Cris Tales is a beautifully animated turn-based RPG adventure with puzzle elements and the ability to experience the past, present and future simultaneously and use them to your advantage.
In Cris Tales you take on the role of a young girl called Crisbell who discovers that she has the ability to see the past, present and future simultaneously. This ability has some very unique uses, but when using it she notices that her idyllic fairy tale world is facing a very grim future. She and a few newfound friends must now work together to rewrite the future of the world and save it from the evil forces that are trying to destroy it.
Your time-bending abilities allow you to see the past on the left side of the screen the present in the center and the future on the right. You can use your little frog companion at certain points to jump back and forth in time to solve puzzles and change the future, but it’s perhaps the turn-based combat where the time-bending mechanics are most interesting.
The turn-based combat allows you to select attacks, choose targets and use items much like in any JRPG, but the time-bending abilities adds a whole new dimension to the battles. You can use your ability to send opponents forward or back in time. This can be used to do something as simple as making them younger and weaker, but there are also more complex puzzle-like solutions – such as using a water ability to soak an enemy’s shield then jumping forward in time to where it’s all cracked and rusted.
Cris Tales isn’t due for a full release until 2020, but the current build is an incredibly polished experience with innovative time-bending gameplay, charming characters, full voice-work and some jaw-droppingly beautiful hand drawn artwork. If you’re looking for a JRPG styled adventure that delivers something a little different you really should give this time-bending adventure a little of your time.
Download The Cris Tales Alpha Demo Here (Only Available Until Jun 24th)