A plethora of animals to befriend while utilizing magical girl aesthetics in a chill “day-in-the-life” community simulator where you run your own cat café – this is what awaits you in Calico. Shown in today’s Indie World Showcase, this dream-like escape from Peachy Keen Games and Whitethorn Digital is all about relaxing in this digital world, stress-free. Just because you’re running a cat café doesn’t mean you’re limited to just furry felines relaxing in your cozy bistro. Dogs, polar bears, red pandas, and more can be found! Plus, you can pet all the animals, as well as befriend them, carry them on your head, and more.    

 

 

Character Creator — The Calico character creator allows players to create their own magical person to experience the world through. We focused on making options that lets you best represent yourself in the Calico world, with a diverse range of skin tones, hair types and body shapes! There are also a myriad of clothing options you can find throughout the game to complete your look!

All animals are interactive! — The player will encounter many floopy animal friends in the world of Calico. Once befriended, you can ask them to follow you, let them roam free, 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. Along with adding animals to your party, Interact with cats and other animals by petting and playing! Some of the animal interactions in Calico includes playing with toys, dancing, cuddling, petting, carrying, lounging with, and pampering. You can even place animals on your head!

Cafe Decoration — 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 of different styles to create the perfect cozy home for you and your animals!

Cooking Minigame — Create a wonderful café by making yummy bakes goods and drinks for the townspeople! Learn about your follow villagers to pick and choose their favorite foods to sell!

Magic of Calico — 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. Example: 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!

 

You can enjoy the world of Calico on Switch today! It’s available on the Nintendo eShop for $11.99 and supports the Save Data Cloud function offered in the Nintendo Switch Online membership. For even more Calico goodness, the game’s soundtrack is also available on Bandcamp, so you can listen to its relaxing tunes outside of its beautiful, pastel-hued world. 

 

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)

Jennifer Burch