So I’m bored at the end of the highly familial holiday, and what am I doing? Playing “Café World” on facebook.
These frustrating and occasionally absurd games are almost criminally addictive.
See, I’m trying to master as many recipes as possible before the ability to learn “specialty” recipes comes through. I’m almost maxed out on alien cuisine and doing quite well with the breakfasts and desserts.
No, this is not in any way ridiculous. I honestly have no idea what you’re talking about.
“Café World” first appeared on facebook a little over a year ago and gained popularity very quickly on the heels of “Farmville,” currently the most popular Zynga game on the social network. Just like its predecessor, it allows the player to create neighbors of his friends, which then leads to additional benefits in the gaming world.
In this particular case, it allows the user to expand his or her café – and with it its buzz rating – and unlock fun practices like making coffee for customers. The object of the game is to level up while attaining café cash and coins – and the latter is absolutely more difficult to come by. Generally, the only way to acquire coveted café cash is to cook for seven consecutive days, which will then trigger a reward of two cash for the gamer.
You can also, however, buy some using real-world money.
Café cash opens the gate to limited décor, which in turn increases your café’s buzz rating and simply makes the place look cool. It also allows you to bypass a particularly annoying system on which all the gameplay seems based – collecting various objects from your café neighbors to unlock the opportunity to participate in increasing updates in the time-sucker. The latest of these are catering missions and a drink bar. More will undoubtedly pop up.
So it sounds relatively simple, right? Cook recipes and ask your friends to send you required items for advancement. Simple, yes; aggravating, entirely. But it’s addictive, like more aspects of facebook – so the goal is to enjoy it for what it is.
Ultimately, “Café World” is at once incredibly frustrating and highly relaxing – an array of nonsensical contradictions. Sure, it’s a colossal waste of time, but so are a lot of activities – and until the economy picks up, at least this one isn’t a drain on your wallet – that is unless you want your place to look extra spiffy.