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Saccharine

In Amiralo's visual novel Saccharine, Branwen is in a pickle. She's been trying to avoid the king's guards and their inspections, which isn't easy when her luggage happens to be one of the most wanted men in the kingdom, and even forcing the young girl running the local inn to secrecy over Branwen's arrival isn't a guarantee of safety. But when Branwen learns the prince is looking to choose a bride from the common populace, she sees her chance... after all, who would dare question royalty if she were to become the prince's consort and claim that her sickly friend, Isador, was her relative and not the infamous serial killer everyone thinks he is? Branwen has 30 days to successfully woo the prince, and it's up to you to get her there by having her decide what to do each day. Manage Branwen's money to purchase recipes to bake presents, and "spend" her hit points on actions like talking to the prince or working at the inn. There are actually other choices for romance, but you'll need to unlock them by earning the codes to do so from completing the other character's endings in order. As a visual novel simulation, Saccharine is a little rough around the edges, mostly in that its UI feels clunky, and certain aspects of its plot are definitely rushed. As you spend more time with the characters and unlock more content, however, the story takes an interesting turn, and things clearly aren't as straightforward as they seem. While the gameplay may be too simple and repetitive for some, unlocking the other bachelors and their stories fleshes things out considerably, making Saccharine an appealingly creepy twist on more traditional otome games. Just don't expect a traditional happily ever after, either...

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Walkthrough Guide


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Wow. What started off as an simple play-and-walkthrough became a pretty sad yet interesting read. I did get some of the foreshadowing, but not all of it, and yes, in order for the foreshadowing to make sense, you do need to play the game how they ask you to play it. The story itself was a grind, but worth it in my opinion.

Saccharine Walkthrough
Notes:

  • I number the cakes by the order they appear in the inventory. As for the recipes, I've written down where they are sold in the shop.

  • I simply listed what choices are correct and what you need to do. Not doing story spoilers since that defeats the purpose.

  • On the start of Day 15 (regardless who you're pursuing), you will get a cutscene where Ellyn reveals that she got confessed to by Oswin. You will get the choice to say something good or say something bad about Oswin.

    • If you say something good, they will get together, and the amount of gold you get per Work Action changes from 5/10/30 to 15/20/40

Walkthrough:

PRINCE IVAN: [Gardens]

B: Makeshift podium
B: Shout out his name
B: Hurts a lot
B: Don’t know if it’s my native kingdom
B: Take me along
(CUTSCENE - introduce Dominicus)
B: Washed hankerchief (Obtain Blueberry Cake [Cake 1 - Store])
B: High hygiene standards
B: Method to pick potential bride
A: Favorite kind of cake
B: Lot less people
B: Not a fan of classics
B: Only if I call you Ivan
B: Brag about playing harpsichord
B: I like you
B: What do you mean?
(CUTSCENE - Date)
A: Where are the other people?
A: I’m not obsessed with you
B: Eyes are light pink
B: What do you hate?
A: You and Dominicus are very different
A: What are you thinking about?
A: Elementary ballroom dancing
A: Blueberry Budapestlangd (Obtain Medicine Cake [Cake 6 - Home])
B: Tasted awful, but ate it
B: I can bake
[You now need to either purchase the Lime cake, or make it yourself. This is Cake 5]
B: [Must have at least one Cake 5] Have a try.
B: You are quite confident
B: Let him think it out
A: Why the sudden question?
(CUTSCENE - Ivan loses it)
A: I promise I won’t
A: Is your father fine with it?
(CUTSCENE - Visit to the castle)
B: Have you met me before?
A: I presume you courted other girls
B: That was sudden
B: Do you really like me
B: I’m waiting for that kiss
B: What do you like about me?
A: Why me?
B: No
A: I do
(CUTSCENE - Ivan End)

DOMINICUS: [Kingdom Square]

  • introducingthepunchingbag

[You need to talk to Prince Ivan until he introduces Dominicus. Follow Ivan’s path for the first five steps]
B: I am not his mistress
[You need to work until you get at least 40 gold]
A: [Must have at least 40 gold] Tell me about yourself
B: Give me a biography
B: Why did you become Captain?
A: I love the kingdom square
A: My appearance makes you sick (Obtain 40 gold)
A: I brought you a cake
B: Be your friend
A: Do you hate Cadille
A: I used to live there
A: Tell me about Isador
B: If I said yes
B: Only if you stop calling me Rabbit
A: Are you friends with Ivan
B: You can use a good listening ear
B: I am your friend now
B: You are drunk
(CUTSCENE - Dominicus gets drunk)
B: You should at least say “thank you”
B: I didn’t know that you rescue cats
A: Have you been to Olarima before
A: I have nowhere else to go
A: What portrait
A: You never really asked
B: I can run 10 miles without stopping
A: What is it? (Obtain 2 Blueberry cakes [Cake 1 - Shop]
A: I thought you were a murderous sourpuss
A: You did become less caustic
A: Let him think
A: That is not for me to say
B: I would love to.
[You now need to have at least 3 Homemade Blueberry cakes. Purchase the recipe on the TOP LEFT of the recipe page in the shop, then bake Cake 1 three times]
A: [Must have 3 Homemade Cake 1s] Let’s go
(CUTSCENE - Date in the woods)
A: I’ve seen you drunk once
A: For the money (Obtain 5000 gold)
A: Return the money (Lose 5000 gold)
B: What I do is none of your business
A: That’s not funny
B: You don’t know anything
B: I knew you were blunt
B: What is it? (Obtain one of EVERYTHING from the cake shop)
B: Let me think about it
(CUTSCENE - Dominicus End)

ISADOR: [Inn]

  • andyoudontevengetakiss

[As noted in the Help, you need to feed Isador with 10 Homemade Medicine Cakes (Cake 6), so you better start working for the first few days. When you get 50 gold, buy the recipe on the BOTTOM MIDDLE, then bake Cake 6 at least eight times (Isador wakes up in eight cakes and not ten). Then go into the inner room and keep giving Isador the medicine cakes]
(CUTSCENE - Isador wakes up)
A: They got knocked off
A: It was a messy affair
B: I’m worried about your health
B: Lies and coercion
A: I wish I had more talent in magic
B: I have a better plan
A: Think about it
A: Prince’s ball is at the end of the month
A: Have you ever married
A: I would say so
B: They are pretty good (Obtain 30 gold)
[You need to get a Homemade Chocolate Cake. This is Cake 2 - Recipe is on BOTTOM LEFT]
A: The Captain is the person who wounded you
A: You sound like my father
A: You are not going to leave me
A: You aren’t going to do something stupid
B: Can we wait until night
(CUTSCENE - Chatting with Isador, memories of past)
B: We can talk when you get better
B: I will stay by your side
A: Help him
A: Cry
B: Tell me about your past
A: Making cakes to commemorate end of disagreements
A: I heard Captain is drunk
B: How did you know it was my favorite (Obtain one Blueberry cake [Cake 1])
A: You were never a picky eater
A: Why do you like chocolate
B: What for?
B: You don’t seem like a killer
B: Why don’t you heal yourself
(CUTSCENE - Isador realizes something)
A: Night life is non-existant
A: Want me to help?
B: Why did you adopt me?
A: He’s polite and charming
A: His name is Dominicus
B: Let me go with you
(CUTSCENE - Charms in the woods)
A: What’s on your mind?
B: I will try
A: You
A: Open a cake shop
B: I’m all set
(CUTSCENE - Running away)
[Visiting the Inn, Cake Shop, and Kingdom Square will tell you what those charms did. Go to the Castle and click through the path into the castle]
(CUTSCENE - Isador (True) End)

7 Comments

HazelNutBalls September 9, 2015 10:40 PM

The art was friggin' atrocious, but I actually really enjoyed that game :) Very nice story that took a lot of turns if you decided to go through with every character.

Reply

Wow. What started off as an simple play-and-walkthrough became a pretty sad yet interesting read. I did get some of the foreshadowing, but not all of it, and yes, in order for the foreshadowing to make sense, you do need to play the game how they ask you to play it. The story itself was a grind, but worth it in my opinion.

Saccharine Walkthrough
Notes:

  • I number the cakes by the order they appear in the inventory. As for the recipes, I've written down where they are sold in the shop.

  • I simply listed what choices are correct and what you need to do. Not doing story spoilers since that defeats the purpose.

  • On the start of Day 15 (regardless who you're pursuing), you will get a cutscene where Ellyn reveals that she got confessed to by Oswin. You will get the choice to say something good or say something bad about Oswin.

    • If you say something good, they will get together, and the amount of gold you get per Work Action changes from 5/10/30 to 15/20/40

Walkthrough:

PRINCE IVAN: [Gardens]

B: Makeshift podium
B: Shout out his name
B: Hurts a lot
B: Don’t know if it’s my native kingdom
B: Take me along
(CUTSCENE - introduce Dominicus)
B: Washed hankerchief (Obtain Blueberry Cake [Cake 1 - Store])
B: High hygiene standards
B: Method to pick potential bride
A: Favorite kind of cake
B: Lot less people
B: Not a fan of classics
B: Only if I call you Ivan
B: Brag about playing harpsichord
B: I like you
B: What do you mean?
(CUTSCENE - Date)
A: Where are the other people?
A: I’m not obsessed with you
B: Eyes are light pink
B: What do you hate?
A: You and Dominicus are very different
A: What are you thinking about?
A: Elementary ballroom dancing
A: Blueberry Budapestlangd (Obtain Medicine Cake [Cake 6 - Home])
B: Tasted awful, but ate it
B: I can bake
[You now need to either purchase the Lime cake, or make it yourself. This is Cake 5]
B: [Must have at least one Cake 5] Have a try.
B: You are quite confident
B: Let him think it out
A: Why the sudden question?
(CUTSCENE - Ivan loses it)
A: I promise I won’t
A: Is your father fine with it?
(CUTSCENE - Visit to the castle)
B: Have you met me before?
A: I presume you courted other girls
B: That was sudden
B: Do you really like me
B: I’m waiting for that kiss
B: What do you like about me?
A: Why me?
B: No
A: I do
(CUTSCENE - Ivan End)

DOMINICUS: [Kingdom Square]

  • introducingthepunchingbag

[You need to talk to Prince Ivan until he introduces Dominicus. Follow Ivan’s path for the first five steps]
B: I am not his mistress
[You need to work until you get at least 40 gold]
A: [Must have at least 40 gold] Tell me about yourself
B: Give me a biography
B: Why did you become Captain?
A: I love the kingdom square
A: My appearance makes you sick (Obtain 40 gold)
A: I brought you a cake
B: Be your friend
A: Do you hate Cadille
A: I used to live there
A: Tell me about Isador
B: If I said yes
B: Only if you stop calling me Rabbit
A: Are you friends with Ivan
B: You can use a good listening ear
B: I am your friend now
B: You are drunk
(CUTSCENE - Dominicus gets drunk)
B: You should at least say “thank you”
B: I didn’t know that you rescue cats
A: Have you been to Olarima before
A: I have nowhere else to go
A: What portrait
A: You never really asked
B: I can run 10 miles without stopping
A: What is it? (Obtain 2 Blueberry cakes [Cake 1 - Shop]
A: I thought you were a murderous sourpuss
A: You did become less caustic
A: Let him think
A: That is not for me to say
B: I would love to.
[You now need to have at least 3 Homemade Blueberry cakes. Purchase the recipe on the TOP LEFT of the recipe page in the shop, then bake Cake 1 three times]
A: [Must have 3 Homemade Cake 1s] Let’s go
(CUTSCENE - Date in the woods)
A: I’ve seen you drunk once
A: For the money (Obtain 5000 gold)
A: Return the money (Lose 5000 gold)
B: What I do is none of your business
A: That’s not funny
B: You don’t know anything
B: I knew you were blunt
B: What is it? (Obtain one of EVERYTHING from the cake shop)
B: Let me think about it
(CUTSCENE - Dominicus End)

ISADOR: [Inn]

  • andyoudontevengetakiss

[As noted in the Help, you need to feed Isador with 10 Homemade Medicine Cakes (Cake 6), so you better start working for the first few days. When you get 50 gold, buy the recipe on the BOTTOM MIDDLE, then bake Cake 6 at least eight times (Isador wakes up in eight cakes and not ten). Then go into the inner room and keep giving Isador the medicine cakes]
(CUTSCENE - Isador wakes up)
A: They got knocked off
A: It was a messy affair
B: I’m worried about your health
B: Lies and coercion
A: I wish I had more talent in magic
B: I have a better plan
A: Think about it
A: Prince’s ball is at the end of the month
A: Have you ever married
A: I would say so
B: They are pretty good (Obtain 30 gold)
[You need to get a Homemade Chocolate Cake. This is Cake 2 - Recipe is on BOTTOM LEFT]
A: The Captain is the person who wounded you
A: You sound like my father
A: You are not going to leave me
A: You aren’t going to do something stupid
B: Can we wait until night
(CUTSCENE - Chatting with Isador, memories of past)
B: We can talk when you get better
B: I will stay by your side
A: Help him
A: Cry
B: Tell me about your past
A: Making cakes to commemorate end of disagreements
A: I heard Captain is drunk
B: How did you know it was my favorite (Obtain one Blueberry cake [Cake 1])
A: You were never a picky eater
A: Why do you like chocolate
B: What for?
B: You don’t seem like a killer
B: Why don’t you heal yourself
(CUTSCENE - Isador realizes something)
A: Night life is non-existant
A: Want me to help?
B: Why did you adopt me?
A: He’s polite and charming
A: His name is Dominicus
B: Let me go with you
(CUTSCENE - Charms in the woods)
A: What’s on your mind?
B: I will try
A: You
A: Open a cake shop
B: I’m all set
(CUTSCENE - Running away)
[Visiting the Inn, Cake Shop, and Kingdom Square will tell you what those charms did. Go to the Castle and click through the path into the castle]
(CUTSCENE - Isador (True) End)

Reply
hyperspeed100 September 15, 2015 4:51 AM

Hey I can't load the game. I'll only get as far as the fading in and out diamond in the middle of the screen. It doesn't go past that, any ideas?

Reply

Wow. Took hours to finish but what an interesting story. Deep, sad, original, and also a little confusing since I have unanswered questions. But a really good story thats worth it if you have the patience.

Reply

I couldn't get into this. It's just too frustrating having to chase the flashing diamond around the screen to advance the game.

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