Chicory: A Colorful Tale is a perfect title for a game that fills all the gaps of an inspirational journey of a custodian turned artist. I purchased the game on my PS5 based on recommendations from friends. I’ve enjoyed it much more than I had anticipated. Chicory has charm of Undertale as an indie game. The characters you encounter build your confidence to fight the mysterious darkness plaguing the world. I didn’t expect any combat mechanics and was off guard when the first boss fight occurred.
I feel that Chicory is all about self expression through art and seeing the world as a canvas. Behind all of that are the characters that help you and encourage you throughout your quest. There’s plenty to do asides bringing color back into the world. The game offers plenty of collectibles such as finding all of the kids which are adorable cats stuck in trees, or picking up trash to exchange for other items, and oh so many outfits.
You also gain different brushes throughout the journey which don’t really have any impact on the game but it does help make better artistic choices when replicating artwork or coming up with your own at the art college. My character even earned their art degree. I’ll try and print it out to see if it is helpful irl. The game’s creators made sure to show off your gorgeous artwork throughout the journey as well.
There’s a nice metroidvania mechanic in gaining new powers such as the ability to swim that definitely adds a level of complexity to the game. There’s a nice splash of puzzles that extend the depth of the gameplay and provide the player with a challenge to progress forward.
Chicory: A Colorful Tale is likely one of the most feel good games I’ve ever played. The developers presented an array of characters with different personalities that shine through. I think the best message received is to keep trying no matter how loud the thoughts of doubt are presented throughout life. It takes time and dedication to make something great and Chicory: A Colorful Tale is exactly that.