Claire’s Cruisin’ Cafe is a fun time-management game where you have to fulfill orders from customers. This is my favorite type of time-management game. It takes around 7h to complete and you can play on easy.
Approximate amount of time to 100%: 7h
Estimated achievement difficulty: 3/10
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
Is there a good guide available: No, but you won’t need a guide
Multiplayer achievements: No
Missable achievements: No
Grinding Achievements: Not really, the achievement for 1500 Patrons took me only 3 replays of a level after beating the game
DLC-Only achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: No
Does difficulty affect achievements: No, you can play on the easiest level
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
My favorite type of Time-management game is this type where you have to fulfill orders. I can’t explain why I like those so much more than the ones with blocked roads, but it might be because I work in a store and love to help out our customers.
Claire’s Cousin Cafe has 60 levels and every 10 levels you switch locations to a new restaurant. Each new location starts with a few items but adds more while playing through those 10 levels that are part of that location. There is a story of Claire who wants to grow as a chef, her brother has a plan and so they start their own company. You don’t have to follow the story to play this game if you’re not interested in it, it is not anything special but also not bad.
For the achievements, you have to get 3 stars on every level and get the golden heart. The 3 stars are easy, especially if you play on the easiest difficulty. The golden heart is rewarded for different tasks at every level. Sometimes for serving a specific customer, sometimes for cleaning trash, other times for finding a ferret. Talking about the ferret, for a while I have wondered where to find him because there is an achievement for finding him 30 times, but he only shows up at 3 specific levels (29, 42 & 53). If you haven’t found him 30 times after beating the game you can, thankfully, replay those levels.
After beating Claire’s Cruisin’ Cafe, I got all the achievements except the one for serving 1500 patrons (I missed around 100) and missed the ferret 9 times. I only had to replay a few levels to get those two missing achievements, I wouldn’t call that grinding.
This review for Claire’s Cruisin’ Cafe was written on 29 October 2020, based on the current Steam version of the game which has 20 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.