By Daniel Webster, dweb.News
The long wait for Cris Tales, the highly anticipated time-traveling RPG, is over. We reflected on the seven years of work that went into this ambitious indie project. Dreams Uncorporated, a Colombian studio, made it clear from the beginning that they were passionate about this project and would not compromise their vision. Almost every building, character and enemy in the game’s world can be explored in three different timelines.
It is this attention to detail that makes Cris Tales such a rewarding and inspiring project. Cris Tales is not just a turn-based RPG. It is a blend of everything great about indie gaming and Colombian culture that inspired many of the characters’ designs.
The community’s overwhelming support has been the reason the team has survived the past few years. The support of fans has been crucial to the success of this game. This includes sharing fan art via social media, meeting us at PAX and E3, dropping comments on new trailers, and even cosplaying your favorite characters.
It’s time to make new friends
Crisbell, a young orphan, becomes a novice time wizard. Matias, a friendly, froggy companion, warns her of the terrible fate that lies ahead. Crisbell is determined to save her home and build a brigade with colorful companions to stop the Time Empress from bringing about a cataclysmic end. She will also recruit Christopher, the Mage Warrior, a defensive expert who wields splitshields, Willhelm, the Child Mage who commands magical to support his party, Zas, the Wild Card, who attacks with a variety of luck-based items and JKR-721 an android who uses his enhanced speed, electricity to unleash a flurry if attacks. You can have up to three party members at once, so you can mix and match your favorites.
To save the future and alter the past, you must first change the present.
Crisbell’s ability to be a time mage allows you to simultaneously see the past, present and future on one screen. These triangular panes provide a window into the various periods of history, which Matias can interact directly with by hopping between them. These updates are real-time so your sidequests and quests will reflect the impact of your decisions in each time zone. You can see how every choice you make affects the world’s future and how it changes.
Unique twist on turn-based combat
These unique time properties also apply to combat. The ability to throw an enemy into the future or past can alter their age. This could make them less skilled, younger, and more capable of doing more damage. Or, it could make them frailer and weaker, reducing their defense. This power can be combined with your party members’ skills. If the enemy is thrown into future, Willhelm’s poison can be used to inflict large amounts of damage on them. A heavily armored foe can be thrown into time by Christopher’s water magic. The water has caused the armor’s defense properties to drop and the armor will become rusted. Some enemies can become stronger over time. An old, injured monster may become more agile or aggressive if thrown into the future. It is crucial to understand how your party’s abilities work together and how time manipulation affects different enemies in order to survive some of the more difficult fights. We encourage you to try out all possible combinations to discover your own strategies.
Cris Tales’ vibrant universe has so many things to do and see that it’s nearly impossible to see it all the first time. Everyone, including the background characters, will have their own stories to tell because they can see how the world has changed and grown. You can see a soldier walking through town as a young boy in training, a distinguished soldier in present and a retired, battle-scarred man in the future in just seconds. You may even be able to fight him in the past, only to find him mysteriously missing from the future. We hope everyone enjoys Cris Tales, regardless of what choices they make.
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Cris Tales is an indie love letter to classic JRPGs that offers a fresh perspective. As you play, you can look into the past and act in the present. You can also watch your choices affect the future. In a fantasy world with a grim future, join Crisbell, the newly awakened Time Magisbell, and her fantastical companions. The powerful Time Empress and her comrades threaten to unleash a cataclysm that will decimate Crystallis and all four Kingdoms in the region.
You will travel across the kingdoms to meet and recruit powerful allies and stop the Time Empress. You can master their abilities and Crisbell’s unique Time Magic to defeat mighty foes. Send them to the past to confront their weaker, younger selves or send them to the future to deal with the full effects of poison. Or, create your own strategies using this one-of a kind combat system.
Crisbell’s power grows and you will make choices that have far-reaching consequences. These choices will impact the world around you as you travel. Every character, NPC and enemy, as well as Kingdom, has a past and a future, depending on how you act. Beautifully drawn 2D art is animated frame-by-frame to show the branching possibilities across more than 20 hours.
Cris Tales is an exciting exploration of how our actions echo through the ages, featuring a unique combination – innovative combat, branching stories, and classic RPG excitement.
* A Love Letter To Classic JRPGs – Inspired by timeless JRPGs such as Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI, Valkyrie Profile and modern classics like Bravely Default, Persona 5 and Persona 5, recruit a unique team of teammates, challenge myriad foes, and navigate an expansive world.
* Experience the Future, Present, And Past Simultaneously – You can look into the past and learn from it, as well as take actions in the present. These actions will alter the course of the future and change the world dynamically, depending on your choices.
* Master Strategic Turn-Based Combat: Warp your enemies into past or future, synchronize attacks to enhance group abilities, and master timing of attack/defense to exceed your party’s combat limits.
* Discover a Fascinating Story and Characters – The plot of the Empress to destroy the world is intricate and multilayered. You can use your brains to find powerful allies around the globe and unravel her multi-faceted web to reach the True Ending of this captivating tale.
* Explore a Beautiful World – Climb aboard an aircraft or boat to explore this dark, fairytale-like world. Discover each location and help shape its future, from the shining kingdom of Crystallis down to the slums at Saint Clarity.
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