14 Minutes of Exclusive Cris Tales PC Gameplay

تم نشره في 2020/12/16
In this GameSpot exclusive, the developers behind Cris Tales explain how this JRPG homage adds a unique spin to time-travel gameplay, and how it adds new dimensions to combat and storytelling.
Coming from co-developers Dreams Uncorporated and SYCK, Cris Tales is a new role-playing game that pays homage to JRPG classics like Chrono Trigger, Super Mario RPG, and the Final Fantasy series. In this exclusive developer walkthrough, producer Derek Neal explains how Cris Tales takes the concept of the time-travel fantasy adventure and runs with it. Focusing on the journey of Crisbell, this young adventurer can alter the flow of time, allowing her to travel between three different time periods at will. In addition to exploring towns and interacting with characters across time, she can also use these abilities during battles to amplify her and her allies' attacks and even weaken monsters by shifting the flow of time.
While most other games use time travel as a story mechanic, there's a more hands-on approach to taking control of the flow of time in Cris Tales. In the developer walkthrough, Neal offers his commentary on the gameplay sequence set during one of the early sections in Narim Town. While exploring the town as Crisbell, you can view three different timelines at once--the past, present, and future. As you would expect in every time-travel story, choices made in the past will impact future events. With a constant view of the past and the future, you can see opportunities around your environment, resulting in new events playing out in the proceeding periods.
The mechanics of time travel are also at work in combat. Taking cues from turn-based JRPGs like Chrono Trigger, battles will have you prime up your attack and ready it for use against your foes. Along with Crisbell are other party members who have their own unique skills to complement the protagonist's abilities. This element comes into play by shifting periods during battle. During a boss fight shown in the video, you can use your time powers to age up enemies to make them slower and weaker and even accelerate the effectiveness of status effects, such as fire damage. With Crisbell setting up the enemies, her allies can swoop in to deal more significant damage. This added layer of altering time adds an even greater level of strategy, which can make for some engaging battles with your allies.
We've had some hands-on time with Cris Tales before, and we were impressed with how well the time-travel mechanics were woven into this RPG. Along with that, the game's visuals do a lot to convey whimsical adventure that shows great optimism but can also show some surprising emotion from its core cast of characters. Cris Tales currently doesn't have a release date, but it is set to release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Stadia sometime in 2021. For more on Cris Tales and other indie games going for big concepts, be sure to keep up with GameSpot.


  • cool

  • The gameplay is nice but The art style and visuals alone makes me want to buy this game.

  • I was intrigued by this, at the announcement. The gameplay trailer definitely hyped me, while this gameplay presentation get me excited. The time-travel mechanic looks really promising. Apparently, a PS5 version is on the way, but I can only preorder PS4 version. So, does it mean there's only the PS4 version which will be available for retail and so, can be played on a PS5 ? I want to buy it but ordering an older version only to play it on the newer one, well...It doesn't enchanting me not so well lol.^^

  • The choice can really do harm and good. I like that they did that.

  • Does anyone happen to know if we can turn on and off the mechanic where we see the past-present-future?

  • beautiful art style

  • That's so fucking sick.

  • This and Eastward are my most anticipated games of 2021!!

  • i really like the art style as well as time shifting mechanic

  • Ughh shoot this directly into my veins. 😁

  • Mucha suerte, me parece interesante el juego.

  • This really does look great but the constant past-present-futur triangle view will get me sick, hope they can reduce the past-futur triangles so that you only really get the past-futur vision when you want too.seeing the three of them constantly at the same time for hours will really annoy me. lmao Even if it's not basically like that, just adding it to the option would really help.

    • I wish so too, but sadly only Matias can hop around in the past or future, and it's limited

  • I'm so looking forward to this game. I was sad when it was delayed but I completely understand the work and ambition in this title is crazy for a small team.

  • Indie games like Gris, Transistor, Ori, Hollow Knight, Little Nightmares, Inside etc. have honestly brought me such immense joy and pleasure these last few years. I honestly never thought I would go back to enjoying side scrollers as much as I enjoyed Castlevania as a kid. These studios are killing it. I’m so looking forward to this.

  • the UI movement sounds like resident evil... just one more reason to buy this game!!!

  • okay, am intrested

  • Can't wait to download this for my android.

  • the description doesnt list the switch as one of the platforms its coming to was the port cancelled???

    • so I was stupid and didnt realize the switch logo in the end but the description still haunts me

    • I mean, I guess it couldntve been they forgot since stadia of all things is listed on there which is a darn shame if the port was cancelled I was so looking forward to this

  • this game is f* beautiful

  • Looks promising

  • Will this be "indie game of the year"? Seems like it!

    • @MediaVideos this game will be released next year, so its possible to be the best indie game 2021

    • Hell, no.

  • The game looks pretty interesting.

  • looks cool. I'm down to play.


  • This... actually looks good. Thanks for not being the 1,726,085th indie game developer to make a low effort “minimalist” pixel art 2D platformer

  • Never played many JRPGs, but this looks dope.

  • this is very cool gotta admit

  • Creative concept.

  • Selam

  • so excited for this game

  • Very cute game and I can tell a lot of work is being put into it keep it up 👍

  • Oooo

  • I played the demo, and overall it was good experience of strategy and story

    • @David Bustamante you can only do that in the middle of combat, outside of the combat you cant do that, or that what the demo tells, idk in the final game it can be turned off

    • can you turn on and off the mechanic where you see the past-present-future? The game looks amazing but it's making me a little dizzy :(

  • First second third.... Common

  • Wow I Love Cute Asia Style RPG like this!!! Because of this I always Buy PlayStation Generation & Nintendo Consoles since Long Time 😍😍😍

    • @Eveline Caroline Huang yes a lot of inspiration from old school JRPG, but I can easily see the Colombia inspiration in this city 7:26. 😁

    • @Tristan Woaw I Mean Tales of Destiny Series 😆😆😆

    • Asia style ? This game is from Colombia. 😁

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