Review: Cris Tales – A Gorgeous Indie JRPG That Does Just Enough To Stand Out

The time is now.

Time travel has long been a concept that JRPGs have loved playing with. Titles like Chrono Trigger and Radiant Historia oriented their stories around time-hopping misadventures, while games like Bravely Default and Grandia have found fresh and interesting ways to involve time manipulation in the flow of combat. Cris Tales—the newest release from Colombian developers Dream Uncorporated and SYCK—is the latest JRPG to place time travel at the center of its design, and while it sometimes stumbles in its execution, this remains a memorable and enjoyable entry in the genre.

Cris Tales follows the adventure of a young orphan girl named Crisbell, whose world is turned upside down when an adorable little frog with a top hat steals a rose from her. One thing leads to another, and Crisbell learns that she’s a prophesied Time Mage, one who has the power to perceive the past and future in parallel with the present. Using her newfound powers, Crisbell thus embarks on a journey to save the world from the nefarious Time Empress, aided by a band of odd acquaintances and fellow Time Mages. And a cute frog.

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