This is what I've always wanted in a sim game without realizing it (i.e., having a million pets and being shrunken down so I can bake). The animation isn't always smooth, but I give this game 11/10. Love it. Thank you for making this!
A downloadable game for Windows and macOS
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! Build up your café by filling it with cute furniture, fun decorations, yummy pastries, and get it bustling with animals again!
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.
The Calico character creator will allow players to create their own magical person to experience the world through. There will also be plenty of clothing to choose from and collect throughout the game!
All animals are interactive!
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 café will relax and play with any customers that pop in for a visit.
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!
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!
Check patch notes here! https://whitethorndigital.com/calicopatchnotes
|Release date||Dec 15, 2020|
|Genre||Role Playing, Simulation|
|Tags||Casual, Character Customization, Colorful, Cozy, Cute, Female Protagonist, LGBT, Relaxing, Singleplayer|
|Average session||About a half-hour|
|Inputs||Keyboard, Mouse, Xbox controller, Playstation controller|
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $11.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:
- New Build!Dec 23, 2020
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The cutest, most cozy game I've ever played (and I've played a number of cozy games as it is my favorite way to wind down and relax). My son (6yo) and I (33yo) both play it and just love it.
The characters were perfect. I loved the inclusivity not only of LGBTQ+ and POC but also of body size. As a fat femme enby, I was so happy for a chance to make a character like me and see them move around in the world.
I personally loved the distance between things and wandering around, looking at the forest and coast, listening to the lo-fi music. It was so relaxing.
I even made up stories in my head about the characters (mine and Ash are dating and Xin and Lily and I are using herbs, flowers, and mushrooms in new recipes).
I don't know if there are any plants to update the game with more quests and stories after the giant cat fiasco but I really hope so. I would love to continue in this world a little more.
Thank you for such an amazing game.
Calico is extremely cute, with lots of customization, nice furnishing, fun miscellaneous items, and art. The world is real pretty as well! I got it in a bundle once, and I'm happy I got to play it for a nice relaxing and cozy evening. It could use a bit more polish, and all the running around the emptiness of the forest got a bit tedious at times, but overall I enjoyed the experience <3
It's a really cute game, however, it's full of empty worthless spaces between point A and B, and the missions are just "go from here to there" so most of the time you're just walking.
Nevertheless, the art direction is beautiful, it's a real shame such a cute game have this issue
If you're not sure what platform to get this game on, I want to share that this game works on the Steam Deck. My husband fired up this game on his account to let me get a feel of both the game and the Deck, which he received in Spring this year.
This game is saccharine and definitely one that has its audience that I can see being very happy with the game, but I'm afraid I'm just not one of them (I'm more a salty-sweet over syrupy). I found myself lost and confused before long, and that I felt the magic only really existed to explain away why there was a distinct lack of conflict. Again, this might be fine for some people, but to me, it felt like a missed opportunity. Why not incorporate magic into the wares of the cafe or make it something that you have to overcome to make the cafe better?
I didn't enjoy the way that recipes are made (shrinking your character and running across the worktop throwing entire bags of ingredients into the mixing bowl, which prompts the food to appear and you place it in the display case) and this was not helped by the fact that if you accidentally throw the ingredients over the counter, they do not respawn, and there was no instruction as to how to leave part way, so I felt stuck for a while. I overall preferred the cooking processes of Little Dragons Cafe, where you have to find ingredients (with the quality improving as the game progressed), at least one group (fruit, vegetables, meat, etc.) have flavour profiles that affect the final product, and a mini game affects the final quality. All of these affecting the reviews from the customers.
I also admit that I was not a big fan of the character art style. This is just a minor nitpick and a matter of personal taste, but it didn't help my diminished enjoyment.
None of this is to say that the game is terrible, I could see the heart in it, it just lacked the kind of hooks that get me invested in sim type games. My husband was genuinely surprised when I said I wasn't a fan since I adore cats and baking IRL, until I compared the cooking mechanics between this game and Little Dragons Cafe.
Really cuuuuuuuuuuuuute. It's not the most polished and the gameplay time isn't very long, but it was really fun, I enjoyed the style and the NPCs, and the cooking minigame was bizarre but wonderful. I would love if you could date the npcs / have more interactions with them, but it's a charming game for what it is and the running animations get me every time.
Hi, I love this game. I'd like to have a girlfriend in the game. Maybe you can add this feature in future. The game is very romantic and I like it.
6/5 stars. Needs possum though.
this game was super cute and I loved it. I enjoy the relaxed, casual atmosphere that lets you go at your own pace without consequences. I also love the variety of animals you can meet and play with. If I could make one suggestion, it would be to add more to the baking mini-game mechanic. Maybe something like people being able to order foods you don't currently have on display so you can make them on the spot? In any case, I enjoyed being a tiny human chucking giant flour bags into a bowl taller than my head, so any way to expand on that would be fun in my opinion.
just started this, happy it's finally available on mac, but how does right clicking (ie to customize ur character) work on mac?
Finally got around to trying this out from the mass bundle. Very cute and whimsical, nice touches on the character designer... but there's no sense of danger or risk like in other restaurant sims and there doesn't seem to be any real effect on how you set up your cafe and the food you serve. As an exploration adventure game it feels better. The ultimate payoff is nice but the game as a whole feels half done. I definitely would play another game by you though! The few bugs and wonky camera aside it was a well programmed relaxing low-risk game.
The fact that you can't cram your cafe with more animals is a little disappointing but I can't stop laughing at the idea of someone coming to a cafe and slowly realizing that there's... unusual animals running around. A crow can get a pass and a capybara raises an eyebrow, but the moment the patron realizes there's a polar bear pacing around outside has them choking on their pastry.
...and admittedly I have no idea how to make this poor arctic dog stop no-clip revolving around me. I thought the float potion would let it hover off the ground but nope, its doomed to a cursed existence. I can only escape it for so long before its back in orbit around me.
Edit: Oh and quick warning for anyone who goes to touch that one cat on the city's rooftops: don't. Maybe it was a bug but I wasn't able to pick it up and after that the game acted like I had an animal in my arms. The bug was fixed by saving and reloading the game from the main menu.
The controls on the game are a little janky, but it's serviceable. I'm actually a little curious what it looks like when you have every animal in the Cafe.
I've just started the game. The controls (keyboard and mouse) seem to be impossible to rebind or I am missing something?
I got stuck on a hill and cant move. I was going to make a new save file. Its telling me to delete my save file. There doesn't seem to be a in-game way to do that. Also idk why it cant just replace my current save file :(. IDK what to do i just currently cant play at all
If you ever get stuck, use the return home potion. I'm pretty sure the mayor gives you one at the start of the game.
I love this game so muchh! Its really rare to find games like this and oh my god, Im so glad I found this onee! Theres a few bugs here and there but it doesnt stop me from enjoying all of it! Hopefully, there will be more quest and characters to meet. Thank you for creating this game, dev!
I completed this game moments ago, finishing all quests and finding all animals. This game is so calming and relaxing it's a good way to take my off off my worries and de stress. Environments are fits the overall theme of the games and the animals are so cute and great to have in your party traveling with you. I played using a controller and it's definitely the way to play. Being given a bonus way to travel around at the end of the game makes it easier to enjoy the environment too. There's definitely something for everyone in this game.
I LOVE this game. If you're like me and love cats and cute things, you NEED to play it. I livestreamed myself playing it and had way more fun than I expected. I got it in a bundle, so it was pretty cheap, but it's definitely worth the full price. There are so many cute animals and so many ways to interact with them. Thank you to everyone who was involved in creating it. I'm looking forward to future updates.
I really enjoyed this game. nearly drove myself mad trying to figure out how to get through all of it, and sometimes the controls were cantankerous, but it was a really good time and I find myself reaching for it a lot!
Thank you so much for patching the clothing store freeze in 1.07; that was a bug that halted my early game and it's now working just fine. Am in love with the soundtrack and good vibes so far!
This is such a cute game! The customization is wonderful, the cast is sweet and endearing with such lovely designs, the cats are adorable, the watercolor textures are absolutely stunning...I only feel like I finished it too quickly! I'll be checking back for updates often, I hope there's more to come.
Most issues I have are probably well known or already spoken about, so there's not much I can really say here that hasn't been said already.
I finished playing this game entirely in three days, completing all the quests. I am absolutely in love with this game and I seriously, SERIOUSLY hope that more things can be added in the possible near future, like more quests, characters or even a map extension. I'm really sad that I finished this game so quickly, its become such a comfort game for me.
This game is really cute, and while I was entertained I really wish there was more substance to it. Adorable and entertaining game, but it's not super polished/needs a bit more substance. Would probably be great with multiplayer!
(Just a personal nitpick, but I was kind of unsatisfied with the character customization. There's no real intricate clothes/hair like the NPCs have, and a huge lack of masculine or even gender neutral options. There's no problem with being feminine! But it's kind of tough on those -like me- who don't want to present that way! :'0 )
This game is literally the best game I have ever played. I have had zero issues with bugs etc, it runs very smoothly. You can ride giant cats and customize an adorable cafe with tons of different styles of furniture!! I am so obsessed with this game !!
Is anyone else experiencing a glitch where you can't get out of the furniture arranging menu after placing down the furniture the Mayor gives you? I've tried everything and can't make progress because of it.
I get this glitch sometimes T.T
Bought this in the indie bundle.
I'm so frustrated with this game I started played for a few hours the game crashed and lost all my progress. The controls are not easy to use. Why does the camera not move with the character it's so frustrating to walk and have the move the camera angle at the same time. The graphics are cute but they could use some work. I love the idea of running a cat cafe, the animals are so cute but the game feels unpolished and unfinished it needs a lot of work. Was hoping to buy this for switch if I liked the game but untill all these bugs are fixed I won't.
I love this game so far hahaha. the style of the backgrounds is sooo pretty, I love the running animations i look like a toddler running around. i love that I can wiggle cats around, and the jiggle physics of the cats are hilarious. this is such an endearing game. i am having a lot of issues with customizing my character though, none of the color changes I make load in the game despite still showing up on my character screen. they all load as white in-game
are u gonna release the mac version here? i bought the bundle and was really looking forward to playing this one :[
Got this in the current bundle, loving it way more than I thought I would. If I wasn't so much of a man this game would probably turn me into a femboy.
how do u change the audio volume??? it hurts my ears every time i launch the game lol
if you go to the settings while in-game (not the start screen) there's a sound option where you can change what you'd like :)
I play this game with my daughter and we both love it
Love this game!! Super cute, and the character design is adorable. My only gripe would be character customization-it's darn near impossible to make your character look anything but femme. I love the range of animals you can pet and the spells are adorable. Will be recommending around °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°
Got this in the bundle currently available; thanks to a friend.
Really needs more male/nonbinary customization options, as well as better body modifications; even at the flattest settings & lowest cinch the body is just too feminine to be comfortable for me. Please update this at the very least. Not everybody who plays this game is a girl or feminine presenting.
[ I am not denouncing those who are, but I would like to enjoy this game too without experiencing dysphoria/disassociating. ]
An odd nitpick, but it would be nice to be able to modify the character's ears as well, you can change the nose barely; can't remove it or change nose type either, why can we not either remove, change, or pick a style for ears; such as pointy ears, something.
Could do with more neutral poses too . . . They all just feel a bit off & none seem purely neutral & absolutely none are masculine.
Also curious if a steam key will ever be included down the line.
I want to try & enjoy this game, but in it's current state I cannot play it.
Super fun and cute game! I loved it!
Would you mind adding a steam key to this? It's okay if you don't wanna. I just like getting achievements haha.
Will the Mac version come to itch? I know it's on Steam and was hoping to be able to play through here.
I got the bundle hoping to play it as it's on my wishlist on steam. I didn't check the OS bc I thought it was the same. Any way y'all will post the Mac version so I can play?
I wish i was able to play. I'm having an issue with the very first screen- the enter button doesn't work to put in my name- no other key works, either. I've messed with the settings and I still can't figure out how to get it to run.
Will the mac version be released here on Itch?