Syrup and the Ultimate Sweet
is a cute Ren'Py
-based Visual Novel
that follows Syrup, a candy alchemist who uses science to make her sweets rather than magic like everyone else in town and unexpectedly finds a girl made entirely out of candy in her basement.
It was made for Yuri Game Jam 2015 by NomnomNami and has 10 different endings (although some are worse than others.)
Tropes in Syrup And The Ultimate Sweet:
- Ambiguous Gender: Toffee. If you get their ending, they ask you if you think they're male or female. It turns out neither choice is correct because they're non-binary; if you replay their ending, you'll actually get a third option that reflects this and they'll be impressed you got it right.
- Big Damn Heroes: If you refuse to be friendly to Butterscotch when the two of you are trapped in the ice cave (which is the quickest way to get out of the cave), you'll still be rescued in time by Gumdrop if your relationship with her is good enough.
- The Cameo: Treat from NomnomNami's Lonely Wolf Treat Series makes a cameo when Syrup and Butterscotch go to Mount Sorbet.
- Downer Ending: The five non-character related endings. In order:
- The Candibal End has Syrup eat Gumdrop. Pastille is so disgusted he leaves and never returns, and due to dwindling sales Syrup has to close down her shop.
- The Frozen End has Syrup tell Butterscotch she hates her which leaves Butterscotch unable to get them out of the icy cave they're in. They end up freezing to death in there.
- Bad End 1 has Syrup give Gumdrop over to Butterscotch and refuse to help Pastille get her back, and he leaves her. The candy store goes into decline and Syrup's left with nothing and nobody.
- Bad End 2, similar to Bad End 1 has Syrup give Gumdrop over and Pastille leaves her, but in this ending she hires Toffee to help out around the store. They and Butterscotch take it over and Syrup quits, resolving to never get close to anyone again so nobody can betray her like Pastille did.
- And the Worst End has similar events to the Frozen End, except Pastille and Treat rescue Syrup and Butterscotch before they freeze to death. However, Syrup tells Butterscotch she still hates her, and the own coldness in Syrup's heart ends up killing her.
- Earn Your Bad Ending: Every Downer Ending qualifies, as in order to get one Syrup has to ruin her relationship with at least one person but the Worst Ending takes the cake. In order to get it, Syrup has to tell Butterscotch she hates her so Butterscotch is unable to free them from the ice cave. Then when they're rescued by Pastille and Treat, Syrup has to tell Butterscotch that she hates her still. Then the coldness from her own heart will freeze Syrup to death.
- Edible Theme Naming: Syrup, Pastille, Gumdrop, Butterscotch, Toffee... yep, there's definitely a theme going on here.
- Evolving Credits: Getting a character's good ending causes their sprite to change on the title screen, such as Syrup getting snazzy sunglasses, Gumdrop's smile getting bigger, and Butterscotch winking at the player.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: If Syrup turns Gumdrop over to Butterscotch but later agrees to help Pastille rescue her, Gumdrop's hair will be styled shorter for the rest of the game due to Butterscotch having eaten part of it and Gumdrop deciding to keep the shorter hairstyle after Syrup said it looked cute on her.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Pastille, despite being clearly considered by Syrup to be just a lowly assistant, is really the one who keeps her candy store running by overseeing finances and being friendly to customers who would've been put off by Syrup's antisocial demeanor. Syrup learns this the hard way in the bad ending where Pastille leaves her and she discovers that she can't keep the store going by herself. Furthermore, Pastille turns out to be secretly capable of magic and was the one who created Gumdrop as a friend for Syrup.
- Let's Meet the Meat: Gumdrop is a candy golem. When Syrup mentions that candy's meant to be eaten, Gumdrop begs her to eat her. And Syrup can actually agree to do so.
- Multiple Endings: Ten, featuring an ending for each character, and five less than stellar ones.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Despite this game being an entry for a Yuri Jam and its creator being well-known for Girls' Love games, the romantic implications of Syrup's relationships with other female characters are greatly downplayed which makes it perfectly possible to interpret her good endings with Gumdrop or Butterscotch as just them becoming close friends.
- Vain Sorceress: It's not obvious at first, but Butterscotch is one. Syrup learns about this when the two of them get trapped in a cave and Butterscotch uses up too much of her magic, causing the spell she cast on herself to look thinner and more beautiful to wear off and reveal her true appearance to Syrup.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Between eating the candy girl in your basement, handing that candy girl off to your rival who's slowly eating her into nothing and refusing to help, and telling your rival you hate her, there's a lot of it. Although it all leads to various downer endings.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Pastille will call out Syrup if she chooses to eat Gumdrop or give her to Butterscotch who she knows plans to eat her. If Syrup refuses to reconsider her choice, Pastille will leave her, triggering a bad ending.