Those who like to keep track of such things might remember that back in April, social gaming developer SGN was acquired by MindJolt Games. MindJolt games is one of MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe's current projects. It's been a little while since we heard of new projects from the popular developer but finally the first iOS release since the acquisition has been unveiled. It's a social restaurant management freemium title by the name of Mini Cafe.
The clue is in the name with Mini Cafe. Players start out by cooking in a small cafe and working their way up to the heady heights of a full blown restaurant. Players get the opportunity to decorate their cafe just how they like, thus adding their own style to things. A cafe requires interesting meal ideas so, within Mini Cafe, players can cook all manners of cuisines from Italian and Mexican to French or Japanese. Bonus coins are provided for successfully matching the decor and appearance of the restaurant to the dishes served up.
As is often the way with such titles, social networking integration plays an important role with the ability to find friends via the iOS device's phonebook, Facebook and Twitter. Building up a faithful following is important business with players needing to keep others happy by serving up their favorite dishes. Once this has been achieved, the player can then earn a photo to go in their cafe's Wall of Fame to show off. Reputation also plays a handy role as more customers are encouraged to visit which in turn allows for new items to be unlocked and used within the building.
SGN promises numerous updates in the future for Mini Cafe including new dishes, decor and themes which should ensure that the game has staying power.
Mini Cafe is out now and it's a free universal app with in-app purchases available.