A Juggler’s Tale will really feel immediately acquainted should you’re a fan of PlayDead’s Inside and Limbo. A story-driven 2.5D journey recreation, A Juggler’s Tale share’s a lot of the identical DNA as its critically acclaimed siblings (it even feels a bit too acquainted at instances). Imitation is the sincerest type of flattery, in spite of everything, however this title cannot fairly attain the identical dizzying heights, making this a very good recreation however not a terrific one.
A Juggler’s Tale focuses on the lifetime of Abby, a marionette who escapes from a lifetime of exploitation and abuse. Helping her alongside the way in which, after all, is the puppet grasp – our narrator – who saves Abby at a number of factors in the course of the story when she finds herself in a bind.
For probably the most half, A Juggler’s Tale performs very very similar to your typical cinematic journey recreation. You’ll stroll via varied environments – together with marshes and villages – the place you’ll want to beat quite a few puzzles, obstacles, and enemies that occur to dam your means. The key distinction right here, nevertheless, is that Abby is continually held up by strings, which proves to be each a blessing and a burden.
Early within the recreation you’ll come throughout the primary of many puzzles that primarily requires you to maneuver an object out of the way in which in order that the strings holding Abby up don’t get caught. It’s an attention-grabbing mechanic as a result of it successfully does away with the entire ‘this character can’t soar over a tiny impediment’ limitation usually seen in video games by specializing in what’s above you, as an alternative. Great in concept, after all, however sadly there’s finally little or no deviation from the puzzle construction all through the sport; when you’ve discovered one, you’ve just about figured all of them out.
Aside from the puzzles utilised, a lot of A Juggler’s Tale focuses on tone and environmental storytelling; you’ll come throughout a spread of creatures and locales, like big spiders (whats up, Limbo) and grumpy farmers. The narrator offers good context to the conditions Abby finds herself in, and the rhyming construction of his dialogue provides a pleasant contact to the general presentation.
Visually, the sport usually appears to be like attractive, with gorgeous backgrounds full with lovely sunsets and climate results. The downside, as with many multi-platform titles, is that that is objectively a lesser visible expertise on Switch than you’d maybe discover on different platforms. Characters and objects look unpleasantly out-of-focus, and it’s usually troublesome to make out very important gadgets hidden on the bottom, which may grind your progress to a irritating halt. On the flip facet, nevertheless, though the screenshots we’ve captured don’t notably articulate this very effectively, the sport has a movement blur impact that appears fairly nice when you’re enjoying, including a contact of realism to the sport.
At simply two – three hours in size, A Juggler’s Tale is a lean expertise with little fats on the bones (although should still be a tad on the brief facet for some). Nevertheless, it’s a disgrace that the developer leant on the identical sort of puzzle for a lot of the sport, because it makes sure areas really feel repetitive in consequence. If you’re a fan of video games like Limbo and Inside, it is a good various; simply don’t go anticipating a recreation of the identical calibre or high quality.