Behold! The miracle of life packed into cubes. CHKN is an open world sandbox game where life itself is your strongest tool. Bring creatures to life by assembling them from body parts. With Creative, Adventure, and Multiplayer modes, there is an abomination for everyone.
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Release Date: Apr 1, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We have a large and enthusiastic community that love to give us suggestions, tell us how they feel about the game, and give us feedback. By releasing on Early Access we are allowing our community to come along with us on a development journey of weirdness and discovery.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Six months to a year.”

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

“The full version will have more player customization (something the community has requested a lot). Creatures will have real memories and naturally evolved behaviors; essentially a more advanced empathic intelligence AI. The game will go from one geographic location to an infinitely generated world, where players can explore to find new resources, creatures and landscapes. Many, many more creatures and structure types will be added. Down the line we will also add a persistent online environment.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Early Access includes creative and adventure mode. Our empathic intelligence AI 1.0 is completed with creatures able to learn their environment, develop relationships with fellow creatures, with the player as well as with objects in the game. Creatures are able to express a range of dynamic emotions. The geographical terrain is limited to one full biome; a tropical island. There is structure building, creature riding and commanding as well. Currently we have 142 life-blocks and counting!

Multiplayer mode will be included, although a little big rough around the edges and limited to 4-8 people.”

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

“Yes, the game will be priced differently after Early Access because we intend to add enough features and polish to warrant premium indie pricing.”

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

“We have involved the community from day one, asking for feedback, opinions, fan-made creations and art, and criticism. We are making the game for you guys and we love to hear from you. We have a forum currently and the community hub on steam will also serve as a great way to connect to our community during Early Access. We look forward to your help with squashing bugs and helping us make CHKN the best it can be.”
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June 24

Weekend Screenshot Challenge: Playtime!



For this weekend's challenge:

BUILD AND TAME A CREATURE.

USE A BALL TO PLAY FETCH WITH IT!

BONUS POINTS IF YOU GET TWO CREATURES IN ONE SHOT PLAYING!

Post them on the community hub, and subscribe to our newsletter to see if your creation made it in!

Happy Creating!

- Team CHKN.






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June 23

The Steam Summer Sale is here! CHKN is now on sale.



Buy CHKN from now until July 4th for $11.99! Get it while the gettin's good. If you are new to CHKN, WELCOME! We are happy to have you on the CHKN Army! We are releasing an update next week with Poachers, so now is a good time to become part of this crazy family of abomination tamers.

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Reviews

“I actually really like the idea...A world populated by tame-able creatures. I have mortal human instincts and a deep-seated fear of the unknown, especially when the unknown looks like somebody took The Known, ate it, and vomited up the parts.”
Nathan Grayson, Kotaku

“What if you could force evolution with your own hands? You’d probably becomes something people would call an artist and a monster. Luckily, Katapult released CHKN to Early Access so that we can all find out.”
Curse Gamepedia

“t’s completely bonkers, quite a bit of fun, and certainly more interesting than some other sandbox survival games.”
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About This Game

Behold! The miracle of life packed into cubes. CHKN is an open world sandbox game where life itself is your strongest tool. Bring creatures to life by assembling them from body parts, each packed with its own special sauce. Cook up whatever creatures you want and don’t be surprised if your creation has a mind of its own. With Creative, Adventure, and Multiplayer modes, there is an abomination for everyone.

KEY FEATURES

  • Unique AI (aka the Special Sauce): You have the power to bring creatures to life by slapping blocks together, in whatever shape, size, or combination you want. These blocks of intelligent life give your creature unique personalities based on the combinations you make. No two creatures are alike...unless you make them alike. In which case, an egg will pop out of one of them. Even if it’s a cat. Because SCIENCE.
  • Creature Interaction. Creatures have all the feels and they’re not afraid to express them. Sad eyebrows? Your creature might be lonely. Happy smiles and farts? Your creature loves you for feeding them hamburgers. If a creature is snarling and running at you, then it’s probably too late - you’re dead.
  • Survival Tactics: You and your creature are starving to death. Do you feed your creature the last of your apples? Or do you cook your creature into a burger to feed yourself!?? Too much? OK.
    Creatures will work better than tools at collecting resources and protecting your homestead. They’re better at fighting and cutting down trees than you are, so you’ll definitely want them on your side.
  • BUILD ALL THE THINGS!: Build a house! Build a farm! Build a three-headed, five-footed, llama-rantula-pus! With your creatures’ help, break apart your surroundings to craft tools and structures. Craft beds made of chicken parts and farm the land in order to survive and thrive.
  • Adventure, Creative and Multiplayer Modes. Modes on modes on modes.
  • Burps and farts. Need we say more?

DISCLAIMER

This is an Early Access game, which means it’s a little chick growing with every build. Remember raising them in school? Well, we’re that little chick under the heat lamps, confused about why we’re standing in sawdust with kids staring down at us.
But seriously. We’re just beginning with CHKN and we want you along for the ride. It’s going to be crazy and weird, but we’re going to involve you in any way possible, whether it’s asking for advice, testing out new features, or just showing us your ridiculous creations! We love hearing from you guys. Team CHKN is just a tweet, email, comment, or a very loud scream away. There will be bugs and there will be issues. Keep that in mind before you play.

FUTURE ROADMAP:

  • Additional creatures with advanced abilities; flying, poison, heat resistance, etc.
  • Improved AI; dogs can guard houses, ants can follow scents, night vision, etc.
  • Improved Multiplayer Mode with dedicated servers.
  • Much larger world, with additional biomes and points of interest.
  • Social sharing; share worlds and creatures with your friends!
  • See our full Road Map here.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: 2 GHz Equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9 Compatible GPU
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: 2 GHz Equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+, SteamOS+
    • Processor: 2 GHz Equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3 Compatible GPU
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Shoop da Whoop
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
The chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) is a type of domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the red junglefowl. It is one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a population of more than 19 billion as of 2011.[1] Humans keep chickens primarily as a source of food, consuming both their meat and their eggs.

Genetic studies have pointed to multiple maternal origins in Southeast-, East-,[2] and South Asia, but with the clade found in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa originating in the Indian subcontinent. From India, the domesticated chicken was imported to Lydia in western Asia Minor, and to Greece by the fifth century BC.[3] Fowl had been known in Egypt since the mid-15th century BC, with the "bird that gives birth every day" having come to Egypt from the land between Syria and Shinar, Babylonia, according to the annals of Thutmose III.[4][5][6] Of all avian dinosaurs, the chicken is biologically closest to feathered ancestors eradicated by the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event.[7]
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Communist "Joseph Ballin" Layton
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
CHKN is sort of like a blend of Ark and Spore, but the Spore part is the only aspect of the game that I thought was very fun. There's not a whole lot to craft, and the hardest part of the game is figuring out which tree or different colored rock will give you the item you're looking for. There isn't much of a goal, and for that reason I think the Creative mode is a lot more fun. The game's wilderness is full of unholy abominations made from a bunch of animal parts stuck together, and the game gives you the option to do it yourself, too. It's kind of fun just building and interacting with your band of freakish mutants.

Is it worth $15? I don't really think so. It's Early Access, so I'm trusting the developer to add more things to do on the adventuring side, but at the moment it's essentially the Spore Creature Creator except attached to a game that's still more fun than Spore. But I won't deny that the animal building is fun, and it might be worth getting on a sale. If you're looking into this game for the animal building side then you'll probably enjoy it, but if you're looking for a more Minecrafty or Ark-like game then you should probably wait.
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revengeracer
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 23
I really like the premise of this game, and it's righfully ridiculous, but the optimization is severly lacking, and there's not much to do outside of buiding horrible abominations (which honestly gets old pretty quick) and building structures, but It didn't seem like that was really worth it. Maybe when this game gets better optimization and some more content.
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snarkie
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 23
Product received for free
If Minecraft and Spore had a baby, CHKN would be that baby. A pretty great baby.

Start by creating creatures. They're made of lifeblocks (which you get from other creatures) so you can arrange them however you like to make cute stuff or cool stuff or horrible abominations that have you questioning your own sanity.

Then command them to do things, like gather resources. Gather enough resources and build yourself a sanctuary. Create more creatures to grow your army and protect your sanctuary. (Two octo...things -- they had octopus legs but also horns and a beard -- attacked my meager abode and ate my walls. I learned a valuable lesson that day.)

Go out exploring to find more stuff, to build more stuff, to make more creatures. Also, DON'T DIE.

It's still early access so there are improvements to be made, bugs to find, and multiplayer isn't ready yet. But, there are lots of updates posted and it's being worked on constantly (which is always my biggest concern with Early Access), and the stuff being added in the future looks cool (there's a link to the roadmap on the website).

So yeah. If you like open-world sandbox survival, and also admire Dr. Frankenstein, you'll probably like CHKN, too.
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fatputtycat
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 21
Product received for free
This game has a lot of potential, its already pretty fun as is, but due to lack of content you'll find yourself bored after not too long. Its a great game, with much potential, but only buy if you like the idea or can wait a while for more content.
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Redmin
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 19
I love this game. It feels like a combination of Ark, Spore, and Minecraft. I would highly recomend this game to anyone who likes any of those games.
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Bobbo Ross
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 18
Product received for free
good game but its a bit pricy for the state it is in currently and also needs some optimisation and better sound effects because the animals kinda drive ya insane
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♛ Ƙ a ɾ ɱ a ♛
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
CHKN is a very interesting game indeed. I love the creativity an being able to or not do to your animals. Making a dog/cat or making a cow/venus fly trap lol that actually moo's hahaha. I haven't played much but what i have played it's fun :)

I only wish the map was bigger an given time i am sure it will be!! I can't wait to see where this game is going as of yet it's really off to a great start!!! And knowing myself i can already see playing alot of this game!! would I recommend this game..? YESSSSSSS you will be addicted to it as well with everyone else ♥
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HUEGO, PERFECTLY HUGE
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
First Impressions
Receive game key, oh boy
See eggs, trees and fruits, as far as the eye can see
oh god is that- it is, a lionephant
well, time for some grub lets crack an egg
nevermind those are body parts lets just hide these
melons, too many seeds and not enough foods
i guess i'll starve with my new chicken friend because our farm is not working and I am unable to work in these conditions
slowly descend into madness because i have to choose between myself or my farting chicken friend
die of starvation

Overall it's very enjoyable and I'm gonna revise more into this review later, 8/10 thus far
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Mr.Frie Frie ッ
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
I have played this game in the early days of it back when it was on ModDB. I later found out that the devs were going to release Beta codes so I decided to sign up. I did not think I would be involved but I was. This game has changed so much since I first played and the game is growing adding new creatures and new things to do every few weeks. The AI is also amazing and it acts like how it would if it were real. The devs are really nice and caring and the devs ask the community for reccomendations and even give out free keys to random people who own the game and I got an extra key and I got to give it to my friend on his Birthday so we can play multiplayer. This game is amazing. Great devs, great community, great game, and monstrositys. 10/10 would make a octochicken again
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 4
Recomended so you can make the ugliest thing since one of the presedental candidates.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 1
Should you buy CHKN?

CHKN is a game for people who like survival games filled with non-stop action! You would most likely enjoy this game if you enjoyed any of the following
-Minecraft
-Spore
-ARK: Survival Evolved
-Or any other survival game

This game is filled with tons of opritunities! You will be able to do things all the time! Their are some downsides to this game, but most of those are only glitches. I must say this game is filled with glitches, but it is only in early access, and from what I have seen developers are working on this game non-stop.

Speaking of developers, I have seen myself how fast devs respond to you on the forums. I made a post on the forums about Troughs, and in under 16 hours a dev had responded to me telling me about the problem and if they will change it in the future.

Here are my final ratings for this game:

GAMEPLAY 8/10
-The game has a very unique gameplay. One like I had never seen before. It has tons of hours of fun in the game!

PLAY TIME 7/10
-Currently the game has a lot to do, but just not enough if you are like me and play thousands of hours on games, BUT this will not stay for long. They add new stuff almost every week! You are sure to be able to get a lot out of this game, especially when it fully comes out!

GLITCHES AND BUGS 3/10
-The game has many different bugs and many different glitches in it, but it is still in early access.

UPDATES 10/10
-The devs work on this game non-stop. They bring so many new updates ranging from bug fixes to new creatures! It is absolutely outrageous.

OVERALL 8/10
-The game has its downs, but the game is mostly just pure fun! You can play for hours alone or with friends! This game is a must have game in my opinion. If you rage because of bugs I would hold off until the game is fully realeased, but for the rest of you I would get it now.

Recomenneded!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 10
I have been LPing this game since it came out on steam (LadyShelab on youtube). The game overall is an absolute blast to play and I would thoroughly reccomend it!

The creature creation is a lot of fun and it is amazing to see all of the weird and wacky creatures the devs have build into the game. The game itself is very pretty and I find it very calming making my little seaside animal sanctuary!

The only downside to the game I have found so far is that it can be a bit laggy while recording, and I currently find the house building a little bit fiddly (mainly due to the lag). I put this mostly down to the fact that the game is in early access and I firmly believe that this will get ironed out with time.

On the subject of the devs, they are very active in updating the game, with a new patch out just over a week ago that added a whole load of new animal types and caves to the terrain. The community manager is very helpful and is always looking for ideas to improve the game and the community.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
CHKN is a very interesting game indeed. I love the creativity an being able to or not do to your animals. Making a dog/cat or making a cow/venus fly trap lol that actually moo's hahaha. I haven't played much but what i have played it's fun :)

I only wish the map was bigger an given time i am sure it will be!! I can't wait to see where this game is going as of yet it's really off to a great start!!! And knowing myself i can already see playing alot of this game!! would I recommend this game..? YESSSSSSS you will be addicted to it as well with everyone else ♥
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 15
Grate game,fanny animals,RIly good game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
CHKN is sort of like a blend of Ark and Spore, but the Spore part is the only aspect of the game that I thought was very fun. There's not a whole lot to craft, and the hardest part of the game is figuring out which tree or different colored rock will give you the item you're looking for. There isn't much of a goal, and for that reason I think the Creative mode is a lot more fun. The game's wilderness is full of unholy abominations made from a bunch of animal parts stuck together, and the game gives you the option to do it yourself, too. It's kind of fun just building and interacting with your band of freakish mutants.

Is it worth $15? I don't really think so. It's Early Access, so I'm trusting the developer to add more things to do on the adventuring side, but at the moment it's essentially the Spore Creature Creator except attached to a game that's still more fun than Spore. But I won't deny that the animal building is fun, and it might be worth getting on a sale. If you're looking into this game for the animal building side then you'll probably enjoy it, but if you're looking for a more Minecrafty or Ark-like game then you should probably wait.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 2
Ever wanted to make your own chicken, pig, dog monster? no?! Well thats fine. You can make dozens of other beasts from Dragons, Goats, Horses, Giraffes elephants, and even nightmarish Plant creatures that will haunt your dreams until you completly break down and delete the game. Not That I would recommend that. Hundreds of possible combinations, dozens of animal cubes, and crafting options. You can edit any creature you tame. You arent stuck with one abomination, have 3! I will say that controlling the beasts seems a bit wonky, can't always get them to follow you and they take naps on the fly. Still room for improvement of coarse but its certainly getting better every update. And the Creators really seem to listen to what we say, which is always a plus.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 10
I recently bought this game, and the potential here is astounding. CHKN is a blast and i will certainly be playing more.
I also want to let you all know how dedicated and nice the developers are, with constant updates adding creatures and fixing bugs, This could very well be up with the big survival names like Ark and Subnautica.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 19
I love this game. It feels like a combination of Ark, Spore, and Minecraft. I would highly recomend this game to anyone who likes any of those games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 13
I have only played this a little bit so far. BUT.

Made a chicken. duh... (pleased)
made an octoturtule. (pleased again)
made a crabdragon. (even more pleased)
made a spiderpig... (speachless)
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