Corinne Cross’s Dead & Breakfast5th September 2019
developer & publisher: bad chalk
I found this game completely accidentally – I had a hand twitch while trying to click on a game thumbnail on steam, and clicked the wrong thing. I can only assume one of the charming ghosts in the game was making sure I’d find it.
I am so glad I found it. This game is charming. I love the art style, and it’s so clear the dev made this game with a lot of love.
You play as Corinne, and you take over a bed & breakfast for 7 days; you’re just looking after it for a while as a favour, but it quickly becomes a lot more than that.
This is a pretty short game, and it’s story above all else. However, there is management in the game, which makes it more than a visual novel. The interactions available to you are different depending on if it’s day or night, certain events happen on certain days, at certain times. You also have to manage your money – you can grow flowers to sell, and of course, buying the materials doesn’t come cheap. There’s also cooking! The cooking is for story progression, rather than for funds. The first time I played, I went overboard and bought all the pots, dirt and seeds I could afford, only to realise there was also cooking involved, and I couldn’t afford to make a story related breakfast. There are also story related items you need to buy, so you have to be strategic with your funds. Corinne also gets tired as you go about running your B&B, so you also have to take that into account.
There’s also a new game+ option, which makes your fund management a little trickier, but more importantly, it gives you new scenes and changes the story up a bit – so I would definitely recommend a second play on new game+.
Although the game is charming and utterly adorable, it does deal with a heavy topic – dying before your time; regrets for things not done, and the heartbreak of those left behind. It’s not a sad game though, it’s quite optimistic, and it makes for quite a bittersweet experience.
If you have a couple of hours to spare, give this game a go! The dev has another game in the works, and I can honestly say I’m excited and really looking forward to the day steam tells me it’s finally available. Head over to the dev’s twitter account to keep up with what she’s up to.
If you’ve played it, or decide to give it a go, let me know what you think!