Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cafe World Tips and Tricks

One of the things that draws people to Facebook are social games.  An example is Cafe World.

It is a restaurant simulation game

When you play you will be given a small restaurant. Your avatar is the cook and you can choose one friend to represent your first waiter.

How to Play Cafe World

You will be given a starting 3000 coins.  You need to cook food for your customers. You do this  by buying  ingredients of your chosen dish from the menu. Each dish will have different cost and cooking duration. And each one returns different amount of coins (your profit).

As you level up,  you will gain more coins. You will be able to expand your restaurant. You will be able to buy additional stoves, counters, better chairs, and nicer tables. You will be able to hire additional waiters.  And you will be able to cook more dishes.

Some Tips

Cafe World is one of many  Facebook Social Games. Therefore, it was designed to encourage interaction between players.  For example, you need to visit your friends' restaurant once everyday. When you visit them you will be assigned a task. The task is actually simple. You will go to your friend's restaurant. A message will pop asking if you want to help them by eating a dish they've cooked. It will also ask you if you are going to give them a tip. When you say yes, your character will eat the dish and you will be awarded with coins and bonus experience points. Your tip will also be added to your friend's  coins.

You can also send your friends free gifts. They can serve these gifts to their customers. And it will help them level faster.

Lastly, you are gain additional coins if you invite new players.  I think this is the main reason why Cafe World quickly became very popular.

Level Up Faster

Dishes that takes longer to cook bring more coins and experience points. That is why, when I play, I mostly choose foods that takes 12 hours to two days to cook.

Restaurant Expansions and Upgrades


Expanding your restaurant and purchasing additional tables will allow you to accommodate more customers. Therefore, you will earn more coins faster.

But you have to add additional waiters to increase the rate of people visiting your cafe.  You will be allowed to do this as you level up.

So far, I observed that buying more expensive stoves do not affect the game in anyway.  It seems that they are provided only as decoration.

Troubleshooting

There are times when you notice that a certain customer is not being served.  The reason for this is that the pathway leading to the table is has become unreachable. Be sure to provide space where your waiters can  walk towards the customer. Another reason is that your waiter could not reach the counter. Try rotating the counter. And make sure that the path to it is not being blocked.

Some Tricks

If you don't want your buzz rating to go down when you aren't serving any food, sell your door. Your customers will never be able to get inside hence you have no dissatisfied customer.

Enclose your cook and waiters within the counter and the stoves. This will impede them from moving to the tables. The side effect of this is that food begins to magically appear on your customer's table.  And the tables magically get cleaned after they finish eating. No need for them to walk to the tables and waste time.

But remember that  these exploits are actually program bugs.  They are not guaranteed to work in the future and Zynga may patch them.

Real Life Lessons

Cafe World is only a game but it actually teaches some point that we can apply in real life.

1. You need a budget when you are going to run a restaurant.

2. There are expenses to be paid. In this game, the expenses are simplified. You pay for the ingredients of the dishes.  In real life, you have to pay for the ingredients that you will need when you cook.  Your employees must have their salaries plus benefits. Then there is the matter of the electric bill, water, and rent.

The lesson being taught is that you must plan before you spend.  When you spend, your action must return a  profit. If you fail to do this, you will eventually run out of funds to continue your operation,  the business will close, and you lose the game.

So you see, it's not actually just another silly game.  Don't get addicted however. And manage your time wisely.


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