Developer: Peachy Keen Games
Publisher: Whitethorn Digital
Platforms: Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 15/12/2020
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
Calico is a game that dropped almost like magic out of thin air after a Nintendo Indie Direct. Starting life as a successful Kickstarter title, with no real release date, it was good to see this one stealth drop.
Calico is very shy on story and world building with only knowing your Aunt has retired from running the local Cat Cafe and your character has taken over the cafe and needs to revitalise it.
Calico is really all about the experience of playing the game and making your own story rather than it being lay out for you. For me being a RPG fan, this allowed for a better role play experience.
Calico is all about interacting with animals and decorating yourself and the cafe, all the while doing missions for residents of the island. It is a delightful change of pace from other games. With Calico, you can relax, take it easy and not get stressed about dying and cuddle all the kitties you can find, not to mention take them back to the cafe.
There is an element of magic here, especially in the cafe, and this was my favorite part (wish it was real). In order to make food your character has to shrink down and throw the required ingredients in to a bowl, then poof out pops the item. These items are then sold at the shop for Beans the currency to buy more items for the shop or clothing etc.
Calico feels like Animal Crossing in many respects, there no violence, need to collect items for your cafe to decorate it, there are lots of animals to intact with and missions for residents to do.
It is just missing the refinements that Animal Crossing has. Calico on the most part runs fine on the Switch. However, it has a myriad of problems on its hands, none that are game breaking but are just daft. There are animals floating in the air. Your own character looks weird while running and when turning she stops momentarily, then carries on. For me personally the worse bug i noticed it in the environment lines run across the ground as if there is a loading problem.
The devs know about these and are working to fix each problem. The day this review goes live, there is a patch waiting to go live for the Switch. Also, the devs have told me they are going to support Calico with free DLC for its first year.
Calico is a very cute hand drawn sim adventure, where you get to run the cutest cafe ever. It is not perfect with a few bugs these are getting ironed out. If you are looking for a slower paced, relaxing experience, I recommend this one.