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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: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jul 23, 2021
    100
    Despite not everything going off without a hitch, and some systems sure to appeal more to certain kinds of gamers, Chicory’s emotional core is so strong, so impactful that it eclipses all other shortcomings and just leaves the player with an overwhelming feeling of pathos.
  2. Playing “Chicory” feels like a kind act of self-care in a brutal time.
  3. Jun 11, 2021
    95
    Quotation forthcoming.
  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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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 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
  2. Jun 13, 2021
    10
    A wholesome Top-Down adventure about painting a world with colors!

    Gameplay is as fun as it sounds with some unlockable tools and puzzles
    A wholesome Top-Down adventure about painting a world with colors!

    Gameplay is as fun as it sounds with some unlockable tools and puzzles that are just right on the difficulty scale.
    I had high expectations for the story since it's by the team behind Wandersong. As someone who draws for a living, the themes Chicory explores hits right at home. In fact I'd say anyone with creative passions will find something to enjoy here.
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  3. Jun 27, 2021
    10
    I can't even put my feelings into words. What an amazing game. Definitely a must try!
  4. 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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  5. 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
  6. Jun 28, 2021
    9
    This game is unlike any other I've played, and it took me a while to appreciate that. At first, it just looks like a big coloring book whereThis game is unlike any other I've played, and it took me a while to appreciate that. At first, it just looks like a big coloring book where you can color-in simple shapes with a small variety of colors and strokes. That was the first impression.

    It has a deep story about self-confidence, parental love, and the complicated web of feelings between teacher ("Chicory") and student (you). There are a few boss fights of minimal importance tactically, and a lot more mazes, jumping puzzles, and other problems for you to solve. The variety of puzzles is one of the game's strong points.

    It is, in fact, "A Colorful Tale" -- so much so that it may alter how you see the world around you. If you're worried you lack the needed talent, you'll fit right into this story. You can spend a lot of time coloring the panels as you progress, or you can largely skip that part.

    For the money, it's a worthy purchase. If you mainly like killing stuff, walk on by.
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  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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