Parents' Guide to

Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Bubbly, repetitive tale has mild violence, little substance.

Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This adventure game is as bubbly and light as its subject matter, which will appeal to many players, but its repetitive play eventually wears thin. Artist Philip Guston once said that "Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic," but in In Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings, that takes on a whole different, and literal, meaning. These works of art are actually portals to new and magical worlds. It's an interesting concept with some real potential, but the game as a whole just feels shallow and light. That's not to say it doesn't have its fair share of fun bits, but it's ultimately more kitsch than masterpiece.

Atelier Lydie & Suelle is a lighthearted role-playing game best played in smaller doses. The characters are bubbly and fun, and the banter between them is cheesy at best. The different paintings the twins explore are also colorful, with plenty of personality. The problem is that no matter how different the world around you looks, you're always doing the same things: Fight. Collect materials. Craft. Wash, rinse, and repeat. And since there's never any real depth in the game's plot, there's no sense of urgency to accomplish anything. That makes for a great occasional diversion, but after a while the cycle of repetition starts to wear on you. Before long, you can't help but feel like you're just going through the motions instead of appreciating the game's style.

Game Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate