Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings

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Based on 44 critic reviews
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71

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Developers: Koei Tecmo Games, Gust Co.

Genre: RPG

Atelier Lydie& Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings is the 19th instalment in the main Atelier series (which began in 1997), and is the final entry in the ‘Mysterious’ trilogy sub-series – taking place after the events of Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book and Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey. In the latest entry players follow the tale of the alchemist twins; the reserved but caring LydieMarlen, and the eccentric and carefree SuelleMarlen. They both work alongside their father at the family atelier, but due to his inexperience in alchemy they rarely see any customers. Whilst working hard to hone their skills, the duo uncovers a mysterious looking painting, and as they reach out to investigate they are drawn inside a world bountiful with rare materials… perfect for Alchemy! This fateful discovery is just the beginning of the twin’s adventure leading them to their joint goal… to run the best atelier in the country. Enter the Worlds within the Paintings; Discover a variety of beautifully designed worlds as you dive through the paintings into them! Gather a plethora of items for alchemy across over 10 unique worlds – quickly leaping in and out as the player pleases. Create the best Atelier in the Country; Use the new and improved Synthesis system to refine your alchemy skills as you work towards to the goal of running the best Atelier in the country! For the first time players can synthesise items during battle, allowing them to strategically choose battle options which can turn the tides of battle. Choose Your Battle Stance; For the first time, players are able to control battle conditions closely thanks to new battle positioning. Characters will pair up in combat, allowing one to take the ‘front’ and deal blows, whilst the ‘back’ character will act as a support and quickly act to defend their partner. This allows for a selection of flashy combos and fast paced combat to take place against their foes. Which Path Will You Take?; Players will be able to take different routes to the game, leading to multiple different endings. Will you become a master of alchemy, focus on your relationships, or go on to take an all new path itself?

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Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings has allowed me to rediscover why I fell in love with the series in the first place. And though I did find the lack of characters and inconsistent translation frustrating, just about everything else blew me away.

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Atelier Lydie & Suelle is a lovely relaxing turn based RPG that suffers from some aspects that make it feel rushed but still a welcome improvement from Firis that nearly killed the franchise for me.

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If you really love crafting, Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Paintings might be your jam. But if you like literally any other aspect of a typical JRPG, you're going to be disappointed. It might be worth $20 for the curiosity, but at $60, I really can't recommend it to anyone who doesn't already like the series.

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Atelier Lydie & Suelle isn't as innovative as its predecessors, but that doesn't mean you should write it off entirely - it tells a charming and captivating story that ends up being the best tale in the whole Mysterious trilogy. There are plenty of enchanting areas to explore as well, and as always, there's a deep alchemy system for you to master.

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