Chicory: A Colorful Tale

LQ: 9.4


Brain grade: 9.1
Fun score: 9.7

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Chicory: A Colorful Tale is an adventure game where you play a small dog named after your favorite food. You are the janitor for Chicory, the master wielder who paints the entire world with her master brush. One day all the colors in the world disappear and Chicory will not come out of her room. You decide to grab the brush and restore color to the world. This begins your adventure where your character is trying to bring color back into the world, help fellow citizens solve their problems, and beat back the dark force that is rising from below the ground. 

The player uses the WASD keys on the keyboard to move around and the mouse buttons to wield their paintbrush. Certain keys on the keyboard can change the size of the brush, allowing for bigger painting jobs or more precision work. As the player moves through the game, they discover that painting certain objects will allow them to change in  some way, allowing the player to move through the environment or solve a challenging puzzle. It is also possible to just spend some time coloring in the world around you and take as long as you would like to move through the story parts of the game. 

Chicory: A Colorful Tale is available for purchase on Steam.  

Chicory: A Colorful Tale helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Flexibility: Trying something new.

Being the new master wielder is a challenging job, but your character can use flexibility to rise to the occasion. The player can use their flexibility skills by painting various items in the world to see how they will react. Some flowers or mushrooms grow when painted, while others catapult you to previously unreachable heights. Different areas also allow for different paint colors, so practicing flexibility by working with new colors and painting things in new ways can be a lot of fun. For players who struggle with flexibility, Chicory: A Colorful Tale is a fun way to practice this skill without time limits or pressure. 

Self-Control: Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors. 

Finding activities to decrease stress, anxiety, or frustration is a great way to practice self-control skills. Coloring can be one of these activities and Chicory: A Colorful Tale is basically one giant coloring book. If the player is feeling stressed, anxious, or mad about something, spending some time in the game just coloring with no other objective can be a way to center, focus, and spend time doing something productive and creative. For users who struggle with self-control techniques, coloring games like Chicory can be a way to try out different methods to see what works best. 

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