Zipp’s Café, a bitesize café management game, has recently made its debut on PC, offering players a unique and immersive experience. The game strikes a perfect balance between the dark and mysterious world of raccoon detective games like Backbone and the serene and cozy atmosphere of Coffee Talk. As you step into the world of Zipp’s Café, you find yourself entranced by its captivating storyline and charming characters.
Zipp, the ex-con protagonist and owner of the titular café, desperately seeks to distance himself from a life of crime. Located on the border between a city inhabited by animals and a surrounding ghetto filled with anthropomorphic insects, Zipp’s Café serves as a refuge for both worlds. Your mission, as the player, is to navigate through the café’s bustling environment, serving hot drinks and preparing delicious meals.
Within the roughly two-to-four-hour gameplay arc, Zipp’s Café presents players with three different mini-games reminiscent of the popular Cook, Serve, Delicious! series. By completing these mini-games, you fulfill the customers’ orders, paving the way for memorable encounters and intriguing discussions. The game seamlessly integrates storytelling, allowing you to engage with the characters, delve into their personal tales, and forge connections that transcend the borders between animal and human.
For those seeking a more relaxed and narrative-focused experience, Zipp’s Café offers an optional Story Mode. By enabling this mode, the game transforms into a visually stunning visual novel. You no longer need to handle the intricacies of café management or food preparation, as these aspects are seamlessly taken care of by the game. This mode allows you to fully immerse yourself in the captivating narratives woven by the developers, while still enjoying the charming ambiance of the café.
Zipp’s Café introduces players to a diverse and intriguing cast of characters. From the overfamiliar baboon to the suave fox, each customer has their own distinct personality and tale to share. It is worth noting that these characters have a direct connection with another game developed by The Wild Gentleman, called Chicken Police: Into the Hive!. This animal noir adventure serves as a sequel to the beloved buddy-cop game Chicken Police, further expanding the rich universe created by the developers. Discovering the shared elements and connections between these games adds an extra layer of excitement and depth to the overall experience.
Whether you are a fan of low-energy café atmospheres or an avid gamer seeking a unique and immersive experience, Zipp’s Café undoubtedly delivers. Priced affordably at three pounds on Steam, the game offers hours of entertainment and relaxation. It provides a much-needed escape from the mundane, while simultaneously stimulating your mind with its engaging mini-games and captivating narratives. Zipp’s Café is a must-play for anyone looking to explore the compelling world of animal-noir and experience the joy of managing their own virtual café. So grab your apron, prepare your finest brews, and embark on an unforgettable journey within the boundaries of Zipp’s Café.