Percentile Rank

Little Dragons Cafe is ranked in the 31st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 48 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

66

Top Critic Average

31%

Critics Recommend

Based on 48 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Nintendojo
C+
C+
Sep 10, 2018

Watching the shop grow and working towards the end goal of reviving the kids' mother is absolutely worthy of your time. It's just a matter of how patient you can be towards Little Dragons Café's hiccups and blemishes.

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Scored Reviews

Marooners' Rock
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2018

Little Dragons Café provides a good time if you're looking into multi-tasking quite a bit. The game is very pleasing to play even if for short bursts.

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NintendoWorldReport
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2018

It's a complete package that is hand tailored to be consumed as intended by the developers, and they've delivered a refreshing experience.

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ThisGenGaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2018

Little Dragons Cafe delighted and surprised me throughout with its charming style and relaxing gameplay loop.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2018

Little Dragons Café is the type of game I walk away from feeling more hopeful in the world. Each chapter ends on such an earnest note that it raises my spirits. Sure, it doesn't have the deepest mechanics, and it's not the most polished title I'll play this year. But it has a soul and a kind heart that uplifts the basic gameplay to a place that makes Little Dragons Café an easy recommendation to anyone looking for a soupcon of positivity in their life.

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Nindie Spotlight
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2018

Overall, Little Dragons Cafe is a delicious mix of several flavors blended nicely into a well-seasoned dish. While not everyone may appreciate the watering down of some of the daily tasks that are more engaging in other titles I think the quality of the game’s RPG character development and dialogue makes up for it nicely. The fate of not just your mother but of all the people you come into contact with becomes a concern, and if you enjoy both interacting with interesting characters and exploration Little Dragons Cafe lets you have your cake and eat it too.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2018

Little Dragon's Café is a unique and utterly delightful adventure. There is no better way to unwind then adventuring with a dragon, while helping people solve their life problems, and indulging in a little bit of cooking.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 24, 2018

I have to say I loved my time with Little Dragons Café. It's excellent art style and presentation, the charming and colorful characters, the mix of gameplay mechanics with running the café and exploring to find ingredients, helping Draco grow, it all comes together nicely, giving us one of the most fun games I've played on PS4 this year.

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Gaming Gamma
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2018

Little Dragons Cafe is honestly a return to form for Yasuhiro Wada. He has managed to create a game that manages to recreate the magic he did when working on the Story of Seasons series. This game may not be for everyone, but if you are interested in a game that will truly warm your heart and help you unwind after a busy day, Little Dragons Cafe is the game for you. All it really boils down to is your preference when it comes to performance.

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GameSkinny
Aug 23, 2018

Little Dragons Cafe fulfills its promises in providing an engaging and lighthearted game full of charm and a few surprises.

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SwitchRPG
Aug 23, 2018

Ultimately, Little Dragon’s Cafe is worth pushing through its overly-lengthy tutorial because once it completely opens up to you, it is genuinely a joy to play. Is it for everyone? Maybe not, especially when you consider the performance issues and the price. Little Dragon’s Cafe is a $60 game, and may not be worth the cost of admission to those that are simply “interested” in it. A game like Stardew Valley can scratch a similar simulation experience itch for a much lower entry fee, albeit in a different way (2D farming and combat vs 3D dragons and cooking). It’s really going to boil down to what you favor gameplay/aesthetic-wise as to whether the game should be a “buy now” or “wait for sale” kind of thing.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 22, 2018

Little Dragons Café first appears as though it requires constant attention to every little detail, but actually makes for a relaxing time.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Aug 22, 2018

Little Dragon's Café is a causal sim/exploration game which is simply overflowing with charm. It's easy to get drawn in by the game's forgiving gameplay, great music, heartwarming stories, and dramatic day-night changes, and hard to put down, given all there is to do post-game. While its sim mechanics aren't especially deep, LDC provides a delightful way to escape the woes of the real world alongside your own, adorable pet dragon.

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Niche Gamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2018

Little Dragon’s Cafe is an interesting attempt from Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada that plays to his strengths. The game takes you away to a rural, sparsely populated island and drops you into a cute and heartwarming story about strangers growing together.

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Level Down Games
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2018

Little Dragons Cafe is truly the perfect Nintendo Switch title. If you’re traveling, watching TV, picking this up during a lunch break, or even playing on the big screen during an extended gaming session, this is such an easy game to follow and enjoy.

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PS3Blog.net
80%
80%
Oct 16, 2018

I had a lot of fun playing Little Dragons Café. It's quirky story setup, and charming characters will keep you coming back for more as you focus on helping make the café a renowned establishment as you keep your dragon well fed so that it can continue to grow since that will be key for finding a cure for your mother! If you're looking for a charming and relaxing RPG on Nintendo Switch, then you should check this one out!

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COGconnected
78 / 100
78 / 100
Aug 23, 2018

Would I recommend you buy Little Dragons Café for a child at its current price point? Absolutely not. There is plenty of content and it's a decent game, but there are a lot of other games that are on-par with this one that are selling for less than half the price. Until the price comes down, I can't in good conscience recommend that you buy it, and that's a shame.

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GameSpace
7.6 / 10.0
GameSpace

Top Critic

7.6 / 10.0
Jun 12, 2018

Porting to Nintendo Switch is perfect for Little Dragons Cafe as it reads like a charming children's storybook fit for any age. Although gameplay feels like it's in a loop quite quickly, the characters are memorable and the artwork nothing short of awe-inspiring. The pace of this game may also be very slow for some though I have no doubt parents across the globe would appreciate this pace especially on those extra long road trips. All in all, there is nothing to hate about Little Dragon's Cafe but there is definite room for improvement.

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Wccftech
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2018

With its compelling story and characters, and engaging exploration mechanics, Little Dragons Cafè is a worthy spiritual successor to the original Harvest Moon, introducing some new mechanics that spice up the experience without doing away with what makes the series great. Some technical issues like bad performance and unresponsive controls, however, prevent the game from reaching its full potential. If you can look past them, however, you will find a surprisingly interesting adventure that it's more than worth the time of those looking for something relaxing yet involving.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2018

Little Dragons Cafe is an adorable game that has Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada's DNA all over it. A charming world and characters give the game the kind of warmth one would expect from a Wada game. At the same time, its multiple gameplay elements can lead to haphazard focus at times. It doesn't mean using multiple mechanics is wrong. Like any dish with multiple ingredients, it just needs extra time in the oven for all those extra components to meld into one delicious whole.

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RPG Fan
72%
72%
Aug 26, 2018

Charming beyond its flaws, players (especially young ones) will have fun adventuring with their dragon and learn that compassion, understanding, and good food can make the world a better place!

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Fintendo
Oct 3, 2018

"There is a dragon in my soup."

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Digital Chumps
7 / 10.0
Digital Chumps
Zachary Perry

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

Little Dragons Café is the newest, cute, little game from Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada and Aksys Games that brings a fun, laid-back gaming experience. Though, it is a little rough at times.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Aug 23, 2018

From exploring different areas to serving customers, there's always something to do in Little Dragons Cafe. The Nintendo Switch is also the perfect platform for the game, letting you pick up and play after a long day. While it definitely isn't Harvest Moon or Stardew Valley, Little Dragons Cafe manages to stand on its own and offer a simple, charming experience that's easy to love in spite of the technical issues.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2018

This feels like a golden age 3DS game. I hope patches address the Switch version because portable play definitely works best for these kinds of games. The PS4 version based on our time with it is a lot better in terms of visuals, performance, and load times

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DualShockers
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2018

Even with its technical flaws and progression structure problems, I still can't bring myself to dislike Little Dragons Café. When Little Dragons Café hits its stride mid-game, it is indeed a beautiful, relaxing, and wholesome experience that I would recommend to those looking for a more laid back title to cleanse their palette before this busy fall season. That being said, enough problems did persist to still make it a tad disappointing. Little Dragons Café may be worth waiting on until some technical issues are fixed and the price drops if the incentive of raising a dragon isn't enough for you.

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
Nintendo Life
Austin Voigt

Top Critic

7 / 10
Aug 29, 2018

Little Dragons Café is an endearing feast for the eyes – and extremely unique in its concept – but can lose some of its charm after too much time spent waiting on technical issues like load times. Hopefully, some of these problems can be fixed with a future patch or update. Still, Yasuhiro Wada is the master of turning a simple game into a living, breathing story – and you can expect to experience that same level of care and detail in his latest adventure. It feels as if he is inventing a brand new genre of game all over again – just as he did with Harvest Moon. For those who seek a laid-back experience on the Nintendo Switch, this game will lovingly fill the void, even if it's a little rough around the edges.

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IGN Spain
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2018

Yasuhiro Wada shows his new creation with this easy game that everyone in the house can afford to play. We expected much more from the Harvest Moon and Rune Factory creator, and at least we wanted something more of management in a game that is supposed to let us manage our own cafe. But we have a dragon.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2018

Little Dragons Cafe is an incredibly unique, genre-blending experience that suffers from performance issues and some overall rocky gameplay.

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GearNuke
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2018

A charming game with gorgeous visuals that suffers from technical hurdles and pacing issues. Keeping a pet dragon companion is the saving grace for Little Dragons Café,

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Chalgyr's Game Room
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2018

The impression I got is that the game was trying too hard to do too many things, and it didn't end up being stellar at any of them. The plot and progression speed weren't exciting enough for me to not want to put the game down. That being said, I will go back to this game for short and infrequent intervals when I am in the right mood for it.

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IGN
6.4 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

6.4 / 10.0
Sep 3, 2018

With a breezy pace and a comically weird story, Little Dragons Cafe is a unique take on farming sims. While I loved cooking meals, establishing my inn, and the anxiety-free pace, its management mechanics have been watered down just a bit too much and result in stakes so low that much of it becomes meaningless. Without making important decisions or a wealth of more interesting side-quests to capture my attention, I eventually ended up bored by the repetitive tasks.

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Digiato
60 / 100
Digiato
Arash Parsapour

Top Critic

60 / 100
Nov 20, 2018

Little Dragons Cafe is like a hot shower for people who live in busy crowded cities and they seek solace when they play video games. It's far from being what is supposed to be and is nothing near perfect but if you could turn a blind eye into its shortcomings and problems, you might enjoy it.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 31, 2018

Little Dragons Cafe's charming world and cafe management are enjoyable, but it's held back by significant pacing issues.

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Goomba Stomp
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2018

Little Dragons Cafe delivers on a soothing and charming experience for fans of slow games, but manages to be too slow to be worth playing for very long.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 20, 2018

Little Dragons Café can be fiddly and repetitive, but it's not all together awful. A host of interesting, well-rounded characters provide an engaging story as you raise the world's cutest dragon. It might not be the most taxing game, but it provides a cathartic experience with its simplistic approach to café management.

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FNintendo
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 26, 2019

Little Dragons Café has the advantage of a more free structure, without the pressure of having to fulfil objectives at a certain moment and its open world adds up to its qualities. However this is not correctly used to deliver a fun, enjoyable experience, as the game gets repetitive too quickly and the free nature of its structure becomes void of a sense of direction, leaving the player without a proper guidance.

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Video Chums
5.9 / 10.0
5.9 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2018

My time spent with Little Dragons Cafe was bittersweet.

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Daily Nintendo
5.6 / 10.0
5.6 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2018

Little Dragons Café wants to do a lot of things, but falls short in all of them. While lots of aspects give you a calmping pace of routing, there are too many points of frustration. The cafe part is nice but, the overworld makes the game less enjoyable. The game has a good concept and a great style, but fails to deliver gameplay wise.

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Pure Nintendo
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Aug 28, 2018

The concept of Little Dragon's Cafe is genius, but its execution is a little sloppy. Many of the game's tasks feel like actual chores instead of the streamlined management of Yasuhiro Wada's past titles. Despite its clear flaws, the food, characters, and world are too gorgeous to ignore.

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FingerGuns
5 / 10
5 / 10
Sep 9, 2018

The more I navigated my way through the game I realised that I can’t steer these characters into any kind of direction which would require me to dig myself out of a hole or to build my way back up. There’s very little peril and it makes the entire experience really rather uneventful.

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Game Informer
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2018

Little Dragons Café is a tedious, charmless bore that plods along at an unforgivably slow pace

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Easy Allies
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2018
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RPG Site
5 / 10
5 / 10
Aug 23, 2018

Little Dragons Cafe is charming and adorable but fails to possess the substance to be memorable.

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Gamers Heroes
4 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

4 / 10
Aug 23, 2018

Little Dragon Cafe falls far behind any other game in the genre by miles. There just isn't enough here to keep people engaged long enough to make it worth the money.

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Cubed3
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jan 16, 2019

Little Dragons Café is an extremely tedious exercise in repetition. There's kind of an initial thrill to the idea of managing a café and picking out the recipes that it'll use, but eventually you realize that you don't do much to help out other than providing the basic ingredients and occasionally bussing tables. The only real reward for slogging it out day-to-day is a handful of character focused cutscenes that don't really feel like a meaningful accomplishment. Add in some truly awful field controls and a constantly skipping framerate, and you've got a true recipe for disaster.

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TheSixthAxis
4 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

4 / 10
Oct 29, 2018

There is almost nothing here to recommend.

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We Got This Covered
Aug 23, 2018

Little Dragons Café's adorable premise of owning a pet dragon can only distract from the slow pacing and repetitive gameplay for so long.

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