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  • Summary: Cris Tales is a gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs with a new perspective. Peer into the past, act in the present, and watch as your choices dynamically change the future -- all on one screen as you play! Join the newly awakened Time Mage Crisbell and her fantastical companions onCris Tales is a gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs with a new perspective. Peer into the past, act in the present, and watch as your choices dynamically change the future -- all on one screen as you play! Join the newly awakened Time Mage Crisbell and her fantastical companions on their journey across a dark, fairytale world facing a grim future.

    Crisbell must embark across Crystallis and the four Kingdoms in a bid to stop the powerful Time Empress and rewrite the future of the world and all those living in it. Along the way, she'll meet and recruit powerful allies with their own unique stories and skills like Matias the Frog and Willhelm the Child Mage.

    As she explores the world and meets her unique companions, Crisbell will have to make choices with far-reaching consequences for the people she meets consequences that will impact the world you'll experience in real-time throughout your journey. Each companion will be invaluable as you face these choices and the myriad enemies who stand in your way. Will you buffet them with attacks, or discover creative ways to use Crisbell's time powers to alter the reality of each fight?
    Key Features

    > A Love Letter to Classic JRPGs
    Inspired by timeless JRPGs like Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, Valkyrie Profile, and modern classics like Bravely Default and Persona 5, meet and recruit a unique cast of teammates, challenge myriad enemies, and make your way through an expansive world.

    > Experience the Past, Present, and Future Simultaneously
    Peer into and learn from the past, decide on actions in the present, and alter the course of the future in ways that will reshape the world dynamically depending on the choices you make.

    > Master Strategic Turn-Based Combat
    Warp your enemies into the past or future, synchronize attacks for enhanced group abilities, and master the timing of attack and defense to go beyond your party's limits in combat.

    > Uncover a Fascinating Story & Characters
    The Empress' plot to destroy the world is complex and layered. Use your wits and recruit powerful allies throughout the world to uncover and undo her multi-faceted web and make your way to the True Ending of this enchanting tale.

    > Discover a Beautiful World
    Climb aboard an airship or boat and traverse this handcrafted, dark fairytale world. From the shining kingdom of Crystallis to the slums of Vinez, discover each unique location and shape its future.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jul 20, 2021
    90
    The overall design choices and visual presentation of Cris Tales are one of its stronest suits. The game looks like an animated film, and paired with lots of calm and relaxing tunes, you get a very cozy atmosphere that feels nice to get back to every single time.
  2. Jul 19, 2021
    80
    Cris Tales is a classic example of a game that serves as a homage to games of the past, while managing to forge a path all of its own. Solid and satisfying combat merge with a storyline that moves things along nicely and if you enjoy turn-based RPGs, Cris Tales is definitely one to play.
  3. Aug 2, 2021
    75
    Overall, Cris Tales is a charming tale, a great JRPG, and a memorable experience, with plenty of replay value. The characters are endearing, while the story is based on the innocence of childhood. It is almost like a time travel experience taking you back to when your parents used to read you bedtime stories. You can feel that the team poured their heart and soul into the game making it a game that will convince everyone willing to try it, even if they usually do not like JRPGs. It has some issues and for some, the visuals might be too colorful or cheerful, but it is an adventure worth playing through.
  4. Jul 23, 2021
    70
    Cris Tales is a stunningly gorgeous indie, with art that’ll make your jaw drop. However many of its time mechanics are relatively skin deep, and it lacks the kind of depth its art inspires. It’s also not the epic it claims to be. It’s a love letter to classic RPGs, if within that same analogy those classics are the full novel.
  5. Aug 23, 2021
    70
    The journey itself Crisbell and co take doesn’t hit the highs the striking aesthetic conjures, but Cris Tales delivers on a satisfying-if-uneven twist to turn-based RPG affairs.
  6. Jul 20, 2021
    65
    The basic idea with the time crystals is great and provides the combat system a special tactical aspect. The graphics look nice and Crisbell is a pleasant heroine. But while there is nothing that really makes Cris Tales stand out of the JRPG genre, there are also some annoying weaknesses concerning balancing and comfort that can't be justified by trying to be classic.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Aug 14, 2021
    50
    It's not so much that less could have been more here, but rather that it fails to replicate what made those classic JRPGs so beloved. [Issue#362, p.118]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Jul 22, 2021
    9
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    DA et chara design sublimes !
    Bande son au top Le gameplay est vraiment plaisant, avec son système de temporalité, autant dans les
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    DA et chara design sublimes !
    Bande son au top
    Le gameplay est vraiment plaisant, avec son système de temporalité, autant dans les villes et donjons qu'en combats
    Dialogues entièrement doublés (doublages en anglais uniquement mais de qualité)

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    Quelques quêtes fedex qui rallongent artificiellement la durée de vie
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  2. Jul 22, 2021
    9
    I just wanted to make fun of how triggered ClarQuent is. Nothing else. So i
  3. Aug 7, 2021
    8
    The developers of "Cris Tales" have had many positive approaches and ideas. For example, the fights are really great and time also plays anThe developers of "Cris Tales" have had many positive approaches and ideas. For example, the fights are really great and time also plays an important role in the gameplay. The story with the different characters can also gradually please. Unfortunately, the game balance and the random battles are not always good and drive us crazy from time to time. On the other hand, the graphics and sound are once again convincing. So fans of the genre will have to take a look themselves to see if "Cris Tales" convinces you or not. Expand
  4. Jul 22, 2021
    2
    Artificially stretched with pointless twists and turns. Clumsy and underused core mechanics. QTE in 2021? Please... And all this, at a crazyArtificially stretched with pointless twists and turns. Clumsy and underused core mechanics. QTE in 2021? Please... And all this, at a crazy price. Buy Death's Door. Expand
  5. Aug 22, 2021
    0
    Another stereotypical anime crap game that is extremely over hyped for no actual reason.
  6. Aug 22, 2021
    0
    Very boring and repetitive anime game, not recommending, unless you have nothing else to play.