Adventure Bar Story is a tactical role playing game that costs $3.25 and includes in app purchases where your goal is to prevent your sister selling the family business to a restaurant mogul, you have vowed to become his culinary rival. To cut costs, you're eliminating the supply chain and collecting your own fresh ingredients. Some of them fight back, but who said success was easy?
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Pro Well-balanced mix of entrepreneurial and combat-RPG mechanics
While the dungeon-crawling and recipe-management components of Adventure Bar Story could each get tiresome on their own, alternating between the two keeps both fresh.
Pro Impressive strategic depth
Purchases must be balanced between adventuring gear and cooking supplies. Adventuring is the cheapest way to get ingredients and the only way to advance the story. But adventuring will never provide enough of certain stables (salt, milk, etc.) so you'll need to spend a lot of your cash on them, along with additional kitchen equipment and (optional, but convenient) recipes. You can't just ignore cooking, either -- in addition to being your primary income, character levels are gained only by eating!
Pro Gameplay is balanced without in-app purchases
The premium items available in Adventure Bar Story are most accurately described as optional cheats. The game is not overly difficult or otherwise restricted without them.
Con Progression is slow
It takes several hours just to encounter all the core gameplay elements.
Con Recipe discovery doesn't always make sense
Trying original recipes is not completely essential, but definitely an important game feature. Sometimes, ingredients go together exactly as you would expect based on other in-game recipes or real-world equivalents. Sometimes, all the things that should work don't.
Con Aesthetically bland
Graphics, sound and dialog are adequate but nothing more.