Coffee Talk Macintosh Front Cover

Though I’ve played a few hours of Coffee Talk at this stage, it’s still too early to give a proper review of it. However, I’ve been dying to write about it ever since I started playing.

It’s a wonderfully unique concept; essentially a visual novel in which you play as a night time barista in a coffee shop, Coffee Talk is set ever so slightly in the future, with a Seattle populated by a variety of fantasy creatures as an intriguing backdrop.

Coffee Talk Screenshot

It comes across not unlike the setting of Shadowrun, though it forgoes the cyberpunk hacking and gunfights for something an awful lot more sedate. What I’ve really appreciated about Coffee Talk is the subtle worldbuilding; managed through dialogue and newspaper headlines. The news of a worrying virus – leading to zombie infections in-game – seems awfully prescient, as do the themes of racism and diversity, though here it’s addressed with the game’s orcs, vampires, werewolves and elves.

Coffee Talk Screenshot

There’s a real satisfaction in brewing someone a drink and – in some cases – creating them a piece of art on top. Though there’s little interactivity in the conversations you have with your customers – and seemingly not much opportunity, if any, to influence the narrative – it’s still very satisfying to just take in their stories, enjoy the incredibly chilled out atmosphere and serve them a hot drink every now and then. There’s nothing quite like it; it’s somehow very involving despite the lack of interactivity. I’ll continue playing to see how things progress and will be back with a proper review when I’ve done so.

For now though, I’m in no rush. I’m just enjoying the slower pace of my night time Seattle coffee shop; the perfect palate cleanser after playing more intense and action packed games.

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6 Comments »

  1. I was interested in this one — the setup reminds me a lot of VA-11 HALL-A, a sort of VN in which you play a bartender. Though that one lets you affect conversations by really boozing patrons up, which is more fun. Coffee Talk sounds like a relaxing time at least.

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    • I’ve not taken the plunge with VA-11 HALL-A yet but it’s definitely on my radar. I’m not usually that keen on visual novels but given how much I have enjoyed Coffee Talk and how much I enjoy a good cyberpunk theme, might just have to check it out. Thanks!

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  2. I think I saw this free on Xbox gamepass, don’t quote me on that. Either way, I heard about it and thought it a curious concept from the title alone. I know shouldn’t judge a game from the title but we do. Thanks for filling us in with the details. I think I might have to be quite sedate to enjoy this one but that’s not that uncommon. 🤫

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