The first Coffee Talk was a game with a laid back, character-focused approach to visual novel storytelling. It reminded me of Persona’s Le Blanc or Lo Fi Beats, only instead it simulated running a niche coffee shop in a fantasy version of modern-day Seattle complete with orcs, elves, succubi, cat people, and more. When I discovered that a sequel was being produced, I was eager to pick it up — and from the 90-minute preview build this article is based on, I was not disappointed.
Crit Hit Video: Loretta
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Colossal Cave Review
HIGH It’s Colossal Cave, in 3D!
LOW It’s Colossal Cave… in 3D. Also, “Orient Room?” Really? In 2023?
WTF Is murdering dwarves fun for you, adventurer?
Knights of Honor II: Sovereign Review
HIGH The focus on economy.
LOW The focus on economy.
WTF Enemy AI that occasionally reminded me of HAL 9000, just a little bit.
Syberia: The World Before Review
HIGH The ascending/descending mechanics on steps.
LOW The lack of proper localization.
WTF A fully mechanized steam-powered orchestra.
Starfighter Renegade Review
HIGH Cool old-school space shooter aesthetic with Defender vibes.
LOW Insta-kills from swarming enemies. Frequent crashes, bugs, and lock-ups
WTF How do the scout ships not shake themselves apart when they swerve like that?
Victoria 3 Review
HIGH Using careful planning and strategy to rise through the ranks.
LOW AI behavior and performance can be all over the place.
WTF The insane amount of alt-history that occurs, even without my meddling.
Flat Eye Review
High Some decent character stories.
Low Poor pacing and barebones gameplay make getting to the stories a chore.
WTF Pretty much everything hippopotamus-related.
Lost Eidolons Review
HIGH Inventive and satisfying mechanics.
LOW Running errands at camp.
WTF Lifeless, blank stares.
Kukoos: Lost Pets Review – READY
HIGH Solid, enjoyable, kid-friendly platforming.
LOW Long loading times after a defeat.
WTF These Kukoos have a weird obsession with their pets.