Arcade time manager Pixel Cafe will launch at the end of November

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The key art for Pixel Cafe. Pixel is a woman with long red hair; she stands to the right holding a cup of coffee and a slice of bacon that a dog is trying to grab. A restaurant counter is behind her. To the left is a large man with a beige suit and hat.

Pixel perfect Pixel Cafe is part arcade time manager, part visual novel. The title references both the game’s art style and its red-headed protagonist. Pixel is a small-town barista with big dreams. Last month, I shared a trailer showcasing the game’s narrative and discussing the game’s music. Now it’s nearly time for it to launch, as a late November release date has been announced.

Pixel’s daily responsibilities at the local diner involve serving customers and chatting with various bosses. Through this, she begins to realise how familial memories have influenced her small life in Karstok. Players will explore the city, work at various diners, and reflect on Pixel’s history.

Each morning, Pixel leaves her family’s home to wait on customers and chat with locals. She needs to fulfill orders to unlock new recipes and manage multiple counters, so players will have to master the rhythm of this time management sim. There’s a weekly calendar to ensure you never miss a shift. After work, head home and use your hard-earned money to redecorate with new furniture.

Pixel Cafe’s story is told in a dual-narrative format through Pixel’s contemporary life and the memories of her grandparents making their home. This allows players to experience the development of both the city and the family while witnessing Pixel’s cherished memories of her upbringing.

Related reading: Looking for another café-based title? Coffee Talk may be of interest!

What starts as casual restaurant time mechanics transforms into intense arcade challenges that test even the most experienced baristas, while narrative beats and the interactive home design function offer a break from the craziness that is restaurant life. Complete tasks at the current diner to unlock the next.

Developed and published by Baltoro Games, Pixel Cafe will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox on November 30.

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Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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