A beginner’s guide to Tokimeki Restaurant (part 1)

I’m going to explain the basics of the game for those who are weaker in Japanese~ It took me a bit of time to get oriented, too orz;; So hopefully this helps! It’ll get a bit long, so I’ll put the rest under a read more. /o/ This will also be split into two parts… I just don’t want this to scroll endlessly, haha.

Anyway!

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WELCOME TO MY RESTAURANT. Here’s a translation of the text on the main screen and the little menu buttons and whatnot.

You will notice that in my cap, there’s a little picture of Kento in the corner instead of the shop’s reputation, which btw indicates how often people will come into your shop! It goes from :( -> :| -> :) -> :D depending on how happy your customers are. Pretty easy to get it to :D by checking the current trendy food item, but I’ll get to that in a bit. When a guy’s face pops up, it means he’ll be showing up to your restaurant soon! So if possible, it’s probably best for you to try and cook something he likes or get your stamina up, as it costs 5 stamina to view an event or do skinship, though doing skinship also recovers your stamina afterwards. The text will change:

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From the left one to the right one… The text on the right means the guy’s actually in your restaurant now LOL in case you missed his sexy pose in the doorway or something, I dunno.

The counter underneath your stamina tells you how long before you get 10 more stamina. Your stamina recovers at a rate of 10 per 10 minutes. You get the block of 10 stamina all at once after 10 minutes. Behind the heroine’s face, you’ll notice a big circle that’s filling up with green—that’s your EXP, which goes up each time you cook something. When the circle becomes completely green, you gain a level. Gaining a level adds +2 to your stamina and sometimes unlocks furniture/recipes. Every three levels or so, you get the ability to add more friends, which there’s a cap on. I’ll get to that later, too.

The bottom main buttons are already covered in that translation, but from left to right they’re Items, Layout, Outing, and Menu. Putting those aside for a bit… Clicking on that TV icon in the upper left will take you to Tokimeki Channel.

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The top part of the channel is actually a carousel, so that big pink button will change and take you to different pages depending on what picture is currently showing up. The idol profile button will, expectedly, show you the guys’ profiles + voice samples. The shop ranking shows you the top 50 restaurants. I’m not really sure how this ranking is determined? Probably by size?? I dunno. So far the event log doesn’t seem to do anything.

The most important thing is that big button that says CHECK! on it. That tells you the ~trendy item~. Right now, it’s crepes:

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That means if you cook crepes, a bunch of customers will come into your store and you’ll get to :D rating in no time flat. This is good if you want to make a lot of money or want more people coming into your shop.

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The reason it’s good is that there’s a limit on the number of food items you can stock. You can only put out as many food items as you have display tables for. I have the “Japanese-style” display tables and in this cap you can count four of them, meaning I can have four unique food items out at once. For each food item, you can have a max of 30 of it in stock. That means if you’re trying to cook a lot of a certain item to fulfill a quest goal or somesuch, you can’t do anything unless more customers come in and eat enough of that item that you can cook more. NOTE: you can tap one of your stocked food items and be given the option to throw away all of your stock of that item, but you will get no money since you didn’t sell them and you’ll have wasted the stamina you spent to make them. You do get to keep the EXP, though. Anyway, if your rating goes up, more people will come in and eat your food at a quicker rate, meaning you can cook more often, provided you have enough stamina.

An important note: when you click on the TV, layout button, or outing button, a warning will pop up. This is asking if you really want to do it. It asks because when you come back, all the customers that were in your restaurant will be gone. If they were in the middle of eating, you’ll get the money they would have paid you for your food, but if a customer or one of the love interests was just walking in, you lose out on whatever they were going to do. You can miss getting a heart/event from a guy this way and you miss out on the gifts customers might give you, so just keep that in mind.

NOW WE GET TO THE FUN STUFF… If you click the Menu button (the blue one on the far bottom right) you open, well, the menu. Please refer to the translation. The very first button opens up your list of quests. You can also get to your quest list by clicking on the old man err master walking around your restaurant.

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There are two tabs in the quest menu. The top one shows your current quests that you’re working on. Each quest has a title and the game shows you how far you are from completing it. Tapping on a quest box will open up the details of the quest, telling you what you need to cook and what you will unlock. The guys’ unique quests have hints telling you how to unlock what they’re looking for.

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The album button brings up a menu like this. It shows how many events you’ve seen with the guys. Every time you reach 5 hearts, the next time he comes in, you’ll be able to do skinship. More on that in a second. After doing skinship, the counter resets and you go back to 0 hearts. Clicking on one of these character boxes will bring up the list of unique events you’ve seen with the guy so far. Note: until you’ve finished the prerequisite quest(s), you may continue seeing repeat scenes with that guy and won’t see another unique one until you’ve finished the quest assigned. You can view previously seen events by clicking on them in the event list.

That little counter on top of the 5 filled hearts means that if you don’t do skinship with the guy within 1 day (24 hours), you’ll forfeit that skinship session and the hearts will reset back to 0.

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Speaking of the hearts… When the guys come into your shop, they sometimes have a heart over their head. It means you’ve got an event with them. After spending 5 stamina, you view the event and get 1 heart towards skinship. Again, you may see a repeat event if you haven’t progressed far enough in the quests. Generally you will have to pick between the guys, so if there are multiple ones with hearts eating in your restaurant, pick the one you like best.

HOWEVER! If you are about to view a unique event, the game asks you if you’d like to view the event now or later. The あとで button means later, so if you have multiple guys, you can click that one to put that guy off and then go for the other one. Note: doing so will still consume 5 stamina, it just means that you don’t view that event right now. Clicking “later” will move that event to your album. (a “new!” label will show up there) You can then view it right there in the album. If it’s an event that gives you a quest, you’ll still get the quest after viewing it, so no worries. Frustratingly, this option only shows up if the event is unique… Which I find kind of silly, but oh well.

ALRIGHT, NOW FOR SKINSHIP MODE!!

Skinship mode has 3 parts to it.

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There’s a BG in the first part. Basically you have to tap those pink hearts that show up on his body. Every 3 tapped hearts will make him say something and fill up one of the big hearts in the upper left. If you don’t tap the hearts on time, you’ll get a blue one. I’ve never actually had it happen so I don’t really know, but I’m guessing that if the blue hearts fill up, you’ll fail the skinship.

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The next stage is basically the same thing except that the BG turns pure white and you have to tap 5 hearts 5 times instead of 3 hearts 3 times. Also, these little blue broken hearts show up on his body now and if you tap one of those by mistake, it’ll fill up a blue heart. Plus there’s still the thing where having bad timing with the pink hearts will fail you. ヾ(:3ノシヾ)ノシ In those cases, the guy will also say something mean, so try hard not to let that happen!

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Once you’ve gotten past those two stages, you get to the last stage, which is basically a poking free-for-all. You can, err, touch the guy as much as you want during this time period! (◡ω⊙✿)

Once that’s done, it’s back to the restaurant. The guy’s hearts in the album go back to 0 and you recover some stamina. Doing skinship also puts you in fever mode, but really only long enough to cook one dish.

Now, what’s fever mode?

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Fever looks like this. Note the little stars going around the heroine’s portrait. During fever mode, a bunch of customers begin pouring into your restaurant and eating all your food. More importantly, however:

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The stamina cost for cooking is halved for every recipe. Waiting for fever mode is great for when you’re trying to level a dish that uses a lot of stamina. (see: lobster and steak dishes) There’s three ways to get into fever mode. The shortest fever comes from skinship. Again, that version’s really only long enough for you to cook one dish, so choose wisely. The second way is to use an item:

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The game gives you a few of these every day and customers also sometimes give it to you as a gift. This activates fever until 5 people come into your shop, so it can go by pretty fast. The third way of activating fever mode is when a customer errr gives you fever. When a customer gets a little gift icon above their head (I don’t have a screencap of it handy right now, but I’m sure you’ll know it when you see it) and you tap it, you can get one of four things: a mini-stamina recovery item (heals 10 stamina), stamina recovery (heals 10 stamina instantly), a fever item as shown above, or fever mode activation. The fever starts as soon as you push “ok” after receiving the gift. This one tends to last the longest, but because it’s unpredictable when you’ll receive fever activation as a gift, it’s hard to rely on it.

Aaaaand that’s it for this half! Typing all this up was a bit tiring so I’ll get to the other half later, but it involves cooking, quests, layout/furniture, and all that other fun stuff.