Calico Nintendo Switch Review – The Ultimate Comfort Game
Calico is published by Whitethorn Games, but the developer deserves a huge shoutout too. Peachy Keen Games is a two-person studio making its debut with this release. In terms of games to play around this time of year, I look for a few things. Firstly, I want to feel comfortable and relaxed when I’m gaming in January. The holidays are over, I live in a winter-weather state, and January is sort of underwhelming. If I’m gaming, then I want to experience something akin to a deep breath. Overall, Calico kept me busy during the end of December and is sure to accompany me through the coming months as well. Here’s my Calico Nintendo Switch review.
Calico is a Cat Café Sim and All-Around Great Time
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I’m a huge fan of simulation games and what they represent. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was my 2020 Game of the Year for similar reasoning. If you’re overwhelmed by life, then these games offer a much-needed reprieve. Much like someone who loses themselves in a session of The Sims, I found myself playing Calico and losing track of time immediately. According to the game’s developers, the game simply is “meant to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.” In a low-stress world, you play as a character designated to rebuild your town’s cat café. You get to bake, add furniture, and even acquire cats to greet your patrons.
There are a few things a game that features animals can mess up. Firstly, interactions with animals need to be fun and, most importantly, an option for the player. I’m happy to report every animal you meet in Calico is interactive. Feed fish, roam with birds, and even let cats ride on your head as you finish tasks for your café. There are also some trap falls for simulation games that offer options for decorating and crafting. The real trick sometimes is getting people invested in what they’re decorating.
If you like the idea of owning your own cat café, then this is like living out the dream. Furniture has various themes, and you even get to place things as you’d like. Plus, you can craft your menu and bake things in a fun and unique manner. If you’re ready to bake a cupcake, then your character actually shrinks down to the size of the utensils while you gather your ingredients. These little details are what makes Calico a joy to play.
Calico Nintendo Switch Review Score
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I review games on a scale of 1-10; my Calico score for Nintendo Switch is an 8/10. Immediately, players might notice this game is a bit choppy in its player movements. I don’t mind this one bit because the world is a ton of fun to explore. Plus, the sandbox-style universe offers more in terms of fun than it does moments of frustration. Overall, this is a game that I feel fits great in my Nintendo Switch library. Of course, you do have options if you want to play on other consoles. The game is also available on Xbox One and PC.
This game is a wonderful debut for Peachy Keen Games. One of the members of the two-person studio did an AMA on Reddit I’d definitely check out if you’re interested in the game. If you’re looking to unwind in the new year, then this is a game you’ll want to have handy. With a great art style and plenty to keep you busy, Calico is the café sim we’ve been waiting for.
A digital review copy of Calico was provided by the publisher for the purposes of this review.
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Taylor is the Gaming Editor of Comic Years and a lifelong fan of video games. He holds two degrees in Political Communication and wrote a Master's Thesis on resistance movements, race, and the exploitation of college athletes. His wife and two Toy Australian Sheppards keep him sane.