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Cafe World - Facebook Application
Member Name: Ainat
Cafe World - Facebook Application
Date: 25/03/11, updated on 25/07/13 (39 review reads)
Advantages: Simple game that all can play
Disadvantages: Annoyingly addictive!
Everyone these days is addicted to the social networking site that is Facebook. One of the things that makes Facebook that little bit different compared to it's rivals is the range of applications that a user can install on to their profile. A large number of these applications tend to be games such as this one.
Zynga is a giant in the Facebook game world. With their range of simple yet addictive games, almost every Facebooker will either play one of these games themselves, or have a friend that does (and are probably getting annoyed with all the little items popping up in their news feeds!). Cafe World is one of Zynga's games, which I seem to have developed a bit of an addiction to. I only signed up to the game as my boyfriend needed an extra 'friend' to complete one of the challenges... That was about 8 months ago, and I'm still playing!
The game itself is pretty simple. You are a chef in your own little cafe. You have stoves and a cookbook. The cookbook tells you how long each dish is going to cook and how much it is going to cost you to produce, what your profit will be and how many 'cafe points' you will receive. In order to cook something you simply select your dish from the cookbook, then 'prepare' it before it starts cooking. Each dish requires 3 clicks to prepare on a normal stove. Dishes take between 3 minutes and 2 days to cook. But beware. Leave your culinary creations too long and they will spoil and you will have to throw them out (or salvage them if you are fortunate to have a 'salvage sage' or a friend to help!). The rule for how quickly something will spoil is a simple one. If you are cooking a dish that takes 20 minutes, it will spoil 20 minutes after it has finished cooking, if it's an hour dish you will have an hour in which to serve it. I think you get the idea.
There are a number of challenges that you can choose to complete, and you get rewards for completing them, normally coins, cafe points or a new dish in your cookbook. I personally think the game gives you too many challenges at once. You can see what challenges you have open to you on the right hand side of the game window. Often there are a number of challenges that you can't actually see because there are too many. Many of the challenges often require your friends to send you things in order to complete them. Some of your friends might be equally addicted to Cafe World as you and will understand the frustration of friends not sending you what you need. Other friends will get annoyed with you asking them for things when they don't play the game. Fortunately, when asking for whatever item it is that you need there is an option to select only friends that also play Cafe World so you are not clogging up other peoples accounts.
As you progress through the game you unlock more dishes and more features. You can 'invent' your lightning stove - A stove that only requires 1 click to prepare a dish and cuts 10% off cooking time. As you master dishes you get more rewards. Master a dish to level one, you get more servings per time cooked. Master a dish to level 2, you get more cafe points per time it is cooked. Master to level 3 and the dish will cook slightly fast each time that you cook it. You can build yourself a spice rack (after collecting the bits!) which allows you to store spices that will help you on your culinary journey from rescuing a spoiled dish, to reducing the cooking time or even making it cook instantly. If you cook several days in a row you are rewarded for your efforts with a gift of some description each day. There are also the options to serve coffee, drinks and have a salad bar and a pizza oven. You can also complete 'catering orders' (you have to cook a certain number of certain dishes) for rewards.
The game is amazingly simple, but there is enough to it to keep you addicted, and can have a competitive nature if you are trying to have a bigger and better cafe than your friends. A few minor downfalls to it as mentioned such as the frustration of needing friends to send you things, etc. The cookbook could be organised better as it can be difficult to find specific dishes in there if you are trying to complete a challenge. Zynga are in the process of re-vamping it though, so lets hope they come up with something better! *This has been done, much easier to find dishes in the cookbook now. Can search alphabetically, by cusine, and by time it takes to cook*
I have known people to complain about Cafe World running slowly. I have had no problems with the game on my laptop. Zynga have recently updated the game in order to make it faster.
Summary: Amazingly simple, but keeps you addicted.
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