The Indonesian game developers Ekuator Games took to Kickstarter back in 2013 and 2014 to get their JRPG-inspired role-playing game Celestian Tales: Old North crowd-funded. Well, after a year of working non-stop on the title, Ekuator Games’ Celestian Tales is now available on Steam.
The story of the game is laid out pretty basic: you aren’t special, you aren’t a chosen one and you aren’t a mega-super, alien-powered super-human. Instead, you’re just a group of characters answering the call of duty to help save the land. As mentioned on the Steam store page…
“Celestian Tales: Old North is a refreshing take on the classic turn-based Japanese style RPG, where your decisions in its dark and gritty storyline shape the world of tomorrow. When the future comes at last, is it what you hoped for?”
You can check out the beautiful artwork and sleek turn-based combat in the trailer below. A real highlight for the game are the hand-painted backgrounds.
Add it to your Wishlist now! https://store.steampowered.com/app/315860 Celestian Tales: Old North is a turn-based role-playing game with lush hand-painted environments, emotive character portraits, memorable characters, moral decisions and a sprawling engaging storyline that is told the eyes of six playable characters.
There’s a strong hint of Romancing Saga in there. The game definitely has some strong, classical game design appeal that I’m sure old-school gamers will appreciate. Based on the limited number of reviews that are already piling in for the game, new-school gamers seem to appreciate the effort as well.
I don’t know if Ekuator Games will be able to elevate their game in the media sphere enough to gain some decent sales momentum, but Steam has entered into a stage where over-saturation is a real thing and there are so many different games being released that not every game gets eyes on its page when it’s made available.
The negative reviews of the game so far seem to be frustrated at the lack of “choice” that the game advertises on the main page. Admittedly so the negative reviews also note that they haven’t completed the game with more than one character so you’ll have to take said criticism with a pinch of salt.
The game has six different playable characters, hand-painted backgrounds, a full soundtrack and “moral confrontations”. The game recently released so 25% off the first week of being on sale, so you can grab a digital copy for only $9.74. You can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the Steam store page or by visiting the official website.