Designing Your Store
A key element to Bakery Story is designing and decorating your shop. The main thing is to make it an attractive place for customers to come, but also to ensure you expand its capacity to encourage new business. To do a lot to your bakery you have to buy add-ons for the game using Gems.
In addition to the actual bakery, you have the crucial seating area. This is where your customers sit down and eat their nosh. For every customer, there needs to be a chair next to a table.
To be able to cook, you need more than just ingredients and a recipe! This not only includes an Oven, but also Deep Fryers (yum!), Drinks Mixers and Ice Cream Machines. Obviously not all of these appliances are necessary to make each item, but you will want to get them all eventually to keep a nice, diverse menu. Your recipe list expands as you get new appliances, while the number of appliances you can have increases as your level goes up.
When considering new appliances, remember that you can remove one to storage and place something there instead, if you begin to run out of room. There are some special ovens, such as the Sonic Oven, which reduces cooking time by 20 percent, and the Forever Oven. With this one, items cooked in the oven never spoil or go off.
Some appliances have to be built using tools, indicated by the hammer icon when buying them. These items are shown as cardboard boxes once you get them in your bakery. Hit the box and you will see the tools required to construct it. If you are missing any of the tools, you can use the ‘Ask Friends’ button to request them from other bakers. You can use gems to finish building appliances more quickly – simply hit the ‘Finish’ button and they will be constructed straight away.
When requesting help from your neighbors for appliance parts, remember that you can only do this with each once each day.
As well as tables and appliances, you need a storage area to put food that has been cooked. It rests here until ordered by a customer. You can store all recipes that are the same on one counter, but different ones need a new counter for each individual recipe. This makes it a good idea to cook as much as possible of an individual item, though obviously you are then limiting your menu for your customers.
The design menu is accessed by hitting the ‘Design’ button at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. You can then use the bottom section of this new menu to buy furniture for your bakery. This includes things like appliances, counters, tables and chairs, as well as wallpaper and flooring.
There are some items that can only be purchased with gems. These are very exclusive items that only hardcore Bakery Story gamers will be able to receive! To access them, use the tab next to the red ‘X’ in Design Mode. See the Gem Items section for a list of some of these.
You can also trade your coins for gems in this menu.
The most important thing while playing Bakery Story (except to have fun!) is to expand your bakery. The need for this to happen will occur very rapidly and early on in your game.
Expansions to your bakery must be purchased. You can do this using either Coins (the in game, free currency) or Gems (which you have to buy with real money). You can’t buy the biggest expansions early on in the game, but have to level up through experience first. Gems can be used to speed up this process, making the waiting game a lot less tiresome.
Buying expansions is not as simple as just purchasing the add-on. You will need to decorate the new space, so be sure to factor in extra costs such as flooring and wallpaper.
To purchase an expansion, touch the Design icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. The expansion menu will then be selectable in the shop. The menu is found as the last tab above the merchandise menu. Select the one you want, and it’s as simple as that!
Expansions also provide you with XP. This means that it can be worth leaving expanding until you are close to another level, to allow it to push you over the edge.
It is worth storing any appliances or counters that you no longer need so that you can place a more vital one in its place. Bear in mind that if you store an item that has food or drinks on or in it, you will lose the produce – so be sure to move that first.
When you place an item in storage it is put back into the slot that you originally purchased it from.
You are able to purchase additional cash registers after the first one. This is just for decoration however, and customers will not use it.