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Cart #56576 | 2018-09-12 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Mai-Chan's Sweet Buns is a cute puzzle game about pastries. Our goal is to help Mai-Chan serve her sweet buns to customers at her bakery.

This game was created as part of the A Game By Its Cover Jam 2018.

How to Play

Dpad (Arrow keys) - Move Cursor
X Button (X or M or V) - Confirm. Serve pastry.
O Button (Z or N or C) - Cancel. Turn cursor.

The 4 cards at the bottom of the screen represent the orders of the customers. Our task is to find and select a line of pastries on the board that matches one of the cards. We can select vertical or horizontal lines. But it needs to be an uniterrupted line of the same pastry.

We can only serve lines of pastries that perfectly match one of the cards. Some orders are easy to satisfy - like the x1 oders. Others may require some setup - like the x3 orders.

If we ever get stuck, we can look into the magical Star Box to activate special powers. Special powers cost stars. We can gain more stars by aligning 4 of the same pastry in a row.

We lose the game if we get stuck and run out of stars. But if we manage to serve all of the order cards in the deck, we win!

Some Background

This game was created as part of the A Game By Its Cover Jam 2018. The goal was to create a game based on of the cartridge covers from the Famicase Exhibition 2018. The cover to Mai-Chan's Sweet Buns was created by Louis Lloyd-Judson.

He's the artist of the webcomic Apricot Cookies.

I've livestreamed the entire process here. It seems like it took around 100 hours.

The entire playlist is here:

The music was made by my friend Sebastian Haßler

P#56575 2018-09-12 14:00 ( Edited 2018-09-19 22:47)


This looks awesome! Great animation and art. The gameplay is also quite entertaining :)

P#56579 2018-09-12 15:41 ( Edited 2018-09-12 19:49)

This is such a feature-filled game (on top of looking super good, of course). Love the unlockables, they change stuff up a lot and make for some great replayability.

P#56581 2018-09-12 15:52 ( Edited 2018-09-12 19:52)

Ok, we're used to saying a game is good, but this is orders of magnitude better than just 'good'. It's 'legit-professional-level, super-polished, would-pay-for good'.

P#56585 2018-09-12 18:03 ( Edited 2018-09-12 22:03)

Man, the level of polish on this game is off-the-charts! Like something out of the GBA! Fantastic job, Krystian!

P#56586 2018-09-12 18:38 ( Edited 2018-09-12 22:38)

Crystal clear play, Krystian !
Nicely done. Good turn-based puzzle. Lots of thinking involved.

P#56589 2018-09-12 20:58 ( Edited 2018-09-13 00:58)

Really well executed -- graphics, music, gameplay. Nice work!

P#56591 2018-09-12 21:38 ( Edited 2018-09-13 01:38)

Awesome job, Krystian!

P#56603 2018-09-13 01:33 ( Edited 2018-09-13 05:33)

This is really incredible, this could've been a GBA game and I wouldn't have blinked at all.

P#56638 2018-09-13 23:21 ( Edited 2018-09-14 03:21)

am i overlooking some kind of fail state? also couldnt each button represent a direction for group selection(x is vertical,o is horizontal)

P#56794 2018-09-17 15:15 ( Edited 2018-09-17 19:15)

@VgBlade: You lose if you can't fulfill any of the orders (the cards at the bottom) and you're also out of star powers (the box in the top left corner). X fulfills an order, and O flips between horizontal and vertical; if both fulfilled an order in a direction, the UI would probably get a little cluttered? Maybe it'd work, like a cross highlighting all sequences.

P#56797 2018-09-17 15:30 ( Edited 2018-09-17 19:37)

i guess ive been lucky with it always giving me things i need. thanks for the fast reply, i see how it could get a bit cluttered.

unless you feel like adding a ingame timer the controls are great

P#56798 2018-09-17 15:46 ( Edited 2018-09-17 19:46)

Such a short & sweet [ no pun intended :P ] little game, good work! I love the overall graphics and you did a great job picking out which colors work well with each other.

Thanks for the livestreams as well, will definitely have to go through the playlist soon and watch them all.

Nice job!

P#56810 2018-09-17 19:03 ( Edited 2018-09-17 23:03)

This is a situation where Japanese and Chinese character support would be so useful.

P#56859 2018-09-18 15:39 ( Edited 2018-09-18 19:39)

Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm glad you are having fun with the game.

@VgBlade - that is a good suggestion. I honestly haven't considered it. I guess something that was important for me was to communicate the mechanic of selecting and serving buns. Because that part is super uninitutive. It goes against how those games usually work. So it was important for me to be able to show a preview of what will happen when you press a button. That would be hard to communicate clearly if there were two "serve buns" buttons.

P#56866 2018-09-18 19:20 ( Edited 2018-09-18 23:20)

Very fun and polished puzzle game.
Playing it also makes me hungry. The sprites for the food really do look tasty.

P#56867 2018-09-18 19:44 ( Edited 2018-09-18 23:44)

Fantastic game, and I'm enjoying the making-of streams! Game plays great on my android phone from this bbs but on itch.io no sound for some reason.

P#56900 2018-09-19 18:47 ( Edited 2018-09-19 22:47)

Hey guys, here's a good deck:

Pastel De Nata

P#59477 2018-11-30 00:04 ( Edited 2018-11-30 00:04)

i'm absolutely losing it looking at this screen

also i love the game great work

P#61456 2019-02-02 04:52

can't seem to play the game anymore on pico8 v0.1.12

P#63434 2019-04-12 08:13

I think this is the reason: https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=33853

P#63436 2019-04-12 08:25

Yup, seem to be working now in v01.1.12c

Btw here is a small test


P#63690 2019-04-19 14:45

@supree Oh god. Why did I notice this just now. This is hilarious, thank you! XD

(Also, Cinnamon Roll is god tier in endless games. I should prolly nerf it)

P#70962 2019-12-13 02:45

I can’t believe how good this is. The graphics, animations, controls and sounds are really nice at first glance and stay pleasant over many plays. There is a meta-game with a shop and deck building! Incredible polish and replayability. And when you feel that the game is a little easy, either you enjoy that (I do like Puyo Trainer https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=4109 for that reason), or you try the hard mode! Amazing game here.

P#71023 2019-12-14 17:43

This is an excellent game. I just sat and played it for two hours straight. Really impressive and fun.

P#78052 2020-06-14 03:22

Hi! Still playing this :D

I cleared a double 4-row and got one star, is it intentional?

Also a wild request: could there be a 2-player version someday?

P#78169 2020-06-16 22:19

This is one of my most played games on pico-8. Is it based on another game?

P#91397 2021-05-02 14:29

Here's my best score so far, using Eclair, Croissant, Scone and Cinnamon Roll:

P#91436 2021-05-03 17:38

This game is so addictive. I love how easy it is to get to grips with, but it's so rewarding to figure out little combos and start to be able to see a few moves ahead. Absolutely fantastic presentation, really polished graphics and animation, great music, and it's even got a decent tutorial to get you started. Such attention to detail. Awesome game!

P#97178 2021-09-10 21:36

best pico 8 game of all time

P#97186 2021-09-11 05:17

I recently got a Miyoo Mini Plus handheld console and this is the first game that I finished on it.

Incredible puzzle game. Very fun and addictive. Really nicely made! Thank you

P#128209 2023-04-06 01:52

this is super cute and fun!

P#135150 2023-09-30 07:42

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