Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland

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Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 37 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

65%

Critics Recommend

Based on 37 critic reviews

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Unscored Reviews

Nintendojo
B
B
Jun 19, 2019

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is a deep, charming game with lots to do and explore, and is a worth a look if you’re a Switch owner looking to get an RPG fix. Recommended.

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Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
May 21, 2019

It's almost painfully delightful, warm, colourful, and completely charming in everything that it does, but its reliance on nostalgia and series tradition means that I'm just not sure that this will be one to win the series new fans.

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Pure Nintendo
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 3, 2019

Much like its spin-off, Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, is a great escape from reality, and an even greater entry in the Atelier franchise. Despite its localization issues, it is a great game all RPG fans must experience. With its enjoyable long-lasting content as a result of the new Alchemyriddle system, rewarding gameplay, and visually impressive art style, it is hard not to recommend this title.

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Niche Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 14, 2019

If you’re looking for a laid back, cute and comfy Japanese RPG with an overwhelming amount of cuteness, you should consider picking up Atelier Lulua.

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RPG Site
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 6, 2019

Atelier Lulua continues the story of the Arland trilogy of games while taking the mechanics of more recent Atelier titles and refining them.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 11, 2019

Atelier Lulua is a great game. Cruising through the story at a great pace and never tripping over my own feet to understand the gameplay. If I had to describe this game in one word it would be "Simplicity", as it does a wonderful job of guiding you through each and every new and old discoveries. I'm glad to be able to experience a 4th part to the Arland storyline. It's fun for long time fans to enjoy and easy enough to grasp for newcomers. I'm giving this game a 9 out of 10 for being nostalgic and playful.

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GBAtemp
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 8, 2019

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is a game that can be enjoyed both by fans of the Atelier series, newcomers, and those who would otherwise never consider it. This is a great jumping in point due to the fact that, while loosely considered a sequel to an eight-year-old trilogy, it is a completely self-contained game without the stress of older time restricted titles. This game could have done more to innovate upon the previous titles, but it is extremely enjoyable all the same.

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PSX Brasil
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jun 7, 2019

Atelier Lulua is a great follow-up to one of the most beloved trilogies in the Atelier series and a great addition to Gust's portfolio of games. Fans of the original trilogy will have an adventure filled with nostalgia due to the characters and places that will be immediately recognizable. Lulua, although it is a follow-up, does a great job to receive new players carefully explaning the game's systems and gradually giving more freedom to the player.

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GameGrin
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2019

It took me back to the days of spending an hour in the menus of Final Fantasy VII, trying to find the perfect materia combinations and for that reason, I loved it.

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Video Chums
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

Atelier Lulua is up there with the best that the series has to offer.

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Fextralife
8 / 10
Fextralife
PrimeraEspada91

Top Critic

8 / 10
May 21, 2019

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is a sublime pastel explosion 3D turn based RPG that successfully melds slice-of-life with adventures. It has a alluring musical score that accents the game's world and lovable characters that you'll grow fond of. If you're in the mood for a game that fits in the spring and summer relaxing vibe, try this game.

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Just Push Start
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 21, 2019

Atelier Lulua ~The Scion of Arland~ is a delightful return to the Arland series. Even if it isn't terribly different from previous titles, the story is fun enough to keep players interested. Add in some delightful visuals, cute girls and wholesome fun, it's easy to see why the series has been around for so long. Plus, limiting the time mechanics might take away from one of the series core features, it allows players to take in the adventure, while still being aware of the time it takes them to complete this or that. So, if you want a cute RPG that has a nice message, you really can't go wrong with this one.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 26, 2019

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland proves to be a great entry in Gust’s long-running series, and much like the many concoctions made by Lulua, this is a refined final product that reflects several of the best traits of the predecessors that came before.

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GameSkinny
May 24, 2019

It's more of the same Atelier, but it also takes the best from its predecessors to synthesize a fun and customizable adventure.

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We Got This Covered
Jun 1, 2019

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland doesn't stray too far from the formula it created many, many installments ago, but that's not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to this series. This is a fun, light-hearted adventure that doesn't overstay its welcome.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 29, 2019

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland maintains the magic that this long-running JRPG series is known for. From relaxing gameplay to adorable characters, Atelier Lulua doesn't disappoint. Newcomers to the series might have some larger story beats go over their head, while long-time fans might be miffed at the fact that so few returning characters are playable in battle. Still, when it comes to the Atelier series, Lulua manages to blend the best of the new with the best of the old with incredibly successful results.

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COGconnected
80 / 100
80 / 100
May 30, 2019

Atelier Lulua is a crisp and clean experience with cute visuals and an even cuter cast of characters. While the gameplay is simple, it’s engaging enough to hold your attention and the best part is that you don’t need to have played the previous three games in order to understand this. With the added bonus of the simplified alchemy procedure, it’s an overall great title to pick up if you’ve been curious about the series.

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Gamer Escape
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 1, 2019

I think that longtime fans will enjoy this one, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this could also serve as a starting point for newcomers as well. Atelier games are remarkably consistent in quality. Even though Lulua may not blow the doors off in a number of ways, it’s a nice little game that knows how to show you a good time.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 26, 2019

Atelier Lulua is one of the better Atelier games in recent times and a worthy follow up to the Arland trilogy with its relaxing gameplay and superb soundtrack.

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SwitchRPG
Jun 19, 2019

The enhancements fitted to Atelier Lulua easily make it the most approachable game in the subseries, despite it not being completely free of faults.

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cublikefoot
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 11, 2019
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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Aug 19, 2019

Atelier Lula: The Scion of Arland is currently the most calm, sweet and simple, designed for beginners part of the series with well-written characters, significantly redesigned alchemical system and non-straining course of history. If you want to get acquainted with the rich world of Atelier, but were afraid of time limits and big jumps of difficulty, this part will be a real gift.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2019

Atelier Lulua is a solid, albeit safe final entry in the Arland quadrilogy that does an admirable job of bidding farewell to a lovable cast of characters.

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RPGamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jul 9, 2019

From gorgeous graphics to deep crafting and combat systems, Lulua is an impressive game.

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FNintendo
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 20, 2019

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is a significant leap in the series when compared to its predecessors. Not only has its visual environment undergone a major rework next to previous games in the series, it also features the finest alchemy and combat systems in games carrying the Atelier name. The best game for anyone to enter this series and a very welcome addition to the Nintendo Switch catalogue.

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Wccftech
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2019

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is one of the best entries in the Atelier series. While the story is not particularly exciting, the charming characters, enjoyable world and streamlined game mechanics can keep players engaged for a very long time. Highly recommended to fans of the series and to those looking for a nice JRPG that's not too demanding.The links above are affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, Wccftech.com may earn from qualifying purchases.

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Hobby Consolas
78 / 100
78 / 100
Jun 6, 2019

Even if it doesn't go far away from the Atelier formula, Lulua it's one of the most complete and enjoyable entries in the Atelier series. Under its easiness and low difficulty, Lulua its a complete RPG that shines the most on the alchemy options. It also leaves behind technical problems (fps hiccups), but it isn't localisized (english texts).

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Softpedia
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

Overall, Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland does great justice to the Arland trilogy, as well as the Atelier series as a whole, becoming a great game in itself.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 21, 2019

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is a more accessible installment to the long running franchise. Lulua and her companions are a fun new cast, and the more streamlined crafting system makes Atelier Lulua a great starting point for new players.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 29, 2019

After the hours spent with Lulua, her bestest gal pal Eva, and the other members of her menagerie, I must admit that I am hooked on Arland. Knowing that the Arland Atelier Trilogy Plus collection was released on the PS4 not too long ago, I foresee new additions to my digital backlog in my immediate future. But for right now, it's back to deciphering all of these remaining Alchemyriddle pages!

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Nintendo Times
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 18, 2019

GOOD - Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is a massive improvement over the other entries of the Atelier series on the Switch. The colorful visuals, exceptional crafting system, and gameplay enhancements make this a fun and rewarding experience in its own right. However, the overly simplistic story, uninspired level designs, and other minor issues keep it from reaching greatness. This is the perfect introduction to the Atelier series and a good place to jump in.

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GearNuke
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2019

Atelier Lulua is a significant entry in the Arland series with many noticeable improvements made for the gameplay. The story just acts as a stepping stone to send the player on an adventure with a charming lead and memorable cast.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
May 21, 2019

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland has plenty going for it. It’s got an interesting story that longtime fans will love, and its gameplay will keep JRPG fans satisfied well into the late hours of its run. Like so many other titles from the genre though, it’s held back by long-held conventions that work against it, and keep it from being something better than just another entry in the Atelier series.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
May 22, 2019

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland doesn't even try to change the Atelier formula, only adding some new elements to the gameplay that benefit the overall experience but still fail to bring something really new to the table.

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GameSpace
7 / 10.0
GameSpace
Jatobi

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
May 27, 2019

Atelier Lulua is a fun game to play in small spurts. It combines crafting/gathering with a decent JRPG combat system. While crafting and gathering can be tedious at times, the general concept is pretty fun. Discovering new ways to create better items is where the real fun lies.

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RPG Fan
70%
70%
Jun 10, 2019

Lulua is an exceptionally safe Atelier title that feels less like a return to form and more like an achromatic stroll down the rugged cobblestone of memory lane.

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VGChartz
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 17, 2019

Crippled by disappointing writing, Atelier Lulua also fails at delivering enough nostalgic content to veteran fans of the Atelier series. Little interaction with popular past characters and late, expensive DLC eventually shatter the Arland dream, and substitute characters fade in comparison. Solid gameplay & challenge otherwise

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