(http://awitchtale.com/A Witch’s Tale is a lighthearted console-style Role-Playing Game that is somewhat similar to Nippon Ichi’s Disgaea series on a first look. This game was first released in Japan under the name ウィッチテイル 見習い魔女と7人の姫 (Witch Tale: Apprentice Witch and the Seven Princesses) in May this year. The game story element draws heavily from various fairy tales, those who familiar with children stories especially Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will have an added familiarity with this game. The player plays as the fictional Liddell, a confident young witch-in-training whose goal is to be the greatest witch ever lived. By accident, Liddell released the evil Eld Witch, whose goal is none other than to exact vengeance upon the world. Urged by the questionably evil vampire Loue who guarded Eld Witch’s seal, Liddell reluctantly accepts the quest to save the world. As the player, you will aid Liddell’s quest to fulfill her ambitions and to chase down the evil Eld Witch.

(http://awitchtale.com/A Witch’s Tale is a lighthearted console-style Role-Playing Game that is somewhat similar to Nippon Ichi’s Disgaea series on a first look. This game was first released in Japan under the name ウィッチテイル 見習い魔女と7人の姫 (Witch Tale: Apprentice Witch and the Seven Princesses) in May this year. The game story element draws heavily from various fairy tales, those who familiar with children stories especially Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will have an added familiarity with this game. The player plays as the fictional Liddell, a confident young witch-in-training whose goal is to be the greatest witch ever lived. By accident, Liddell released the evil Eld Witch, whose goal is none other than to exact vengeance upon the world. Urged by the questionably evil vampire Loue who guarded Eld Witch’s seal, Liddell reluctantly accepts the quest to save the world. As the player, you will aid Liddell’s quest to fulfill her ambitions and to chase down the evil Eld Witch.

 

Presentation:

Stylistically unique and adorable, those are the words that come to mind the moment the main menu comes up. While A Witch’s Tale hand-drawn gameworld is reminiscent of Disgaea and Atelier series, its style differs greatly from them and has its very own charms. To sum up its unique style in a single sentence – it’s Halloween in a fairy tale. From Liddell’s pumpkin-colored umbrella to the dolls’ hand-sewn button eyes and everything in between, the character designs just scream “Halloween costume idea here”. Yet each character is distinct from one another, and has their own set of portraits to fit the dialogs appropriately. Liddell will visit 6 major locations within the game, and each of the location is well-drawn, consistent to their theme, and each can be appreciated in their own way.

 

Graphics:

The entire game world is vibrant and colorful, filled with detail hand-drawn objects located throughout the environment. “Festive” is another word that describes some of A Witch’s Tale’s worlds closely. Whether it is the gingerbread inhabitants of the candy kingdom or the glittering trees and hills over a land of snow, everything contributes to their world’s unique theme. It is enjoyable just to look at the game’s unique artworks, and the developers thoughtfully make some of the arts available for viewing from the main menu upon finishing the game.

 

Sounds:

Like most other RPG titles on the Nintendo DS, A Witch’s Tale does not offer much in terms of voice acting. However, nothing feels amiss thanks to the game’s magical sound track. Using a variety of rarely used synthesized instrument sounds including music box like tones, its melodic yet elusive sound track will wrap its listeners in its enchanting world. More commendable is the high cohesiveness of all the different songs, which keeps the player in the same magical universe even after leaving the ocean kingdom for the machine kingdom.

 

Gameplay:

The world of A Witch’s Tale is easy to traverse with its full stylus control. Pointing is all that needed while on the field, and in battle, the player easily chooses the actions by dragging them to the target. In the special case of casting ancient magic (a higher tier spell only available to Liddell), the player need to succeed in a fairly forgiving rune tracing mini-game. Regardless, the battle flow is just as fast as any other console RPGs with button controls. Unlike the intuitive controls, the game can be tough if the player goes straight from objective to objective without spending extra time leveling, although it really isn’t an issue for players who spend time to explore all the beautifully drawn maps. Save points are placed conveniently through out the maps. Although generally there is no stopping in the middle of a dungeon, they are fairly short and reasonably mixed in between the areas and save points.

 

Innovation:

Hit Maker put quite some effort into making this title for players of all experience levels. It is evident in how they cleverly did away with any sort of currency, equipment, or weapon system. Instead of having currency for the one shop (in multiple locations) in the world, the developers creatively use an exchange system where the player can trade enemy drops for all sorts of items. And instead of having other characters to fill up the battle party, Liddell can have up to 2 dolls that she discovers throughout the game to aid her. In place of having equipments, Liddell and her dolls grow stronger by simply battling and leveling up. That is where the challenges of a typical console RPG shows, the player will have to invest time and brains in order to push forward in the story since the game brings out newer and stronger monsters frequently.

 

Longevity:

Although the basic game mechanics are easy to understand, the hidden extra dolls and playing cards (with the effect of raising Liddell’s various stats) will help the adventure greatly if the player devotes time into locating them. Beside a bonus mini-game, A Witch’s Tale even features a single new game plus as a second round adventure, the player can experience more of the tale and to collect the missed items.

 

       

 

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