From the creators of Wandersong and Celeste comes Chicory, a new and adorable “painting adventure game about trying to be somebody!”
Formerly known on Twitter as Drawdog, the game began attracting buzz when tweets featuring a cute black and white dog painting began popping up back in January 2019. Little else was known about the game for a few months other than that it was, in fact, going to be a game. More recently, the Twitter account has posted songs that will be featured in the game, as well as small snippets of gameplay. Finally, on August 2, Drawdog tweeted that “Something very big is coming…on AUGUST 15TH!” with more mysterious hints and clips being tweeted as the day approached.
Finally, at 1 PM EST on August 15th, Drawdog changed its display name to Chicory: A Colorful Tale and announced a Kickstarter to fund the game’s development, a Steam page, and an official community Discord server.
??? VERY EXCITED to introduce CHICORY: A COLORFUL TALE… a painting adventure game about trying to be somebody ???
— Chicory: A Colorful Tale NOW ON KICKSTARTER! (@chicory) August 15, 2019
The Kickstarter gives more information about the game itself. Chicory: A Colorful Tale is described as an adventure game, where the player will use “the power of art to explore, solve puzzles, help your animal friends and restore color to the world.” You are Pizza, a dog that you can style, color, and gender as you see fit, and whose style is described as “doing my best.”
The open world of the Picnic Province is yours to explore and color, but there’s an evil darkness creeping around the edges. This darkness is absorbing the world’s color and has already absorbed Chicory, the protector and former wielder of The Brush, the artifact that can color the world. Pizza is not only Chicory’s number one fan, but the new wielder after her disappearance, and you must work to save the Picnic Province and Chicory herself from the darkness.
Exploring the world and coloring unlocks new painting abilities and gives the player access to new characters with quests and troubles of their own. The creators promise side quests galore and rewards for dedicated players who like to “poke into every nook and cranny.”
A fairly large amount of gameplay videos are available on both the game’s Twitter and the Kickstarter. They have also released a preview album of the soundtrack on Bandcamp, composed by Lena Raine of Celeste and Guild Wars 2 fame, among others. Progress on the game, according to the Kickstarter, has been steady and ongoing for a while now, with plenty of hours of game ready to play. The creators have turned to Kickstarter in order to make Chicory as full and wonderful as they can, while allowing the many people who are working hard on it to be adequately compensated. More about their plans can be found on the Kickstarter, along with a progress report of what has already been accomplished by the team.
As of the morning of August 16th, the day after the launch, the Kickstarter is fully funded, with 29 days still left to go in the campaign. The rewards include discounted copies of the game, an art book, a backer exclusive pin, and in-game cameos. Check back for further updates as this game continues to develop!