A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Teamwork, overcoming obstacles, working against all odds to preserve the earth, along with standard good-vs.-evil messages.
Positive Role Models
Player's controllable characters "good guys," selflessly working for the greater good. Despite occasional teasing, all characters focus on friendship, altruism, hard work.
Ease of Play
Two main gameplay mechanics: puzzle solving and turn-based battles. Players need to focus to solve puzzles and use training, strategy to understand, defeat enemies. Plenty of tutorials.
Violence & Scariness
Players cast spells, use various weapons (swords, clubs, staffs) to inflict damage on monsters in turn-based play. But players, enemies never shown as being injured; defeated creatures vanish without blood, gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several female characters have outfits revealing cleavage.
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"Damn" appears occasionally.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One mission involves creating a tobacco pipe for a character but is never referenced again.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is a role-playing game where players guide a team of strong-willed individuals on a quest to restore the world from famine and other issues. They team up with a variety of allies, each of whom has a range of magical traits and skills. Along the way, players need to solve puzzles and engage in many battles. During combat, players attack with a range of weapons and spells to defeat enemies, but no blood or violence against opponents or team members is shown. Some female characters are depicted with exposed cleavage. There's one standalone mission where players are tasked with creating a tobacco pipe (which is never referenced again). The word "damn" appears occasionally in the dialogue.
Is It Any Good?
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is a challenging role-playing game. The battle sequences, which are a significant portion of gameplay, are crafted in such a way that players have to develop unique strategies for each encounter based on the monsters encountered. For instance, do you go for the powerful hit to take a creature out, or do you try to land less powerful attacks to power up your Burst meter to uncover new special attacks for the leader of the pack? Determining the right tactic to use can give players a huge sense of accomplishment, especially when your plans wind up working out perfectly and your characters escape without a scratch.
Atelier Shallie also manages to include a rather positive message about what happens with natural resources dry up. Though it doesn't harp on this idea, it introduces the subject in such a way that most players will come away with some kind of understanding about why it's so important to ensure devastation doesn't occur. If there's any problem with the game, it's that the puzzles seem like they're more of an afterthought than a fun mechanic. Many of these, such as the alchemy system and the newly introduced Life Task system, grind the gameplay to a halt as you try to figure out what needs to be done to create an item or what the best tasks for each character might be. This ruins the game's flow. But if you're willing to overlook the seesaw nature of the gameplay, you'll enjoy this RPG.
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