I’m not the sort of one that enjoys spending time with a coloring e-book. I’ll have just a few inventive bones in my physique, however they’re most likely damaged in a number of locations. So, once I first heard about Chicory I used to be skeptical, as a result of not solely does Chicory seem like an animated coloring e-book, however its fundamental mechanic facilities on utilizing a magic paintbrush to paint a black and white world. Nevertheless, inside minutes, this creative little gem gained me over. Chicory may seem like a coloring e-book, however, at coronary heart, it’s a Zelda-inspired journey filled with humorous dialogue and weighty themes that left me slightly glassy-eyed.
Chicory takes place in an enthralling little animal village referred to as Picnic, the place everybody is called after meals. All appears nicely within the land of Picnic till a darkish, malevolent drive seems and all coloration out of the blue disappears from the world. Sadly, Picnic’s Brush Wielder, the one liable for protecting the place vibrant, has locked herself in a tower, leaving the world and not using a savior. That’s till the Wielder’s janitor – a younger, anthropomorphic pet – “borrows” her grasp’s magic brush and units off on an journey to place the world again so as. This absurd premise develops right into a compelling journey due to Chicory’s intelligent dialogue and wealth of charming, idiosyncratic characters reminiscent of a junk-obsessed hoarder and a cat who can’t cease adopting new youngsters. At particular factors, Chicory’s story even touches on severe themes like imposter syndrome, and my little pup’s heartfelt journey tugged on my heartstrings greater than as soon as.
As you journey throughout Picnic, you paint each object you see to offer the world coloration. I had the simplest time utilizing a PC mouse to regulate the comb, however a controller’s proper analog stick will get the job achieved nicely sufficient. I additionally appreciated the variety of portray instruments at my disposal. Not solely are you able to regulate your brush dimension and coloration, however you’ll be able to maintain down the paint button to rapidly fill within the background and use pre-set brush kinds to stamp shapes into the world. More often than not you’re restricted to utilizing solely three colours, which made me lengthy for a bigger coloration palette. Happily, you aren’t required to recolor your complete world in case you don’t wish to interact with this technique. Even so, once I sat right down to experiment with Chicory’s portray mechanics, I discovered it a really chill, Zen-like expertise.
Whereas recoloring the world is a constant however pleasant aspect exercise, most of my time in Chicory was spent interacting with Picnic’s residents and fixing puzzles. From drawing a brand new brand for a pizza place to exploring an underground metropolis filled with bugs to repainting a home for an indecisive animal, I used to be continuously shocked by the depth of experiences Chicory squeezed from its portray mechanics. Most of Chicory’s puzzles ask you to color sure objects to have an effect on the world. For instance, some crops explode whenever you paint them, so you should use these to destroy boulders that block your path. Alongside the way in which, you additionally achieve a handful of intelligent new brush powers to navigate the world higher. I significantly preferred the flexibility to swim via my paint, which allowed me to squeeze via tiny areas and attain out of the way in which areas.
Surprisingly, Chicory doesn’t have any fight mechanics, so whilst you discover, you gained’t have to fend off armies of goons together with your paintbrush. I appreciated this gameplay strategy, and I didn’t miss the fight; Chicory’s world is so attention-grabbing to discover that I used to be midway via the sport earlier than I even realized it lacked a fight mechanic. The one exception is Chicory’s boss encounters. Throughout these occasions, you could dodge a collection of assaults whereas utilizing your brush so as to add coloration to the boss. I recognize how these battles change up the tempo, however it was exhausting to maintain my eye on my brush and my character concurrently; controlling each felt like making an attempt to rub my tummy whereas patting my head. Happily, these encounters aren’t troublesome, and in case you die, you choose again up the place you left off (you’ll be able to even flip off the flexibility to die within the choices menu).
I went into Chicory a bit doubtful, however it surpassed my expectations with flying colours. The world and its inhabitants are a delight, its puzzles stay intelligent all through the journey, and its fundamental portray mechanic is the proper stress releaser. Chicory taught me by no means to guage a coloring e-book by its cowl, and that you simply don’t should be a grasp painter to have enjoyable with colours.