Swordtales’ Toren is a game that has a lot of stuff to tell. With a time-bending narrative leading the way, it attempts to stand with atmospheric puzzlers like ICO as a hypnotic and endearing fable to play through. It’s a noble goal, one packed with potential, but also one that’s easy to misstep into pretentiousness or outright tedium. Toren doesn’t fall into those traps, but that doesn’t mean its journey is without fault. Toren is sketchy, both in gameplay and in technical prowess, but there’s still a decent amount of fun to be had during the very brief time it lasts.