Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. The controls are decent, a little bothersome on occasions but the battle system is pretty easy to use and is a welcome change from what I'm used to.
  2. 70
    A surprisingly charming RPG.
  3. 65
    Witch's Tale is a good light-hearted RPG.
  4. This is a classic case of style over substance. If you know a young DS owner who shops at Hot Topic, they’d probably get a kick out of the story and art – but don’t expect the subpar gameplay to turn them into an RPG fan.
  5. 62
    All-in-all, A Witch's Tale is not only just average aesthetically, but absolutely destroyed by one of the worst battle systems I've encountered in a long time.
  6. 60
    If you're an RPG fan, you may be prepared to put up with some of its faults in execution and be able to appreciate its superior presentation.
  7. A Witch's Tale isn't a bad game. However, it is a generic game. In fact, if being generic was an Olympic sport, A Witch's Tale would definitely be a gold medalist.
  8. 60
    It is quite possibly the easiest RPG ever made, which will unquestionably turn off many people, but if that isn't an issue for you, there's plenty of style and charm to be found.
  9. In the end, we can thank NIS for bringing us another game we typically wouldn’t see, but I would caution most gamers to stay away from A Witch’s Tale.
  10. Even though A Witch's Tale isn't quite as easy as NIS might have expected (and grows a bit thin after the first few areas), it's still a game with an unmatched aesthetic.
  11. Everything else about the game — the story, characters and setting — is fabulous, but the gameplay doesn't live up to this promise and is among some of the drabbest that I've encountered in an RPG recently.
  12. 50
    A Witch's Tale has good ideas, but these disparate elements are too haphazardly implemented to raise it above mediocrity. It's got its heart in the right place, but good intentions do not necessarily equal a top-shelf product.
  13. A Witch's Tale is the teacher who says 'look, but don't touch.' [Sept 2009, p.97]
  14. This Japanese role-playing game is made of equal parts dull combat and insipid story, A Witch's Tale isn't worth the time it takes to play.
  15. As cute as A Witch's Tale is, its weak gameplay and slopped-together feel aren't to be appreciated by anyone. [Nov 2009, p.86]
  16. Attempting to bring in new RPG gamers by having lower difficulty isn't enough to save A Witch's Tale from a plodding story, and slow game play.
  17. I honestly can’t think of any kind of gamer that would genuinely enjoy this underwhelmingly over-the-top tribute to everything you’d see if Hot Topic made a video game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 21, 2013
    The trailer seemed much more convincing, that's for sure. First I'd give this game 10/10 sound. Instantly. The music is absolutely enchanting and really gets you inside the game, the introduction is great the character's designs are great, The story was okay, but that's as good as it gets. The gameplay, whether you walk or battle is entirely stylus based. Buttons in this game are almost useless. You get random battle encounters like in final fantasy, which is pretty annoying here since the stages are huge and are entirely puzzle based, so you want to avoid battles as much as you can, and get to the boss cutscenes for more story since after the introduction you rarely get any talking. This may be one of the easiest RPG's ever, just the "use the same effective spell until the target dies" strategy. To get the real ending of the game you have to beat it twice, which will be significantly faster on your second run, more than twice as fast but still, it is kind of unlikely that the player will have patience to beat such a repetitive game twice=s That was my honest review, all n' all it's an okay game, definitely one I must say is "NOT for anyone". Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2012
    Gameplay - 3/10. Graphics - 6.5/10. Sound - 4.5/10. Overall - 4.7/10. Really just not a good game. 4.7 speaks for itself: Just below average. I had a good time playing it, but I will seriously never play it again. There Full Review »
  3. Apr 3, 2012
    I personally love it. It has great artwork as well as a story. A++++. The way it is played is better than may games i like to play. It is almost like a "cat-and-mouse" game. Many tasks to complete and very difficult to find them depending on what it is. You need to find things to complete other things also. Full Review »