which again I will explain below...
~*~ Chef and Waiters ~*~
As obvious as it sounds you are the chef!
So you have all the power, you can cook whatever takes your fancy. Decorate your cafe to your own personal tastes; hire whoever you like to dote on your customers. The best part of being the chef is that you are able to change your looks and your clothes. You can pick your whole look on a daily basis, if you fancy having long hair one day you can, and if you fancy a Mr T Mohawk one day it's there, providing you don't mind paying for it. There are colours too, from bright blonde to the darkest black, and if you feel like being a little different you can also have bright blue or purple hair! There isn't a pink hair colour mind you, however I think it should be suggested because I would love to put pink hair on my character.
There are also varied amounts of skin colours you can pick from, not that any of the skin colours resemble anyone's real skin tone but after all it is only a game. However if you fancy sticking on some random facial hair there is some available too, but as always they will cost you your earnings to buy... I have to say I have been tempted to stick a moustache on my character but for some reason I haven't yet done so. Obviously there are a lot of different features you can pick and choose from including eye brows and facial markings but, those are things you can investigate for yourself if you decide to play!
When you first start playing you are allowed to pick yourself a single waiter from your friends list. When you go to select a waiter you need to click on the little blue icon, which is shaped like the waist upwards of a cartoon person. It also had a little black bow tie, a cloth and a tray with a lid on so essentially if you are looking at the screen you are not going to miss this little icon! When you click on the icon, you will see yourself as the chef and a number of open spaces available for waiters. When you have an available space for a new waiter there will be a slot on your page that is in orange indicating you can pick a new friend to use in your cafe, at which point you can click on the orange space which will bring up a menu with pictures on, of all your friends... Simple trail through your friends or type in their name in the search box at the bottom and select the one you want to work in your cafe and you're done! As time goes on you will level up and get more spaces for waiters, as you get more customers you need more tables and therefore more staff to serve them! Thankfully however your waiters do not actually have to be paid out of the money you make from your food, which is good because I currently have five members of staff in my Cafe and it doesn't cost me a single coin!
~*~ Decor ~*~
Once you have a bit of money going you can begin to change around your cafe, to make it more attractive. You can do things such as change those nasty tables, for some more attractive and comfortable looking ones for your customers. The decor section is identifiable by a little icon shaped like a chair, which sort of gives away what the icon does to be honest! The decor section is spilt up into the separate items which you might want for your cafe, such as tables - which vary in price depending on how fancy they are, the most basic table is on five hundred coins but it is a very basic wooden looking thing. It is similar to many of the more dark tables that are available, that wouldn't spruce your cafe up unless you like the dungeon look for your cafe. No worries though there are also a fair few fancier looking ones, some round and with table cloths and one especially for girly girls, a square table cloth that's got a two tone pink table cloth on it! Then there is my favourite and the table that my Cafe is filled with, that also just happens to be the most expensive - a lovely rounded edged square table at 25,000 coins a go! Obviously when you come to pick your chairs, some match the tables exactly, which is more so in the lower price range, in the higher prices it gives you more choice of chairs to go with your tables. The chairs begin at two hundred and fifty coins, and not all that good looking but they are good if you just want to seat customers and you are not too bothered about how your cafe looks! A lot of the seats have a theme that match up with the chairs such as dungeon and drive-thru, obviously as they get more fancy they get more expensive the most expensive chair at the moment is 12,000 coins but it is not worth that price, unless you have a cafe in that particular colour scheme!
Well next thing on your list when sprucing up your cafe is a stylish way to let your customers in and out of your cafe. As always there are plenty of choices of doors for your cafe depending on colours and one that fit with the decor of your cafe. From a plain brown wood door that is free when you start playing - (which is always available.) To a pink door with a heart on for those out there who have a pink theme to their cafe, and if you have a bit of a spacey theme going on, you can get a 'Robo Door.' The door looks like it should open diagonally but I'm guessing it doesn't which is shame, because even if you had nothing else space like in your cafe it would be funny just to watch it open... However that is just perhaps my sense of humour! However none of the more stylish doors are cheap so keep saving your coins and you might just get there!
You can also place windows on your cafe, not that is makes any difference if you do or not! There are plenty of options in the window category, from simple round windows for 250 coins, to something fancier at 20,000 coins which is total glass. They are all there to make your cafe a little more attractive; alongside windows you can also purchase yourself mini-bars for the walls, up lighting and posters of food, or even a picture of Paris. One of the wall accessories I am tempted to buy for the novelty value is the moose head but at 50,000 coins it doesn't come cheap. There are also curtains for your windows but these have to be paid for with the special cash that will cost, which has been known to be a bit of a scam!
As I have said before when you first start playing you have nasty plain blue walls, but once you start earning coins you can look at changing this. In the decor section there are plenty of colour schemes you can pick from in varying prices. You can change your walls into as many different coloured sections as you look, it might make your cafe look a bit odd but hey it's all down to personal preference! The walls start at 15 coins each and go up to 9,000 coins, so if you spot an expensive wall start saving. The walls vary from plain colours to ones with patterns on - I have blue with dots on in my cafe, but as always you can get pretty much any colour to match your colour scheme!
Similarly with the floor, by the time you get around to changing this you will more than likely know which colour you want, so picking out floor tiles shouldn't be too difficult, however they may be expensive... You can pick anything from wood effect tiles to multi coloured ones, with tiles within the tiles, there are plenty to choose from, it is just paying for them as always! There are also extras you can buy such as dividers to keep your customers away from the cooking, to Christmas trees for the seasonal touch, however the only issue is the decorated trees you have to pay for with the Cafe money - that as I explained before can become a bit of a con. If you have a spare 100,000 coins you can get yourself a big fish tank, but it is a bit of a waste of money to be honest because you don't gain experience with it!
The biggest issue with all of these things however is that when you go to place these items in your cafe, you have to drag them from the area you can see them to where you want to place them. The problem is if you have already bought the item and want to take it out of your inventory if you don't place it in the right area, it disappears back into the list of items and you can only get it again if you grab it back out and place it! Similarly if you have items in your list that you want to sell, you have to drag them over to a till icon, but you cannot sell the item unless the till icon is enlarged, which is hard to get it to do especially when you have an item in your mouse... So be warned when trying to place items that you may get a little annoyed with the game... That is just one annoyance with the decor items, there is one more problem which is the most annoying thing, in many of the other Zynga games, placing items usually earns you XP (experience) which enables you to level up, in this game placing items just takes money you don't get anything in return. Which is fine for the first few levels but as it gets harder to level up it gets silly!
~*~ Levelling Up, Cooking and Experience ~*~
As with the majority of role playing games on facebook, you need experience to level up. So therefore you need to get plenty of experience, and there are two basic ways to do that. One way is the obvious, and that is cooking food. Admittedly when you begin you are limited to very basic foods you can make. They are very basic foods from a bacon cheese burger that takes five minutes to cook, to a joint of beef that takes two days to cook. When you have selected an item that you want to cook, such as the bacon cheese burger - by clicking on the stove you can select the item with the 'buy' button. Once selected you will see an icon floating above your stove instructing you to clock on the stove to; cut, beat, whisk an ingredient or generally anything it needs you to do to get your food cooking! The process of clicking the stove has to be done three times to get your food to cook, and each time you do with you will be given at least one cafe point. Cafe points are the points you need to mount up and enable you to level up. It doesn't stop there though; when you have finished cooking your food you also get cafe points for that, and as you level up you gain more stoves so you can put on foods that take a day or two to cook - giving you more cafe points because it took longer to do!
So levelling up is not just about getting plenty of cafe points, (it is but for the purpose of what I'm about to say it isn't!) it also means you gain access to new goods and gifts for your fellow cafe owners. New foods tend to happen every two or three levels, which obviously takes a bit longer the higher level you are, as to get enough cafe points to level up after level 20 gets much harder. Though at the beginning it is nice because it makes you feel like you are achieving a lot fast because it doesn't take very long to level up, at one point I was levelling up once a day which has now reduced down to once every other day - which is still good given how much they expect you to earn before you can level up. Though it does get in your head so if you are looking at playing this game, be prepared for it to take over your life! So as well as getting all these new foods and better gifts for your other cafe owners, you are rewarded with more staff to serve your customers 24/7 - I'm sure there should be some sort of union for 'Café world' staff!
So finally I come to a point that I have already touched upon, the main idea behind Cafe World and that is the food. In the cookbook icon, there are all the foods you can currently cook, and the ones you will be able to cook in the future after earning enough Cafe points to level up. They are definately something to look forward to, at the moment I am looking forward to being able to cook a gorgeous looking chocolate cake - even though it is not real! There are lots of different foods to earn your Cafe points, the majority of the foods however are savoury, but the game is adding more sweet foods to the menu. However as the company who owns the game is American, you get all the different food, for the holidays such as Thanks Giving! So when it comes round to Christmas there might be Christmas food too, anything to get your customers into the festive spirit.
For the majority of the time when you bung food on, you can't leave them too long before serving them up to your customers, unless you happen to get the 'Super' portions that never spoil whilst the offer is on. A big warning for you all though, if you upgrade your Cafe and happen to have a fair few tables you are highly likely to run out of food over night, for example I usually leave it about 10 hours between visits to my cafe, and I have around 20 tables and 6,000 items of food at least is always gone by morning! The way to remedy that is to make sure you have lots of neighbours on the game and get gifts of food from them, giving you food to keep them happy whilst you wait for yours to finish cooking, therefore not ruining your buzz rating... Now your buzz rating that I just mentioned is the rating from your customers, everytime a customer eats in your Cafe they give you a rating depending on how happy they are with the food and service. Make sure you have plenty of staff, because if it takes too long for you to serve them they will just walk out and lower your buzz rating.
So those are the main ways to start your Cafe and to suceed, there are very few things you need to know about the game. I think I have just about told you anything, if not let me know and ask me, or if I have pursauded you to start playing, I will apologise because it is probably about to take over your life! Even if you work or spend a lot of time away from a computer you will more than likely set your food for while your away so it is ready for when you get back, more so if you work with a computer it is far to tempting to not log on and check your earnings!
So all in all this game is ultimately time consuming and will take over your life!
Summary: Try it, you might find you like it!
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