Codename: Bakery Girl
Codename: Bakery Girl (Original title: 面包房少女 CODE NAME:BAKERY GIRL) is a strategy RPG game developed by Mica Team in partnership with GameMaster and Vanguard Sound, released for PC in China on February 5, 2013. It's an overhaul of the 2008 short visual novel Girl of the BakeHouse (面包房少女) distributed by Mica Team as a doujin group, and will receive a remake titled Reverse Collapse: Code Name Bakery (Original title: 逆向坍塌：面包房行动), available internationally on Steam, published by X.D. Network Inc. and developed by Mica Team under the name Sunborn.
Bakery girl is Girls' Frontline's predecessor and a sequel to its story. Sound assets from Codename: Bakery Girl have been reused in Girls' Frontline. Bakery Girl's Secret Documents served as the base of the Confidential Files of The Art of Girls' Frontline Vol.1, linking the two universes. One of the taglines for Reverse Collapse: Code Name Bakery is “30 years after Girls' Frontline, Code Name Bakery begins.”
Codename: Bakery Girl is a top-view square-grid turn-based strategy RPG (or tactical RPG). On their turn, players expend each of their unit's action points to move them on the map and take a variety of actions, such as gathering supplies to craft equipment from gathered parts, attacking enemies or setting up traps or automated turrets. Stealth is an important part of the gameplay: most of the map is hidden in a fog of war concealing enemy positions, and each enemy has a limited field of vision. By moving on concealement tiles such as forest or buildings, and by trading movement for stealth with the “prone” position, player units can move undetected and perform sneak attacks.
The RPG component of the game comes from the preparation screen before entering each mission, where players assign equipment and allocate enhancement points to each unit, as well as upgrade equipment.
There are 10 chapters in Codename: Bakery Girl.
Codename: Bakery Girl takes place in the mountainous Karachay Region of Caucasian Russia, near Teberda City. It begins on the morning of December 18th, 2092 when the unit of Captain Carl Mintfield is ambushed by forces of the Union of Rossartrism Nations Coalition (URNC). Agent Mendo is caught in the explosion of a rocket and faints. When he wakes up, he is being tended to by a mysterious girl with white hair named Jefuty. Mendo's head injury made him forget what his original mission was, but the girl insists on guiding him to safety as URNC forces are searching the forest. Jefuty displays superhuman movement speed and hearing as they avoid and fight the enemy troops, and reach a village where Mendo remembers an emergency communication points has been set up.
There, they find Atena and Jevon, members of the TASA Razor team in charge of supporting MID. Jevon explains to Mendo that he is a member of the MID, the internal affairs of the Antarctic Union's army, and his team was sent to the Caucasus to recover a certain objective under operation Bakery. The exact objective of Bakery is a secret unknown to Jevon, and forgotten by Mendo. The MID teams were operating under secrecy with the help of a URNC officer named Lavrentiy Beria, who turned out to be a double agent and set up the attack.
During the night, Jefuty reveals to Mendo that she knows where Beria's base is, and both depart without informing the TASA agents to take revenge. While they reconnoiter the Sukhumi Special Air Force Base, they see Beria talk with an unknown man and a mysterious girl, which immediately sense that Jefuty, her “big sister”, is near. Mendo and Jefuty are forced to flee into a heavily contaminated zone struck by a Collapse Fluid cloud and nuclear warheads during World War Three, and still inhabited by violent mutated ELIDs. Seeing the ELIDs triggers vague memories in Jefuty.
As they become trapped by ELIDs, Mendo and Jefuty are helped by the mysterious girl, who uses superhuman powers to destroy the ELIDs, inform them that Beria's troops have left the base mostly unguarded, and leaves. Mendo and Jefuty return to the base and cross path with Captain Carl, who managed to survive the assault on MID's teams a day earlier. The group infiltrate the base and reach the command room to interrogate Beria, but they fall into Beria's trap and are surrounded. Jefuty asks Beria what happened to her little sister Lige.
In a flashback, Jefuty remembers that she and Lige were among the refugees convoy that was massacred by the URNC troops, but that Lige was killed by a tank during their escape. Later, she witnessed Lige's body reassembling itself as Beria and his mysterious associate, who presented himself as Lige's father. Beria reveals that Lige's true name is Noel, and that she was being used to track down Jefuty. Mendo and Carl trigger the explosives they had prepared earlier, making an escape from Beria's ambush. As they are about to leave the base, Noel blocks their exit, resenting Jefuty for leaving her behind, thinking her dead, and asking her to join their father. Jefuty refuses, insisting that they are normal girls and that they had a promise to find their mother together.
The Antartican forces manage to force Noel to retreat, but she warns them that a URNC army has put the region on lockdown. The team runs into the night to their extraction point, where an aircraft will pick them up in 30 minutes. As they barricade into a church, Mendo admits to Jefuty that he had understood she was Bakery's objective, but was glad they could bond as persons, though she didn't smile once. As Beria's troops encircle the church, a long fight begins, where the Antarctican soldiers manage to wear down the URNC troops.
There are three different endings depending on the capacity of the player to deplete the URNC troops before taking Beria down.
The bad ending plays if the player goes straight for Beria. In his last breath, Beria taunts Jefuty, saying she will never see Lige again. Jefuty decides to go searching for her, and when Mendo tries to prevent her from walking into an obvious trap, she shoots him in the leg so he won't stop her then leave with a sad face.
The normal ending plays if the player manages to take down Beria's elite enemies before going for him. As the encirclement weakens, Mendo and Jefuty run after the fleeing Beria. As he dies, he laments that the war is entirely caused by Jefuty's existence, as she is the key to unlocking the power of Collapse Technology, and that she actually planned for the MID and URNC to fight over her and use the chaos to disappear. Jefuty reveals to Mendo that she is indeed an experiment, but hates that her very existence is causing a war and the death of many people. She finally asks Mendo to kill her, but he refuses, believing in her right to live as a normal human being or use her powers for a good cause. Jefuty smiles and leave.
The good ending plays if the player wipes out the opposition before taking down Beria. It is identical to the normal ending, but Jefuty and Mendo share a kiss before she leaves.
The Secret Documents in the Gallery menu of Codename: Bakery Girl reveal that Jefuty and Noel were the results of the Three Goddesses project, and also expand on the story of World War Three, the First Beilan Island Incident, the Antarctic Union and the Union of Rossartrism Nations Coalition. The Confidential Files in The Art of Girls' Frontline Vol.1 reveal that Jefuty was later captured by the URNC, and Mendo took part in the operation to rescue her two years after Codename: Bakery Girl during operation Kindle.
Players can unlock 10 pieces of lore from the Secret Documents menu in the game. They cover Collapse Technology (part 1), Relic Technology research from 1945 to 1981 (parts 2, 3 & 5), the two GAVIRUL Reproduction Projects (parts 4 & 10), the First Beilan Island Incident (part 6), World War Three (part 7), the start of the First Antarctic War (part 8) and Eurosky Low-Emission Infectious Disease (part 9). The Confidential Files of The Art of Girls' Frontline Vol.1 have reproduced and added material to these original documents.
- Promotional video for Codename: Bakery Girl
- Video playlist of all mission on Codename: Bakery Girl
- Fan-translated game script and secret documents for Codename: Bakery Girl
- Video of the original visual novel
- Steam page for Reverse Collapse: Code Name Bakery
- Trailer for Reverse Collapse: Code Name Bakery
- Official English Twitter account for Reverse Collapse: Code Name Bakery