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Review: A Jugglers Tale | Xbox

A Jugglers Tale follows the adventures of Abby, a young girl at the centre of a puppeteers story in which she escapes the circus and is chased across the land. But does A Jugglers Tale drop the ball or mesmerise us with its skills, here’s my review of A Jugglers Tale on Xbox.

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A Juggler’s Tale is a side-scrolling puzzle platformer in which the protagonist Abby, a simple marionette, must make her way through a medieval fairy tale world to find freedom. The puppet’s strings create a unique mechanic in that you can’t go under the obstacles for fear of getting your strings caught. As such there are a variety of unique puzzles that have you avoiding obstacles and evading the relentless cut-throats and ruffians that are hot on your heels.

Players get to explore a beautiful and grim world, inspired by the tone and mood of traditional fairy tales engaging with a multitude of characters from friendly circus bears to grumpy pin-wielding bakers. The team at Kaleidoscope has done a wonderful job of mixing low poly visuals with their own dark art style with fantastic results.

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The soundscape mixes atmospheric effects with poetic narration throughout as the puppeteer weaves an intense tale of hope and empowerment.

The game is short and sweet and will take a seasoned gamer less than two hours to complete. The puzzles are simple enough and the whole game feels like watching a movie as you take Abby from escaped prisoner to ultimate hero.

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I truly loved playing this game. Its refreshing game mechanics, engaging story, stunning set pieces and heartwarming story. It is no wonder that A Juggler’s Tale received multiple awards and could be THE indie game of 2021.

A Jugglers Tale is a beautiful narrative experience with poetic narration throughout. The short story and lack of replayability will put off some, but the game is worth playing and experiencing like you would a new movie. You may only play it once, but it will stay with you for a very long time.

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