Somehow Ghost of a Tale is something that I knew nothing at all about before I got to play it. I say that because one look at it and you would think it’s come from some big budget studio because it looks stunning. But it never came from a Big studio at all, its actually from a small team that pitched the idea on Indigogo and actually got funded.
The game is the story of a mouse called Tilo who has been thrown in jail and he doesn’t know what has happened to his wife. The story begins and you have to escape jail and discover what has happened to her. Along the way to finding out what happened to her you will meet a cast of characters that will give you information to help you but they will usually want you to do stuff for them first. The missions you have to take part in are usually fetch type quests so you will find yourself scurrying back and forward quite a bit with a little bit of a Metroidvania action as some parts won’t be available to you at the start. The game requires you to pay attention as lots of the puzzles or ways to progress are not spelt out to you, you will have to actually work out yourself what you need to move forward, there is no beacons or markers to follow that hold your hands like most modern RPG or Adventure games. There is no combat in the game which makes sense, you are a little mouse, the guards are Rats you would get your arse kicked. Stealth is the name of the game here and this is a mouse that solid snake would like to keep as a pet.
The stealth is actually pretty good. You can use items to make distractions to draw guards off there paths. You can use environmental items to knock them out and loot them. Sometimes you will simply have to outrun them and hide but there is plenty of places to do that in the game as you are exploring.
The most amazing thing about this game is the visuals though. The game is oozing with the kind of charm you expect from Disney. The animation on the characters is fantastic they straddle a line between looking real and like cartoons. The hair on them looks so good too, but not all the characters furry lol. Someone could take the character in this game and make a cartoon just with the assets in the game it’s really that good. On top of the fantastic visuals, you also have a soundtrack that just adds to the whole thing perfectly and adds a great level of emotion and drama at the perfect time within the game.
While playing the title you will find items of clothing that allow you to change how your character looks. Some of these little outfits are so cute with the armour being my personal favourite. You can also mix and match the outfits if you like allowing you to come up with some strange but nonetheless cute outfits. There is a lot to find so it will keep you busy looting cupboards and barrels trying to sniff them all out.
I’m still blown away with the fact that the bulk of the work in Ghost Of a Tale was done by one man. It’s a game that’s worth buying just to look at. Hats off to them this is a great title that I’m going to continue to enjoy.
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*