How to Play

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

The 4 cards at the bottom of the screen represent the orders of Mai-Chan's customers. Each customer wants a specifc number of a single type of pastry. 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!

Making Of

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, the artist of the webcomic Apricot Cookies.

The game was written and designed by Krystian Majewski, an Independent Developer and the host of the Lazy Devs Academy video channel. The entire development process was livestreamed.

The music was composed by Sebastian Haßler, a music composer for film, TV and videogames. This was his first time working in chiptunes.

The game is written entirely in Pico-8.

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This is so cute!! I had fun playing!

I'm really enjoying this game! It's cute, fun, and simple, but also can be a little challenging sometimes. It's by no means as easy as it looks. Really motivates you to earn those coins to see what new pastries you unlock!

cute, interesting mechanics, adorable music.. love it !!! ♡

Do you mind if I start a wiki for this game

Not at all, go ahead. Post the link I will add it to the game's description.

this game is very fun!


Hi! I tested your game! ^^

Your game is really fun and cute! It  took me a little bit of time to understand how to play (I was really tired ^^') but I honestly loved it! Good job ^^

вот это труд

My video on the game.

how do i open the infinite mode?


help this game is too fun and addictive





i loved it aaaaa 


Certainly the sweetest buns I've ever seen ;)

So amazing!! Better than papas pizzeria

this game was excellent. perfect pixel art, perfect music. and i like that you documented the game's creation on youtube and linked it here. i like that kind of behind-the-scenes stuff, and not enough devs do that. is the ost available anywhere?

puedo descargar el juego? :)

I unlocked unlocked 4 things and then tried infinite.  Fun stuff.


Why can't I stop playing?


I have no idea how many hours I sunk into getting this high.


beat my high score of 84 on infinite mode! 

Theres kind of a glitch... I can't do any more foods ;-; 

How do you mean?

Idk! I can't really do anything with the food amount anymore.

I can't like do the card things ;-;

it's hard to explain sorry

Seems like you might be confused about the rules of the game. Check out the tutorial again.

If you are stuck you can move the cursor to the top-left box to activate super power.


Love this game! It's super cute and addictive, I must've played it for a good 40 mins :)

Download version? :)


So Played this in my Inde Game Showcase last month. This game is sooooo adorable and I really enjoyed it. In fact, It's a game that I keep coming back to frequently. It helps 

so cute!


cute game, simple and brilliant premise! Best five minutes I spent today 💖💖💖

I can’t believe this game was made for a jam. It’s rad!

Wow best graphic game I ever played with Pico-8. Nice adorable game! ٩̋(๑˃́ꇴ˂̀๑)

Good game! <3 <3 <3

if only I could eat all these delicious-looking pixels...

yeah... soo good

Easy rule but not easy game for me. I love this game though. 


Quite slick and very polished for a jam game. Not exactly my forté (I failed a lot), but the game design was solid. Including the different abilities to make a custom pastry lineup was a neat feature. I saw that you filmed the whole process as well which is cool. I edited together a quick video of my time with it for any of those who are interested.

Nussecke got too popular for Mai-chan to handle!

the nussecke intensifies

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The next day...

This game is so good in every aspects! Very well polished, cute and addictive. Great game design (I want to get all the pasteries ^^), and the music is just perfect too.



This is super cute! I really like the mechanic of having to rotate the cursor vertical or horizontal, I haven't seen that done in this kind of matching game before so it feels really fresh.

This is really pleasant, love the style and different strategies and customization. Love how you can really fine tune your pastry lineup to match your playstyle! -Grey

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Glad you like it. Out of curiosity, what is your favorite pastry lineup?

I haven't played too much yet! aside from one normal and hard mode match, I did an infinite mode which lasted to about 300 orders- so I didn't get too many coins. I'll get back to you on this once I've unlocked everything~ -Grey

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Played a lot more, got to the point where I could last infinitely on infinite mode, playing it here and there while waiting for things and almost got to 100 stars, so I cut my game short once I hit 4000 points. I like to run Snatch, Order, Table Flip, and Flip.  I'm not really sure what's best for hard mode though, constantly changing my mind there. -Grey


Scone, Cannoli, Taiyaki, and Cinnamon Roll


Oh man, I love this games style, it's super adorable~
It took me a second to figure out that the mechanics are easier to understand than i thought, now its really fun and puzzling!
Also the upgrade system is nice, it really feels alot better to unlock something when you can be excited about what kind of new cute looking but meaningful pastry you'll get next. -Saemi


this is just brilliant :)


Trying to achieve 1000 points in infinite mode...


Played some of this on my channel! Incredibly charming and polished! 


This game is super cute! I love the overall pastel color aesthetic and the simple but deep puzzle gameplay. The music is really nice and relaxing as well, this game is a great way to start the day! Great job on this! ^-^