Ok, normally I am not the guy that play Facebook games but I wanted to give this game a try to see what the buzz was all about. I noticed my wife playing this religiously every evening and an officemate seemed addicted to it a few weeks back. Must be something here.
I will not go much into what this game is about as I expect most readers of my blog to be already familiar with it. For those that isn’t, Cafe World is essentially a SIMS-like kind of game where you are the chef and you have your own cafe to run. You cook, server, people food, earn money, expand your business, and learn more dishes. The game is still in BETA and is published by Zynga which has been reputable in producing good social games.
What some of you may not know yet is how to play this game effectively. As it is a real-time based game, you have to be careful not to be too addicted that you live your life in it. Here are some tips I would like to share from my own research on how you can play this game with maximum efficiency of your time and getting ahead quickly by working the game mechanics to your advantage.
What dish should I make?
Whenever you prepare a dish and succesffully cook it, you gain exp. You also gain exp when you clean the stove afterwards. Different dishes gives you different exp so the trick is to find the dish that gives the most exp for the least amount of time. The most efficient dish in my experience is the “Bacon Chesseburger”. What makes this dish efficient (time to prepare) is also what makes it a problem. Since the time to prepare is only 5 minutes, it means you have to always attend to it when its done. That can be tedious and time consuming. So the long and short of it is if you plan to sit in front of Cafe World for awhile, make alot of burgers, if not, then plan your dish to your playtime. There are so many dishes to choose from, and each with their own time to prepare, just choose a dish that takes the time you know when you can next be on. Say if you plan to play again 12 hours later, choose a 12 hour dish. If you can’t be on for a day, choose a 1 day dish. You get the idea.
Here is a table for the dishes and their profit ratios courtesy of tomuse
|Menu Item||Level||Time||Cost||Sells For||Serves||Profit||P/S|
|Super Chunk Fruit Salad||1||15||35||100||100||50||0.5|
|French Onion Soup||1||240||175||615||205||425||2.07|
|Triple Berry Cheesecake||1||720||400||1650||550||1235||2.25|
|Spitfire Roasted Chicken||1||1440||600||3200||800||2585||3.23|
|Home-style Pot Roast||3||2880||1800||5750||1150||3935||3.42|
|Tikka Masala Kabobs||5||60||215||360||90||130||1.44|
|Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail||7||30||65||148||65||68||1.05|
|Spagetti and Meatballs||11||480||450||1375||275||910||3.31|
|Tony’s Classic Pizza||15||300||400||1300||260||885||3.40|
|Voodoo Chicken Salad||19||720||700||2675||535||1960||3.66|
|Chicken Gyro and Fries||23||10||45||88||22||28||1.27|
|King Crab Bisque||27||1440||1300||6685||955||5370||5.62|
|Kung Pao Stir Fry||31||240||600||1600||320||985||3.08|
|Fiery Fish Tacos||39||120||725||1230||205||490||2.39|
|Powdered French Toast||43||20||140||222||37||67||1.81|
|Chips & Guacamole||?||3||10||36||12||11||0.92|
Profit = total profit minus all expenses: Sells For – Cost – cleaning costs (15 coins)
P/S = profits per serving
Time = total cooking time in minutes
? = unknown;
Beware of Spoiled Food
Not only do you lose the cost of the ingredients, you also lose all the time spent in preparing the dish. You can also use this guide to determine which food you can best prepare so it will be ready and unspoiled when you get back to the game. Note that only food left on the stove will spoil. Any food you have placed on the counters will be fine.
Cafe World Spoiled Time
|Dish Name||Cook Time||Spoiling Time After Cooking||Total Time|
|Super Chunk Fruit Salad||00:15:00||00:18:00||00:33:00|
|French Onion Soup||04:00:00||04:48:00||08:48:00|
|Triple Berry Cheesecake||12:00:00||14:24:00||26:24:00|
|Spitfire Roasted Chicken||24:00:00||28:48:00||52:48:00|
|HomeStyle Pot Roast||48:00:00||57:36:00||105:36:00|
|Tikka Masala Kabobs||01:00:00||01:12:00||02:12:00|
|Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail||00:30:00||00:36:00||01:06:00|
|Spagetti and Meatballs||08:00:00||09:36:00||17:36:00|
|Tony’s Classic Pizza||05:00:00||06:00:00||11:00:00|
|Voodoo Chicken Salad||12:00:00||14:24:00||26:24:00|
|Chicken Gyro and Fries||00:10:00||00:12:00||00:22:00|
|King Crab Bisque||24:00:00||28:48:00||52:48:00|
|Kung Pao Stir Fry||04:00:00||04:48:00||08:48:00|
|Fiery Fish Tacos||02:00:00||02:24:00||04:24:00|
|Powdered French Toast||00:20:00||00:24:00||00:44:00|
|Chips and Guacamole||00:03:00||00:03:36||00:06:36|
|Vampire Staked Steak (discontinued)||24:00:00||28:48:00||52:48:00|
(table courtesy of lightchan)
The layout is very important. You will want to have an efficient layout that will let you serve your customers quickly and clean up fast. There is a trick to this and here’s the good news: YOUR WAITERS DO NOT NEED TO WALK TO THE CUSTOMERS TABLE TO SERVE FOOD AND TO CLEAN UP. They will walk over if you let them but if you trap them behind stoves and counters, food will just magically appear on the customer’s table and will magically cleanup after they leave. The waiters however do need to be placed with access to the counters. See this image for the best example.
Buzz Rating and Closing the Cafe
On the upper right corner, you will see a buzz rating. This is important as its a measure of how popular your restaurant is. The max is 105 as of now and you need to keep this up. More customers means more money. You increase your buzz whenever a customer has been satisfactorily served. It lowers when customers don’t get served and leaves because they cannot wait anymore. Make sure you have enough tables, chairs, and food to serve them. When you run out of food, CLOSE THE CAFE. When you are cannot play anymore and is loggin out, CLOSE THE CAFE. By closing the cafe, you can protect your buzz rating as you will not have dissatisfied customers while you are away. To close the cafe, simply remove the doors. Put them back when you want to re-open for business. When closed, make sure the stoves are cooking something in preparation.
Check out the Part 2 post for more Cafe World Tips and Strategies.