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KellsBy Kells
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KellsBy Kells
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About

Calico has a playable prototype! Though very basic, this will hopefully show you our vision for Calico. (windows only for now)

Prototype Demo Download

Calico is a day-in-the-life community-sim where you move to a town of magical girls and are given a harrowing yet adorable task; Make the town’s cat café active and full of cuddly creatures again! You will journey to a small village of Magical Girls and other fantastical friends to fix up the cat cafe, as well as fill it with furniture, decorations, yummy pastries and most importantly CATS!

You Can Look Over Our Dev Journey Here!

Calico is a game 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, and once you befriend them you can name them, then add them to your party or send them to their new home at the cafe. The 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.

Interact with cats and other animals by petting and playing, all animals are interactive!

 Interactions will include playing with toys, dancing, cuddling, petting, carrying, lounging with and pampering! There will also be features like being able to put the animals on your head. Special creatures, like Koi fish will be able to be fed, and I'm sure the birds would love some 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 is a cat café in the middle of 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!

Decoration

Your task in Calico is to bring the town's café back to life again. Along with bringing cats and animals in, as mentioned in the animal sections, you can also decorate your cafe with furniture and toys! We will have a full system allowing you to collect and arrange furniture, decorations, and toys. Some of the furniture will be for people visiting the cafe, and some will be cat and animal furniture like Cat trees, scratching posts, and dog beds.

Yummy drinks and dessert in the café

Along with creating a nice place for the residents and animals of the town to hang out, you can also serve them yummy bakes goods and drinks! 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 in which you can paint designs!

Currency System

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!

In town will be multiple shops, including the potion shop. Autumn runs the potion shop at the top of the hill, in a giant wet plant terrarium. In the full game, give her a visit to get potions that can alter animals and the game around you!

Autumn's Potion Shop
Autumn's Potion Shop

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. 

More-to-pet Potion is just one example of many available potions!
More-to-pet Potion is just one example of many available potions!

More-to-pet Potion allows the player to pick an animal to grow to a larger size. You can hang out with a giant animal, or even ride a giant cat!

In Calico, you play as a sweet magical cutie. There are two playable characters to choose from, Heartgirl and Flowergirl!

We even have this cute  demo animation from Diego!

Kiva - Town Mayor

Kiva is the friendly magical girl mayor of our town! She is SUPER excited for the cat café to open again. She is dedicated to keeping the people of the town as happy as possible. She also emanates ẗ̟̭͍̬̯͕̦͔͔͗̿̓͂͜ḩ̴̧̤̞̤͇͖̘̓̊̈̆͞ę̸̙̩̹̟͛̆̆̄̽̈̕͜ v̵͍̱͕̣͈́̈́̈͆̄͑̀͗͑͟͢͟͢͞ͅo̵̧̡̩̮͈͖̦͆̍̏͌̉̍̀͟͟͞ḯ̵̛̖̰̥̘̫̺͉̃̊̂̊̄͢͡ḑ͙͈͔̟͇̖͐͊͑͊̔̇̓̐͘, out of her arms and legs, but she doesn't want you to worry about that.

Autumn - Potion Shop Owner

Autumn owns the potion shop at the top of the hill. Her appearance is due to her accidentally spilling a potion on herself, which made her part cat. She seems to not mind much though. She is very proud of her well taken care of terrarium home.

Oliver - Travelling merchant

Oliver is a mysterious stray cat that wanders from village to village. Due to this, you know almost nothing about him, but the good part is that he brings cool items from out of town. He seems to like flowers.

Lila - Resident

Lila, another magical girl lives near you. She is very sweet and always smells of roses. She's in charge of the flowers around town.

Ash - Resident

Ash is a skilled, yet laid-back magic user. They like to chat with Autumn about potions, and have even used potions to create some of their tattoos.

Elise - Resident

Elise is another Resident. She is an experienced witch who may have access to some special potions. You'll have to befriend her to learn more.

 Many more residents and characters to come!

Which Platforms?

We guarantee PC and Mac. Beyond that, we have plans to develop for multiple other platforms including Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, but we can't give a guarantee until we can apply and get approval.

About Funds

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!

Rewards

Every reward over $15 USD gets you a copy of the game, Steam or DRM free PC/Mac!

Every reward above $20 USD get's you access to the alpha/ beta secret section of our Discord! You will get to have one of the first looks at new features added to the game, or access to test builds that come out!

***With $25 you get the Otters Holding Hands rewards, you get two copies of the game, and two invites to the secret discord!

Every reward above $40 gets you the Mystical Magical Calico Zine! (short form paperback comic) This Zine will focus on Heartgirl and Flowergirl and be illustrated by our lead artist, Kells who's most notable comic is Dont Seek The Void.

The next tiers all have the previous rewards, with one special reward added on!

*new* Become A Magical Person 2D Version! $60 USD

In this rewards, you get all of the previous bundle rewards, along with a colored sketch of you as a magical person (magical girl/boy/enby, witch, mysterious catboy, or any other sort of magical humanoid) illustrated by Calico's lead artist, Kells!

Design a Pet Toy! $100

Design a pet toy for animals to use in game! This can be a toy for any animal, like a cat, dog or rabbit. Maybe your pet's favorite toy?

  Potion Master $150

It's time for you to become a full magic user! Design a potion for use in the game, including sparkle power, swooshiness, color, magic ability, bottle appearance, and other factors!

Your Pet In The Game! ($200 early bird, $400 Basic)

At this reward tier, you will be able to either put one of your lovely pets in the game, or make up an animal! This animal of any non-human species, will appear in town, like other animals, but it will also be pre-named!

Fuzzy Fluffy Family $800 USD

For this reward, not only do you get to put one pet in the game (real or imagined), but we will but your whole family of pets (up to three) in the game! These animals of any non-human species, will appear in town, like other animals, but they will also be pre-named! Along with that, Kells, Calico's lead artist will draw a portrait of you, up to 3 pets, and up to one other person.

Become A Magical Person ⭐($1000 early bird, 1500 basic)

Do a magical transformation sequence and become the being of magic you've always wanted to be! For this reward, we will work with you on making a character in the game, they can be a witch, magical girl/boy/enby, or any other special human! It can be based on you, or entirely separate.

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 that was the first creator of Calico and is working on most of the art, as well as design.

Andrew is a programmer from Ohio who is working on most of the Unity Development and technical design.

We also have wonderful contributors who are helping us!

Rob - Rob is our amazing potion asset creator, he 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!

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! 

Further info, merchandise, and press kit at 

http://calicogame.com/

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 its first 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~
-CatBean Games

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