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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Cris Tales is a role-playing game where you see how your actions in the present affect the past and future. You play as Crisbell in a cartoon-looking adventure through four Kingdoms in a bid to stop the powerful Time Empress and rewrite the future of the world.

Play involves exploring the world, meeting and recruiting powerful allies and of course battling the dark powers. Each person you meet has their own story and skills that help and influence your tactics and decisions. As you progress you have to make choices with far-reaching consequences both for the people in your team and the world around you.

A big novelty of the game is being able to see the state of the world in the past and the future in real-time as you walk around. The screen is divided into three and as the world is seen through each section you can see the past and future. People get older, buildings are changed and the choices you make are seen in real-time.

Combat also leans into this time shifting mechanic. It's turn-based but lets you warp your enemies into the past or future. This enables you to synchronise attacks for enhanced group abilities, and master the timing of attack and defence.

Beyond the novelties, Cris Tales offers an unusual story that requires your wits to uncover and undo a multi-faceted plot to end the world. Climb aboard an airship or boat and traverse this handcrafted, dark fairytale world. From the shining kingdom of Crystallis to the slums of Saint Clarity, discover each unique location and shape its future.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/07/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Modus Games (@Modus_Games)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for infrequent use of bad language.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Fantasy Violence.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

CostsCosts

Cris Tales usually costs £34.99.
 

Cris Tales

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Cris Tales Accessibility Report documents 26 accessibility features:
Matias will give you a reminder of what you need to do next when you press the Hint button, and further helpful details can be found in your Quest Log.

There overland map in the game that is used to travel between major locations is very unclear and can be very challenging for navigation and spatial orientation. The areas on the map are not labelled, and in many cases it isn't clear if area on the map can be entered until you approach and check if an Enter button prompt appears. You are unable to zoom out to get a big picture view of the world from the map screen, and there is no directional indicator for your next destination.

Inside each area there are usually many locations that can be visited and viewed in the past, present, and future. There is no map available for these areas or indicators of where you need to visit for main or side quests, save points, inns, shops, or any other useful features, which can leave you spending a lot of time backtracking or searching for important locations if you aren't paying close attention to the layout.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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