We do not make errors, we just have happy accidents
No matter how long passes, I still feel like an ant among giants. I had been studying Destructoid for almost a decade before I decided (with lots of pushing from people around me) to put myself out there, and now I’m here writing for you. I frequently ask how a person like me ended up here. It’s really terrifying.
What happens when I run out of things to talk about? Will I get to a stage where I just keep repeating myself? What happens if I burn out? ) I’m not joking it keeps me up at nighttime. I wish to write something meaningful, but you can not just force something like this, can you? What if my following post misses the mark? Imagine if a joke does not land? Why do people bother reading what I write? There are better authors out there.
What the hell, Chicory, stop poking me right from the insecurities. Only I want to brood alone!
Chicory: A Colorful Tale (PC [Reviewed], PS4, PS5)
Developer: Greg Lobanov
Released: June 10, 2021
MSRP: $19. 99
Long ago, I wanted to be an artist, but that aspiration was crushed by a series of poor teachers. So, I’m not an artist. I became so dedicated to composing that I feel as I am only able to dabble in other creative endeavors, but writing is like art, right? It is an artwork )
It’s at least close enough that Chicory immediately struck a chord with me. You play as a protagonist named after your favourite food that works as a janitor for the present”wielder” of a magical brush, the present wielder being the titular Chicory. 1 day, all the color is drained from the world. You find the wielder’s brush left and, if you are like me, simply opt to take it without consent. Here we have the imposter.
The protagonist then just decides to utilize their newfound powers to help people, whether that is by painting their donut or clearing a rockslide. A good deal of individuals, it turns out, really like their work and provide encouragement, while others are not so enthusiastic. That power was not deserved, was it? You did not put in the practice or hard job, so why is it that you get such prestige?
Hold on a second, I have to have an anxiety attack.
You would not really expect it out of what you see on the surface. Chicory is a disgustingly cute game. The entire world is completely in white and black, but you can paint it as you see fit. Each area provides you a palette of four different colours to play , and you can paint everything from furniture, to the characters, to your very own bad self. If you want to, you can just sit for a while and paint the world like one of those adult coloring books that are supposed to be reassuring.
There are many practical reasons to paint, as well. Every puzzle boils down to painting the right thing the right way, gaining new abilities along the way that permit you to move to new places. Most sections involve you doing light puzzle-solving in your way to the supervisor. It is not too far removed in the Zelda formulation, but there’s less emphasis on dungeons and you get your new ability after the area is complete; not at the practice of.
Between this, you talk with all the NPCs and assist them with their issues, or perhaps take an art course. The narrative advances organically during the critical path, which was a small relief. I never felt like I was being held back or pushed along, even when I totally was. A lot of this time I felt as though it was up to me what speed I accepted on the main objectives. Otherwise, I was free to simply chat to the several characters and listen to their views on art; exactly what appeals to them, what it means to them, and exactly what they expect from you.
Hold on a second… Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale…
It helps that the cast is amazing. Not every person that you bump into is real, but a lot of them have their own things going on. Estranged friends, secret admirers, dreamers. In a sense, it reminds me EarthBound’s dialogue, the way that it paints a sunny veneer over heavy subjects. A good deal of the time, you’re just giving people a push by helping them. When you help a single mom admit her feelings to another, it is her doing it, you are just there for assistance. When you convince the artist to maintain putting themselves out there, you’re simply showing them the way.
The protagonist themself goes through a Great Deal of expansion, first being enthusiastic about wielding the brush, however finally getting absorbed by self