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Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Developers: Lena RaineA Shell in the Pit Publisher: Finji
29 May 2023
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Have Brush, Will Paint
Chicory tries to meld the coziness of Animal Crossing with the action and adventure of Zelda. There are towns to visit, characters to chat with, and portraits to paint; likewise, there are dungeons to delve through and bosses to battle. It sounds great, and in some ways it is, but unfortunately there are a few niggles that dampen the proceedings.

Let's start with the story and characters. The main characters are a highlight -- the dynamic between the protagonist and Chicory is one of the best parts of the game. Both characters have clear motivations and distinct personalities, and their conversations flow between topics like friendship, confidence, and artistry with ease. Reading their conversations is always a joy.

As for the other NPCs, my feelings are mixed. They're all fun and quirky, but I rarely felt engaged when chatting with them. They'd tell me about their problems, or thank me for painting their houses, or talk about what they'd had for lunch, and I'd simply nod my head and wonder how soon I could get back to the main crux of the adventure.

The adventure itself is also one of ups and downs. Exploring the map is fun, and the game offers up plenty of clever puzzles to solve, both mandatory and optional. If you've played a Zelda game, you can expect puzzles in that vein, although often with unique painting-centric twists.

The bosses, on the other hand, were frustrating. Because there are no Game Overs in Chicory, the bosses aren't difficult in the traditional sense, but they do take a lot of hits to bring down. Although the battles look intense, knowing you can't lose drains them of any sense of tension. Just keep swiping with your brush and you'll win eventually.

While I appreciate the story and I'm glad that Chicory exists, for me it feels a bit too at odds with itself. It has an abundance of cute characters but 90% of them have nothing interesting to say; it's a Zelda-like adventure but with boss battles that feel less tense and more tedious. The result is still a strong game, but one that could've been even stronger if it had cut a bit of fat and doubled down on what it does well.
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diction Chicory: A Colorful Tale 2024-05-25T02:27:41Z
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Spitfyr Chicory: A Colorful Tale 2024-05-19T01:20:11Z
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toadhjo Chicory: A Colorful Tale 2024-04-18T07:40:44Z
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skeach Chicory: A Colorful Tale 2023-12-24T03:06:57Z
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  • earthandspace 2023-08-19 03:42:07.930707+00
    great game, probably objectively better than its predecessor, but for me it's missing some of that... je ne sais quoi that wandersong had. i can't really put my finger on why it clicked with me just a liiiiitle bit less
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  • Convalescence 2023-08-25 09:08:30.372828+00
    really enjoying this but after playing tunic it feels SLIGHTLY underwhelming, but tunic is close to an all-time fav for me so that's not a huge dunk. really awesome game.
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  • warioman 2024-02-11 21:05:56.467017+00
    Closing in on three years now and I still think about this all the time..
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  • Smooth1e 2024-03-11 14:56:21.294474+00
    Wish this got more attention, absolutely lovely game
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