betaworks doesn’t often launch games, but when they do, it tends to stick. Just take Dots, for example, which ended up spinning out of betaworks as its own game studio.
Today, the startup studio is launching its second game in the form of CHKN.
Imagine that Minecraft had a baby with a Tamagotchi from the 90s and you’ll have a pretty clear idea of how CHKN works. It’s a Sandbox game that lets you build not only structures, but actual creatures, all of which have their own emotional features that learn over time.
The game has two modes: creative mode and adventure mode.
In either case, you start with an avatar that represents you. The little guy can wander around and interact with other creatures in the world.
In creative mode, you start with a pre-found inventory of creature…