Cris Tales Articles RSS Feed | Cris Tales RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Cris Tales — How to Beat the Volcano Sisters Thu, 29 Jul 2021 11:19:59 -0400 StevenGreen

Thie first boss in Cris Tales can be a doozy for those just jumping into the game who might not completely understand the mechanics necessary to win fights like these. Theyare part of your tutorial experience, but once you've acquired the time crystals, you'll have to beat the Volcano Sisters for real.

Taking them down isn't easy. Here's everything you need to know in order to defeat the Volcano Sisters in Cris Tales.

Cris Tales — How to Beat the Volcano Sisters

This boss fight consists of each of the Volcano Sisters holding one half of a shield, which when pressed together, makes them impervious to attacks. This means you'll need to act fast in order to get your strikes in at the right times in order to deal enough damage to properly win the fight.

Using your time manipulation mechanics, you'll need to find the right moment to make your attack. 

As players should have discovered with other enemy types, causing metal objects to rust is the key to several fights, and this one is no different. Thus utilizing a water elemental attack followed by time manipulation into the future is key to ending up on the winning side of this conflict

Volcano Sisters Strategy

First, you'll want to attack the duo with your elemental attack of water, followed by your time manipulation to the future. Once this combo is completed you can deal regular damage to the Volcano Sisters, regardless of them having their shield.

Even with this combo down, it won't be a breeze to complete this boss encounter, as the Volcano Sisters have quite devastating attacks regardless of their defensive properties. Pressing the confirm button right before you're attacked to perform a parry will help to nullify some of that damage, so staying on point is crucial. 

As with many of the fights in Cris Tales, this one can be a slog, but getting into this rhythm will allow you to deal enough damage while preventing enough from the Volcano Sisters to make sure you come out on top. Check out our other Cris Tales guides here on GameSkinny.

Cris Tales Review — Time For A New Adventure Mon, 02 Aug 2021 12:17:32 -0400 StevenGreen

Calling itself an "indie love letter to classic JRPGs," Cris Tales comes onto the market during a time of modern innovation within the genre. But instead of embracing the modernity that some titles have, it instead returns to the ideologies of turn-based JRPG combat, slower-paced grinds, and heartfelt stories.

While some of its more unique mechanics would otherwise take Cris Tales to new heights, this genre rebel utilizes a few too many mechanics that have been weaned out of games for good reason, making it an unfortunate slog for some.

Even with those missteps, an incredible art style and a world that feels like something built from Double Fine's brain trust make Cris Tales a spectacular JRPG for others. 

Cris Tales Review — Time For A New Adventure

Playing as protagonist Crisbell is an absolute pleasure. Her happy-go-lucky attitude and aptitude for helping others make her endearing and compelling, and the cast around her is no different.

As a Time Mage, Crisbell has the ability to alter the temporal space around her to manipulate her surroundings. When a powerful Time Empress threatens to bring about a cataclysm across the region, it's up to this eclectic cast to save the day.

While offering an oft-used plot, JRPG or otherwise, Cris Tales manages to keep things fresh and exciting through the use of time travel mechanics to solve puzzles, win fights, and change the world. These allow for far-reaching changes based on decisions you make and are made even more interesting because you can often see the three periods of time you're working with all at once.

The left side of the screen shows the past, the middle the present, and the right the future. With these lenses, you can see what once was and what is to be, allowing for, among other things, the complexity of the puzzles to hit just right throughout the story. 

Likewise, combat is made more thought-provoking, as you manipulate enemies through time via different methods. Getting an armor-clad enemy knight wet before sending them into the future causes the armor to rust, thus allowing you to inflict damage on them.

These combat sequences are engaging, but the lack of enemy diversity means you will begin to monotonously run through enemies without thinking —bringing you back to the old-school grinding that many today loathe when comes to JRPGs. 

Additionally, the combat mechanics are generally pretty standard and uninspired, with elemental attacks being the most interesting portion. Party members take turns entering the fray, where your standard fare of attacks and defensive moves, and stances can be taken. Besides utilizing a parry to lessen enemy blows, it's a laid-back experience that many will find dull rather quickly.

Add in the fact that difficulty is oftentimes "increased" by simply adding more hit points to the base set of enemies you've already seen, and you're left with wading through boring combat sequences that last even longer. 

On the flip side, time travel makes side quests even more precious than what you'd hope for from your standard RPG. Always where a lot of the charm in an RPG is found, these side quests don't disappoint, as solving problems around the region change the future outcomes for some locations and people, allowing for real change to ripple out of the effort you put into completing them

As your character levels, they learn skills that can be assigned to your party members which will help in fights, but each simply consists of stranger attacks, or healing powers, as well as the occasional status effect move. It's pretty bare-bones for an RPG, but gives enough customization to allow you to manage how you'd like to go into fights, even if those fights continue to stay pretty uninteresting outside of boss fights. 

Aesthetically, Cris Tales is one of the better-looking JRPGs out there. The simplistic, cartoon art style exudes charm and pleases the mind, while the colorful landscapes and character designs make the areas even more enjoyable. Paired with good performance and a 50-hour playtime, there's a lot to look forward to when jumping into Cris Tales

Cris Tales Review  — The Bottom Line


  • The art style is better than most games on the market — simply beautiful
  • Long playtime on offer allows players to really sink into this incredible world
  • Time travel mechanics are unique and interesting


  • Combat is very standard and uninspiring
  • Skills and RPG systems stay pretty simple.
  • Enemy types lack diversity and difficulty enters bullet-sponge territory

Cris Tales has a top-notch art style and an eclectic cast of characters that all players will come to love. Pairing that with time manipulation mechanics and a beloved genre, Cris Tales could have been one of the better games to come out of 2021.

Unfortunately, a lack of diverse enemy types, standard combat, and some questionable difficulty progression outweigh the highest highs, making Cris Tales feel too out of place alongside its cohorts. 

[Note: Modus provided the copy of Cris Tales used for this review.]

Where to Find The Power Cell (In Need of Repairs) in Cris Tales Fri, 23 Jul 2021 16:11:54 -0400 StevenGreen

There are a ton of quests to partake of in Cris Tales. One such quest is called In Need of Repairs, where Adri the Inventor asks that you find a Power Cell in order to ultimately complete the quest.

While the Power Cell item can be tough to locate, we're here to help with that by taking you through all the steps. Here's where to find the Power Cell in the In Need of Repairs quest.

Give Adri the Inventor the Documents

Give Adri the Inventor the Documents you were previously tasked with finding (the ones to aid her in her creative endeavors). After doing so, she asks for a Power Cell to continue and suggests that you search in an old robot for the part. 

Now, the robot you saw earlier in the city will disappear, so for now, you just need to continue the story to find the robot in its new location. Hint: it will reappear as a boss fight very soon. 

Following the Robot Boss Fight

After defeating the robo-boss, walk up to the defeated robot and attempt to talk to it. This will trigger a dialogue sequence where you'll be given a crystal that just so happens to be the Power Cell that Adri the Inventor needs for this quest!

Continue through the story until you've completed the sewer dungeon, and you'll meet up with Adri the Inventor again, where you can give her the Power Cell she requested.

She says that you can find her research complete in a few years, so you must travel into the future in order to see the results. 

Using Matias' ability, return to Adri's shop to receive the Crystal Motherboard. Returning to the present and discussing the motherboard with Adri the Inventor will start another dialogue sequence where you'll be rewarded with 2,000 Marbles and a quest completion!

And that's how you find the power cell in Cris Tales. For more on this JRPG from Modus Games, stay tuned. 

Cris Tales Once Again Has a Launch Date Wed, 14 Apr 2021 16:25:01 -0400 David Carcasole

Cris Tales, the upcoming JRPG from developer Dreams Uncorporated, has officially been given a release date: it will launch on July 20, 2021. The game has been a relatively long-time coming, having seen two delays, the most recent of which came in February, pushing it out of its "early 2021" launch window. 

The announcement was made during the April 14 Nintendo Indie World Showcase. Dreams Uncorporated also shared a new trailer that showed off the game's hand-drawn environments in which players fight to save the Kingdom of Crystallis, whether it be in the past, present, or future. 

Cris Tales is a turn-based JRPG that sets players on an adventure through time as Crisbell, who is voiced by Kira Buckland of NieR: Automata fame

Fans can pre-order the game now for $39.99, but for those especially keen on the game, there is also a Collector's Edition available, which will include an art book, a plush of Matias, pins, character stickers, and more. Cris Tales will launch for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more over the coming months. 

Meet Crissbell's Crew in New Cris Tales Character Trailer Fri, 26 Mar 2021 18:12:39 -0400 Josh Broadwell

We've known Crisbell from Cris Tales for a while now, but a new Cris Tales trailer finally introduces us to her companions. Modus Games debuted the Cris Tales character trailer during the spring Future Games Show 2021 showcase.

Aside from Crisbell herself, voiced by NieR: Automata's Kira Buckland, there's Wilhelm the child magician (Lindsey Vega). Wilhelm wields great power at the cost of looking like a child, probably because they're actually a child in denial.

Christopher (Zeno Robinson, My Hero Academia) is a battle mage who wields a unique gauntlet weapon. Christopher can deal damage directly with these gloves and channel elemental energy through them, but he can also create a shield by joining them together.

Cody Rock voices Matias, Crisbell's friendly talking frog, while Lizzie Freeman (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure) is the voice behind Zas, a nomad with a penchant for explosives.

Finally is JKR-721, a robot voiced by Daman Mills (Dragon Ball FighterZ). It uses charge armor and a jetpack in battle and just to look cool.

Cris Tales still doesn't have a solid release date but is planned for launch sometime in July 2021. Meanwhile, check out the snazzy Cris Tales collector's edition if you haven't already.

Cris Tales Receives a Second Delay, Now Launching in July 2021 Mon, 01 Feb 2021 11:52:29 -0500 Dylan Webb

Back in October, publisher Modus Games said they were delaying upcoming indie JRPG Cris Tales from a planned 2020 release. Developed by Colombian studio Dreams Uncorporated, the game was scheduled to launch in early 2021 but has just received another delay, now expected to launch in July 2021.

Coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, Cris Tales follows the story of Crisbell, a young girl with the ability to see the past, present, and future all at once as she sets out to save her magical world.

To make up for this new delay, Modus Games have also released a new overview trailer, showcasing the locations we can expect to visit with Crisbell and her companions.

If you’re keen to try Cris Tales out before this summer, a previously-released demo for the game is still available on Steam, GOG, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

Pre orders for the standard edition and collector's edition of Cris Tales are live, and Modus shared a blog post outlining more about the game, including its story, exploration, combat, and more. Stay tuned for more on Cris Tales in the months leading up to release. 

Modus Games Unveils Cris Tales Special Collector's Edition Tue, 19 Jan 2021 10:38:46 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Dreams Uncorporated and Modus Games might have delayed Cris Tales until sometime in 2021, but there's still some good news in store. Modus announced a Cris Tales special collector's edition for $99.99 that's stuffed full of extras, including avatars, art prints, and an adorable plushie.

Here's everything that comes with it:

  • Collector’s box
  • An adorable Matias plush
  • Lithographic art prints
  • 3 character stickers
  • Set of 4 enamel character pins
  • A 60-page artbook
  • 4 desktop wallpaper downloads
  • 8 phone wallpaper downloads
  • 10 character avatars

Modus will make the Cris Tales special edition available on every platform. It takes advantage of Smart Delivery on Xbox Series X|S, and naturally, the PC version is digital-only. 

While Cris Tales doesn't have a firm release date yet, the special edition is available for pre-order now exclusively from Maximum Games.

Cris Tales leans on the likes of Chrono Trigger with time travel a central part of the narrative but also puts it to use in other ways, including quests and combat. A brief taste of that is on offer in the Cris Tales demo on Steam, PS4 and PS5, Switch, and the Microsoft Store.

Cris Tales Release Date Gets Pushed Out of 2020 Wed, 14 Oct 2020 13:55:59 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Cris Tales is delayed to early 2021, developer Dreams Uncorporated said. The challenges of making what amounts to three games in one during the COVID-19 pandemic have proven too much, and the team needs extra time to deliver a game they're satisfied with.

Cris Tales pulls from time-traveling RPG classic Chrono Trigger and takes place in three eras, and Dreams Uncorporated CEO Carlos Rocha Silva said the team is dedicated to making them feel alive and distinct.

People and areas must be created at least three times. It’s like developing three different video games at the same time. Three video games that must be impeccable so that we can deliver all the magic we have in our soul to all of you.

Silva said the development team also wants to implement feedback received from the Cris Tales demo. The delay will help them make the narrative and delivery as polished as possible.

There's no solid time frame for Cris Tales' 2021 release date, but the team is holding a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) on October 16 at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST to answer any questions fans have. The upcoming JRPG was originally set to release on November 17 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Stadia. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Cris Tales news as it develops.

[Source: Modus Games]

10 RPGs To Look Forward To In Late 2020 Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:20:07 -0400 Dylan Webb


Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered


Release Date: August 27, 2020


Platforms: PS4, Switch, iOS, Android


Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was a surprise multiplayer hit on Gamecube, albeit impractical with its execution. Letting you connect four Game Boy Advance’s to the console, Crystal Chronicles brought dungeon crawling and action-RPG elements to Final Fantasy.


It spawned several follow-ups, particularly on the Nintendo DS and Wii, but Square-Enix are now remastering it for modern platforms, which is now due for release next month after a small delay. Recreating this co-op experience through online multiplayer, it comes with several improvements, making it more accessible than ever.




There are still plenty of RPGs to come in 2020. Are there any other RPGs you're looking forward to later this year that we didn't cover here? Let us know in the comments below.


Cris Tales


Release Date: November 17, 2020


Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Switch, PC


Cris Tales proved a surprise hit during the Steam Summer Games Festival. Developed by Colombian team Dreams Uncorporated, this indie title sees you playing as Crisbell, embarking on a quest to save her world from being rewritten by the Time Empress.


Meeting a series of strong allies along the way, Crisbell can witness the past, present and future all at once. You’ll utilise this for environmental puzzle solving and its one of the few games we have a solid release date for, launching two days before Cyberpunk 2077 on November 17th.


Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more RPG news as details come through!


Baldur's Gate III


Release Date: October 6 (Early Access)


Platforms: PC, Stadia


Baldur’s Gate may have received a late expansion in 2016 but it’s been 20 years since we got a new main entry. Based off Dungeons & Dragons’ Forgotten Realms setting, a third title was planned but Black Isle Studios’ closure led to its cancellation.


Back in 2018 however, Larian Studios confirmed they would be bringing us Baldur’s Gate III, basing it off a modified 5th edition ruleset.  So far, there’s no confirmed release for the full game but Larian are aiming to bring it to early access next month.


Yakuza: Like A Dragon


Release Date: November 10 (PS5 "later)


Platforms: Xbox One, PC, PS4, Xbox Series X


Kazuma Kiryu’s storyline may have closed with Yakuza 6 but Sega have made it clear the franchise isn’t over yet. Having brought us detective-based spinoff Judgment last year, Yakuza is finally moving away from Tokyo’s fictional Kamurocho district, taking us to Yokohama instead with new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga.


Previous main entries have all been beat ‘em up titles but Like A Dragon makes a drastic gameplay departure, using turn-based battles instead. It proved divisive when first revealed but in terms of a worldwide launch, we know it’s a Series X launch title. Whether that times up with other platforms though is currently unclear.


Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2


Release Date: TBC 2021


Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X


Cyberpunk isn’t the only tabletop game getting an adaptation this year. Bringing a sequel to cult classic Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, developers Hardsuits Labs are bringing it back, this time within Seattle and following a separate storyline.


Finding yourself turned into a vampire during a Mass Embrace, you’ll set out your own journey as you place your allegiances with one of five “full-blood” clans. There’s no confirmed release date yet though, only that we’re getting it this year.


Cyberpunk 2077


Release Date: November 19 (Current-gen), Later 2020 (Stadia), 2021 (next-gen)


Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, Stadia, PS5, Xbox Series X


You’ve probably seen that Cyberpunk 2077 was recently delayed for quality assurance but CD Projekt Red’s newest open-world RPG remains one of 2020’s most highly anticipated games. Based off the Cyberpunk boardgame, this first-person adaptation sees you playing as V, a customisable mercenary living within Night City.


Bringing a branching narrative dependent on your choices, it's now set for a November release on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Other platforms will receive it later, hitting Stadia before the year’s end and next-gen consoles in 2021.


Mortal Shell


Release Date: August 18


Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One


Dark Souls wasn’t the first entry in its own series, but it widely popularised the “Soulsbourne” style of gameplay, bringing us action-RPG gameplay in a fantasy setting, packed with a high level of difficulty.


Developed by Cold Symmetry, Mortal Shell looks set to follow the trend laid out by FromSoftware, taking us to a dark world where you fight by occupying the shells of fallen warriors. Promising brutal sword battles, fans waiting for Elden Ring are likely to find an enjoyable alternative here.


The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV


Release Date: October 27, 2020


Platforms: PS4, PC, Switch


Trails of Cold Steel III only just launched for Nintendo Switch but IV’s localisation isn’t far behind. Developed by Nihon Falcom of Ys fame, Cold Steel takes place within the Erebonian empire, following Rean Schwarzer and his students within Class VII.


Bringing us a more traditional JRPG experience with turn-based battles, IV marks the final installment in this Legend of Heroes sub-series and takes place only weeks after III’s end, releasing on PS4 in October. Switch and PC ports are also planned but won’t launch until next year.


Assassin's Creed Valhalla


Release Date: November 17 (PS5 "later")


Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, Stadia


Assassin’s Creed has undergone some drastic changes in recent entries. Whilst the original premise started life as a stealthly action-adventure game, its moved towards a full action-RPG ever since Origins.


Marking Ubisoft’s flagship title for next-gen consoles, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla puts you in control of Elvor, a Viking raider that finds themselves between Assassins and Templars.


Set during the Viking invasion of Britain, this one is due for launch before the year ends and is planned as a PS5/Series X launch title.


Bravely Default II


Release Date: TBC 2020


Platforms: Switch


RPG fans were pleasantly surprised with Bravely Default when it first arrived on Nintendo 3DS, bringing traditional JRPG gameplay and turn-based combat. While its sequel was roughly more of the same, we now find Silicon Studios bringing us a third entry for Nintendo Switch.


Confusingly titled Bravely Default II, this adventure is separate from the previous games, taking us to the realm of Excillant with heroes Seth, Gloria, Elvis, and Adelle. Marking the first home console entry, a demo was released back in March but right now, all we have is a vague 2020 release date.


We’ve just reached the second half of 2020 and what a year it’s been already. Whilst Coronavirus continues to leave many players homebound, game development has gotten itself back on track and our release calendars have already seen big names.


If JRPGs are your speed, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Persona 5 Royal and Phantasy Star Online 2 have led the charge.


On the western front, The Elder Scrolls Online received its Greymoor expansion, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire came to consoles in January and Darksiders Genesis quickly followed.


There’s still a lot for RPG fans to be excited for though and here’s our ten most anticipated titles scheduled to launch before 2021. Let's get to the list.