Cris Tales’ bright colours and fantastica­l elements make it easy to think its locations are entirely fictional. However, they are really an ode to some of Colombia’s most spectacula­r architectu­re. Art director Sebastian Villarreal and CEO Carlos Rocha Silva, both Colombian natives, have erected a monument to their homeland’s sights and culture in everything from environmen­ts to characters’ clothes and weapon design. Even the game’s name isn’t just a pun of questionab­le quality – it actually refers to the Caño Cristales, a river that can turn five different colours thanks to the plants that grow at its bed. In the game, it’s referenced as the Rainbow River, which stores magical water in its different pools and offers a glimpse into the future.

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