A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

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Isis, your average American teenager, happens upon a part time job opening at Café Rouge. During the day, it is a normal, quaint café and bakery. But when night takes over, it is transformed into a five star restaurant-theater-café, with live stage performances and mysterious customers arriving in the middle of the night.

As Isis delves deeper into this strange café, she becomes entangled in the mystery of its’ haunted world. Will she find friends, or enemies? Will she follow fate or make her own destiny? Will she find love? 

That is for you to decide.

Full Game Features

  • 3 Pursue-able male love interests (might add more)
  • Customizable name for main character (default is Isis Black)
  • 8 Side characters (might add more)
  • Original art and story
  • Same beautiful original sound track like in the original 2012 game
  • 7+ Hours of gameplay
  • 40+ CG illustrations
  • No annoying cooking mini games (I'm taking them out of this remake)
  • Completely new character designs (Isis will no longer have green hair)

PlatformsWindows, macOS
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
GenreVisual Novel
TagsDating Sim, demo, Kickstarter, Otome

Install instructions

For windows, double click the nw-app.exe. 

For mac, double click the nw-app.app.


Café Rouge DEMO Win64.zip 275 MB
Café Rouge DEMO Win32.zip 272 MB
Café Rouge DEMO Mac.zip 278 MB
Café Rouge OST.zip 11 MB

Development log


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Hi, there...I just bought this game on Steam, and I loved the game greatly...Thank you for making such a great game...

Will you be adding a CG gallery to the game? I loved the CGs in-game, and was a little disappointed not to be able to revisit the images in a gallery.

I also read your reply you gave a year ago that you were planning to make a fan disc. Is that on-going? I would love to find out the unsolved mysteries?

I have so many questions. Who is the real Isis Black? Why does the MC have this weird illness and is she still a vampire? How old is the MC actually? Is she 16 years old as she says she is, or is she older, about Antoine's age? What's the Blue Blood/Red Blood feud about? And the ending in Valen's route, what is that about?

Hi there Michelle,

Unfortunately as it looks right now, we most likely won't be adding a CG gallery in the game directly, what we will do is release all the CGs in a DLC  file package for you to download on Steam (it will be available for free if you already bought the game). 

I made a post on Kickstarter that as of right now, the fan-disk "Café Rouge 2: The Vampire Bride" is put on indefinite hold. I am focusing on other projects now and because we didn't reach certain stretch goals in our crowdfunding campaign, this fan disk will not happen anytime soon. 

As of right now, our goal is the finish the sides stories and bonus romance routes that were unlocked as stretch goals in the Kickstarter. Here is the list of all the side stories and romance routes still left to finish:

  • Demian's True Love (Part 2) Romance Route
  • Demian and Candice Romance Route
  • Prequel bonus story
  • Diane's Romance Route
  • Adeline's Romance Route
  • Candice's Romance Route

We don't plan on adding anymore to the game except for these 6 stories.

Thank you for buying our game and supporting us, if you have more questions, feel free to ask. 

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Thank you so much for your reply...

I would also like to ask is there by any chance a Digital Artbook for the game that I can purchase?

I wish you well in your other projects...but I do hope you will write the fan disk someday .I will be happy to support you on Kickstarter if you ever do. =)

Yes the digital art book will also be available for Steam for purchase, we haven't decided on the price yet, but it'll probably be around the same price as what the other Kickstarter backers paid for! :)

Does the game have voice overlays? 

No it does not have voice acting.

Hi, I was wondering if this game was still in the progress of being created? It looks absolutely beautiful, I hope it's still being worked on


Hey there, yes we are still in the process of making it. We have released 3 romanceable extra male routes, and there are 3 more female routes and 3 more extra stories to release and we plan to finish all of them before end of this year. Sonya had to take a break after she finished the first 3 male stretch goal routes due to personal life issues, but she and the artist will get back to work starting in July. So the extra stories will be released most likely starting in July. 

Sweet, i'm so excited! I'd love for the game to come out by the end of the year but make sure you're all taking care of yourselves, that's the most important part! :)


Hello! I wonder in what order additional routes will be issued? I know there is to be one every month. I mean, for example, if the Candice route will come out first, because I saw that her CG was on Twitter a lot.


We are working on Aldo's route right now, the rest of the characters we don't know the order yet, but Aldo's what we will release first.


I thought it was Candice. xD And is it possible that you will release boys sooner than ladies? Not that I mind, because I will probably play everything, but I'm interested in gentlemen's routes especially Chris (I have no idea what you will come up with with his love for Isis, but I hope only that nobody will die at the end...  SPOLER I still haven't digested his death in other route. It's so sad that the first CG with Chris I got was his death. ;w; I like the character anyway, even if he is nasty for MC. XD )


Hahahaha we promise we will make the official Chris route as entertaining as possible. 

Also alright, we will do the boys routes first before the girls. :)

hey, just wondering but is there a route with chris? i heard apparently there was a secret route with that character, is that true?


Yes there is a secret route to Chris, but it will not be the official Chris route we will add later on. This is more of an Easter egg in the main/base game with the 3 main guys, but just warning you, it's not the real route where you can ACTUALLY date Chris. 

oh great and thank you !


Hi, is there a guide available? I have replayed a few times but only got bad endings so far.. no idea what i'm getting wrong T-T


There is fan made guides made here on our Steam page: https://steamcommunity.com/app/1294680/guides/


hey Sonya. I would like to ask a question. actually i already got Valen and Antoine's good ending. but in Valen's good ending, it seems like there are still many confusions were not answer yet. so i was wondering is it correct that every character only has one good ending? or there was different good ending with one playing route? i am looking forward to solve my uncertainty. thanks


There is only 1 good ending for each of the 3 main guys (Antoine, Ron, Valen). Some of the mystery was left unsolved because we want to do a sequel or "fan disc" of the game. 

But to get the full story, you have to play all 3 guys routes, that will explain the majority of the story. 

thanks for answering me. i don't know whethere it is my place to discuss. but in 2012 game, Antoine finally fall in love with Isis and let the previous tragedy go. He admitted Isis and Lizzy are completely different. but in new game, i remember the ending tells us Isis got her memory back and she is lizzy, lizzy is she. Antoine finally waited her back. so it means Antoine would never move on to a new life? and why your team decide make Lizzy and Isis to become a same person? I really want to know



We did it because we wanted to make room for a sequel. In the original 2012 game, Antoine "moved on" was a perfect ending to his romance route, and we had no intention of continue the Cafe Rouge story. In the 2020 game, we wanted to add plot and story for a sequel where you (MC) confronts the real Isis Black, and this would reveal more of the Michaels'/Blue Bloods diabolical plot. This is why we made this change.

I see.  actually i was hoping Antoine can move on. i was kind of shocked when i saw the good ending.  coz i don;t think living for past is good for him. haha it is just my own opinion. 

looking forward to the further story

best wishes

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I remember playing this a long time ago, I'll definitely get it on steam!

I feel so ooold, i remember playing this years agoo! Back then, it was all well done. I'm excited for this!!

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We're not sure yet, we plan to update the game and continue adding all the other routes to the other characters as promised in our Kickstarter after reaching the stretch goals. So this first version of the game that is releasing tomorrow is just a free "base" game, we plan to continue doing updates in the next coming months with the rest of the other characters' routes.

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So the answer is no, in this version we are releasing tomorrow has no CG gallery. But we might have one in future updates of the game.

Hi, I played the demo on CloudNovel, and I absolutely loved it and was left craving for more :) I wanted to ask if Steam is going to be the only downloadable release or if you plan on selling here on Itch.io as well.

Many thanks!

Hi yes, Steam will be the only place you can download (for at least a while). If the game gets popular enough we might do itch.io, but for business reasons we will only release on CloudNovel and downloadable on Steam, for now.

May I ask How old is Antoine😂


He is 187 years old. He is born in 1833.

a question!   will the final version of the game cost money, if so, awww that's too bad for me since i'm not allowed to spend money on games at all :(((.  however!!!  i totally think this game is great!! i just played the demo and all the characters are really cool :))).  keep up the good work!

No it will be 100% free to play online. To download it to be able to play offline, it will cost $20 on Steam. 
Here is where it will be free to play online: https://cloudnovel.net/Sonya/novel/cafe-rouge

It will release on July 1st!

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Really looking forward to the release! But how many chapters are there in total? And how many chapters are there with each guy you romance?

There are 7 chapters in total, and each dateable guy route takes around 1.5 hours to play. There are a total of 7 endings.

Actually i have an legal question i would like to ask. coz this game only has English version. therefore if I record the storyline of this game by screen recorder app;and then upload to the video website (similar with Youtube or so on) with subtitles by our own language. will it infringe the intellectual property right of the game? 


You are 100% allowed to do that, it will not infringe on our intellectual property of our game. I allow anyone to record this game and post the video on whatever internet social media platform of your choosing.

thank you。we all love this game.  Greatful for all the effort your team made

so the Game will be released in 1st of July on steam?


Wait, so the game is almost already fully finished and will be out on steam next month??

how much would the game cost ? :))


$20! :)

Ok, I haven't even played the remake demo yet but I just have to say:
WOW that trailer is nostalgic! :D I remember playing the original back on deviantart back in the day. It was one of my favorites, so seeing the familiar title here made me do a double-take. (Although I do remember the mini games being a bit tricky, they did have their charm. Newer players will never know what we went through lol.)
Isis looks so different with dark hair! Actually, everyone does. :o But I'm glad I can still recognize them! Like Candice and her blonde hair. ^_^ (I'm really curious to see if Izzy still looks like you-know-who.)
Also... Chris is romancable now?! I remember he was my favorite in the original (that is... until you-know-what happened.) It's going to be interesting seeing how his route plays out. ;) Also, Candice and Demian sound like a really cute ship? I've never thought of those two together before, however, they were definitely among the more memorable characters in this game! They were more fleshed out in comparison to the rest of the staff so I can see why you'd have a side story focus on them.
Thank you for bringing this back! I look forward to seeing all the changes. :')

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I love this game - I played the 2012 version on DeviantArt (you should really check it out - imo you'd be able to appreciate this version so much haha) and the plot is incredible (albeit with some holes). Very happy and excited for the amazing update. I cannot wait to buy it - so worth it! Only thing I had wished for the game was for Chris (and the E-guy) to be date-able - now CHRIS IS! Much love and support for the creator!

(P.S. comparing the 2012 and 2020 trailers and it's lit)


The plot holes will be fixed in this remake! We are so happy to hear you've been a fan of the original 2012 game, please look forward to this remake coming in less than 2 months!

Can't wait!! Thanks so much for bringing it back, looking forward to the 2020 version with much excitement!:))

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This is really amazing! I love the art and I have a thing for pink hair dudes so I loved how Valen's hair is pink (Ron is my fav tho). I would really like it if you added Chris as a love interest. I hope the full game comes out soon! c:


It will be released this July! Also, Chris is now date-able thanks to our successful kickstarter! His route will be added some time in September or October! :)


This really brings back memories! I really love the new art and cannot wait for it to release. I have to say though, I am slightly disappointed we no longer have the mini cooking games, that was one of my favorite parts, as well as the small animation it had for the scary scenes. I'm still excited though!

Wow. Vel looks so perfect. Can't stand waiting for full game! 

Wow... It been long time, I haven't play Cafe Rouge but new version!?

OH MY GOSH this was the game i used to play fhdsjasks I'm EXCITED can't wait!!!!!

Looking forward to this!

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It was my first visual novel :'(I am getting emotional.Looking forward guys!!<3Also Damien I hope you can be romanceable.Fingers crossed


Ah, I can't wait.


I saw this and just had to support it on Kickstarter! Already invested considering the beautiful art, interesting characters and successful 2012 release. Personally tho, wish I could romance Demian coz he is by far the most handsome.


Technically our stretch goal for the Candice and Demian side story is the only way you can romance Demian...


...since he is your cousin, we didn't want you to date a blood relative. 


Oooo I see, well Candice and Demian would make for an interesting side story ;)

I'm sure we can hit that stretch goal. Can't wait. 

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Thanks to our kickstarter, Chris is now a dateable option in the 2020 remake. Our next goal for the kickstarter is to unlock Aldo once we hit our $4000 stretch goal, so please keep spreading the word to your family and friends if you want to unlock even more dateable characters for our 2020 remake!

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Side stories is bonus content where you play as the female character romanced by the male character, so in Candice and Demian's side story, you play as Candice.

I absolutely love this demo and can't wait for the full release. I noticed you guys are already so close to your goal on kickstarter which is super exciting. Looking forward to playing more in the future. <3 



Thank you for playing Cafe Rouge, I just watched your entire video and I love your voice! (You're so cute!!!)
We just got funded 100% on kickstarter, so it looks like this game will be coming out on time sometime in 2020!

Thank you again for the lovely review,


Aww thank you! >//<

I saw and have been keeping up to date on the kickstarter page. I'm really happy for you all. Can't wait to play the full version. 

It's a revised version of the old gaaaaaame! Ohmygoodness! I can't wait for this! <3 <3 <3

truly ?!?!? OMG !