Book of the Cafe

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連縁 (れんえん) カフェ
BOOK of the CAFE
Book of the Cafe
The current title logo of the game
Developer Trick Nostalgie
Publisher Trick Nostalgie
Genre Business Simulation Game
Platforms Android (iOS and browser versions are also planned)

Len'en Café (Connecting Chain Café) ~ Book of the Café (連縁カフェ ~ BOOK of the CAFE) is a business simulation game and the upcoming 4.5th[1] game of the Len'en Project. It was revealed by JynX on their blog on 11 November 2017, the fourth anniversary of Len'en. Planned for release on Android smartphones, this also makes it the first Len'en game to not be released for Windows PCs, and possibly the first game of the series to not be a shooting game.

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay is how the genre is described: a business simulation. In the 5th anniversary video, it shows the whole scene in general. There are "Shop Assistants" who can interact with various components of the scene, such as a sink, a service table and a cooker (called "The Three Musketeers"). They have various statistics, so they can be better at one thing over another. Choosing to cook will also allow the player to select various dishes. Once cooked, the assistant can automatically take it to a customer. When that customer finished eating, an assistant can take the plate to a sink, which the player can then command an assistant to clean the dishes. JynX also aims to have the game run automatically at an extend when the game is closed.[2]

The game also allows customisation to the layout, such as adding table and chairs, changing floor tiles, wall tiles, a new cooker, etc. The more the player plays the game, the bigger is gets. The player will also gain money, EXP, etc. along the way.[2]

While originally a café management genre, the game was also revealed to have battle elements,[3] having a resemblance to tactical role-play.[4]

Development[edit]

On 21 April 2017, JynX stated that they took an interest in trying to develop a "café management" game,[5] and thus got themself into studying on how to develop such a system.[6] By doing so, they pointed out that instead of it being a spin-off, it will still have major relevance to the story of the Len'en Project.[7] After some time on 29 April, they (drunkenly) created an animation of Tsubakura that is likely to have relevance to Book of the Cafe.

Eventually, JynX announced the game on their blog on 11 November 2017 as part of the fourth anniversary of Len'en, showing a screenshot of the game and talking about various gameplay elements that they plan to implement. The screenshot confirmed Yabusame Houlen, Tsubakura Enraku and Shion's appearances, as well as some furniture implemented. They were aiming for a beta release sometime in 2018.[8] On 9 March 2018, JynX released a video showing a battle stage in the alpha stages of development.[4] The game was still in development as of 9 September 2018.[9]

The game is currently developed for Android, but they might create an iOS and browser version if the game gets enough popularity.[8] They once stated that they wanted to make a game for iOS on 17 August 2015.[10] On 11 November 2018, JynX reveals that they are half way through development. Because they are making the game for phones for the first time, they had to work more on optimising memory usage, app size, etc. to make it run efficiently. Due to the amount of work that is being implemented, the beta release will be much later after 2018 without a confirmed date. However, they promised to improve the game's quality during then. They also plan on re-working on character art already implemented.[2]

Additional Information[edit]

  • In the provided screenshot of the initial reveal, haniwas could be seen as reference to Sukune Katano, and dice could be seen referencing Xeno a.
  • On one shelf are plushy versions of Yabusame and Tsubakura.
  • The anniversary of Len'en video has roads and buildings around the scene, suggesting that the current scene takes place in Devanagara.

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