A Juggler's Tale Reviews

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Metro GameCentral
GameCentral
Top Critic
7 / 10
Sep 30, 2021

A charming puzzle platformer which makes great use of its puppet show concept but falls short in longevity.

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7 / 10
Oct 8, 2021

A Juggler's Tale is a good, if short, puzzle platformer with an enjoyable narrated story. Bugs do need ironing out even as rare as they are, but if you're a looking for something to occupy you for a couple of hours, A Juggler's Tale is worth giving a go for fans of the genre.

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7.8 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2021

A small production, visually intriguing and with some interesting gameplay ideas. Maybe a little too short, leave with an appetite in your mouth in the hope of having more gameplay. However, it remains an experience to try.

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JVL
Sheitaniña
Top Critic
13 / 20
Nov 20, 2021

Not free of flaws, A Juggler's Tale manages, over time, to reach the sensitivity of the most hardened among us. The themes addressed are common to all children who have become adults today and are an irremediably reminder of how fragile the human condition is.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2021

A Juggler's Tale tries to find its space in the wide spectrum of similar games by impressing the audience with a truly suggestive and inspired aesthetic, a gorgeous front cover for a solid game. In just a couple of hours, it tries to establish a dialogue with the player, pushing it to reflect on serious themes such as freedom and free will, at the same time being aware of the paradoxes embodied by its mechanics. A good debut for kaleidoscube.

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7.5 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2021

A Juggler's Tale drops the ball some with its design, but puts on a worthwhile show due to its presentation and story.

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6 / 10
Sep 29, 2021

If it all proves too much, at least many of the vistas and scenes will soothe your mood with lovely visuals — especially as the sun sets. They don't quite look photo-realistic; there's a dash of flair and care that makes for a very pretty little title. It won't set the world on fire, but A Juggler's Tale has a pleasing aura that may resonate with folk who know what they're getting themselves in for.

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6 / 10
Oct 10, 2021

At just two - three hours in length, A Juggler’s Tale is a lean experience with little fat on the bones (though may still be a tad on the short side for some). Nevertheless, it’s a shame that the developer leant on the same type of puzzle for much of the game, as it makes certain areas feel repetitive as a result. If you’re a fan of games like Limbo and Inside, this is a nice alternative; just don’t go expecting a game of the same calibre or quality.

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6 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2021

A Juggler's Tale is enjoyable for what it is, but it doesn't quite reach the particularly memorable nature of similar indie games it so obviously takes inspiration from. There's a great introspective narrative with some brilliant themes regarding personal freedoms and cutting the strings of toxic relationships throughout, but a short runtime and occasionally obtuse puzzles and mechanics leave it feeling a bit more tangled up than it should by the end.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 7, 2021

A Juggler's Tale is a polished title, delivering a smooth gameplay flow that's over too quickly for its launch price. Anyone can appreciate the visual presentation and voiced story. Meanwhile, enthusiasts will enjoy the blend of puzzles (albeit easy ones) and action. It's a unique game in many ways and one that leaves an impression. But, it also leaves you wanting more. I hope to cheer on Abby in a sequel, one whose price better matches its length.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2021

Join string puppet Abby on an adventure, where you'll help her escape to freedom, but it doesn't come that easily. Solve puzzles, overcome enemies, and help Abby to not let her strings - and whatever else the world throws at her - hold her back.

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6 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2021

A Juggler’s Tale is very short, but worth playing once. It has decent visuals, clever puzzles, and the story is original. There are even a few moments where the game reaches greatness, and almost goes beyond expectations; before it swiftly lands back on its feet. The game just does not go far enough with its concept, and will leave gamers feeling hungry.

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BaziCenter
Omid_Lennon
Top Critic
8 / 10
Oct 24, 2021

A Juggler's Tale is short but beautiful, and despite some minor shortcomings can still entertain, even if it's only for a brief period of time.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2021

The only real issue I experienced were some readability problems when it came to figuring out what certain puzzles expected of me, but I was always able to figure it out on my own in the end. A playthrough goes quickly, only lasting around two to three hours, so it doesn't overstay its welcome nor does it feel too brief. If you enjoy a good puzzle platformer, A Juggler's Tale is a worthy addition to your collection, no strings required.

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GameSpew
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2021

Although short, A Juggler’s Tale is an intelligent game well worth spending a few hours with. Its visuals are spectacular, and its haunting poetic narration – although jarring at times – provides an excellent and unexpected ending. Abby might not speak, but you’ll be rooting for her each step of the way.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2021

A Juggler’s Tale is a beautiful narrative-driven puzzle platformer that doesn’t overstay its welcome. While its gameplay can be a bit unpolished at times, the environments, storytelling, and visuals carry it through and deliver a memorable tale.

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Nov 2, 2021

It is amazing how the gaming industry has taken the simple concept of going from left to right on a screen and created so many wonderful games from it. A Juggler’s Tale is yet one more, combining some tried-and-tested ideas with some new ones thrown in. The resulting experience is an interesting and intriguing game of puppetry and adventure, starring a puppet called Abby.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2021

Other than length I have very few real criticisms of A Jugglers Tale; Kaleidoscube have knocked it out of the park. What they’ve made is a very tight experience which is both harsh and beautiful, I just wish there was more of it.

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7.2 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2021

This is one of those adventures that you can easily complete in a single afternoon, but that will not leave you indifferent. Kaleidoscube has endowed its platforms with personality, this being a similar approach in playability to many other video games. Its main arguments are based on a sufficiently attractive plot and simple gameplay with ingenious puzzles.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2021

A Juggler’s Tale is a joy to play from start to finish. Gorgeous visuals, fun gameplay with puzzles that don’t frustrate and a narrative that plays out uniquely through the lens of the storyteller. If you enjoyed games like Limbo, Little Nightmares and others of a similar ilk, this is definitely one to add to your collection.

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