Niche Gamer Plays – Little Dragon’s Cafe GDC 2018 Preview

Niche Gamer Plays is an ongoing video preview series where our staff take an in-depth and yet concise look at classic, current, and upcoming games across all current gaming platforms.

I got some thorough hands on time with Harvest Moon series creator Yasuhiro Wada’s latest game, Little Dragon’s Cafe at this year’s Game Developers Conference.

The above gameplay is direct-feed of the Nintendo Switch version, only covers the tutorial and very beginning of the game, and has no commentary – so enjoy.

Here’s a rundown on the game:


The story opens with a twin brother and sister learning to cook and manage a small café under their mother’s tutelage. All was peaceful and routine until one morning when the twins discover that their mother has fallen into a deep sleep and won’t wake up. Suddenly, a strange old man appears to inform them that they must raise a dragon in order to save her. Working together with three quirky café employees, the two siblings must figure out how to a wrangle a dragon and manage the family business while finding a way to save their mother.

Key Features:

  • Dragon Husbandry – Embrace your parental instincts and raise your very own dragon! Through wise decisions, proper nutrition, and empathetic nurturing show the world the true potential of your dragon companion!
  • Culinary Capitalism – Learn new recipes and master the art of cooking while running your very own café. Explore the world, discover new ingredients, and expand your menu (and your restaurant) while catering to the whims of your customers.
  • Grow Your Own – The tastiest dishes use the freshest ingredients, and the best way to insure that is to grow your own produce. Till the land and fish the rivers to gather the most flavorful fixings for your signature dishes.
  • Serve the People – Feeding is nurturing, so you not only cook for your neighbors, but also help them with their problems to increase your popularity and the general happiness of everyone around you.

Little Dragon’s Cafe is currently planned for a summer 2018 release across PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

Brandon Orselli

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