Would you like to run an idol cafe?

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a game by StarlightTree Games
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review
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See also: Anime Games, Visual Novel
Would you like to run an idol cafe?
Would you like to run an idol cafe?
Would you like to run an idol cafe?
Would you like to run an idol cafe?

Would You Like To Run An Idol Cafe? What is that - a question or a video game? The truth of the matter is that it is arguably neither. The 'game,' so to speak, is a visual novel that capitalizes on the 'otaku' demographic. Forging a title like this suggests that you will be put at the very heart of the audience stereotype - an idol cafe.

These types of games have got a notorious reputation for a variety of reasons. Mainly being that gameplay is limited to a few clicks and choices. And as the visual novel genre suggests - there isn't much animation. It's mostly a read from start to finish, dragging players in with its suggestive content and heavy storylines. Visual novels always come across as a bit cheap on the game front, but with a title like 'Would You Like To Run An Idol Cafe?', it's hard not to be intrigued.

Me, An Idol Cafe Manager?

It's not easy to take a critical approach to this game. Mainly because there isn't a lot of playable elements. We'll have to look around that feat and take more interest in the characters, story, and lore of 'Would You Like To Run An Idol Cafe?'. All the player will be doing is clicking through the dialogue and absorbing the colorful pictures that interchange between lewd, comical, and emotional.

As the game depends solely on the narrative, we won't spoil too much - but we can set the foundations. The story is set with a high-school delinquent looking to clean himself up in the workforce, failing to get into higher education. He moves in with his buddy as he tries to get his life together and takes up a job in a cafe. You guessed it - an idol cafe full of women that seem to take an interest in our protagonist.

But watch out! They are going to start pining for your attention, offering plenty of personality oddities - and other things we won't mention. You, as the player, will make a few choices pending on what direction you want to take the visual novel. That's about it gameplay-wise, and if you're expecting any mechanical thrills, you are in the wrong place.

Looking at 'Would You Like To Run An Idol Cafe?'s' execution - it comes off fine as a visual novel. The developers are experts in the trade. Content-wise - it's not much different from other offerings. If this was your first foray into the genre, you wouldn't find too much interest. These games are made for a specific audience - if you fit that category, you'll be fine.

Always Judge a Visual Novel By Its Cover

Visual novels have never really been a big thing in the Western world. I have the belief that is because there isn't enough interactivity to classify it as a game. Not many would be content with just driving through a bunch of stills and reading quiet dialogue.

That's not to say there's a subset of gamers who enjoy them - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney-Justice for All found some popularity.


But 'Would You Like To Run An Idol Cafe?' is a far stretch from that game. The story is intriguing enough to satisfy its demographics, the content - well, it lives up to the stereotypes. Nothing revolutionary here, and any avid gamers would probably be bored stiff. The only way to put it - this game is remarkably average.


  • A well-written story that does keep players engaged
  • Lives up to its potential as a visual novel
  • The game will please its targeted audience


  • Very minimal gameplay involved in this offering
  • The content is mature and won't appeal to many
  • Too straightforward for those seeking thrills

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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