Behold, the miracle of life… packed into cubes! Create fantastic creatures in an open-world sandbox game like no other. Explore, craft, and survive—all with the help of your very own creations.
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Very Positive (212 reviews) - 85% of the 212 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 1, 2016

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to get lifeblocks into people’s hands sooner rather than later. By releasing in Early Access, we have more than just our small team contributing to and testing the game; we have a whole community. With everyone playing and sharing their thoughts, and being able to watch how people play, we can understand what players want from CHKN and make a better game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We want to make sure we incorporate player feedback as much as possible and leave Early Access only when the game is ready. Right now, we estimate version 1.0 will be done in mid 2017.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“To start, there will be improvements and additions to the current game. The world will get larger and more vibrant and varied, the creatures more intelligent and more useful with additional abilities, the survival gameplay deeper and more rewarding, the content and items more numerous, the UI cleaner and easier to use, and many other updates. But there will also be new features and gameplay added as well, like modding and scripting, additional creative tools, advanced creature training, alchemy, friendly NPCs, boss battles, sharing creatures with the community, and tons more. Plus all the great ideas, suggestions, and feedback we get from the community.

It’s tough to list everything here, so our roadmap is always available for a more comprehensive and updated look at what we have planned.

We should also mention that we don’t plan to stop at version 1.0. We have a lot of ideas for version 2.0 and beyond.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We consider the current Early Access version of CHKN to be in an early beta state. The game currently includes the core versions of Creative and Adventure modes for playing and testing, so you can build creatures using 150+ lifeblocks with 8 different abilities (more to come); give them basic commands; explore the tropical island biome (the first of 5); gather resources and craft them into basic items, tools, and structures; and defend against attacks. Our empathic intelligence AI is already at version 1.0 so creatures can actually learn, obey commands, express emotion, and develop relationships with the player, fellow creatures, and objects in the world.

All throughout Early Access, we’ll be updating regularly based on our roadmap and player feedback. We’ll have lots of new features and content, but we’ll also continue to improve on the current features, work on optimization and performance, and, of course, squash bugs.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Early Access pricing is currently discounted for those interested in joining us during development and to thank them for being with us from the beginning. Once the game is ready for release, with a full set of features and content, the discount will be removed. (Anyone who purchases CHKN at Early Access price will be automatically upgraded to the full version when it’s released.)”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We think of the community as our co-designers. We’re making CHKN together and love to hear from players about any aspect of the game.

Our Discussion Forums are open for feedback, constructive criticism, sharing ideas, bug reports, troubleshooting, or even if you just want to chat with fellow CHKN players. We check in on the boards regularly.

The development roadmap is always available for you to view and give feedback on, and you can comment and vote on what you’d like to see in the game.

We’re also available directly on Twitter, Facebook, or at heychkn@katapultstudio.com to chat. Show us a crazy creature or share any YouTube videos you’ve made (we collect them!).”
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May 18

[Patch] v0.3.4 FPS Stutter & Optimization Fixes


Speed loading game objects! Hooray for optimization!

Happy patch day! We’ve been hammering away to improve performance and framerate, speed up loading times, and lower memory usage so the game runs more smoothly for everyone. Plus, that annoying FPS stutter/freeze every 30 seconds or so is fixed. *fist pump* (Thanks for your reports on this!) Try out your multiplayer adventures, fruit farming, and crazy creature hatching with better, stutter-free performance!

Here are the full patch notes with all the optimizations we’ve done...

Patch Notes
  • Completely overhauled the pooling system and related subsystems to greatly optimize game performance
    • Gameobject count has been reduced by 93%! This means better memory usage and 13x faster garbage collection performance (which was causing the main large stutter while moving through world).
    • Note: Really large buildings with lots of blocks may still cause some framerate stuttering. We’ll have a small patch coming out soon to fix this!
  • Optimized code that was allocating too much memory per frame, which would cause stutters even when not moving through world
  • Optimized world assembly routines to keep framerate more consistent
  • Removed an error log message from networking that was crippling framerate
  • Optimized art assets to increase graphics-related performance
  • Refactored asset pipeline to easily allow bringing in future content
  • Many small bug fixes
If you have any bugs or feedback on this patch, please let us know!

What’s Next?
We’re working on a system to easily manage all your creatures. You’ll be able to do things like more easily control individual creatures in groups and multiplayer parties, keep track of creatures at a glance, and resurrect bonded creatures after they die. (It lives! Never go creature-less again!)


Screenshot by ScruffleyMonster

What do you want to see in this new creature management system? We have our own list but we’d love to hear your suggestions or requests! Please feel free to share them with us on the forums.

We estimate this new system will be ready to release in the latter part of June. We’ll keep you posted!

Community Spotlight
Check out a few of the awesome things created by the community recently! We love sharing these so keep ‘em coming.

SpyCakes and Beautiful O.B go on a hilarious dragon hunting adventure together in multiplayer! Spoilers: FIRE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHYZwngk2Y4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrwz4BAVKa4
HollyHuntress heroically takes on the Arena Battle challenge in Workshop Worlds. Creature Building Skills: Level Up!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob66B_Xx_Zo
And if you ever need a giant octopus flytrap plant monster, check out OMEGA FLOWEY (FLOWER TYPE) by UNDERTAKER.



Follow Us!
To keep up with all the latest CHKN news, don’t forget to sign up for our Newsletter! You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitch. We regularly show off what we’re working on during our live streams. Let us know what you’d like to see!

Until next time.

- Team CHKN

http://store.steampowered.com/app/420930/CHKN/

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April 14

Hide Your Carrots… the Bunny is Here!



The Easter Bunny has come to CHKN! He didn’t leave us any chocolate but he did leave some Life Blocks to use in Creative Mode. ;)

  • Bunny Body
  • Bunny Neck
  • Bunny Mouth
  • Bunny Eye
  • Bunny Ear
  • Bunny Leg
  • Bunny Tail
Build an adorable bunny friend or add them to your own abominations for extra cuteness.


Daaaawwww.

Make sure to download the latest patch to access them. And share screenshots of your bunny creatures! We love seeing your creations.

Happy Easter, everyone!

- Team CHKN

http://store.steampowered.com/app/420930/

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Reviews

“The game was fun already, just making weird creatures, but now I can go around collecting resources and make my own creatures. [...] This game is awesome now. I can't wait to play more of it.”
jacksepticeye

“CHKN's focus on giving value and life to your creations outside of the simple joy of building may be the first big step in the genre since Minecraft.”
Curse Gamepedia

“I actually really like the idea. [...] A world populated by tame-able creatures.”
Kotaku

About This Game

CHKN is an open-world sandbox game where life itself is your strongest tool!

Create life, block by block…

Bring living, breathing creatures to life in any size, shape, or combination you can imagine, with genuine personalities and feelings that respond to your actions and the world around them.

Give your creatures unique traits and abilities…

Life blocks have different stats and abilities built into them. Some are strong, some are fast, some shoot blinding ink, some poison enemies… they can all be used to your advantage to make creatures more effective.

Work with your creatures to scavenge, craft, and build…

Your creatures will help you gather resources in order to craft a wide array of tools, items, and structures. The better resources you find, the better the things you can craft!

Fight for survival as you explore a mysterious island…

Work together with your creature companions to survive the many dangers of CHKN, avoid starvation, and defend your thriving homestead.

Get Creative…

If the risk and survival of Adventure Mode aren’t your thing, you can spend your time in Creative Mode with an unlimited supply of every life block and resource at your fingertips. Create whatever you like with no restrictions.

Bring Your Friends…

Want to brave the wilds of Foot Island as a group? Or collaborate on a massive creature and see what happens? Invite other players to join you in any mode and see what you can accomplish together.

Help Us Make CHKN Great…

We’re just beginning with CHKN and we’d like to involve you in this journey as much as possible! Our development is completely open, so you can see what we’re working on and share your ideas. We’re also available directly on Twitter, Facebook, or at heychkn@katapultstudio.com to chat. Show us a crazy creature or share any YouTube videos you’ve made (we collect them!).

Thank you to all our CHKN fans for your feedback, bug reports, and suggestions so far!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+, 64-bit
    • Processor: 2 GHz Equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9 Compatible GPU
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+, 64-bit
    • Processor: i5 Quad Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 900 series
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD storage
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+, 64-bit
    • Processor: 2 GHz Equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+, 64-bit
    • Processor: i5 Quad Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 900 series
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD storage
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+, 64-bit; SteamOS+
    • Processor: 2 GHz Equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+, 64-bit; SteamOS+
    • Processor: i5 Quad Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 900 series
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD storage
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