DON'T GIVE UP: A Cynical Tale

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Apr 28, 2021

It's hard to fully recommend Don't Give Up: A Cynical Tale. There is an interesting story here and fun characters to chat with, but overall the game comes up short. With its linear paths and lack of interactivity for the player, Don't Give Up ends up feeling more like a visual novel with a battle system than an actual RPG adventure.

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2.5 / 5.0
Apr 12, 2021

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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6.5 / 10.0
Apr 9, 2021

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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6 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2019

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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