A Witch's Tale is an RPG video game developed by Hitmaker and published by Nippon Ichi for the Nintendo DS. The game revolves around a feisty witch-in-training, Liddell, who aspires to be the greatest witch in the world. After entering a mysterious castle and opening a Tome of Eldritch Lore, Liddell releases the Eld Witch, an evil being who was sealed away by Queen Alice thousands of years ago.The castle's owner, the narcoleptic, tomato-eating vampire Loue, tells her that she must take responsibility for her actions and work to save the lands she put in peril. While at first resistant, Liddell agrees, and they go to save the land's princesses.Not to be confused with the DS game Witch's Wish.
This game provides examples of:
After the End: Florin is like this, after dark magic wiped out the race that used to live there. You get to see past!Florin in the New Game+.
Alice Allusion: The game has characters from Alice in Wonderland, including the Cheshire Cat, Jabberwock, Mad Hatter, March Hare, White Rabbit, and Dormouse. The main character, Liddell, takes her name from the last name of the real Alice, and her doll Dayna takes her name from Alice's cat Dinah.
All Just a Dream: The entire first playthrough is this, brought on by Queen Alice to test Liddell. The New Game+ is the real adventure, and contains story elements not seen in the first one.
The second playthrough is also this, but it's a 'real' dream.
Rem Sacchras was created by Queen Alice to make a seventh kingdom in order to complete the seal on the Eld Witch. But the land was ruled by evil, and to appease the evil being, she chose to sacrifice the younger twin princess from Rem Boreas, and the younger sister's bitterness towards being sacrificed manifested in poison.
The Eld Witch's daughters wreaked havoc on Rem Boreas, killing the Ice Queen's two daughters in the process. It's treated as a legend, but the shadow blocking the way to the Shadow Lands in Shadow Town speaks of her home freezing over and how the Ice Rune killed her and her sister.
The Eld Witch ruined Florin, which was then occupied by the Winged. She killed all of the peaceful Winged and burned their wings off, and Rapunzel's diary describes the pain she felt when it happened.
Oceria was a surface kingdom, but got submerged when the Eld Witch's third daughter grew jealous of its magic.
In Al'Sahra, the Eld Witch's daughters cursed the land to burn forever. The Eld Witch killed Princess Shahrazad the day after she was crowned, and Lyra is tormented with nightmares of what happened.
Artis fought in the war without magic at all, using machines. They were all turned into scrap, including Dorothy's dear friends.
Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Liddell leans more on the mischievous side, thinking torture instruments are awesome, romance is hackneyed, and that ancient, destructive magic is just what she needs to be a great witch. She does like sweets, though.
Badass Adorable: Liddell and the princesses are adorable and can kick butt.
Cats Are Mean: The Cheshire Cat is pretty insensitive to Liddell, not caring when she cries.
In the unlockable Blackjack mini game, expect him to tease you. A lot.
Cats Hate Water: Averted, as the Cheshire Cat meets you above and below the ocean. He has no problem teleporting you underwater, either.
Character Development: Liddell starts out selfish and uncaring, only wanting to fix what she started because she'd become more powerful. As the game goes on, she starts to genuinely care about the consequences of her actions and grows determined to stop the Eld Witch because it's the right thing to do.
Cherry Blossoms: Florin is filled with these; there's even a Fetch Quest where you help two souls in different gardens reunite. When you first see a particular sakura tree, the Mad Hatter talks about their connection to death.
Early Game Hell: Just gaining your first level will be extremely difficult, since enemies give you very low EXP and can hit fairly hard, especially in the Candy Maze. You also have only 100 MP when the Ancient Rune magic costs 99 MP.
Easy Levels, Hard Bosses: Regular battles can actually be challenging if the player doesn't spam Liddell's Ancient Magic. The bosses, however, are designed with this in mind and are a lot harder.
Gainax Ending: Both playthroughs have one. The first playthrough ends with the Eld Witch killing Alice. After her defeat, Loue and the Wonderland inhabitants try to force Liddell to become their new Queen. The screen goes red, and then Liddell wakes up—the entire playthrough was a dream when Baba Yaga hit her on the head, but it's later revealed it was a test from Queen Alice. The second playthrough ends with Liddell killing the Eld Witch, who is revealed to have been Anne and transforms into her as she dies. Liddell begs her to live, but it's too late, and she dissolves into ashes. Liddell works her way through the maze and is told that death isn't always the end. Then she meets the six princesses, who tell her that this was all a dream Queen Alice created on Liddell's side of reality, and it's time for her to wake up. They hope to meet Liddell in real life and bid her farewell. Liddell wakes up in her room and can't remember her dream, but she has Anne's bracelet with her. Loue is seen on the rooftop above her.