Somewhere along the venerable Route 7, in the middle of nowhere, you will find Joe’s Diner. The old Diner was built on the site of a former Indian cemetery. Amongst the buried, two rival chieftains are laid to rest; while alive each could not stand the other.
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Mostly Negative (127 reviews) - 38% of the 127 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 31, 2015

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Joe's Diner - Now available for Mac OS X

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About This Game

Somewhere along the venerable Route 7, in the middle of nowhere, you will find Joe’s Diner. As an employee working the graveyard shift for the next month, your primary task is to keep the tables clean – no tough challenge at all.

Unfortunately there’s a rub to it. The old Diner was built on the site of a former Indian cemetery. Amongst the buried, two rival chieftains are laid to rest; while alive each could not stand the other.

One chieftain endeavors only to rest in peace. The other, a prankster both in life and the afterlife, is prone to ruffle the feathers of his fellow chief.

Besides your tasks as a waiter, it’s up to you to keep things calm and not incur the angry chieftains’ wrath. To lay them both to everlasting rest just do your duty. Sounds easy but it’s not – promised.

Features

  • Work over 30 night shifts as a holiday replacement in Joe’s Diner
  • Keep things calm to not incur the angry chieftains’ wrath
  • Atmospheric graphics with fantastic lighting
  • Innovative gameplay
  • Deactivate all objects after the chieftain does his monkey business
  • Premium sound scenery and effects
  • From the makers of “Pineview Drive”

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo / AMD® Athlon™ X2, min. 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia® / AMD® with 256 MB memory
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® 10 compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Quad / AMD® Phenom™ X4, min. 3,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia® / AMD® with 512 MB memory
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® 10 compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7+
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo / AMD® Athlon™ X2, min. 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia® / AMD® with 256 MB memory
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo / AMD® Athlon™ X2, min. 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia® / AMD® with 256 MB memory
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Quad / AMD® Phenom™ X4, min. 3,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia® / AMD® with 512 MB memory
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Overall:
Mostly Negative (127 reviews)
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TheUnbornSilent
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Not worth the money.
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SpartaN
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Why is this game so boring. Don't get me wrong i love the games in which you have to run all the time but seriously how much time do you need to realize that these kind of games are already from the past age unless you think of something new.
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Meister_Leuchte
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
a weird game to review but here you go.

the idea behind this is probably best described as both hilarious and ret4rded in equal parts.
you run around, grab the garbage from the tables and stuff it in the trashcan. be quiet while doing so or the mad ghost will come and get you if you annoy him too much. at the same time another ghost (let's call him 'the funny guy') plays pranks on you and tries to get you killed by switching on all kinds of loud diner inventory or even placing rubber ducks and other stuff on the floor for you to walk over and make even more noise.

sounds like a fun game? weeeeell...
it's kind of fun for some time and just as short as it is cheap.
it only took me 2 1/2 hours to complete but on the other hand it felt like the game was over just as the utterly repetitive gameplay was about to bore the hell out of me.

if you just want to kill some time then give it a shot. it's a cheap one and not quite as horrible as it sounds in the description.
but if you want to have some quality time then run the f#ck outta here as fast as you can and never come back.
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osirish
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
I gave it an hour. It didn't hook me, I got bored. The most boring quests in MMO's are "pickup item" from "A", bring to "B." That's what this entire game is. Pickup item from table, bring to garbage can, repeat. Between the garbage and the tables, there are items you need to shut off to prevent them from making noise.

The worst thing about the game, besides the monotony, is the luck factor. Items spawn randomly, and items make noise randomly. If the items or noises spawn too far from the garbage can, you spend too much time trying to collect them or switch them off, you will lose and have to restart the level.

Can't recommend the game at full, or even half price. (£7.99 at time of review)
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sherlockskerlock99
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 6
Joe's Diner is a task oriented game with a theme of cleaning up dishes and turning off devices across a restaurant/diner so an easily disturbed Native American chief won't wake up and take his revenge out on you (aka, simply end the game). You have a set amount of time to clean up the restaurant while a different rival Chief attempts to troll you into trouble by turning on devices across the restaurant (and office) and end the shift.

Another member Aurora Mist described it correctly that it's like Diner Dash went out to the bar feeling lonely one night and met Five Nights at Freddy's.

That said, along with noting everyone's caution about horror tags being an error, this game isn't all that bad for what it is. It's smooth, pretty good graphics, controls are easy (if you're a right-hander, as it's the standard WASD + mouse control) and the premise is easy to follow. Clocks are visible in most rooms so you can glance at a whim to know how close to 6am you're getting.

The really bad thing, other than the error in marketing for the game, would be the ability to restart a game without being able to skip the story line. Most things you can pick up along the way as far as what device has been turned on by rival Native American Chief Laughing Bird. Though there are some that are so quiet that you're not even aware they're on unless you look down at the noise indicator (which is at the bottom of your screen). You do however, have the ability to restart from whatever level you last successfully lasted through. So, no need in saving anything (as you can't), it's simply based on levels/shifts.

In short, if you like repetative task games which try to test your reflexes/task thinking, then you will enjoy this game. If you're not, it will bore you by the second level/shift.
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Test
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 30
Well after cleaning the tables 30 night shifts at Joe's Diner i can say that's the worst job i've ever had, sure it might sound easy taking some plates and trowing them in the garbage can, but try do that in a limited amount of time, when there's an angry dead ghost who keeps spawning chip bags, ducks, and mouse traps on the floor to make noise, who keeps activating the damn stuff in the diner to make some even more noise, and guess what, he's gonna wake the other dead ghost who wants to sleep, poor dude, must have a hard time resting in his coffin with that jackass making noise all the time.

The owner, Joe doesn't even tell me that this Diner is built over a cemetery, hides the fact that it's haunted, makes me run over to picking and disposing tables like im in a damn marathon, when all he said was "Clean the tables and make sure it's quet" i call ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t on that, that's not what i signed up for.

On a serious note, the game is very repetitive, annoying, and frustrating, BUT, i have to admit it feels very rewarding at the end when you've been able to get through all that.

First few days will be easy, on latest shifts it will get really hard, but being fast and a little lucky you can bet you will make it through.

I will recommend it even though it's not really a game, more like a (push the button, reaction game) ,in the end it was worth it just to see how much ♥♥♥♥ you can take.

Can't wait to visit Pineview Drive's mansion and spend 30 days there, heh i bet that's gonna be a lot scarier than this.
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ShesAKiller
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 19
This is not a horror or a survival horror. Its just bad!
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Nasüm
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 5
Decent game. Enjoyed the atmosphere and rundown rest stop aesthetic. Probably would have ♥♥♥♥ myself if I ever saw someone standing outside at any point.
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S0YxSauCe
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 22, 2015
This is ear training lesson taught by red indian troll chief.
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S.T.A.R.S Leon S. K.
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 18, 2015
Creative idea for testing your multi skills and getting from easy to really hard (but makeable with less time resting if you have luck and most dishes are close to the kitchen and not much voices from office/ bathrooms). The last level is a real little nightmare (because difficulty, its not a Horror Game) you need to clean all tables from 15 things people let stay but if its not enough you need to stop nearly 20 things and some of them sound not much different so you need to think fast, and act even faster you need to pick up or avoid 3 objets the chips are great but the yellow swimming duck is smaller but still good to see even in dark lights but if you run trough a corner it can happen that you hit one and last but worst the rat trap very small and not good to see but even more a hell to pick up so you need maybe to avoid some rounds about it and cost time but this you dont have there are 2 things if you make to much sound you get a problem with the ghost and if you dont do all trash to the kitchen till 6 o clock you can restart too. Its not a very funny game only the sounds and design of the diner is really great and that if the sound comes louder and you get 3 message the fear comes to play the level again so its really good challenge to test your skills like what to do, what not and that in very less time only if you use the write strategies and have much luck you can beat level 30 a challenge for everyone but dont expect to much of the game its only a time hunt get better and better. So i give for the great atmosphere 75 % but show lets plays or the trailer and decide yourself how much it is worth to you (best is a good discount 7.99 is a bit really to much for 2-3 hours). Thanks for reading.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
136 of 179 people (76%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
73 of 87 people (84%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2015
The person who wrote the sales page for this game had the balls to say it features "Innovative Gameplay."

I didn't realize pressing "E" to interact with objects was considered innovative in 2015. 'Cause that's all you do while you clean up after people too lazy to take their slushie with them and turn off whatever item some jerk ghost messes with.

If there's too much noise, you eventually get a split-second of a photoshopped Native American and a game over. But if you take too long to clear the tables (the game considers a 6+ hour shift to be about 5 real-life minutes), you also get a game over.

It's the most tedious game I have ever played and this is considering that Steam sells Visceral Cleanup Detail. The only real way to win this game is to never buy it for youself or anyone you care about.

UPDATE: Since I'm a nice guy, here's the ending of the game: Nothing.

Yeah, your reward for dealing with 30 rounds of randomized nonsense and tedium is the credits and then it kicks you to the menu.
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43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2015
Joe’s Diner is an indie survivor horror game.
Joe’s Diner was constructed above an ancient Native American burial ground. The restaurant is haunted where every noise could awaken the restless spirits that live below.
As an employee working the graveyard shift for the next month, your primary task is to keep the tables clean.
You have to pick up trash (you can carry always only one) and drop it in the garbage bin that is located in the kitchen. While doing so you have to make sure that it is quiet as possible.
There is no variation in the gameplay, just throw out leftovers and keep the sound to a minimum and that for 30 days. It takes something around 2 hours to finish the whole game.
The game is totally not worth 7,99€. It is boring, totally easy and completly repetitive. Joe’s Diner does not deserve the title "Horror" at all.

Sounds 5/10
Graphics 5/10
Gameplay 1/10
Atmosphere 2/10

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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
So, I started playing this game expecting something scary, or at least something stupid trying to be scary. It seems like it's not, because this game is everything BUT scary. I find it amusing at times, for example, when you are running to "answer" the phone avoiding potato chip, mousetrap and rubber ducky landmines.

Having worked a lot on graveyard shifts myself, I find this entertaining. It's not bad, it's just...Boring, like real life itself.

Basically, you have to pick up trash, one by one (Talk about poor efficiency), and drop it in the garbage bin that's located in the kitchen. Occasionally, electrical appliances will turn on by themselves. (Actually, by one of the spirits of the native americans, Laughing Bird, which sounds like he's crying instead of laughing). Now, I wouldn't classify Laughing Bird as an evil spirit, he's more of a "mischievous" spirit.
Try to avoid making too much noise (Say, if you are running AND two or more appliances are on at the same time) or it's game over. Once you're done picking up trash (Each shift, the leftovers you have to collect go up by one), you have to sit like a dumbass waiting for the shift to end, probably playing with the jukebox, TV, or just looking out of the window, staring at the neverending darkness. My, what an accurate representation of graveyard shifts!
Once your shift ends, you are on to the next one, and you gotta do the same thing! On level 10, potato chip landmines start to appear, and later, rubber ducky landmines and the ♥♥♥♥ing worst, mousetrap landmines. Seriously, ♥♥♥♥ those, they are small and hard to hit when you are in a hurry, they are the worst. Alright, now that you understand the basic concept of this game, do that for the next 29 nights and you win!

This game is pretty easy, I only failed twice, the first one was intentionally, to see what happens when you disturb the ancient spirit. (A lame jumpscare that doesn't even scare)
And the second, because I got ♥♥♥♥ed by the trash placement. Random generated maps can work against you, or totally the opposite.

And....That's pretty much all there is to say about this game. It's mindless, monotonous fun (I enjoy this, don't judge me), it's not bad, it's just....Not good either. I wouldn't recommend this personally, because my tolerance for crappy and mediocre games is way too high compared to the average Joe. Or you know, you could play this while you are smashed. Which doesn't sound too bad, to be honest.
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32 of 44 people (73%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2015
Because "30 Nights at Joe's" would have made everyone not buy this game.

What I hate about this game is how the gameplay is literally picking up trash and turning off random appliances for 30 days. There's honestly nothing more to this game. Oh and ghost chieftains dropping potato chips and duckys on the ground (SO SPOOKY!).
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
KAMGUSTA's mini Review

This game is so bad I had to say a few words... First of all, it is not "horror", "adventure" or "action" at all, it is just boring as hell! All you have to do is cleaning the tables of a diner while keeping the surroundings as quiet as possible (answer the phone, shutoff the machines, avoid falling sleepy on the keyboard while playing, etc).
Yes, that's it.

Score 3/10
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
"The best random color screen simulator 2015"

Joe's Diner it's a thrilling game in which you work at night in an old diner bar, it sounds boring isn't it ? ... the trick here it's that it's placed on an ancient indian cementery, yep, as in the movies.

Definetily sounds like a great idea, at least i think so, so why are you writing a negative review ?

As you can see in the following screenshots (at least in my case), after the intro, it suppose to start the game, but the only thing that i can see it's a colorful kind of black screen.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=562867448
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=562867224
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=562867347

Pros:
Basically you can see all the colors of the rainbow.


But it seems that i'm not missing much, as you can see in another reviews, it sounds to turn boring an tedious, missed oportunity devs, it could have some potential.

1 / 10
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 10, 2015
Pocahontas is ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off and Crazy Horse has gone.. well, crazy. Joe's Diner summarised in 3.5 minutes. I honestly didn't need that long.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygmj-TieGaw
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2015
This game, THIS GAME *smh* Wait, let me start over. Joe's Diner has tags like Horror, Survival Horror and Adventure on it. It is none of those things, let me sum it up for you. If Diner Dash went out to the bar feeling lonely one night and met Five Nights at Freddy's, went back to his place, got busy and nine months later popped out a baby....they would name it Joe's Diner! I was so disappointed in how boring and drawn out this game was. I enjoy time management games, but not when they are masked as horror. There are thirty levels for heaven's sake....THIRTY!! Each of them the same, grab the garbage, avoid the obstacles, keep the noise down. If you are too loud...get attacked by an old TV test pattern *smh* OK, so it's not a test pattern, but seriously...a b&w pic of a native american flashes on the screen, ridiculous, this game is not worth the $7.99. Wait for it to be on a bundle.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
Game is okay, not good just okay. I found myself struggling just trying to beat the game to get the achievements. The setup for the game was nice, but their being no story and dumb jumpscares made it stupid. The way the game was setup, i felt like i was playing a janitor simulator.

PROS:
-graphics
-the diner is suitably designed and detailed
-Voice acting good
-random placement of the food
-decent amount of different food to remove and possessed appliances to turn off
-in the final nights the game picks up the pace a bit and finally gives a bit challenging

CONS:
- shadows and reflections are ugly
-repetitive gameplay
-no story
-lacks any aiming reticle, aiming at objects to pick them up is often awkward and makes you lose time as you finely adjust your aim trying to highlight them
-lacks a timer on the UI
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