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I just wrote an entire review and I lost it goddammit. Oh well.

I honestly have no clue where to even start describing how I felt while playing this game, and I fancy myself a writer, so that's huge! It was such a surreal, heart-wrenching and somehow strangely fulfilling ordeal, and I have to say I enjoyed every second of it. I'm gonna start off with how gorgeous the music was. It set the mood right from the beginning, and I just knew that this wouldn't be just any old zombie apocalypse-themed game. It was thought-provoking, tragic, and even somewhat darkly comical at times, and I loved it! Kudos for bringing up a whole new side to the old zombie trope.

Anyways, I loved how we could name both the main characters --nice touch! I can honestly say that I've never enjoyed two characters so much. They were both unique, and their interaction was very surreal, and wonderful to watch. They were so different, but similar as well. Their dialogue complemented their personalities very well, and I felt like I was watching a short film. It was amazing how the game wasn't riddled with a lot of description, and how Shelby and Dustin were brought to life with just their interaction. I loved them!

Also, the art is just gorgeous! Their expressions were just great to watch, and I loved the time progression --very realistic. I have no clue how you managed to create something so magnificent in just four days! It's just astounding, to be honest. And the amount of thought and care gone into this game is very apparent. The writing was amazing as well, and none of the description or dialogue felt out of place.

I was enraptured by the mood of the game, and the self-deprecating nature of the characters just added to the overall.....deadened, sort of 'it's the end of the world so why bother' kinda atmosphere. I was caught up in the game from start to finish, and my jaw was on the floor with every unexpected turn, and every heart-wrenching moment (and boy, were there many). I just really love this game, and it's strangely serene for a story set in a zombie apocalypse. It makes you feel, and it makes you question a lot of things, and I don't think anyone will be able to finish the game and just sit there without thinking of some of the questions it posed. However, I kinda wish that there was a concrete ending, but then again, the open-ending contributed to the hopeless feeling that was laced throughout the story.

I just really love this, okay?

And if "Shadows" was this good, I can't wait to see anything else you create! Honestly really want to write a fanfic based on this, and I'm Impatiently looking forward for more games from you! Now i'm gonna go bug everyone I know to play this!

Ah man, as soon as I stumbled on this, I knew it would be gold, and I was not disappointed! I love the konbini setting, and the art style is just gorgeous! Also, Natsu is a great MC, and I love how snarky she is. All the characters are hilarious and unique, and I'd be lying if I said my heart didn't flutter a little when "Prince" made his appearance ;) And heck, I even liked Hoody tbh (terrible, I know, but I can't help it).

My favourite is Grouchy, though. I mean, he's so dedicated, and he can be a bit mean, but seriously, who can resist that blushing face of his? Also, his and Natsu's bickering is adorable. I have no idea how I feel about Glasses yet though, he's kinda weird, but then again, aren't we all? I'm so excited to see where this goes.

Also gonna scream about the art again because goddamn, it's detailed. Their expressions are so wonderful to look at, and don't even get me started on the eyes!!!! Y'all are so talented <3

This game is so refreshing, and I've been searching for a nice romantic comedy for a long time, and I can't wait for the full release! Already experiencing Hiroto-withdrawal hahaha <3

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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