A deep, open world life sim and town building game set in a cozy post-apocalyptic paradise. Restore an old town, sail across a mysterious archipelago, hunt relics and farm, fish & craft everything you need. Can you help turn Critter Cove into a thriving tourist town once again?
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Q3 2024

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Why Early Access?

“Building a community is a big part of the gameplay in Critter Cove, and we want to ensure that focus is reflected in our development. We’ve been working on Critter Cove for many years behind closed doors. We’ve created the game we always wanted to make, and now we want to hear from players what features, stories and characters they would like to see to help us expand that world together.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We intend to launch Early Access in 2024, and the 1.0 version of the game sometime in 2025, but have no specific date in mind yet. We want to give ourselves some flexibility and learn from player feedback what a “complete” version of Critter Cove will look like.”

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

“Our goal is to develop Critter Cove in every area, increasing both the breadth and depth of the gameplay during Early Access. While we can’t yet be specific about gameplay features, we’ll be focusing our development on added player activities, a larger and more varied world space and the conclusion to all story elements.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Critter Cove will launch into Early Access with all the content described on the "About This Game" section of this page.”

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

“We plan to increase the price when Critter Cove leaves Early Access.”

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

“We view our game world as a canvas for our community to shape. This may be in small things, like helping with balancing and pacing. Or it could be bigger suggestions, like helping us create new buildings, features and characters. We’ll be regularly monitoring player feedback on updates and taking direct suggestions from the community through our Discord server and streams.”
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About This Game

The town of Critter Cove used to attract visitors from all over the world. Now it’s mostly known for dirty streets and trash-strewn beaches. Can you help us turn things around?

Critter Cove is a combination life sim and town builder game with a beautiful, handcrafted open world to explore.

Spend your doubloons to upgrade buildings and explore the world to discover new blueprints and gather resources to grow your town. More upgrades will improve Critter Cove’s tourist rating. The greater your tourist rating, the more new tourists will visit. The more new tourists, the more money in your pockets to upgrade the town. Get it? Yep, you totally get it.

Venture out into the mysterious tropical archipelago peppered with the ruins of a long-destroyed civilization. Dive beneath the waves to salvage the treasures of the old world. Rescue shipwrecked critters. Unearth exotic ingredients. It’s a wondrous world of mysterious ruins, shipwrecks and ancient technology waiting to be discovered.

As you explore, you’ll find resources to craft hundreds of different items, discover new construction blueprints and bring home unique plants to grow on your farm. Turn mundane salvage into something new and unique, and improve your tourism rating by offering your freshly grown food to visitors.

Use tourist money and salvaged items to restore rundown buildings and open up entirely new stores and venues for tourists and townsfolk. Craft decorations and interactive objects that will improve the town and make it uniquely yours. You can even decorate your very own home with hand-crafted (or hand-looted) furniture.

You’ll need help to restore the town, and luckily the world of Critter Cove is filled with many colorful characters. Some are easy-going and friendly… others might need some convincing! Rescue Critters across the world, assist them in building a home and help them find the perfect job in your community. Their happiness is the key to your success.

Embark on quests to find hidden treasures or ancient relics scattered throughout the world. Donate these artifacts to the Museum of Mystery to uncover the secrets of the long, long ago - and then charge tourists a small fee to the museum so they can absorb some local culture!

Create your perfect island persona with our robust customization system. Human or animal? Mammal or reptile? The head of a parrot and the tail of a monkey? It’s entirely up to you! Mix and match your physical attributes to your heart's content and discover that perfect tropical drip with hundreds of outfit combinations to craft and discover.

  • Discover abandoned attractions and rebuild them in your town
  • Explore weird and wonderful locations such as a sunken city, and a wild botanical garden
  • Catch some post-apocalyptic fish and discover the best and most unique fishing spots around the world
  • Dismantle items in the open-world to discover new crafting recipes
  • Watch tourists launch themselves into the ocean for entertainment
  • Assign townsfolk careers they’ll love (or hate) depending on their personalities
  • Watch Critters use gifts or wear clothes you make for them
  • Hunt for new residents shipwrecked after storms
  • Cook powerful food items that affect your stamina and exploration prowess
  • Run advertising campaigns to attract more tourists to your island

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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 | AMD FX-6300
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX760+ or AMD Radeon 7950+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 20 GB available space

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