Japanese indie developer Odencat Inc. announced today that their award-winning breakout adventure game, Bear’s Restaurant, will be coming to PC via Steam this September. This news comes just two months after an enhanced home console version of the hit mobile game was released for Nintendo Switch™ in June. The developer confirms that the Steam version will include all of the added features and content from the Switch release, including widescreen display, full gamepad support, and an all-new epilogue chapter that expands upon the game’s lovable world and characters.
Featuring vibrant pixel art and a lilting melodic score, Bear’s Restaurant is a game that evokes deep nostalgia—not just in its presentation, but in its core themes and mechanics. As a waiter at the titular restaurant, players are tasked with diving into the memories of the newly deceased in order to find out what their favorite foods are, and learn the sentimental significance they had in their lives. Players will meet a wide variety of lost souls on their way to the afterlife and will get to witness firsthand how each one lived and died before delivering the last supper that will help them rest in peace.
While the game bears a strong resemblance to the 16-bit RPGs of yesteryear, the developer notes in the game’s description that it features no battle system, no puzzles, and no pre-rendered cutscenes. Instead, Bear’s Restaurant sells itself as a short, heartwarming experience that tells a powerful story through simple vignettes that players from all walks of life can relate to, and an experience they’ll remember and cherish for years to come.
And by all accounts, Bear’s Restaurant has certainly touched the hearts of countless players across the globe in the two years since its initial release. With over one million downloads worldwide, the mobile version of Bear’s Restaurant was a Top 3 nominee and prizewinner at the 2019 Google Indie Games Festival in Tokyo. IGN Korea gave the Switch version an 8.5, calling it “a game that makes you ponder the little things that make our lives worth living.” Japan’s Weekly Famitsu magazine gave it an average score of 8/10 in their Cross Review, with one reviewer noting that “What it lacks in runtime it makes up for in emotional punch,” and calling it an experience “that will stick with you long after the credits roll.”
With this new Steam release only weeks away, it won’t be long before a whole new audience will be able to jump in and experience this heartwarming tale of love, loss, and fine dining for themselves.
No specific release date or price point has been announced at this time, but these details are sure to be revealed in the near future. In the meantime, be sure to check out the game’s store page and add it to your Steam Wishlist if you want to be among the first to know when this charming little adventure game becomes available.
Odencat CEO and Bear’s Restaurant director Daigo Sato had this to say:
“We’re really excited to bring Bear’s Restaurant to Steam as our first game on the platform. We hope it’ll find a good home amongst the Steam community, as we’d really love to bring more of our titles to PC in the future. If that’s something you’d like to see, be sure to let us know by wishlisting the game and sharing the store page with your friends so we know the demand is there! We have plenty more exciting projects in the works at Odencat currently, and we’ll have more to share in the near future, so stay tuned!”