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A relaxing creative game where you care for your shroomies and make them a cozy little home in a big mushroom and take nice pictures!

Shroomies are small demi-spirits of the forest who are known for settling into mushrooms! In shroomchitect, a small group of shroomies has just found a brand new mushroom and they trust you to help them turn it into a welcoming home at least as cute as they are!

🤗 A stress-free, cute, warm and wholesome game
🔨 Help your shroomies build a comfy base
💖 Care for them like virtual pets
📸 Take pictures with the built-in photo mode
⏱ Play sessions average upwards of 30 minutes
🎨 Homebrew voxel graphics and pixel-art
🎶 Original lo-fi soundtrack by Pentadrangle

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How to play:

The game can be played with only a mouse! The only think that requires a keyboard is renaming your shroomies, but that's completely optional.

The game features an in-game tutorial which explains all the controls.

Shroomchitect is an atmospheric creative game. It's inspired of games like Townscaper, The Sims and Dwarf Fortress, but offers an experience of a much smaller and accessible scope. It's a warm, relaxing experience, and it even features a photo-mode!

There isn't a boss to beat or a goal to achieve, or even a gameover to avoid, just make a nice little home, keep your shroomies happy, take some neat pictures, and have a good time!

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Discord

If you'd like you can come to our Discord to talk about the game and share pictures and generated gifs!

Of course it's also a very good place to get news of our next projects!

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Are you press or a content creator?

Come ask us for a key on Twitter, our DMs are open! Just make sure to tell us which game(s) you're interested in, we have a few of different ones!

Also check out our presskit where you'll find more info about us, as well as graphical assets in the downloads, useful for showing off the game or making thumbnails!

We also have a french version of the presskit! 🥐

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The game doesn't run!

If you're having trouble running the game please try the following things:

  • In the game's folder, open the file settings.txt and replace "open_gl = true" by "open_gl = false". Try running the game now.
  • Extract the game to a different location, like a new folder on your Desktop, and try running it from there.
  • Add the game's executable to your antivirus' whitelist. Try launching the game now.
  • Still no luck? Please come get help on our Discord, or send us an email at trasevol.dog@gmail.com and attach the 'log.txt' file from the game's folder if it exists.

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About PUNKCAKE

This game was made by PUNKCAKE Délicieux, a small team making and releasing a new game every month through Patreon and itch.io!

Check out our Patreon subscription for advantageous offers and some more options!

PUNKCAKE Délicieux is made up of lovely humans Benjamin Soulé, Rémy Devaux and Pentadrangle!

Find us on these platforms:
:: 👉 Patreon
:: 👉 Twitter
:: 👉 Discord
:: 👉 Itch.io
:: 👉 Steam

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Changelog:

v1.1b quickfix:

  • Fixed infinite beeping when a shroomie couldn't reach a task

v1.1 patch:

  • You can now pet the shroomies!
  • Added an option to switch to hopefully more legible fonts
  • Fixed pathfinding to beds
  • Fixed a bug resulting in trees regrowing after getting cut down
  • Fixed build failure not giving a refund
  • Added shroomie text for when you try to build something somewhere impossible or you don't have enough resources
  • Saves are now properly ordered by how recent they are
  • Ambiance volume now set on launch instead of after the first loading screen
  • Most recent save is now always the one loaded on launch
  • Made screen scaling less sensible
  • The game's window opens earlier

Quickfix:

  • Pathfinding to beds won't randomly crash the game anymore.

Closed beta patch 3:

  • implemented missing keyboard controls alternative to the scroll wheel
  • clicking the scroll wheel now brings you back to full mushroom view
  • made the camera movement much less floaty when releasing right-click
  • moved instructions icon in photo mode to be more obvious
  • photos will now always appear fully on screen after taking them
  • modified the distribution of random resources brought back from foraging
  • slightly decreased the number of resources brought back from foraging
  • lowered just a lil more the shroomies' neediness
  • fixed a bug where a shroomie would wait forever before intiating a chat with another shroomie
  • fixed a bug where tasks would not stack up correctly visually
  • fixed an issue with pathfinding
  • new small mushrooms get a little more floor space
  • changed the way fire light affects glowing mushroom blocks
  • can now build things on tiles where shroomies are standing
  • shroomies now seek unoccupied beds and pillows when you tell them to sleep
  • shroomies sleep better on pillows and even betterer on beds

Closed beta patch 2:

  • fixed a crash when you clicked in an invalid place in build mode
  • inverted click instruction in the tutorial for building a torch
  • fixed a crash that would happen when returning to a save where shroomies were off foraging
  • fixed portraits not updating when shroomie is asleep or hard at work

Closed beta patch 1:

  • inverted left-click and right-click in build modes
  • made shroomies a little less needy
  • shroomies no longer talk in their sleep
  • reduced pitch on shroomie sfx while time is sped up
  • removed test functionality on tab
  • fixed a crash that could happen when queueing build tasks
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows
Release date Feb 22, 2022
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
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AuthorsPUNKCAKE Délicieux 🥞, Rémy 🍬 Devaux
GenreSimulation
Made withAseprite, PICO-8
TagsAtmospheric, Creative, Cute, Fantasy, Pixel Art, Relaxing, Sandbox, Virtual Pet, Voxel
Average sessionAbout an hour
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Mouse

Purchase

Buy Now$6.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $6 USD. You will get access to the following files:

shroomchitect_windows.zip 78 MB

Development log

Comments

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I really wish there was a Mac version! I have to go pull out my old windows computer any time I wanna mess with it lol.

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This game looks AWESOME, i just wish i could get it on steam!

honestly, you could easily get away with selling this for a bit more than 6 on steam. but porting this to steam is up to you.

Great game! I love that you can generate GIFs! I never see games do this, but it is such a cool feature! Was very excited to show my creations to all my friends ~

Perhaps I'm completely oblivious, but in the trailer, the shroomies are shown higher up inside of the mushroom. But I can't seem to get them there. Is there a ladder or staircase I can build?

You can tell your shroomies to walk on top of  any solid block that has free space above it, just right-click on the upper side of the block with your shroomie selected. Shroomies can climb walls but not ceilings and they will only go to a space they can reach, so you might want to dig out some blocks if you want to reach the top of your mushroom's cap for example. However your shroomies should be able to move to some unobstructed blocks of the mushroom's stalk from the very beginning.

Some tips:

  • First, try telling your shroomies to go on top of blocks that are midway up the mushroom's stalk, below the cap, to get the hang of it.
  • You can dig a shaft up through the mushroom's stalk: dig your way inside the stalk, then use the mouse wheel to dig blocks that are aligned on the different layers.

Thank you!

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cool art

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Very relaxing game! Merci bien!

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I was super excited to play this because I had seen quite a few wholesome gifs on Twitter! The aesthetics of the game are super cute, the tunes are very relaxing and the gameplay is just chill. Once you get the hang of the mechanics you can start building your own little mushroom fantasy! Yes, I played around with it for almost an hour and a half ... can't wait to rename more shroomies after my community peops and discover all the different mushrooms! 👀

I would love it if there were a few more building and gardening options, as well as cute little interactions between the shroomies. Maybe even an option for them to multiply on their own!

hi :D

please add a modifier key to click for laptop track pad support. two finger click and drag doesn't work to orbit the world view.

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This Game Is Pretty Cool! And Runs Smoothly Great Job On That 5/5

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First off, this game runs perfectly through Wine on my Linux machine, so you should be able to get it working as well if that happens to be your OS of choice.

This game is absolutely adorable. I enjoy peaceful games quite a bit and this one is really sweet. Of course, if casual carefree games don't really interest you this game will have very little to do. I recommend this game to anyone looking for a cutesy little game to spend some time on and relax. I am having a good deal of fun.

One reasonable feature I'd like to see if another patch is planned is some way to screenshot  without having the placement grid visible. As far as I can tell right now, photo mode only will show the whole build and being on a specific layer always shows a grid where things can be placed. It would be nice if photo mode maintained your current layer view and hid the grid so you could get pretty screenshots of indoor areas, for example.

A less reasonable feature that part of me wishes was available was some way for the shroomies to harvest or otherwise obtain mushrooms to use them to build. I duplicated a save file where I built a nice wooden house and modified it to turn the house into mushroom blocks (replacing the wood) and the result makes me wish there was some way to replicate it in a gameplay fashion. Only having wooden buildings available is a tad limiting and being able to use mushrooms in this way would help spice up a lot of builds. That said, I can understand this feature not existing because it would require some relatively large addition (like a new mechanic or resource to obtain).

Thank you so much for the thoughtful feedback! We can't promise another patch but these do seem like good changes to include if we ever make one. Really glad to hear you're enjoying the game, and also well done on modifying your save to get a mushroom house, I actually love that 😄

I'm having a great time with Shroomchitect. It's just exactly the peaceful, lovely experience I long for. I do have one problem however: I'm not able to save gifs. I can click "save to desktop" but no file is created...

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Thank you for the kind words and thank you again for letting us know about the issue! Are you able to save photos or is that not working either? Here are two things you can try:

  • In the game's folder, open  settings.txt and put a custom path in front of "photo_folder = ", photos and gifs will try to save there instead of on the desktop. the path needs to point to an existing folder.
  • Try running the game as administrator, it may simply be a question of having the rights to save a file on the desktop.

Would love to know if either solution works! I'm also interested in whether you're having the same issue with photos!

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Hey

Thank you very much for your reply! Yes, photos didn't work either. But now I changed the folder path and this way it works. =) It's a wonderful idea to be able to make gifs of my creations. 

Thank you again and have a lovely weekend!

Not your regular PUNKCAKE game! If you're looking for a "feels like," I got some Tamagotchi vibes from it.  Keeping your little shroomies happy, fed, and busy, is the closest thing to a challenge in Shroomchitect.  It's super chill.  As they say, there are no bosses or goals, so you're left to kick around building cute little social spaces for them like little cottage tables suspended in the rooftops of your mushroom, surrounded by sparkling lanterns and overlooking your gardens. 

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Fantastic aesthetic! Is the pixelart shader being applied to the Sprites that are already pixelart as well, or does it dodge them and just apply to the environment?

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Thank you! There's no pixelart shader! It's difficult to explain exactly how it works because it's quite convoluted  but the voxel structure is rendered block by block, with no shaders involved. The sprite rendering is mixed into the whole thing to get the right layering. :)

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Wow, that's really intriguing. Would love to see if you ever make a tutorial on this effect! Thanks for your response, hope you're having a lovely weekend!

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Incredible! ❤️

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This is fantastic; soundtrack and ambience is superb :D

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I treasure this little game. It's unlike anything that I've played before, and I simply adore how cute and relaxing it is. I've put an hour into it, and I plan on playing it a lot more.

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This game is so serene, I love the sound effects in the woods! Being able to automatically make an animated gift of the mushroom is a very nice touch! (Too bad the gif is too big for itch)

Here is what I made after about 30 minutes:


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wait so is this a pixel game?

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A bit disappointing and my least favorite Punkcake game so far unfortunately. It's cute but just feels like there is nothing to do.

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We appreciate the feedback! This one is definitely very different from our previous releases since it's our first creative game. We put a lot of work into making a pleasant experience rather than a challenging one.
We will be getting back to our more classic formula with our next release though, so you can look forward to that. :)