I've tried to find my niche in gaming, searching for a relaxing title that stimulates my brain right before bed. This game has: relaxing music, simple storyline (with some adorable innuendos), cute costume-decked-out chicks setting out to "battle", all the while having ongoing missions to keep you occupied on many levels. To compare, FF13 - that was an incredible let down. A small segment of this game (when you confront monsters) resembles that fighting style, and I like how it's done. Although Atelier Rorona starts a little slow with the storyline, and many twists and turns throughout the game leave you saying ("what the !?"), it's done in full anime style. It's a very popular and successful formula, so if you weren't expecting that, then not sure what to say to those who gave it a 1 or a 2?
Visual: Beautiful screenshots, artfully design graphics, character sketches, and frame shots were made in every step of the game. It blends a style of single frame with full, bouncy 3-D type rooms. Rorona can jump, but I'm not sure why (haha), and there are many areas of the 3-D rendered town which seem to present absolutely zero purpose. Between the synthesizing and character interactions, it's a great game to gather, buy/sell, explore, complete missions, and not having to worry about dying! (No time constraints or stress in failure!) For those who pointed out some of the holes in the game, I'm not sure what they were complaining about, other than not a difficult challenge.
Could have done better: in the town areas, the people are just walking like zombies. maybe some more interaction and dialog would be nice. Also, putting some real purpose and more depth into the town areas. Other than that, I like the fact they kept it simple!
This game just wasn't my cup of tea. Extremely slow to start and boring. I usually like playing things like this on pc but only while doing something else. not just getting things for "alchemy". Too much story early on for me personally.
This is a fairly challenging game if you don't plan on doing any level grinding. But if you have the time to invest in it, it can be pretty fun. The characters are cute, the music is relaxing, and the art is beautiful. If you're expecting teenage angst and villains that want to destroy the world, you won't find it here. Just enjoy your stay in Arland.