Publisher Mixtvision and student start-up developer kaleidoscube have announced A Juggler’s Tale.
Players control Abby, a string puppet in a side-scrolling adventure. Desperate to escape the circus, players must keep in mind while the strings of narrator Jack can prevent them falling into pits and other dangers, it restricts where they can go, and what they can do.
The game has already won numerous awards, the majority from Game Connection Europe (Grand Award 2019, Best Storytelling 2019, Best Upcoming Game 2019, Best Art 2019, Best Casual Game 2019, and Best PC Game 2019). The game also won Best Newcomer Prototype 2019 from the German Computer Games Awards.
While the press release states “PlayStation” and “Xbox” as platforms, a Mixtvision Games representative answered Gematsu‘s inquiry as to whether this meant PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, or PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
“We’d definitely love to see the game on the next-gen consoles, but at the moment can’t 100 percent guarantee it, which is why we kept the platforms a bit more vague for now.”
You can find the announcement trailer below.
You can find the full rundown (via Steam) below:
“Ladies and Gentlemen! Come in, come in! In the mood for a story, are we?”
Abby is an artiste held captive at a circus: She spends her days entertaining the audience and her nights in a cage, longing for freedom. One day, she escapes the circus and gets to explore a mystical world.
Alas, freedom comes at a cost and Abby soon finds herself dragged into the dangers this world has to offer: In a war-torn, medieval fairytale, surrounded by ravaged, starving citizens and hunted by the relentless cut-throat Tonda, Abby has to cross raging rivers, make it through bandit camps and around traps. Her adventure is always accompanied by the lyrical rhymes of puppet master Jack, who is telling her story while holding the strings of his puppets firmly in his ever-helpful hands.
Who can Abby trust? Can she find a way to truly break free? Despite dangling from her threads, will Abby learn that she can still influence her destiny?
“Abby, can’t you see? The strings holding you up also hold you back!”
- Solve fascinating puzzles using the unique string puppet gameplay mechanics.
- Live through an intense story of hope and empowerment.
- Explore a beautiful and grim fairytale world.
A Juggler’s Tale launches 2021 for Windows PC (via Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.