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  • Summary: Ghost of a Tale is an action-RPG game in which you assume the role of Tilo, a mouse and minstrel thrown into a perilous adventure. Through stealth and cunning you’ll be able to explore the secrets of Dwindling Heights Keep and navigate its dangers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jun 6, 2018
    85
    This magical tale grabs us from the first page to the last. We read it with the heart of a child, fascinated by its fantasy universe.
  2. Mar 24, 2018
    85
    A quite praiseworthy videogame, especially considering it was developed mostly by a one-man team. The level design is of top quality and one of the best indicators of how talented Lionel Gallat is, and is accompanied by a rich lore, an extremely likeable protagonist and visuals that are probably the most beautiful ever produced for a 3D game with the use of Unity.
  3. Apr 24, 2018
    80
    Whoever is looking for an adventure in a beautiful world can stop looking. He will experience one of the best tales in the escapades of the mouse Til.
  4. CD-Action
    Jun 5, 2018
    75
    Due to very basic enemy AI Ghost of a Tale is not a particularly good stealth game, but its fairy tale charm is irresistible and although I worked hard for hours to escape the fortress, I was leaving it with genuine sorrow. [05/2018, p.78]
  5. Mar 23, 2018
    74
    Ghost of a Tale is an ambitious and charming indie adventure which does not reach its full potential. The main character Tilo is one of the cutest animated video game characters we have seen in a long time and the fantasy setting looks absolutely stunning. Unfortunately, the game can make you feel pretty helpless at times, since hints are rare and finding your way through castle Dieruin takes a lot of patience.
  6. Mar 20, 2018
    70
    Ghost of a Tale is a game created as a great labyrinthine dungeon, puzzles, traps, stealth, and a charismatic protagonist in a macabre and gray medieval world. SeithCG's first job is reminiscent of classic adventures, but it also needs better optimization, technical polishing and several better decisions.
  7. Apr 4, 2018
    55
    Quotation forthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. May 22, 2021
    10
    By ignoring generic GameDesign-Decisions of the current Era of video games (Minimap and Markers for orientation, Skilltrees for more successBy ignoring generic GameDesign-Decisions of the current Era of video games (Minimap and Markers for orientation, Skilltrees for more success with progression, a lot of interchangeable loot to keep you busy with your inventory, ...), SeithCG managed to create a unique Game experience. This fundament is enriched and given more personality by the beautifully looking World, a fresh setting, and it's very own humour. Overall the game fells harmonic through all its decisions and is therefore offering an original adventure. Expand
  2. Mar 4, 2020
    10
    It's an absolutely lovely game. I love everything about it: the graphics, the story, the lore, the humor, the character design. I love thatIt's an absolutely lovely game. I love everything about it: the graphics, the story, the lore, the humor, the character design. I love that everyone you meet has their own story. And it's one of the few games where you being a bard actually get to perform and use your singing to advance.
    I had no glitches (but I played it in 2020) and enjoyed it a lot.
    Cons:
    - I had to use my husband's PC to play it, it didn't run on my notebook.
    - You shouldn't play it if you're not acquainted with stealth games or don't like them and if you don't know how to adjust your screen (otherwise you would end up thinking it's a "boring amateur attempt"). And the game starts in the prison in the dungeon, so it WILL be dark and scary and you'll have to learn how to sneak past the guards).
    - Please also note that this game is also about exploration, so it won't take you by the hand and explain everything to you, you'll have to use your brain (though you can get some hints) and you'll have a lot of running around to get back to where you couldn't get/open something or you have talk to someone. So some people may find it boring to have to go back and enjoy all the lovely designed locations to advance. I don't. It was fun to explore this world.
    I'm totally in love with it and waiting to buy the next game.
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  3. Fuz
    May 9, 2018
    10
    This game is absolutely beautiful and need more exposition.
    It's amazing. It's not exactly a stealth game (the stealth mechanics are very
    This game is absolutely beautiful and need more exposition.
    It's amazing. It's not exactly a stealth game (the stealth mechanics are very basic and from a certain point you can totally ignore it) but more of an exploration/adventure game. And it's got a great story (although riding on a bit of a cliché - but it's extremely well done), amazing writing, fantastic set of characters and it's absolutely gorgeous.
    I want more of this whimsical world, I really hope there will be a sequel.
    Buy it, the developer(s) deserve all the praise and support.
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  4. Jun 19, 2020
    9
    The game is set in a surprisingly vibrant, colorful world. The silent protagonist is immediately and enduringly sympathetic. There are severalThe game is set in a surprisingly vibrant, colorful world. The silent protagonist is immediately and enduringly sympathetic. There are several well defined NPCs that you feel connection to. The stealth and platforming are basic, but enjoyable. The RPG elements are minimalist but sufficient. There are a few flaws in camera, controls. There is a bit of a slog in making trips for quest items. But the overpowering charm of this game make it one of my favorites, certainly one of my favorite indie games. Expand
  5. Apr 20, 2018
    8
    I like stealth games and good adventure - and this game ticks all the right boxes for me. There were few main selling points for me here:I like stealth games and good adventure - and this game ticks all the right boxes for me. There were few main selling points for me here:

    Its immersive adventure in beautiful, very detailed world. The world design borrows heavily from first Dark Souls game, and as much as I love that game I dare to say here it is much more cleverly designed, with lots of hidden secret passages and details put into it.

    The games is focused heavily on exploration, finding things and avoiding enemies. No minimaps, quest markers and other horrible modern stuff - the game feels old school in that manner and I loved it. This plays like a stealth/puzzle solving game, but it feels like a puzzle game in the same way that Looking Glass games felt - not in a way of point and click adventures (but there were few riddles to solve on the way).

    You can save game only in "safe" spots - very cool concept and works perfectly. The experience is "casualised" a bit here and there - the game gets easier as it progresses and allows you to obtain hints and maps for money. This does not ruin the fun, but removes lot of frustration associated with being "stuck" for too long. You will get stuck once in a while anyway, do not worry. My only complaint is that I would remove some hints for secondary quests - they are optional anyway so no need to make it too easy, especially since you can figure out everything when you pay enough attention to the world and the dialogues.

    The stealth system is quite original and works very well. It is totally unrealistic and a bit too easy, but it all fits perfectly with cartoonish style of the game.

    Unfortunately the game is not perfect and I need to address few things:

    The experience quality drops significantly in last third of the game. The attention to detail and level of polish of the first few hours of the game are not carried through the whole playthrough. (which is a case for most games actually...)

    The game tries to throw too much fetch quests at player at some point (they really should have cut out some of the quests from the game) and it also tries to take more "cinematic" approach at the end which it fails to do, exposing many design limitations. There is a moment when you start getting that indie game feeling, that some obvious things are missing due to limited budget and resources.

    The game also throws more and more dialogue lines at the player as story progresses and the quality of that aspect also drops a lot, the later conversations drag for too long and are quite uninspired. I would also do the ending differently, but thats a minor thing. I wasnt that much into story anyway, I liked the lore and some characters very very much, but found a whole main story a bit bland and too complex for its own sake.
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  6. Jun 6, 2020
    8
    amazing graphics and atmosphere, not so great mission breaking bugs and often confusing quest design. Great for kids, too, I assume, but canamazing graphics and atmosphere, not so great mission breaking bugs and often confusing quest design. Great for kids, too, I assume, but can be annoying because of the former. Expand
  7. Mar 17, 2021
    0
    I liked the idea and adorable art. The problem comes because there is only one way to do several things (such as the sneaking without beingI liked the idea and adorable art. The problem comes because there is only one way to do several things (such as the sneaking without being caught) and you may try one task for hours and never hit the one way. So, you look it up and see the entire game is that way so there are step by step directions for all those one way to do it puzzles. That then ruins the game for you as you know most people that complete the game simply followed step by step directions. I wish games always changed and had true randomness in places so that no guide would ever be able to walk you through. Following directions is boring. This happens to be one of the worst at that. Expand

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