A Juggler’s Tale is a 2.5D side-scrolling adventure presented in the form of a marionette play and nominated for Best Student Game at last year’s IGF. Players must navigate the unique string based control scheme to solve puzzles, escape danger, and find out if the marionette Abby can find true freedom – no string attached.
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.
“We would have never believed that what started as our student project would turn into a full indie game, it’s a dream come true!”, says Dominik Schön, Game Designer of A Juggler’s Tale and co-founder of kaleidoscube.
“We just want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped us along the journey, we can’t wait for you to finally dive into the world of A Juggler’s Tale.”
“It’s been an outstanding first-time collaboration with kaleidoscube. You can really feel their passion and attention to detail in every aspect of the game. It was a real joy working on A Juggler‘s Tale with this talented and highly professional team.” says Benjamin Feld, Director Games Publishing and Executive Producer at Mixtvision.
“Apart from its overall look and feel, it’s the meta-narrative that really makes A Juggler’s Tale stand out. We are now excited to find out how a bigger audience will react to this fairy-tale-like cinematic adventure game.“
A Juggler’s Tale Features:
Layers of Meaning: Inspired by German puppet theatre, the string-based mechanics add a novel layer to the puzzle-solving while also trying into themes of autonomy and destiny.
A Land Far, Far Away: Become immersed in a dangerous fairytale world, brought to life with rich colors and a blend of 2D and 3D art styles.
Master Storyteller: Enjoy a fully voiced and lyrical narration throughout the game, as Abby’s story is told by a mysterious puppetmaster.
Overcome Great Challenges: Help Abby survive, escaping traps, bypassing dangers, and gradually defying the pull of the strings themselves.
Against All Odds: Experience a somewhat grim, yet hopeful adventure that explores the true meaning of freedom.