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Cocktail Prince, an upcoming bar-themed, anime-styled mobile game from Japan, challenges players to manage a bar and complete bartending training mini-games. In the weeks leading up to the game’s release this fall, developer Geechs has been announcing a range of characters inspired by different mixed drinks.
In Cocktail Ōji, the gamer takes the role of an heiress to a rundown bar, who hires six bartending “princes”—all personified cocktails—to help her revive business. As Anime News Network puts it, these suitors also offer her the chance to “drink her way to love” (much like The Bachelorette). The developer even released a music video featuring the game’s theme song, titled “Making Love!!” (We’re still not sure if there’s any singing about cocktails in there. A buddy in Japan could only make out a few generic phrases like “I will get strong for you” and “I will give you a deep tour / Let’s go!”).
The protagonist’s primary love interests are Tom Collins, Salty Dog, Martini, Tequila Sunrise, Moulin Rouge and Emerald Mist. However, they’re just the tip of the character roster iceberg, which also includes interesting additions like the twins Caipirinha and Caipiroska, and the cross-dressing Pink Lady. Character personalities even correspond vaguely to their eponymous cocktails. The friendly, energetic Tequila Sunrise, for instance, is described as a “die-hard athlete with a mind for good service” (though we can’t say we’ve ever been inspired to good service by tequila). Meanwhile, the prideful Martini ”basically treats everyone with a condescending attitude and has absolute confidence in himself” (that one seems about right).
Game-makers hope the game’s success will help launch a manga tie-in, as well as merchandise and possibly a full anime series. It’s unclear yet if Cocktail Ōji will make it to American shores, but given Nintendo’s fantastical profit on Pokémon GO and plenty of real world cocktail bars cashing in on that game too, the U.S. mobile market seems well primed for Cocktail Ōji’s particular blend of anime, gaming and cocktails.