A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The story tries to show that anyone can accomplish great things, no matter how young or different they may seem.
Positive Role Models
The larger-than-life characters embody everything that strong video game protagonists should. They all work together as a team, help each other out, and take on seemingly insurmountable danger without seeking anything in return.
Ease of Play
Players will face lots of puzzles as they travel through the game, most of which can be solved with patience and focus. The battle system requires development and mastery of various strategies. For the most part, advancing through the game is more about taking the time for the battles and challenges rather than overcoming a specific obstacle.
Violence & Scariness
Battle is an essential component of this game. Players engage in combat against hundreds of different creatures and characters, although they never really appear damaged or in pain. When they lose all their health points, they simply become incapacitated from battle.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's a little bit of suggestive dialogue in the game, including moments that cross the line past innocent flirtation -- for example, "I'm gonna do naughty things to this puppeteer while she's paralyzed." Some female characters wear revealing clothing, and there's one scene in which a man grabs a woman's chest.
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Some swearing in the dialogue, including "damn" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Players can visit a tavern, where some characters talk about alcohol and getting drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland is a fantasy role-playing game that revolves around completing various missions and collecting items to advance through the story. Players will fight through turn-based battles where the primary focus is on strategy, not quick, frenetic violence. Though battles are an essential component of the game, and combat is frequent, the visual effects and magic attacks keep violent content at a minimum. Expect clear references to alcohol, with dialogue about characters being drunk, as well as swearing ("damn," "s--t") and some sexually suggestive banter.
Is It Any Good?
Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland sets itself apart from many other titles in this genre because of the fairly basic story line. That doesn't necessarily make it a bad game. In fact, it adds a level of authenticity to the experience, making the characters and gameplay experience more relatable. It also gives the game a more "casual" feel, allowing players to go at their own pace without needing to keep track of winding plot lines. But missions do end up having a repetitive feel.
That would be forgivable if there was a grand payoff upon the completion of later missions, but that never really happens. What's left is a game with a rigid formula and a solid gameplay system (the battle mechanics are great), but it's missing that final component that brings it all together. For players who may want to just play through the game in the background and enjoy the strategies of the nicely built combat system, it fits the bill. But those looking for something more may come away without feeling fully satisfied.
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