Category: Atelier Series

Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana

I found this game after my last Rune Factory experience came to a close and I was looking for something with a similar crafting element. This game does, indeed, have a great crafting system. It has little else, either in terms of character or story, but oh God that crafting system. I don’t think I’d actually recommend this game, but I do intend to continue the series, because if they ever get the story/character thing figured out, something magical will happen.

Incidentally, it’s pronounced “a-tell-yay.” French word for an apprentice’s workshop.

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Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland

I loved this game!

Someone said it was what inspired Recettear, and I can totally see that. The characters are charming, the crafting is fun and the seemingly endless amount of items to collect and combine made my little internal packrat playing in a sandbox so happy. It’s definitely a niche game, but if it’s your niche by god you should check it out.

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Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland

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This may have been the strongest game in the Arland trilogy, at least from a gameplay perspective. I also found Meruru to be really likeable, loved the idea of a princess working to better her kingdom, and thought her outfit with its adorable, practical little bloomers was super cute.

edit:¬†Disclaimer: Wrote this when I was off my meds and kind of whatever the opposite of high is. BUT YOU CAN’T MAKE ME REDO IT HAHAHAHA

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Atelier Ayesha: Alchemist of the Dusk

I liked this game a lot. The way the story petered out at the end as a sequel hook was disappointing, and as always I wish there was more free time to explore the world, but overall it’s a super solid entry into the series, and it’s more plot-heavy than anything in the Arland trilogy. It tries to be a more traditional jRPG, I think, with decent success, and if you liked the other games you’ll like this, though I don’t think it will convert anyone. (more…)

Atelier Annie

I’m still putting off dealing with Atelier Escha (which, ugh, that game) but in the meantime, here’s a fun entry into the series, and the only handheld one released in the US.

It’s a lighthearted and super-adorable game that I found really fun and features some of the great town-sim elements I liked so much about Meruru. It was incredibly short, though. (more…)

Atelier Escha & Lodgy

This game is possibly the best example I’ve ever seen of the way female and male protagonists are treated differently in video games. It hits just about every major point. I hated this game. I hated the characters, I hated its attitude, I hated its nonsense lack-of-plot. But I think it’s really important to examine it closely, because it such a perfect example of the things that frustrate me most about gaming while not-cis-male.

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