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Bread ‘n Butter: Memories from the Cutest Browser-Based Game Ever

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Does anyone remember this incredibly cute game called Bread ‘n Butter?  It used to be hosted by Outspark, which doesn’t even seem to have their own landing page any more and visiting them will simply redirect you to the MMO Fiesta.

Bread ‘n Butter was a time-management simulation filled with quick minigames, all populated by some of the cutest art work of the sweetest little pastry-based characters!  The minigames are a bit like Cooking Mama or Wario Ware, where you do a quick, simple task within a fairly short time limit and then quickly move on to the next step.  The time & money management system in Bread ‘n Butter applied to the bakery/cafe that you owned, where you had to strategically place your finished baked goods around the store and have a part-time worker staffed.

It isn’t available to play any more (and the copywrite years on these screenshots don’t go higher than 2008…), and for a number of years there was like 0 information about this game on the Internet at all, and I was wondering what the heck happened to it or if anyone else even played it!  Then, Outspark created this photo album on Flickr, and I can almost immerse myself in the sweetly cute and cheerful world again with this wonderful selection of screenshots!

^ The sign-in screen!
This REALLY shows how adorable the character designs were.
Wouldn’t you, like, buy stationery and stuff with these characters on them??

I also ADORE the color palette – sweet pastels over a neutral brown & honey-yellow base!
I have a similar color scheme in one of my own game projects!

This is the “world map” screen – you actually had to travel to different locations
to gather different ingredients, such as harvesting chocolate from the woods
(where chocolate kisses grow on trees) or scooping up sweet syrup
from a volcano filled with it.

A results screen like this would show you how successful your bakery was.

An upgrade shop – I was never really able to grind enough gold
for the single gold item here, and the rest all need real currency.

There were some serious upgrades available if you could put the money towards it!

This is one of the “main” screens you would look at while playing.
The top screen shows characters working as well as shopping in your bakery,
and it’s kind of a constant that you’d keep your eye on as time passed by.
The bottom screen changes frequently, and it is where you play minigames.

Omg, look at the cute little faces on the whisk and all of those little clumps of batter!!
I remember playing this minigame with great frequency,
mashing the arrow keys like crazy lol.

Still easier than getting batter unstuck from your whisk in real life. T – T

Another minigame involving grinding flour.
In order to actually play these minigames and thus actually have supplies for your bakery,
you had to gather the raw ingredients from the forests and stuff, first.
So, it wasn’t like you could just grind through minigames,
you actually had to go out and collect the base materials, too.
There was kind of a rhythm to this game that you’d settle into,
like collect – turn into usable ingredients – bake – place in bakery.

Here is an empty bakery that needs filling!

In all of the bakery screenshots above, in the top-left corner are shown the current
part-timers available to put to work and manage your store.
You had to actually be strategic about how much some of them cost
and what strengths and weaknesses they had!

And, finally, here is the chocolate-collecting minigame in the forest. 😋
There are lots of minigames like this in other games – the one I always think of
is the fruit- or jewel-collecting minigame from Kirby 64.

Thank you for taking the time to enjoy this cute game alongside me!
I still miss it a little bit, but knowing that I have shared its cuteness
with other people is like spreading its love even long after
its lifecycle, and that’s like spreading happiness, too!

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Cute & Pretty Games on Steam You Might Not Have Heard Of

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

It’s been a little while since my last Steam game roundup!  Here is a selection of games I’ve discovered recently that are widely varied, but the connecting thread throughout is that they have cool or pretty art work!

As with all of my Steam recommendations, G2A is the preferred method for getting Steam keys on the cheap!  You don’t have to wait for the games to go on sale, just pick up a key from there for a couple bucks!

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Littlewitch Romanesque: Editio Regia

That’s quite a title! oAo
Littlewitch Romanesque is a sim game reminiscent of Princess Maker!!
The art is sooo beautiful, and scenes play out in comic panels and speech bubbles
for a very artistic effect!

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Audition Online

This is an MMO from the early oughts, so if you are/were a fan
of games like Mabinogi or Dream of Mirror Online,
then its visual style will look about comparable!
This is a rhythm game where you can customize a cute anime character
and compete (or cooperate) with others online!

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Treeker: The Lost Glasses

This is a mysterious and meditative adventure/puzzle game.
I was drawn to it because I looooove the lowpoly environments –
awesome abstracted trees like those in the above screenshot
are my absolute weakness!

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Journey of the Light

Another adventure puzzle game, this time with an overhead view
and beautiful painted natural environments!
The color scheme is cool and blue~

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Cloudbuilt

This one is a high-paced action platformer!
The characters in the art work look so cyberpunk-y and cool!
There are some very imaginative environments for blasting through! *o*

 

The Most Adorable Pet Games on iOS

Monday, June 29th, 2015

I have featured dating sims and RPGs a lot – let’s give super cute pet-raising sims a chance in the spotlight!  The selection here is various in terms of how much “raising simulation” you’re allowed.  Some are very ‘sit back and watch’-y and others are very much into the stat-raising to grow into different pets.  I figured I’d cover different types so that everyone could pick a type that they’d enjoy playing!

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Nekoatsume

Although this game is in Japanese, it is simple and intuitive to play
so you can pick it up and play right away!
You decorate your room space with cat toys, then close the app.
When you return later, cute kitties will have shown up,
which you can take pictures of to fill up your albums!
It becomes a fun game of switching up what toys you have out
to see all of the different and rare cats,
and photographing each of them to remember their cute poses forever.

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AfroCat

Because you can never, ever have too many cute kitty games.
In this one, the cat that you raise grows various different kinds of hairstyles
based on its level, what toys you have it play with, and how much wool
you’ve collected from a herd of sheep you also apparently own.
It’s adorable, don’t question it.

Personally, I love the soft pastel color palette AfroCat uses!

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Koke-O

Another super kawaii game with a sweet, soft color palette~
In Koke-O, you raise a moss ball by choosing a food item to start with
(choosing no item is also an option) and watering it.
The pets grow quickly – within minutes –
so the fun comes from trying different combinations of starting items
and how much water you give it.
There is also a decoration mode where you take photos of your moss ball pet
along with different backgrounds and stickers – they would make
cute wallpaper backgrounds for your phone!

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Fairy Doll

If this one looks familiar, it’s because I wrote an entire feature
for it because I so quickly became so enamored with it when I played!
This might be the most ‘stat-raise’-y of all of the games here,
where your objectives are to work toward different personality types
for your Fairy Doll and collect lots of cute outfits.
What’s most pleasing about it is
how much content is available for free players!

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Mandrake Girls

Featuring a moe anime style like Fairy Doll,
this time the cutie pies you are raising are adorable plant girls!
If there’s anything I love as much as fairies, it’s flowers,
so the theme and setting of this game is SO EXCITING to see!
Now, if there were an anime bunny-raising sim out there,
I would be pretty much set for life.

Extremely Kawaii Fairy-Raising Dress-Up Game, Fairy Doll!

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Okay, I just discovered this game today while searching for other games to feature, and I fell so deeply in love with it I am going to give it its own feature rather than listing it among others~

Fairy Doll on iTunes!

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A cute cinematic at the beginning of the game details that fairies came to the human world, but many people could not see or interact with them.  So, fairies took the form of dolls, so that they could live among people.

You get to name your personal Fairy Doll as well as input a name for yourself as well.  None of the pronouns are gendered, so you are allowed to imagine yourself as any gender.  And while all of the customization options for your Fairy Dolls are feminine in appearance, again, there are no gendered terms used, so you are allowed to think of your Fairy Doll as any gender as well~

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Gameplay is mainly in the form of doing Work and Study tasks to increase certain personality traits for your Fairy Doll.  It is a bit like Princess Maker in that regard.  However, you are allowed to look at what the requirements are for each of the target personalities, so you are free to see beforehand what personality stats you need to be building toward and schedule your Work and Study tasks accordingly.

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Additionally, Fairy Dolls have not one, but two personalities – one to act as their main type, and the other to be a secondary one.  I am working on making mine a Sweet Angel, so she needs a ton of Kindness!  Other personalities include Tomboy, Tsundere, Cool, Gentle, Demon, Princess, Warrior, and Yandere, among others.  You are even allowed a preview of what kind of dialog your Fairy Doll will use when they are attributed to any of those personalities!

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Fairy Dolls talk a lot, not only specifically in conversation when you choose to chat with them in their room, but they will also comment on whatever tasks you are currently working on.  A lot of the dialog is cute, cheerful, encouraging words!  It just feels really good and happy to be playing this. Such a good feel-good, pick-me-up game!

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The game is free to download and it seems that it is very generous about rewarding you with currency, outfits, accessories, and upgrades, without requiring you to put real-currency investment into it, but the option is there if you choose to.  I am surprised by the customization options available for free and after only playing it for a short amount of time today!  I’m pleased with the presentation of my cute pink-haired Fairy Doll in a frilly fantasy maid outfit, surrounded by flowers and magical mushrooms – which is a goal that would almost certainly require days of grinding or shelling out for premium items in other mobile games.  And several gacha items are available every day, too – and I’ve managed to get some valuable, cute items from them, not just junk!

That’s about all I have to write up about Fairy Doll for now~  I’m enjoying it, it’s just so cute!  It’s really exciting seeing adorable anime fantasy fairies in the itunes marketplace, and the fact that it’s actually a decent game experience is sugary sweet icing on the cake.

Do look into Fairy Doll on iTunes if you are as smitten with this cuteness as I am!

More Cute Anime Games on Steam

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Now an ongoing series! ᕙ( * •̀ ᗜ •́ * )ᕗ

As usual, I recommend getting Steam games through G2A, where you can buy Steam keys for much cheaper!

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Fairy Bloom Freesia

A super fun action fighting game in an adorable package!
EVERYTHING SHOULD COME IN PACKAGES AS ADORABLE AS THIS!
You will pretty much win me over any time “fairy” is in the title of something.
I LOVE THE MAIN CHARACTER AND I LOVE THE SETTING!!

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Magical Diary

From friends over at Hanako Games!!
I think this is actually the only dating sim on the list for once.
You can customize a character at the beginning!!
And the revealed identities for the characters are super twisty,
this game is overall just a great experience.

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Eryi’s Action

This takes place in a magical fantasy setting like Fairy Bloom Freesia –
I personally am IN LOVE with the color palette of this game,
and how soft and round and cute all of the characters and critters are!
It’s an exciting action platformer!

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Cherry Tree High Comedy Club!

Capcom published this seemingly out of the blue, I had to check it out!
The girls are really cute, the humor is fun and kooky.
I love walking around the town area just talking to all the weird NPCs.
Weird NPCs are the best part of any video game.

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Fortune Summoners

This comes from the makers of Recettear!
Like Eryi’s Action, it’s a sidescrolling action platformer!
I like the characters in this a lot, especially how they talk among one another
RPG-style, with very nicely-drawn portraits.