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  • Summary: Something terrible happened. Chicory, superstar artist and wielder of the Brush, is missing, and all the color in the land vanished with her. It's up to you, Chicory's number one fan, to pick up the Brush and fill in for her. It's a big job but you're ready for it! Probably! Chicory: ASomething terrible happened. Chicory, superstar artist and wielder of the Brush, is missing, and all the color in the land vanished with her. It's up to you, Chicory's number one fan, to pick up the Brush and fill in for her. It's a big job but you're ready for it! Probably! Chicory: A Colorful Tale is a top-down adventure game in a coloring book world where you can draw on anything. Use your painting powers to explore new places, solve puzzles, help your friends, and change the world! Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Sep 30, 2021
    100
    Chicory: A Colorful Tale is like a warm hug from a wise old aunt, simultaneously bursting with creativity and offering an unblinking but hopeful look at humanity.
  2. Jul 18, 2021
    100
    Chicory: A Colorful Tale is an absolute delight—fun, engrossing, and bursting with creativity.
  3. Jun 11, 2021
    95
    Not only is Chicory a fun game, and not only did it speak to me on a profound level, it also made me want to be a better me. I’m not exaggerating nor using hyperbole, it’s a well-built experience with a tremendous amount of heart. It wants you to be you, and it wants you to know that the best you can do is always good enough.
  4. Jun 11, 2021
    90
    Chicory is a game for a particular subset of moods. It can be an engaging mood lifter. Or an effective break from life’s stresses. Or even a therapeutic way of dealing with personal troubles. But everyone has these moods sometimes, and coincidentally, everyone should also play Chicory.
  5. Jun 17, 2021
    90
    We need more games like Chicory in our lives.
  6. Jul 12, 2021
    88
    I went into Chicory a bit dubious, but it surpassed my expectations with flying colors. The world and its inhabitants are a delight, its puzzles remain clever throughout the journey, and its main painting mechanic is the perfect stress releaser. Chicory taught me never to judge a coloring book by its cover, and that you don’t have to be a master painter to have fun with colors.
  7. Jun 13, 2021
    80
    Chicory achieves exactly what it intends: to absorb you into its universe and dazzle you with its structure. A brush as a magic wand capable of painting, solving puzzles and answering many of the questions it asks you. Excellently localized and with an unforgettable soundtrack, its only problem is the control with the controller, which is not as comfortable as it should; it is more accurate with a mouse on PC. Finji has once again succeeded in turning simplicity into an advantage. Its puzzles are intelligent, there is always a surprise waiting for you in its beautiful story. One of the indie surprises of 2021.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Feb 12, 2022
    10
    This game is like mom's cookies.
    There are no technologies that excite the imagination in it, but if you just try it, you will feel this
    This game is like mom's cookies.
    There are no technologies that excite the imagination in it, but if you just try it, you will feel this kindness, softness, inspiration and deep, cozy warm, that not a single robot, and not a single major professional can create
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  2. Jun 29, 2021
    10
    A beautiful, heartfelt, achingly real game that is, on the surface, about a cartoon dog (named after your favorite food) going on a magical,A beautiful, heartfelt, achingly real game that is, on the surface, about a cartoon dog (named after your favorite food) going on a magical, old-school-Legend-of-Zelda-inspired journey to inherit a magical paintbrush that is the source of all colors in the world.

    Beneath that surface lies an evocative study of imposter syndrome, the pressure of trying to make everyone around you happy, what it means to be an artist (of any kind, really), and a painfully, cathartically genuine portrait of several distinctly different types of mental illness. You'll cry, but you'll laugh far more often, and if you have even the slightest hint of a creative spirit in your heart, you'll be moved to try and be the best you that you can be, and to reach out as best you can, to help those around you along on the journey up to the metaphorical mountaintop.

    The gameplay is just as deceptively simple as the overarching themes; what begins as a sort of platforming-by-way-of-coloring-in-the-world-around-you evolves into some of the more technically complex boss fights I've run into, bending and twisting the way you use a controller/mouse, all with a deeply forgiving, customizable level of difficulty that keeps things as fun as they are challenging.

    With music by the composer behind Celeste's soundtrack, an immense amount of depth and thought put into even the simplest of mechanics, a deeply thoughtful array of options to make the game as user-friendly as possible (ty misophonia filter!!!), Chicory is easily one of the best indie games to come out in recent years, easily and readily comparable to all-time greats like Undertale and Celeste in almost every way. Take the time to play this one, I've no doubt it'll be near the top of all the GOTY lists come December.
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  3. Nov 2, 2021
    10
    Chicory achieves greatness far beyond what other games lack the ambition to even attempt. It's not just better than almost every other gameChicory achieves greatness far beyond what other games lack the ambition to even attempt. It's not just better than almost every other game out there; it's better than those games were even trying to be. Expand
  4. srx
    Sep 5, 2021
    10
    Beautiful storytelling packed into a creative collectathon adventure game. Awesome characters, soundtrack, plot, worldbuilding, and game mechanics.
  5. Jun 12, 2021
    10
    I thought this game is a fun cozy chill game about coloring some stuff but turns out is SO much more than that. There is actual gameplay andI thought this game is a fun cozy chill game about coloring some stuff but turns out is SO much more than that. There is actual gameplay and story there, accompanied by really good music. Highly recommend it for every fan of adventure games. Expand
  6. Jun 21, 2021
    9
    Greg Lobanov's (Wandersong) remarkable talent for writing ambiguous and engaging stories is revealed once again. I love how warm, clever andGreg Lobanov's (Wandersong) remarkable talent for writing ambiguous and engaging stories is revealed once again. I love how warm, clever and charmful this game is Expand
  7. Jul 13, 2021
    1
    I didn't have many expectations about this.
    But in the end, I've found me pretty disappointed about this

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