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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: A
    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: 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!
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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  1. Dec 23, 2021
    90
    As an adventure game, Chicory is quite sincerely up there with the very best of the genre. There’s plenty to see and do and a full completion run will probably take you 25-30 hours. The characters and their travails are rich and likeable, the game’s sense of humour is generally inspired, and it’s all very sweet without being sugary-twee and talking down to the player. It’s also an affecting little tearjerker that will definitely strike a chord if you make art, and almost certainly will even if you don’t – so long as you’re capable of pretty basic empathy. Chicory is simple to play but impressively long and complex, with perfect controls, performance and visuals. Throw yourself into painting the world and you’ll be left with a game that’s very much your own and speaks to you directly – a beautiful marriage of mechanics, themes and visuals.
  2. Dec 21, 2021
    90
    A beautiful realisation of the joy of playing, Chicory is an astounding use of the medium of video games that also leans heavily into the emotional weight of expectations and doubt. An incredibly real and human story is told with fantastic gameplay, and bringing the world of Picnic back to life is a journey I won’t forget.
  3. Mar 4, 2022
    90
    Chicory is one of the most charming indie games on Nintendo Switch. With a cute story and cute jokes, this game will give you an experience that will make your heart feel warm.
  4. Jan 3, 2022
    90
    Chicory: A Colorful Tale is an engrossing adventure that you won’t put down. The main story is enough to pull you in, but it’s the world that you’ll crave more of in the moments you’re unable to play, which is why it’s a good thing this game is finally on Switch.
  5. Jan 14, 2022
    90
    The gameplay mechanics, which benefit immensely from touch controls on the Nintendo Switch screen, will grab the players right away and those with creative skills will feel even more stimulated by how the game advances. A real gem of a game that contributes to enrich the Nintendo Switch catalogue beautifully.
  6. 90
    Chicory: A Colorful Tale is an incredibly enjoyable and wholesome experience. Its characters are so charming and endearing; its graphical style and world design encourages creativity and wants you to color the world back in. The soundtrack is stellar and completes the package on display here. It's a game that can be enjoyed for all ages and if you decide to pursue all the sidequests, complete the decorating minigames, and find all of the collectibles, you can certainly spend a lot of time in the world of Chicory. My only gripe is a personal one—that I didn’t play this game last year—because without a doubt it makes for a wonderful late addition to the best of what 2021 had to offer. I cannot wait to see what Greg, Lena, Em, Alexis and Madeline will make next, because Chicory can’t be described as anything other than a piece of modern art.
  7. Nintendo Force Magazine
    May 13, 2022
    85
    Chicory is a must-play game – one of the best offerings from 2021 and an excellent antidote to more terrifying titles. Depending on your personal control preferences, the Switch might not be the ideal system to use to play it, but if you've ever wished for a roleplaying game coloring book, you'll quickly fall in love with Chicory. [Issue #58 – March/April 2022, p. 31]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Feb 12, 2022
    10
    I rarely award 10/10, yet this game blew my expectations away. It is a charming blend of an art engine, a puzzle game, and vibrant story aboutI rarely award 10/10, yet this game blew my expectations away. It is a charming blend of an art engine, a puzzle game, and vibrant story about mental health. Whilst not always subtle, the narrative pushes the payee onwards very well. As always, Lena Raine (Celeste, Minecraft) delivers on a fantastic soundtrack. One unexpected bonus of the game are innovative boss fights, which make use of the game’s central mechanic - the brush - to full effect. Expand
  2. Jan 17, 2022
    9
    An excellent game with great characters and a good plot. Not for everyone, but successfully pulls off what it's going for without fallingAn excellent game with great characters and a good plot. Not for everyone, but successfully pulls off what it's going for without falling into being saccharine. I enjoyed it far more than I expected to, especially after the first few hours. Expand
  3. Dec 29, 2021
    9
    Quite probably, my favorite game of all I've played this year. An utterly charming mixture of different influences (Link's Awakening, paintingQuite probably, my favorite game of all I've played this year. An utterly charming mixture of different influences (Link's Awakening, painting games like deBlob, ...) that somehow manages to find its own unique voice.
    It's a bigger and longer game than it may look at first sight, with quite a few optional side quest and collectibles thrown in for good measure. The painting mechanic gives the player lots of freedom, allowing you to paint as much or as little as you wish in whatever way that strikes your fancy, echoing neatly the themes about self-expression found in the story. The Switch version also allows for optional touch screen and motion controls, making it probably the ideal way to enjoy this game.
    Also, great to play local co-op with a kid.
    This is my first ever review on this site, but I simply had to share my love for this beauty. If you feel like playing a game with more than a little influence of 2D Zeldas (with the puzzles and exploration but without the combat) and/or enjoy games about bringing color back to the world, give this little gem a try.
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  4. Feb 5, 2022
    8
    I really enjoyed Chicory. The primary mechanic is using a brush (using either the touch screen or control stick - I used my finger, mostly)I really enjoyed Chicory. The primary mechanic is using a brush (using either the touch screen or control stick - I used my finger, mostly) to paint in areas of the screen, and in doing so, solving puzzles by changing the environment. It re-captures the feeling of playing the original Legend of Zelda, where most of your time is spent moving through bounded screens and exploring what's on those screens. Similar to Zelda, you also get various power ups over time that expand the world and give you that dopamine hit of realizing "ohh, I know where I need to go back to in order to use this!" The exploration makes the game really worth playing. I found the brush mechanic easy to use, as well, and found it super satisfying to paint the world even when there was no mechanical reward for it.

    My only complaints are that the pace shifts pretty significantly towards the end of the game. You stop getting power ups and instead start solving different kinds of environmental puzzles using your existing skills (somewhat reminded me of FIlament). I found the last 2-3 hours of the game to be a bit tedious. There wasn't as much to discover once you understood the environmental puzzle gimmicks. And while the game is primarily "non-violent" without random enemies on the screen (a huge bonus IMO, as the game would have been very annoying trying to paint while getting hit by enemies), there are occasional "boss battles" that I just...don't fully understand what happened during those. They're cool aesthetically, and most of the bosses have interesting puzzles as well, but you can get through the majority by scribbling randomly and not really understanding what happened. They're slow and don't add a ton of value for the amount of time I spent in some of them. I also thought I heard a lot of buzz about the plot and themes, which are pretty simple if you're not 10 years old. The story is great for kids, though. I enjoyed the writing for all the characters, and even the townsfolk NPCs have a lot to say to add flavor to the world. Overall an extremely charming game with great puzzle gameplay. I played around 12-14 hours, which was much more than I had expected.
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  5. Jul 12, 2022
    5
    This game got weirdly universal acclaim, but I found it pretty dull so far. I will be happy to change this score if the game gets better. TheThis game got weirdly universal acclaim, but I found it pretty dull so far. I will be happy to change this score if the game gets better. The puzzles are not challenging, fun or interesting, and the world feels limiting and linear. I think if the pallette weren't so limiting, I might enjoy coloring the world a lot, but at least early in the game, you only get four colors per area, and they are selected for you.

    If you like coloring books then this game is probably for you. If you are a creative person, it will probably not scratch your itch. And to be clear, this game is nothing like Zelda games except it insofar as it uses the top down action adventure style.
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  6. Dec 23, 2021
    3
    I watched and read several reviews on this game. Heck, polygon said it was their #2 game of 2021. So, I made the purchase thinking at least myI watched and read several reviews on this game. Heck, polygon said it was their #2 game of 2021. So, I made the purchase thinking at least my daughter, who is really into coloring, would enjoy it. I watched her play for ten painful minutes. At first you anticipate it will be interesting but then it quickly becomes dull and tedious. The painting mechanic is a chore and it just feels like work. I tried playing it alone. I have played countless games since 1985 and this one is not worth your purchase unless you enjoy tedium and a basic cliche story. I regretted this purchase so much that I made an account here to place this review. Expand
  7. Dec 10, 2022
    0
    It is so boring. I don’t understand the positive reviews. My kids also only played for two minutes and don’t want to try it again. One of theIt is so boring. I don’t understand the positive reviews. My kids also only played for two minutes and don’t want to try it again. One of the worst purchases of my life. Expand

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