In development at Student Startup developer Kaleidoscube and being published by Mixtvision, A Juggler’s Tale has been described as a “hope-inspiring” game where Abby, a string puppet, is being held captive by a circus. After freeing herself, Abby realizes that her fate isn’t in her own hands.
A Juggler’s Tale received Game Connection Europe’s “Grand Award” and the German Computer Game Award “Best Newcomer Prototype” in 2019. It was also one of the finalists in the 2020 Independent Games Festival awards for Best Student Game.
An official overview reads:
The game brings unique mechanics to the table: Set in a marionette theater, the acting characters are literally attached to the puppet master and narrator named Jack. Their bond is visible and tangible in the shape of strings: These strings prevent characters from walking beneath obstacles, for example, but they also offer a kind of safety: falling into a gaping abyss while hanging on strings is equally impossible. A Juggler’s Tale explores the string puppets’ relationship to the narrator, while making clever use of the underlying puppet play principles in its puzzles.
Key features include:
- Fascinating puzzles using the unique string puppet gameplay mechanics.
- An intense story of hope and empowerment.
- A unique, visually impressive game environment that blurs the boundary between puppet theater and “reality.”
- A beautiful and grim fairy tale world.
Check out a trailer below.