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Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea

By Mark Raby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Role-playing game suffers from uneven battle, puzzle pacing.

Game PlayStation 3 2015
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Strong heroines!

No mention of the Atelier series focus on strong, capable, female protagonists? And the development they go through? For shame! This installment is a bit more on the adventure-y side compared to a lot of the other games in the series, which usually have rather mundane settings and goals with a relaxing, slice of life feel. This still has slice of life elements, but has a more grander, "save the world" scale, and it could very well be the best Atelier yet.

This title has:

Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: KOEI
  • Release date: March 10, 2015
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy , Adventures , Friendship
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco
  • Last updated: December 8, 2021

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