This game is rated PEGI 16
Our review includes potentially triggering words:
Innuendo, Sex and Sexual Content.
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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.
In a dystopian futuristic city ruled by criminals, those without power are kept in line by Nano machines placed inside their bodies to track their movements. For some small respite, many turn to drinking away their sorrows. You play Jill, a bartender, who prepares (real-life) cocktails from a selection of recipes. Depending on how each patron reacts to the drink you make them, you unlock more or less of their story and a different amount of money.
The challenge is deciding which cocktail is best suited to which customer, and whether you have the ingredients and methods you need to make them. Remembering each patron's favourite drink and giving them that, perhaps even instead of what they ordered, can lead to them opening up about their life and struggles in the city. However make a drink incorrectly and you get less money and they won't come back as frequently. Entire sections of the story can be missed by not keeping important clients happy, which removes several of the different endings.
The money you earn from selling drinks is used to buy items that can help you work more productively, and pay rent and bills, but there is never enough money to buy everything, forcing you to choose your priorities which further shapes the unfoldng story.
The result is a game which uses its unusual loop of making drinks, listening to customers, and earning money to enable you to explore the lived implications of poverty, oppression, greed and corruption in a new light, while still providing a humorous and experimental gameplay experience.
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9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The gameplay is relatively simple, consisting of creating drinks from recipes and buying things with the money you earn. The reason for the high age rating is instead in the mature themes and sexual content.
There are no time limits on any of your actions, so you can take as long as you need. In addition, all the actions you can perform have the corresponding button displayed at all times, meaning there's no need to memorise the controls. These button prompts are given in the same text size as the rest of the text in the game, which is large but not 1/20th the size of the screen. All text throughout the game is of high contrast, but the font(s) used can be hard to read.
Diversity and Inclusion
Gender and Sexuality:
Sexual Orientation Representation: The sexual and romantic orientation of characters you can play in the game.
- Play as Bi Character: The game’s protagonist is bi (someone who is attracted to two or more genders, sometimes but not always all genders), pan, poly, or omni.
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