Keeping things informal as well as infernal

The girls of Sweet Shoreline are invited to a renowned music competition in Would you like to run an idol café? 3, a slice-of-life visual novel now available on Steam.

Would you like to run an idol café? 3 is the latest entry in a series of visual novels about a group of café waitresses becoming music stars. The story began when Yokoyama Naoya, a reformed delinquent, began working at The Seaside Cafe. This new job allowed him to start a new life and properly, fully mature as a person. When the café began running out of money, he decided to do his best to save it. Following the advice of his childhood friend, Ichigo, he persuaded the girls at the café to form an idol group to promote the establishment. Despite a very clear lack of experience, the gamble worked out much better than expected.

After their very first music video goes viral, the group is invited to take part in a large competition in Tokyo. While some are overjoyed by the invitation, tensions run high as the idol’s rival group, Honey Devil, is also invited to take part in the contest. Naoya and the girls will have to once again prove their skills and dedication if they're to secure the café’s future.

In this Visual Novel Yokoyama Naoya was an average guy who, after putting his checkered past behind him, began to work at a small café by the beach. With his two cute co-workers, the serious Mayuki and the enigmatic Kuu, Naoya led a relaxing life - until he learns that the café's revenue is dwindling, and it's on the brink of closure.

Not knowing what else to do, Naoya consults his childhood friend, Ichigo, who suggests that she form an idol group with Mayuki and Kuu to help promote The Seaside Café.

While initially skeptical, Mayuki and Kuu consent to this plan, and so form their own amateur idol group: Sweet Shoreline.

Despite being a newbie group, Sweet Shoreline's first music video is a massive viral success, which nets them a lot of online attention. In the wake of their newfound fame, Sweet Shoreline are invited to a large competition in Tokyo, which will pit them against various upcoming idol groups, to see who will come out on top.

Ichigo is, of course, thrilled by this idea, though the shy, self-conscious Mayuki is less sure. Tensions run rife among the girls of Sweet Shoreline: tensions that are further exacerbated once it's discovered their rival idol group, Honey Devil, have also been offered an invitation to take part on this competition.

Will the girls be able to snatch an unexpected victory, despite being underdogs, or will Honey Devil destroy them? The fate of Sweet Shoreline, and of The Seaside Café, rests, once again, upon Naoya's shoulders.

Would you like to run an idol café? 3 is now available for PC and Linux on Steam for the promotional price of $9.99, until May 16th, at which point it will cost $7.49. Adult content for the visual novel has to be installed separately, using a free patch available on the publisher’s Patreon.

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