NIS America’s latest JRPG, Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers is a must-buy game if you own a Nintendo Switch and if you’re a fan of JRPGs. We’ll delve into why in a bit but it’s really great to see a developer cater to younger audiences with a tale that’s full of heart.
Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers is a pretty straightforward JRPG game where players will take on the role of Sherry and her friend Pegreo as they try to solve the mystery in Clocknee. Clocknee is their hometown and on New Year’s Eve, time comes to a standstill. Mysteriously Sherry and Pegreo are unaffected. Sherry’s Mom is unaffected too and this is where things escalate. Sherry and her mom are attacked by robotic appliances and Sherry loses sight of her while trying to escape. After a little while Sherry eventually discovers Isaac, a seemingly sentient robot that kinda looks like Google’s Android mascot to be honest. This is where the real story begins as Sherry, Isaac and Pegreo team up to solve the mystery of Clocknee.
Without delving into the story details any further so as to not spoil the entire game, Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers involves time travel. Gameplay revolves around a lot of adventuring out into the map and talking to NPCs to gain information to progress quests. There’s lots of enemies available to fight and battles are turn-based. Sherry, Pegreo and Isaac are able to learn skills through battling and as they level up, their stats increase and they’ll do more damage to tougher enemies. It’s pretty standard fare and gameplay never really got too difficult. The special attacks each character can perform are unique and flashy enough to keep you entertained throughout and there’s a fair bit of strategy involved in fighting enemies with specific elemental resistances but nothing too intricate.
Players will be able to customize their characters with new equipment as well as cosmetic items that change their look. Additionally, Isaac, being a robot, can be upgraded by slotting in different gears into his inner workings. Changing his gears allows for quite a bit of customization with regards to his stats and abilities in battle and is a key component in progressing throughout the game.
Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers is quite forgiving in its difficulty since the game is clearly aimed at a younger audience. Sherry or Pegreo can fall in battle and the game doesn’t punish you severely for it. However if Isaac is destroyed, it’s game over. The game makes a point of explaining this to you and specifically mentions that Isaac is the heart of this tale. Protect the Android!
Much of what makes the game a must-play lies in its story. The game isn’t incredibly long but the tale it tells is great. Each character has a unique personality that shows through in their interactions and while there are quite a few JRPG tropes, the overall story is extremely enjoyable and you will be entertained right up until the end.
Graphically, Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers looks quite visually appealing. There’s a clear cartoon-esque aesthetic that is used throughout and the main characters, NPCs and enemies alike are all well designed. Some of the indoor environments could be a bit more appealing but overall, the game looks great on Nintendo Switch.
The soundtrack used in the game is exceptionally good. The game’s main theme as well as the battle theme are great. The characters in the game aren’t voiced but that doesn’t detract from their personalities at all. It would have been nice if they were though but alas, this isn’t the case.
Overall, Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers is a splendid JRPG game. If you’re looking for a game to introduce younger gamers to JRPGs, this would be the perfect starting point. Older gamers will enjoy it too but may breeze through the game without much difficulty since battles aren’t extremely challenging. If you have a Nintendo Switch and you want to play a JRPG that’s well rounded and has a captivating story, Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers is for you.
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