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Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland

By Mark Raby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Item-collecting RPG packs mild violence, sexy banter.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

A relaxing, slice of life RPG with positive messages

The unique thing about the Atelier series is that unlike most RPGs, it isn't about going on a grand adventure to save the world. In fact, it only takes place in one town and the surrounding outskirts. Instead of a big guy with a sword, it's a coming-of-age story about a young girl simply trying to save her alchemy workshop. Throughout the game she makes new friends, clears assignments, and improves her alchemy. Throughout the three in game years, you can see that she grows up, too. I would compare it to Kiki's Delivery Service. It takes place in a fantasy world, magic (well, alchemy) clearly exists, but these tropes are used in a very mundane fashion, and they're just accepted as a part of life. The goal of the games are non violent. While there is combat, the main goal is to gather ingredients and synthesize items. It's an RPG from the perspective of someone other than the hero. As for objectionable content, aside from some mild language and fanservice, there is practically none. The violence is very cartoony and not even the main focus. It's a cute, heartwarming coming-of-age story with a unique setting and premise. I think girls will like this, just like I did when the very first edition of this game came out in 2010.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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

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.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3 , PlayStation Vita
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: NIS America
  • Release date: June 24, 2014
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: T for Fantasy Violence, Language, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol
  • Last updated: March 8, 2019

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