this is a very small update we want to show you today: the painter’s easel together with its animation.
Just like all the other assets you can craft it both customize and sandbox mode and then look at what Chico is doing during the screensaver and if you are lucky you might see our hero acting like Monet while painting a beautiful landscape… or our logo :).
We are also working to implement a new feature that will provide Chico with free will which will give him the ability to choose by himself what to build and where: we have developed a basic AI algorithm in order to lead Chico in such a difficult choice. Of course you will be given the opportunity to disable this option somewhere in the menu if you think you can do better. This feature is under test at this moment and will probably be released in the next update.
That’s all for today, see you soon.
in this new update we are going to show you some new animations we added to the screensaver mode; actually these are not so new since we are talking about all the animations you already see when you loot resources in customizer mode ( but maybe you get used in sandbox mode and thus you don’t know what I’m talking about ). Anyway, those animations are also available while the screensaver is running, so you might now see Chico kicking rocks or digging by his bare hand and so on; none of this means that your storage will be filled with wood or any other kind of resource, of course; as ever, our purpose remains the same, that is to enrich your screensaver with ever new animations ( you must play in customizer mode if you want to really loot resources ).
Now it’s time for the second news: the vegetable garden. The garden is a new content for the screensaver but it works a little different from the others. We could call it something like a multiple step content; we mean that during the screensaver the garden will loop between two different states ( growing and harvesting ) which are controlled by the specific action performed by Chico… which depends on the state ?!?!!?… it’s easier to show it than to explain it.
That’s all for today folks.
See you at the next update,
here we are again with a new update that mainly concerns new content.
We have got you used to enrich your screensaver by crafting stuff, but we want some events to be not only random but also completely independent of the player’s choices, like for example the ghost, which might appear at some point while Chico is hanging around. When this happens ( only in screensaver mode of course ) you will see our hero start trembling in fear while the ghost is coming ( if you are lucky, otherwise you will just hear the classical and overused howling of ghosts ). We have found that random events are a very powerful means in order to make the screensaver more various and interesting and that’s the reason why we have planned to add more of them over time.
The following video, with the pixel art camera filter applied, has been captured directly from the screensaver
Living on a peak with nothing to do is probably not the most tiring thing, but still, Chico can’t go without eating, so what’s better than hot soup? A lot of things, I know… but at least now he’s doing something useful: he’s cooking. Chico is given the opportunity to become a great chef by crafting the cauldron ( available in sandbox mode too ), which is the other content we want to introduce here. As usual, once the cauldron has been placed, just launch the screensaver and see what happens ( or exit the game and wait for Windows to launch the screensaver by itself ).
Ok, but… what do we do after lunch? Easy, work out: we added another idle animation in the hope Chico can drop a few pounds.
We have also made some bug fixing:
fixed a bug that made trees, rocks and the other resources disappear by entering the sandbox mode soon after a game reset
fixed a bug in sandbox mode about buildings description
improved lights flickering for the campfire
minor bug fixing
That’s all folks, see you at the next update.
Chico has been in early access for a while now and we have already got some valuable feedback helping us find out where our next step should lead on.
We have introduced a new feature that fits the original concept Chico is based on; since we are not trying to give you another survival game, but rather a way to customize your Windows screensaver, at some point during the development we thought: “Hey, what about an editor to give players the ability to put their stuffs in game from scratch? Wait!!! Are you talking about the sandbox mode???”.
The sandbox mode comes alongside the survival mode ( called “Customizer” in Chico ) and you will be able to switch between them anytime: for example you can build the hut and other stuffs in survival mode and then switch in sandbox mode, destroy and recreate everything from scratch.
Here is how sandbox mode works:
Please try it and give us your impressions to help us improve Chico over time.
That’s all about the sandbox mode, so let’s move on and talk about graphic improvements and new contents.
First of all we added the lens flare that gives the sun a more interesting appearance, but because of the camera view you really need to be lucky in order to get a clear shot of it while playing; things change if you run the screensaver, maybe trying different camera settings from the screensaver option menu.
Last but not least we have also added some new contents:
three new idle animations
the hammock along with its animation
I am not talking about these assets; just run the game and create the hammock ( maybe you can try out the new sandbox mode 🙂 and then launch the screensaver ( or wait for Windows to do it for you ).
That’s all folks… we hope you enjoy Chico.
here we are with another update and some important news about Chico.
First of all we fixed annoying bugs that some players might have experienced:
1 – objects spawn issues
2 – player getting stuck
3 – glitches or abnormal resizing
We have fixed all of them but unfortunately we had to change the saving system and therefore the old save file is no longer compatible; this means you need to reset the game by using the appropriate button ( Options->Game->Reset ).
We are very sorry for this inconvenience, but fortunately there is also some good news today, since we did some improvement:
1 – looting is now much faster than before
2 – you can choose your favourite default screensaver camera from the screensaver menu
3 – we added the well, a new asset with two dedicated animations
4 – we added some dedicated cameras to some already existing animations
5 – we added three new idle animations for the screensaver
And before we say goodbye we give you a little preview of our next step: based on the fact that Chico is mainly a screensaver customizer, in addition to the survival mode, in which you need to loot and craft, we are going to develop the sandbox mode so that you will be given the opportunity to put any asset in the world without effort.
That’s all folks,
this is our first update after the early access and we want to thank you for all the interesting feedbacks we are receiving.
We became aware that there was no clearness on the meaning of Chico and so, following your suggestions, we have made our first change in order to make it clearer that Chico is meant to be a way for customizing your windows screensaver. We renamed the old “Play” button in “Customize” and added a new “Play Screensaver” button to the main menu which will give you the opportunity to switch between customizer and screensaver; in other words you can still activate the windows screensaver by the menu, but now you can also start the screensaver in game at runtime ( you don’t have to wait for windows to launch it ).
We also made some changes in the UI and you can now better look at which type of camera filter you are just setting.
In respect of our plan to keep adding content over time we added a new sketch ( you don’t need to build anything this time because is something like an idle mode ): the monocle.
We also did some polishing on some materials to improve graphics rendering and on the UI; and obviously we have tried to fix all the bugs we have found.
We were blown away by the players reaction around Chico and this encourages us to do the best we can: we are working to improve the camera system in order to have better angles in the screensaver and add a random events generator.
Thanks for all your support.
we are very excited to share with you that Chico is out now on Steam 10% off.
The game is still in early access because we need your help now to make it even better… give us any feedback and suggestion it you think they might help us to improve the game.
Thanks for you support.
we want to talk you about the last changes we made before the early access release.
Workbench and storage, which can be already useful in game to build big structures and store resources, have some funny sketches now that you will be able to admire at screensaver time execution.
We also want to share with you the new onion clock we made in place of the old and unpolished digital watch.
The inventory now can also be opened by the little bag-shaped icon at the bottom of the screen ( or keep using the “i” key ).
And last but not least, thanks to Leonardo Ceralli, our musician, for composing that beautiful song you can listen while playing the game or watching the screensaver.
7 January Chico will be released in Early Access on Steam, which is a very point of pride for us; now we need your feedback in order to improve the experience and keep supporting Chico with periodic updates introducing ever-new contents.
That’s all for now,
today we are here to talk about our last effort: the washbasin… yes, because our hero will spend a few minutes everyday to wash after a hard day’s work.
Everyone knows how hygiene is important in everyday life and even Chico can’t help washing his face or going in for a nose pick… in the hope he will be ready to go back to work anytime soon.
How it works:
the screensaver: Chico will try to save what’s left of his dignity by washing his face and doing more cleaning over ( and inside ) his body.
the game: over time Chico will grow a pair of moustaches and a thick beard; thanks to the washbasin you can still turn his face as smooth as a baby’s bottom.