Cris Tales Is a JRPG Homage With a Time-Bending Twist

Cris Tales Is a JRPG Homage With a Time-Bending Twist

Seeing into past, present, and future without a time machine.

Past, present, and future all collide in the world of Cris Tales. Many games pay tribute to RPGs past, but this upcoming indie RPG puts a spin on it with style and, most importantly, time manipulation.

Publisher Modus Games released a new slice of gameplay today, showing 20 minutes of Cris Tales gameplay that details exactly how time travel works. Cris Tales is the story of Crisbell and her friends as they travel through time, attempting to right wrongs and see changes ripple across eras. It's very Chrono Trigger, with a stylish triangle cross-section showing the various ages Crisbell can travel through.

In the clip shown, Crisbell ends up interacting with one party member's family throughout the ages, uncovering a truth held secret throughout their lifetimes. Crisbell can also invoke crystals in battle to shift timelines, sending enemies into the past or future.

There are a lot of throwback RPGs on the way, including games like Sabotage's upcoming Sea of Stars. But Cris Tales, developed by Dreams Uncorporated and SYCK, has been on my radar for a while now due to both its look and its use of time travel, both in and out of combat. Flipping through eras to uncover new truths and shed light on problems seems really cool, and I like how it's handled in this short gameplay section, as you see characters at various stages of their lives.

There's a demo available on Steam if you want to try out a small slice of Cris Tales for yourself. I'm interested to see how this one pans out, especially in seeing choices made in different times rippling throughout history.

Cris Tales is coming to PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia later this year.

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