How long does it take to beat Chicory: A Colorful Tale? Will you be painting until the end of time? Or is this a one-evening job? That’s what we’re looking at in this quick guide.
Chicory: A Colorful Tale is a wonderful adventure (9/10 kind of wonderful) that takes place in a black and white styled colouring book world that has been drained of all of its vibrant colours. It’s now your job to splash life back into this colourless land with the power of a magical paintbrush. This guide will not teach you how to produce anything resembling postmodern realism for your art gallery. However, it will give you a rough idea of what you might be able to expect when approaching the game.
How long is the story?
The linear storyline takes place over ten chapters and can take approximately 10-15 hours to complete. When you reach the game’s halfway mark, there will be several trials for you to perform. You can go to the four corners of the Picnic Province to complete them. The four-trial locations are: Banquest Rainforest, Branch Canyon, Desert Mountain, and Spoons Island. The Wielders Trials occur during chapters 6-9 and can be completed in any order you want. Although, it may be best to start with the one closest to you, which should be Banquest Rainforest and then tackle the rest from there. This will get you finished much quicker.
If you want to dramatically cut down your completion time and get some handy hints along the way, you can head to the nearest phone box to ring your in-game parents. Your mum will answer the phone first to give you a general hint, but if that is not enough for you, the phone can then be passed on to your dad, who will tell you exactly what needs to be done next.
When you reach specific points of the game, it may be beneficial to take screenshots with the in-game camera to help you solve puzzles. I found this to be particularly helpful during The Wielders Temple, as it can be tricky to remember the patterns for the puzzles to progress further.
The difficulty of the boss fights is not too bad, and even if you die, you will restart from the point in the battle you were knocked out. Nevertheless, suppose the boss battle becomes too annoying; in that case, you could adjust the difficulty level in the options menu, which also has a skip option that allows you to bypass the boss fight altogether.
A Tale of Two Artists
Depending on how you choose to experience the game, it will significantly affect your overall time. If you aim to complete the main storyline with side quests that include finding lost kids, collecting clothes, and gaining brush styles, this might take you anywhere from 30 to 40 hours. Although, the game is designed for you to go at a slow pace and soak up the atmosphere as you paint the empty canvas of this world. This is certainly a game I would recommend to take your time with and not worry too much about how long it’ll take you to complete as it will hinder the experience.