Oh, no!  Star Anise can't figure out where his best friend Branch Commander Twig is!  Can you master his cat powers and help him find Twig?  Can you enlist help from the other lunekos?  Can either of you remember what you were doing for more than thirty seconds?

Controls are arrow keys and Z/X.  I'm sure you'll figure it out.

This is the hotly awaited 1½th game in the highly lauded Star Anise Chronicles series, all about the adventures of my cat's fursona, Star Anise.  Keep an eye out for Star Anise 2, which will be like this, but bigger!

Made with PICO-8 in twelve days, with three tokens and zero bytes to spare!  You can get the original cartridge and source code on the PICO-8 BBS, where there's also a speedrun version.

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(29 total ratings)
Made withAseprite, PICO-8
Code licenseMIT License
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution_ShareAlike v4.0 International
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Gamepad (any)


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very cute :3 rowr
simple game but I like it, even replayed to find all stars and pap all things.
was just a bit off since there was no extra reward or something for doing 100%(which is fair enough since you had 0 bytes spare >w<'') but still very nice.

o7 good luck on your journey commander twig.


Knocking things over and meowing to open doors, the true cat experience.

I love the music!!


thank you so much!  i'm still pretty new to music so i'm really happy with how it came out!


Left it running overnight. Glad PICO-8 is not a memory hog. Finished it with only 8/9 stars, because I do not understand space. Also, I approve of the Tokata easter egg.

Okay so i played it and god damn every time you make the little luneko meow its so cute.


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The gameplay style works for me in the same way as confort food does, and it is so nice that one can build on top of that cute little stories such as this one. 

Very touched by the ending. Thanks ^_^ 

love the artstyle, but i can't figure out how to jump D: it's quite frustrating.


there are only two buttons and a d-pad!  run around a bit and try stuff out


I had this feeling too, but it turned out okay in the end!

keep going and you will get the jump upgrade


so cute~! I feel like ya fit so much into a single cart.

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this game is very cute. I found myself mixing up which direction to swap my powerups a lot, but that's kinda just what happens when I'm not used to the game yet

I was thinking, if you're having trouble fitting buttons in on Pico8, have you ever tried using O or X as a modifier key? it might have been interesting to hold X down and press left or right for the pap, and up/down for the other two.. maybe that's too complicated for this game, but in the future if you're ever hurting for keys that might help


ah, but part of the fun of the pap is to run around mashing it and leaving little pawprints everywhere

ah yeah fair enough

Issa cute game! I missed the ending though because this happened o.o

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holy fuck???  this is kind of rad though