Published on July 20th, 2018 | by voxx0
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Painting
“To have the BEST atelier in town, that’s the promise we made.”
Developed and published by Koei Temco Games and Gust Co. Ltd on December 2017 for PS4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows and PS Vita, this is the third of the Mysterious series, a role-playing adventure game focused around alchemy and bonds of the people around you.
The main characters of this adventure are Lydie and Suelle, two twins who lost their mother and have an irresponsible father. They must work together to keep their promise to have the best atelier in town. Along with some new characters, previous series characters such as Sophie and Firis are present to expand their ongoing stories and dreams.
Combat in this game is similar to that of previous games, in which a team (this time up to six can fight) takes turns attacking, using skills and items to defeat the cutest enemies in gaming history. The alchemy has changed. It has some similarities, and is a bit simpler to create items but takes more strategy to make them of higher quality. Creating weapons and equipment to increase stats while strengthening bonds also helps, as a key part of this game is to develop the characters and give them new abilities.
Artists Yuugen and NOCO are back, creating the new protagonists Lydie and Suelle. The art of the game is amazing and enjoyable to look at, and the personalities of the characters fit well and make the story fun to watch. The monsters are as adorable as possible and the lands you explore are large and nicely detailed, as they take what made the lands in previous games good and made them better for this one.
This game is a good addition to the Mysterious series as it extends the story of both previous protagonists, Sophie and Firis, while starting the story of the twins Lydie and Suelle. The game has improved in both design and gameplay, and is extremely enjoyable to play as it’s calm, slow and does not the end of the world to make a good story. I recommend this (and the previous games) to anyone who likes a slow-paced role-playing game.
- By Ryan Nutbrown