Cris Tales Reviews

Cris Tales is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
GameMAG
Top Critic
9 / 10
Jul 20, 2021

The overal design choices and visual presentation of Cris Tales are one of its most strongers 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.

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Gameblog
Top Critic
8 / 10
Sep 13, 2021

Clearly, Cris Tales is a very humble and charming little game, and if it's your cam, you should look into its case. Good sensations guaranteed.

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6 / 10.0
Aug 11, 2021

Cris Tales is a beautiful indie RPG that is held back by various issues, keeping it from being one of the greats. Incredible story, filled with exciting characters, areas and interesting time powers, makes it worth the play. However, held back by an uninteresting battle system that becomes stale and too easy, a horrible third act of the game slows it down to a crawl. You'll find something to love with Cris Tales if you can look over some of its flaws.

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Unscored
Aug 16, 2021

While brimming with gorgeous visuals and charm, for a game about time, “Cris Tales” doesn’t seem to value yours.

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7.5 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2021

Cris Tales' number one selling point is its use of time manipulation as both a plot device and battle mechanic. It's what makes the entire experience. It's a solid mid-range game, great for teens and adults looking for a fairly breezy thirty-ish hour adventure. However, there are better games out there that you should experience first, especially if you have to be more selective with your cash.

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90 / 100
Jul 29, 2021

Cris Tales is one of the best independent games from Latin America. Without a doubt, one of the titles of 2021 that you cannot miss.

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Jul 28, 2021

That charming, throwaway exchange is just one of the many ways in which the game’s strong writing and character development help to mitigate the campaign’s tedious final hours. It feels like the video game equivalent of a shaggy-dog joke, and while its narrative is fascinating enough to compel you to backtrack not once, but twice, through areas and boss fights that you’ve long since mastered, it’s hard not to wish that Cris Tales had used a little time magic on itself and sped things along so we could have gotten to the good stuff sooner.

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3 / 5.0
Jul 28, 2021

If you strip that away from Cris Tales, what you have left is a charming and serviceable RPG that is also packed with quite a few flaws and questionable design choices. Cris Tales is definitely worth a playthrough if you’re looking for something light-hearted and a little bit old-school. Just keep your expectations low when it comes to time-based gameplay.

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8.7 / 10.0
Jul 22, 2021

Cris Tales is a delightful adventure, which will not fail to satisfy players looking for a fairytale and well-structured experience.

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8.3 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2021

‎In this regard, the work developed by the folks of ‎‎Dreams Uncorporated,‎‎SYCK and Poppy Works focuses part of her personality on a precious appearance that makes her even more palatable in the eyes of other people. In the same way, ‎‎it dazzles at how well it integrates temporary travel‎‎ when it comes to fulfilling missions, but there are times when it seems to get stuck in the past, especially when we take up arms. In other words, sometimes, you need more than that to transcend time.‎

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8 / 10
Jul 22, 2021

Cris Tales offers up a satisfying take on classic JRPG tropes while sprinkling in some interesting new gameplay ideas and an incredible art style. Though some aspects of combat can be frustrating and the pacing can occasionally feel like it's wasting your time, we'd still give this one a recommendation to anyone looking for a cool new RPG for their Switch. Cris Tales does just enough to stick out from the pack and assert itself as a title worth adding to your library; JRPG aficionados should definitely give this one a shot.

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3 / 5.0
Jul 24, 2021

Add this in with an opening that is brutal, even more mechanics that get thrown away or ignored long term (why have the tent that heals your party cost 10,000 marbles, what Cris Tales uses for currency, when by the time you can afford it, you'd have no use for it?), spending most of your time talking to people in towns that are obvious padding and so much more. It's a shame Cris Tales simply can't live up to the charm of its art but there is no consistency on what it wants to be. Even the bosses go from a joke to making me feel like I am woefully under-leveled, back to Neptunia level in the span of 20 minutes and one level. For some the art might be enough, but if you want a good RPG, this isn't it.

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4.5 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2021

The way characters move and express in combat never gets old, even as everything around it quickly does. I can see the massive amount of love and care put into one element of the game, which conveniently is the most visible one for observers. But once I pick up the controller, it becomes clear that level of detail is only surface deep.

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RPG Site
Top Critic
7 / 10
Jul 25, 2021

This love letter to classic JRPGs has a lot of heart & charm, but is a bit rough around the edges.

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85%
Jul 19, 2021

If you listen to Cris Tales talk, it sings with love for its influences. But sometimes, maybe we can love too many things. The game is remarkable on a variety of fronts, notably its look, its sound, and its love for Colombia. All of that works. But it feels the weight of its many influences. Eventually, when the developers throw so many things at the wall, it starts to get messy, with a story that tries to do too many things, combat that never fully lives up to its potential, and a bloated run time.

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3.5 / 5.0
Aug 22, 2021

For a game so favorably-regarded and closely-monitored in its build-up to release, it's hard to shake off the minor disappointment and frustrations that Cris Tales generates in its final form.

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5 / 10
Aug 4, 2021

Cris Tales claims to be a "love letter to classic JRGs" and it has all the elements that make up a great JRPG by bringing back things we've missed about the older classics but it hasn't quite executed them as well as I'd hoped.

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3 / 5.0
Aug 3, 2021

All in all, Cris Tales is unfortunately an unnecessarily conflicting game. It's incredibly refined features such as the visuals and character depth heavily clash with its subpar gameplay. However, if you're a hard core retro JRPG fan then you may enjoy the game.

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6 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2021

Cris Tales has a lot of great ideas, and an incredible style, but none of it really coalesces into a game I want to play.

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Spaziogames
Top Critic
7.3 / 10.0
Jul 20, 2021

Cris Tales is based on an astonishing idea that could have innovated an entire genre. However, after few hours emerge some issues tied to underdeveloped combat mechanics and a scarcely balanced gameplay.

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