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Gourmet Visual's NaNoRenO project! A visual novel in 31 days, started March 1st and completed the 31st.

Time: 5-6 hours

Short version: A comedic otome game poking fun at the genre set in an elven village whose economy runs entirely around pastries.

Long version: In a beautiful elven village hidden away in a lovely little forest, one pastry chef has just reached the last recipe in a sacred book passed down from her grandmother. Ginger has waited her entire career and quite possibly her life for this, and cannot wait to finally have created everything inside. However, the last recipe requires an ingredient that she doesn't have in her pantry. TRUE LOVE! Ginger must go on a journey to find this true love, hopefully in one of the three admittedly quirky guys she knows. One problem though- she sucks at it. Good luck.

Featuring:
+ Three boys to awkwardly attempt romance with! Around 20,000 words per route.
+ 9 endings
+ 3 CGS
+ 8 BGs
+ Original music!

The MC:

Ginger: The protagonist, whose name can be changed.
She has three possible personality types depending on player
choices, and each boy will favor a different one.

The Boys:

Radley: Ginger's childhood friend who helps around the store,
but is usually more of a hassle than actually useful due to
all of his pranks. He's a complete germaphobe
and is always seen wearing gloves.

Carver: A rude, cheap little jerk who is quite self conscious
about his height. He can be found trying to swindle
people out of pretty much anything in their pockets,
and/or finding excuses to make a mess in Ginger's shop.

Benjamin: New in town and a bit... eccentric. His greatest loves are
the two sheep he keeps with him at all times, and he
uses their wool to knit all of his clothing.

Gourmet Visual

Min: Sprite artist, Gui artist, BG artist, Writer (2/3 of Carver's route)
Oktolio: Concept artist, CG artist, Writer (Benjamin's route)
Averxy: Writer (Radley's route and 1/3 of Carver's route)

The Team

Antelope: Composer
justcolorado: Programmer

Questions:
- Did you enjoy it overall?
- What was your favorite part?
- What parts could be improved upon?
- Who was your favorite character?
- Would you like to see more games from Gourmet Visual?
- Any other random comments!

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More information

Published258 days ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android
Release date247 days ago
Rating
(42)
AuthorGourmetVisual
GenreOther
TagsCasual, Comedy, Cute, Female Protagonist, Funny, Multiple Endings, Otome, renpy, Romance, Visual Novel
LicenseAll rights reserved
Asset licenseAll rights reserved
Average durationA few hours
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
Player countSingleplayer

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i cant seem to play the game! HELP!

I am absolutely in love with this game! I've only been on Radley's route so far, and he is so cute! I have one problem which definitely isn't the developers fault, but I want to get a happy ending for him but I can't seem to! I keep ending on the eighth day and it's killing me because I have no idea why ;-; pleasee help! <3

I keep getting ending #5, "not such best friends" it's killing me T-T

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This game is listed as an android game, but how exactly do you get it to work? I bought this specifically to play on my phone, and as far as I can see, I can't.

Can`t open or extract the zip file. It`s "invalid". I want to play it so badly!
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- Did you enjoy it overall?

Yeah. Very much


- What was your favorite part?

Carver end <3

- What parts could be improved upon?

Text more fast

- Who was your favorite character?

Carver

- Would you like to see more games from Gourmet Visual?

Of course

- Any other random comments!

Thank foy you game

i could not open the zip file... it's asking for a password? :(

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I'm still playing it. In fact I oly discovered it now. But I came to say that I LOVE Carver best, I kew I would, i picked himoff te bat expecting good things and I wasn;t dissapointed! the banter s very good :) and i just love how authentic it feels, the writing captures an authentic development of feelings between them whilst keeps the banter- I love that! Carver's a character but he has uderlying genuiness from the strt and I love hw your writing captures that, between the lines! And I love Ginger ad Carver together? :D I like the writing, it has lightness to it but feelings are genuine and believeable. Very entertaiing. And i swear i love Carver. Made me feel all tingly. They are phenomenal together! Awesome!

Did you enjoy it overall? Absolutely! I just finished my first play thru and intend to play the other boys' routes now. :)
- What was your favorite part? Radley's ending was absolutely adorable <3
- What parts could be improved upon? There were a few spelling/grammar errors, but nothing major.
- Who was your favorite character? I've only finished Radley's route, so Radley so far. Might change after I play the other routes.
- Would you like to see more games from Gourmet Visual? YES!
- Any other random comments! I love the world you guys created, I'd love to see more stories taking place in this sweet based world. I also love the art style.

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Okay so I legit just made an account here just so I could review Heartbaked. I've played a lot of sims and VN's but it's my first time actually reviewing so let's go!

- Did you enjoy it overall?

Oh, gosh definitely! I couldn't stop playing it, and Heartbaked is definitely on my list of favourite visual novels. I have to say I really enjoyed Ginger as a main character, although she did have moments where she went a bit...overboard, so to say xD And the whole concept of the Pastry and the elves is just really adorable.

- What was your favorite part?

Carver's entire route whoops i love my grumpy lil elf.

Okay, where to start. First off, I loved how Ginger swore with names of different food. It was hilarious, and a really fresh sort of twist. The soundtrack was also really cute, and my favourite track was of course Carver's entrance because it was just too funny and fitting. I also loved how each of the bachelors were so different! And it was amazing how the story somehow manages to convince us that people can actually fall in love in the span of ten days. Also, kudos to you for creating a fantastic game in such a short time.

Anyway, if I'm being more specific, my favourite parts would be:

  1. Everything about Radley. He was such a supportive best friend, and really adorable as a character in general. Love love love!
  2. CARVER'S BLUSHING FACE. Dang that elf is cute.
  3. This is going to sound mean but that moment when Benjamin just burst into tears cracked me up.
  4. Did I mention Carver's route?
  5. Ginger's awkward flirting was the best.
  6. Okay, on a more serious note, I liked how everything just flowed really well. Like I mentioned before, you hardly feel that the game runs through the span of ten days, and the interaction between characters was very natural.
  7. I also love all the detail in the game, like Ginger's diary with her hilarious little scribbles (strudel elf lmao).

- What parts could be improved upon?

  1. If I'm being honest, Benjamin's route as a whole seemed a bit lacking. I wish he was elaborated on a bit more bc I felt so bad about his past.
  2. Ginger was a bit mean and overbearing in Benjamin's route (also the capital letters) and I just feel like she shouldn't have been that harsh?
  3. I would also like to know more about Radley, Carver and Ginger's relationship, especially when they were younger. Also, really curious about why exactly Radley dislikes Carver so much. It just feels a bit unwarranted? Then again, I haven't gotten all the endings yet so I might be wrong.
  4. It would be cool if the extra characters (like that mean lady at the bakery, and pointy elf etc) had sprites as well, although this could be chalked down to the short time the game was made in. Also really want to see Carver in drag oops.
- Who was your favorite character?


It must be pretty obvious right now. I love my small, grumpy elf! Carver was just a really fun character, and I knew when I saw the summary that he would be my favourite. I love how he evolves from the typical rival role, and how we get to see different sides of his personality (him giving Benjamin a job, and recommending Ginger's bakery and especially him listening to her and giving advice during Radley's route despite their rivalry. I feel like his route was the most natural, and I love how he progressed from angry short person to an adorable character, all while being true to his personality.
I just really love Carver.

- Would you like to see more games from Gourmet Visual?


YES! A thousand times yes! I'm excited to see more x

Also that little detail in Radley's route really bummed me out, my poor son :c

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Did you enjoy it overall?

I've got plenty of things to say and ask that I'd rather do personally or in a chat with the game creator but oh, well. Guess the comment section will suffice. Yes, I highly enjoyed the game and it's one of the few visual novels where I wished to go through all of the endings, not just the good ones! I'd even go as far as add it to my top 5 completely free PC otome games or at least number 6 or 7.

What was your favorite part?

I can really go on and on about what I loved about Hearbaked but like it says I can only list my favorite parts.

  • What surprised me the most was that despite being made in one month neither the endings nor the game as a whole felt rushed. Just like the characters I also doubted two people can fall in love with each other in just 10 days but damn, Heartbaked made it seem plausible! We had enough time to get to know the characters, get attached to them, get heartbroken [sometimes twice in a route] and later on feel relief. I think the pacing couldn't get any more perfect than it already is!
  • What I'm always extremely strict about is the main character in VNs since they're often eyeless, faceless, their bangs covering everything besides their mouth, never facing the camera or having the most stereotypical haircut ever - medium-length straight dark brown hair while wearing the most plain clothing known to man. Protagonists are even more important than the romancable characters yet they're always treated more like background ones. Ginger on the other hand [I always keep the original name in order to experience a VN like a movie or book. Having my name would just be distracting] has a simple yet unique, most importantly memorable design. The same goes for all the characters with actual designs. The game's theme is pastries so naturally they'd be just as sweet-looking! :)
  • Speaking of the game's theme, besides the one that got an anime adaptation BONJOUR♪Sweet Love Patisserie, I haven't seen any other otome game tackle on the pastry topic in such detail. I also found refreshing how you combined it with Hansel and Gretel's house of sweets but instead build an entire town around the idea. I'm desperate for VNs that don't take place in a mundane high school setting... T-T
  • I immensly appreicate the amount of effort that went into details when it comes to backgrounds, menu designs, the diary having notes and scribbles like a real diary and certainly the dialogue. I was prepared to go all Cinema sins on tiny plot holes but there were surprisingly very few of them.
  • One cannot discuss this game without adressing the humor in it which had me giggling and even laughing so much more than a couple of times. Everyone had their own comedic charm which didn't get old even by the end. I've never laughed just by hearing a song before but now I do each time Carver's theme starts. xD
  • Let's get back to the character topic. What would a main character be without a personality? [Unfortunately, we see that frequently, especially in mobile otome games] I honestly did not notice each dialogue/action choice always had a volatile, a gentle and a sassy option since in the end they all seemed like traits of the same person. That just means Ginger is as complex as a real human. Even if I didn't constantly choose the same kind of answers it would seem like something Ginger would do. Usually I find "pick your personality along the way" kind of games very risky to be made because eventually you're forced to stick with one type of behavior otherwise the protagonist's actions would look inconsistent. Here the balance was flawless.
  • The love interests were just as colorful and fun as the protag while still being able to show their life has their fair amount of drama. It's difficult, especially in a short amount of time to make the player seriously care about what a character is going through but here I ended up caring for everyone by the end of a single route. Now that's what I call well-written characters!

What parts could be improved upon?

I don't have many problems with the game so I'll just go all out.

  • The few grammer mistakes don't bother me as much as the overuse of CAPITAL LETTERS in Benjamin's route. Was his route created first and then the writer realised they should cut down on the Caps lock?
  • I find it a tad jarring how people supposedly changed clothes yet they didn't in the sprite. It just heavily breaks the immersion.
  • The lack of special cutscene images is probably due to the deadline so I understand. However, I'd love to see someday an updated version with more CGs but with the same style as the sprites. That's one of the reasons I'm looking forward to the artbook! ;)
  • This is just a nitpick and I fully well know only a handful of VNs actually do it but if there truly is a Heartbaked 3.0 or whatever I would be so happy if even not that important characters like the grandma and child obtain their own sprites! It just ties everything together so much better. Plus, at first I mixed up the kind-hearted grandma and the mean one because both were invisible and had the same nickname. xD
  • Another nitpick is that I never understood if the buildings, trees, fountains etc. were actually edible or they just looked that way. It may seem trivial but to me it's pretty darn important if one is gonna go the "we love sweets so much we live inside them" road. If everything is indeed made out of candy countless problems with realism will arise. Then again, I am playing a dating sim about a cake needing love in order to be completed.
  • Pretty much all side-stories in Heartbaked are explored as much as they need to be but I'd really would have liked to see more of the relantionship between Ginger, Radley and Carver. It was said that they all used to train under the girl's Grandma so that means they most likely all got along at one point yet they ended up as enemies. Was it just because Carver sometimes acts arrogant that the three kids grew apart? I imagine both boys stayed by Ginger's side when her grandma died and put aside their difference for a while. I'm just saying it would have been nice to see such a subplot in order to further shape the characters.

Who was your favorite character?

By far it's Carver because in a genius way he slowly and smoothly yet in a short span of time metamorphosed from a funny scumbag into a lovable goof. One can see his route is about changing for the better but if we look at it reasonably a person cannot change completely in those 10 days. If that were to happen the story would suffer and even more in Carver's case since his main trait is acting snarky. The writer knew that and instead just showed new sides to him which would appear more and more often with time. The only thing that changed was our opinion of the character since we would eventually accept him for who he is.

Would you like to see more games from Gourmet Visual?

Yes with both hands raised! For sure whatever content comes from GourmetVisual it would be top quality! I'd even love to see a sequel to Heartbaked which can end with the couple finally being able to make that damn love cake!

Any other random comments!

[how do I turn the Bold effect off again...] My dream for a few years was to make otome games like Heartbaked - fun, charming, emotional and unforgetable but I can't draw or program so I gave up on that. Make sure in my place to keep on creating such tiny miracles. T-T *sniff*

Did you enjoy it overall?

Yes, I definitely enjoyed this game, I attempted to get every ending; even the bad ones! lol. Love all these characters, they're all very unique.

- What was your favorite part?

I really enjoyed Ginger's inner thoughts and her attempts at flirting. I also love how dynamic and different each male counterpart was. They're all very good story lines.


- What parts could be improved upon?

I noticed some spelling errors and I couldn't get ending #4 even though I did what the guide said to.


- Who was your favorite character?

I loved Ginger(Great lead!) and my favorite guy was probably Radley, but i'm a sucker for childhood best friends ending up together, lol!


- Would you like to see more games from Gourmet Visual?

Yes! I'm about to play C&C right now!

- Any other random comments!

I really like the animation style you went with, dialogue was nice,the overall universe you created was adorable and the way you made it so clear Radley loved Ginger in every story was so perfect yet heartbreaking!


i downloaded the game from the apple store and i enjoyed it a lot!! the routes and characters were really sweet and cute~ my favorite route will be Carver's,, he's such a cute lil sour pumpkin XD i hope to see more of your games!!

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I went into this game with low expectations; safe to say, you have definitely surpassed them by a mile.

- Did you enjoy it overall?
Yes, I definitely did. There didn't seem to be very many formidable visual novels floating around Lemmasoft this year, however I'm glad to have found this. This Nanoreno is brilliant with a very well developed story line, I'm extremely impressed at the capability of you guys to develop this in a single month.

- What was your favorite part?
The music and art were adorable, and matched each other perfectly; also, the writing was simple and could get to be very moving at times. My favorite part was how perfectly everything fit together in Carver's path.


- What parts could be improved upon?
The coding methods could be improved. Quite a few times with an original name, the game would revert to calling the MC Ginger rather than the name I provided it with. When I decide to do a day over because of a bad ending, it would bring me back to the beginning of the game, and refuse to allow me to continue past day one. Also, many of the times choices between good endings and bad endings were the same exact choice; for example, on Carver's path, I could tell him the truth about Heartbaked or attempt to lie; If I tell him the truth, I get the bad ending, however if I attempt to lie, I do not. Yet I STILL end up telling Carver the truth regardless of which choice I decide to make. ( A similar occurrence happened in Radley's path whilst asking Carver for advice.)

- Who was your favorite character?
Carver. His path was beautifully developed, with a lot of depth (Radley's unrequited love was a perfect play on emotions in this path). Not only that, but Carver had offered useful advice to the MC whilst she was crying, even though she had wronged him multiple times (just as he had wronged her.)

- Would you like to see more games from Gourmet Visual?
Yes, I would love to :)
- Any other random comments!

Lovely job! Probably the best Nanoreno I've ever played. A pretty impressive feat, considering i've played over 50.

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- Did you enjoy it overall?

Oh, yes, I did. Bless the Pastry God for this game. I think the other comments have already said what they like about it and I do agree with them, so I feel I'm just repeating lol


- What was your favorite part?

My favorite part was the beginning part (Day 1, I think), where you are being first introduced to the characters before you choose any of the elf boys to chase after. I got hooked by the writing which was really fun and easy to get into. Besides, replacing the F word with Food was totally a plus for me. Ginger's remarks and exasperation made me laugh out loud. I really enjoyed the dialogue and interactions between the characters too. It even made Carver, who was to me, unlikable the first time for he came across as the usual 'stuck-up rival', actually tolerable and I find myself not minding him as much.

Another favorite part would be the teasing, playful scenes during Radley's route. I love choosing the sassy options, which I never expected, and how it led to hilarious results.


- What parts could be improved upon?

I spotted some grammar errors and typos during Benjamin's route. (e.g 'stratagy') As the story progresses (Like after Day 4?), I felt like the quality of the writing was decreasing as the errors pop out more often. Although the meaning behind the sentences are clear, I think the script in Ben's route needs editing on the grammar part. In Radley and Carver's route, I did notice small typos and grammar errors too, but they were not as frequent and consistent as in Ben's route. I also find the Ginger in Ben's route a little overwhelming with her sarcastic remarks and constant food cursing. Her snarky attitude was fine in the beginning, but when it is used more and more often it kind of loses its effect. Sometimes I felt that Ginger was a little too harsh on him with her frustrations. It made me wish that she could at least be nicer to Ben, not that he complains. I prefer Ginger in Radley and Carver's route, where her colorful food cursing is used more sparingly and the humorous effect retains. Ben is cute and nice too with the way he adds an 'ewe' to Ginger's name, but I guess I find something lacking in his character? Maybe it's just that he wasn't atypical from other character types like him. Put together beside Radley and Carver, I think he just shines less, haha.


- Who was your favorite character?

Funny, based on my first impressions of the characters, I decided to go for Beeenjamin first, who is eccentric in a funny way. But after finishing all three routes, I realized I enjoyed Radley and Carver's route more. After Ben, I tried for Radley and came to adore him, this energetic, hygienic, puppy-like crybaby, more than him, haha. Maybe I'm just a sucker for crybaby boys. Then I got curious about Carver and went for him last. I like how he really is more than your typical snobby rival after all. It was really cute between him and Ginger, and how they changed their relationship and grew to become lovers. So I would pick Radley and Carver as my top characters.

- Would you like to see more games from Gourmet Visual?

Yes, especially if they include delectable treats and fun characters


- Any other random comments?

What is it that Radley was gone for so long near the end of his route for? Maybe I've missed something, and I'm curious...

Absolutely loved this game. All the characters were quirky, and there were a lot of hilarious parts. Oh, and second-hand embarrassment from Ginger's attempts at flirting. Hilarious, but made me cringe at times, and I guess that's exactly the point, haha.

*Spoilers*
That said, I think my favorite guy might be Radley, since I love the childhood friend trope, and it's sooo obvious that he loves Ginger since Pastry God knows when. Although that doesn't make playing the other guy's route any easier, because it physically hurts me to see Radley heartbroken, especially during Benjamin's 10th day QAQ

It was also hard to watch Ginger being mean to Benjamin, especially after playing his route and understanding him better. And then watching him leaving her store all dejected made me want to cry.

And then Carver. Dear Lord it was difficult to watch Ginger and Carver spout hateful words to each other when Ginger blurted out something mean to him, and he said something meaner back.

Despite being short, it can be funny, sweet, and heartbreaking all in one playthrough, and I think that's a good job.

There was this tiny little scene that I particularly like, and that is during Radley's route, when Ginger is on the stage and Radley cheers her on; depending on the choices, Ginger would yell at Radley "how dare he confess his love for her to everyone when he hasn't told her privately yet", and then someone from the crowd yells "but we already know that!" XDDD And then Radley tries to persuade Ginger to finish her speech first, but another elf tells them to continue their lover's spat, ahh, it was gold XDDD

One thing I do have to mention, I cannot for the life of me get Ending #4 in Radley's route. I even followed the guide, but every time I pick the "help him" option it always continues on, unlike the other bad endings, and I would always end up with Ending #5 instead.

Other than that, this was a great game, and I would definitely love to see more from Gourmet Visual :D

OK SO I SOMEHOW GOT ENDING #7!?!?!?! I DONT KNOW HOW BUT IM SO HEARTBROKEN IM SO SORRY MY BEAUTIFUL, QUIRKY SHEEP LOVER!

I forgot to save my progress and I think the game was a little bit buggy because it wouldn't let me go back to my diary and try again. However I love the character I play as (Cinnamon, aka Cinnabun lmao). Super sassy gal.

I would love to see some more player decisions in this game though. I'm going to play again and maybe make a funny little play through for my youtube channel! Awesome work, super super cute!!!

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WHAT THE HECK I JUST TRIED TO DO THE RADLEY ROUTE AND I GOT ENDING #5 WHAT IS GOING ON HOW DO I KEEP GETTING BAD ENDINGS I DONT KNOW HOW TO FIX IT IM SO DISAPPOINTED

There is a guide available for download, but if you're having this much of a problem it's also possible that there's a bug in the game! Feel free to e-mail us at gourmetvisual@gmail.com with what you're doing, and we will try to fix it!

Hello can i upload my gameplay of this game on youtube,im starting my chanel and i saw a lot of people playing this game,ill put ur credits in the desriprtion?

Yes of course! I'd love to watch it! :)

This game was soooo much fun!! I loved it. I loved all of the endings. I hope you make it in this industry!

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I can't even wait till I finish the whole game to write a comment because this game is sO GOOD GOD BLESS
I've only gotten one ending from Radley and dang son he is CUTE
Even though the gameplay wasn't too long, the story itself and the sassy comments made up for it
I played the game at like 3am so it was really hard to not burst out laughing
The characters are all very interesting and this is that kind of game that you don't wanna stop halfway through. I stayed up until 5am cuz I couldn't stop
Everyone should give this cute lil game a try because it's AMAZING not even exaggerating. The whole game is beautiful, each and every aspect of it. It's g8 m8 I r8 8/8






spoiler: radley's unrequited love really bums me out :-((((

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There was a weird glitch in the game where the protagonist's name go back to the automatic name, Ginger, even though I put in a different name.

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