Truly unique turn-based RPG that doesn't quite reach the potential brilliance of its central conceit, but has enough that's great about it to be worth playing. You are a girl in a fantasy kingdom trying to piece together your history while overcoming the trauma of your father's death. All of the upgrades and skills are associated with different psychological ways of dealing with grief and all battles are psychic manifestations of said grief.
That's the brilliant part. Unfortunately, the writing doesn't always match the game's central, great idea. It can be vague, meandering, and unbearably pretentious in a super self serious freshman creative writing sort of way, especially at the start, but the plot does pick up significantly around episode 3 (and there's even humor at times, or attempts at it, anyway). I suspect that the game suffers from a rather poor English localization, which might make the writing seem more stilted and awkward than it is in French (it tends toward the poetic at times, and poetry, like humor, is notoriously difficult to translate, so if you speak French it's probably best to play it in its native tongue). Once you get acclimated to the stilted language and glacial pacing, however, the story itself is quite interesting in its own small scale and internal way. This isn't an epic quest about a chosen one trying to save the world. Just a girl trying to learn about her family while fighting for her own sanity.
The battles themselves are fairly well done. They tend to be rather puzzle like, in that you often have to think about how to use specific skills to accomplish specific goals, rather than just being about pure combat. Likewise, while they start out fairly simple in the first couple episodes, they can get fiendishly difficult as the game progresses. This is one game where I highly, highly, recommend hording skill points from level to level and only spending them as you come up against battles that you find unbeatable. Because the game's skill and stat system is so unique, it will take a bit of trial and error for even experienced RPG players to figure out how things work. Especially when playing a Max memory Volva character (this game's equivalent of "hard"), just picking a skill tree and investing in it could very well leave you unable to beat the game at some point.
The game did suffer from some huge bugs on release, hence the terrible metacritic reviews, but most of those have been squashed and the developer is very active on the forums to this day and responsive to issues (I found a fix to one bug myself and the dev sent it out as a patch within 24 hours, which was kind of cool).
Overall, this is a unique, challenging, turn based RPG that deserves to overcome its terrible launch and become a cult classic.