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DON'T GIVE UP: A Cynical Tale

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Available on:PCSep 16, 2019
Nintendo SwitchApr 4, 2021

Developer: Tristan Barona

Publishers: Taco Pizza Cat Games, Nuchallenger

Genres: Adventure, RPG

DON’T GIVE UP is a comedic RPG about a mentally ill game dev trying to find success in life who becomes wrapped up in the manifestations of his own inner demons. You'll delve into your subconscious in order to face darkness and an evil entity intent on unraveling your mind, all while fending off pizza bullies, social anxiety, and male pattern baldness! In DON’T GIVE UP: A Cynical Tale you can expect:: An original cynical comedy about overcoming emotional destruction and self discovery 2 Story lines between 2 worlds FRESH real time combat system that constantly switches between player and enemy advantage A charming town FULL of stuff to explore like arcades, strip clubs, burger joints, and over hyped coffee chains Over 100 UNIQUE NPCS to interact with! 90's references! Do you have what is takes to find the hero deep down inside? THEN DON'T GIVE UP!

DON'T GIVE UP: A Cynical Tale Critic Reviews

The fun combat and dialogue aren't fun enough to make DON'T GIVE UP: A Cynical Tale stand out. It's difficult not to compare a game that looks like this to Undertale, but even throwing that comparison out the window, this adventure is lacking.

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For all its faults, the game is still full of charm, hope, and a narrative worth telling. I finished Don’t Give Up similar to how I’ve personally persevered through my own bouts of depression: even though some things could have gone better, in the end I feel more positive and hopeful than when I started. And I think that’s the story the game really wants to tell.

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Don’t Give Up: A Cynical Tale offers an engaging narrative that balances humour and emotional gut-punches, though the gameplay could be a little lacking. It’s not that anything is bad… there’s just not a whole lot to experience outside of the mini-game style battling. Does it offer enough to keep player entertained? I’d say so, especially with the intrigue of the narrative and the quality of the writing, which was top notch throughout. I’d just recommend you keep your expectations in check if you were hoping for a deep and involving RPG, with Don’t Give Up: A Cynical Tale feeling like an adventure where you’ll spend most of your time in the passenger seat.

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There is absolutely good game hidden within it and damn does it have a lot of heart, but at this time the game misses it’s mark on the technical side, which makes it tough to fully recommend.

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