Reviews and Problems with Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island
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Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island review (DS)
14 January 2010
Excerpt: Nearly every action costs precious time, in fact, and there are no do-overs (though you can play through the whole adventure again after the credits roll and keep any of the items that you gathered on your first run). The setup works nicely, ensuring that more ambitious players can find a decent challenge in developing their empire while younger siblings and other amateur adventurers are free to take their time enjoying other less challenging aspects of the game.
Review: Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island (Nintendo DS)
8 December 2009
Summary: Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island is an enjoyable lighthearted RPG and simulation hybrid. Even with the imposed time limit, it still manages to be open ended enough to be conducive to multiple playthroughs, which you’ll need if you want to see everything there is in the game. The interactions between the characters are often fun to watch, even if they can sometimes knock you off track for a bit.
Excerpt: I've always liked the idea of the Atelier series, even if I've found crafting in RPGs to be hit and miss. The problem is, when the ability to create new items, weapons, and other trinkets for yourself exists as a smaller sub-portion of an RPG, it can come across as an activity that isn't well fleshed out, feels unnecessary, or is overly complicated without a lot of really good documentation.
Conclusion: Atelier Annie is possibly the most fun and accessible entry of the Atelier titles released in the West. The RPG combat isn’t memorable, but the simulation aspects that make up most of the gameplay will keep you coming back for longer than you expect.
NDS Review - 'Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island'
27 November 2009
Summary: Atelier Annie adopts a unique sim-based SRPG system. Characters will explore the world for alchemic items and to participate in an island resort development project. As the head of an alchemy resort, you must go on quests to collect, create and sell alchemy items to arriving customers and make the resort prosperous.
Excerpt: Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island is an off-shoot of Gust's Atelier games (which include both Atelier Iris and Mana Khemia ), which thus far have only seen releases on the PS2 and PSP in the US. Although Gust's DS offering retains much of the charm and a few of the series' core gameplay features, it also takes a completely different approach.