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Calico is a day-in-the-life community sim game where you are given an important and adorable task: rebuild the town’s cat café and fill it with cute and cuddly creatures! You will journey to a small village filled with magical girls and other fantastical friends, where you are placed in charge of a run down cat café. Build up your café by filling it with cute furniture, fun decorations, yummy pastries, and get it bustling with animals again!
In Calico, you play as a sweet magical cutie. There are two playable characters to choose from: Heartgirl and Flowergirl!
Calico will release on PC and Mac (steam included), Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4~
Unlike its inspirations, such as Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing, there are no negative consequences. Animals will not die, the shop will not close, and the crops will not rot. Players are free to explore the joy of a heavily stylized world full of cuddly critters.
Calico is meant to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The gameplay reflects that with a laid back, low stress creative environment to explore and play in.
Explore the village to find cats and other animals, including raccoons, deer, dogs, turtles, red pandas, foxes, and many, many more cuties!
The player will encounter many animals in the world of Calico. Once befriended, you can name them, add them to your party, or send them to their new home at the café. Animals in your party will follow you everywhere you go and listen to your commands. The animals in your cafe will relax and play with any customers that pop in for a visit.
All animals are interactive!
Along with adding animals to your party, Interact with cats and other animals by petting and playing! Some of the animal interactions in Calico will include playing with toys, dancing, cuddling, petting, carrying, lounging with, and pampering. There will even be special features, like placing animals on your head! Special creatures like koi fish will be able to be fed, and the birds would love to be given seeds!
We have big plans for the animals' personalities. Their AI will include things like:
- Happiness, trust, and energy levels
- How active, lazy, or hungry they are
- How close they like to be to the player
- Do they like being picked up?
- Do they listen to player commands?
- What other animals do they like as friends
- What’s their favorite toy?
- Unique actions exclusive to specific animals And more!
For the “Your pet in the game” Kickstarter tiers, we will ask you to describe your pet’s personality and quirks so that their in-game version will properly capture their spirit!
Calico takes place on a star-shaped island with 6 different environmental areas. In the middle is a heart shaped town where your café resides!
Calico is a cat café in the middle of a small heart shaped town. For those unaware, a cat café is a café that includes cats that can be watched and played with. But animal cafés are not limited to cats. Some areas have bunny cafés, owl cafés, or even raccoon cafés!
This café is open to all animals, and needs your care to become a welcoming cafe again!
Your task in Calico is to bring the town's café back to life again. This isn’t just achieved by bringing in cats and animals alone, however – you can also decorate your café with furniture and toys! We will have a full system that allows you to collect and arrange furniture, decorations, and toys. Some furniture is for the café’s human visitors, while other furniture is meant for your animal friends (like cat trees, scratching posts, and dog beds, to name a few options!).
Yummy drinks and dessert in the café
Create a wonderful café by making yummy bakes goods and drinks for the townspeople! We will have a system in which you can create and display pastries for sale in the café display cases, as well as create a drink menu. Some of the pastries and drinks will be customizable. For instance, the macaroons will have a surface on which you can paint designs~
While having goods on display in the town, residents of the town will be able to come by and purchase your goods and hang out in the café. This means you will gradually start making money. Things that you will be able to use money for include more furniture and decorations for your cafe, more toys for your animals, more available foods and drinks to make, and shopping around town! (Note: this is entirely optional!)
In town will be multiple shops, including the potion shop. Autumn runs the potion shop at the top of the hill, in a giant moss terrarium. Give her a visit to get potions that can alter animals and the game around you!
We wanted there to be no limits to how you could find happiness in Calico. Magic potions are a system that allow us to break the rules of what is possible and to find what would be most fun.
Here’s a taste of what’s to come: the More-to-pet Potion allows the player to magically turn a single animal giant-sized! You can hang out with a giant animal, or even ride a giant cat!
Or a red panda!
Our goal with this Kickstarter is to raise enough money that both Andrew and Kells can work on the game full time for the next year and a half. That is where most of the money will go, as we cover most of the bases. The other amounts will go to the usual legal requirements/ fees/ safety net, and skills we can't cover. The chart below shows the distribution of our budget!
More About Us!
Calico is being created by CatBean Games, a two person studio in Seattle, WA.
Kells is an artist and community manager from both New York City and Minnesota, and is working on most of the art and design of the game.
Andrew is a programmer from Ohio who is working on most of the Unity Development and technical design for Calico
We also have wonderful contributors who are helping us!
Rob - Rob is our amazing potion asset creator, who will be helping us flesh out our inventory of assets so that players will have a lot to choose from!
Diego - Diego is an animator who has been helping bring our magical girls to life! He creates incredible, full of life animations!
Plum - Plum is our lovely sound designer, who will help add that good meow content to Calico.
Ninichi - Ninichi is our music magician for Calico! She is a UK-based composer for games, film & media. Her credits include: Shakey’s Escape, Cyclocube & Power Pool Slam. She loves music, playing games & cute & colourful things!
We Also Have A Guest Contributor!
Emi Evans, most notable for her performances in the soundtracks for the NieR series, Dark Souls, and Ace Combat: Assault Horizon will be contributing to a bonus music track for Calico! We are So excited to be working with her!
Thank you so much for reading this far! Feel free to ask us ANY questions, or just chat with us and any of the links below~
Risks and challenges
As far and risks and challenges go, we're playing it pretty safe. All of the features that we've mentioned above are things we know we can do, it'll just take a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! We know that on your end, you may be hesitant to back a studio on their first official game. If you do end up putting your trust in us, I can say honestly that we will try our absolute best to make sure we make you proud. We plan to be transparent and open about our progress along the way. We've already had a lot of fun engaging with the community by showing development so far!
Thank you for your time and consideration~
- (28 days)