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Atelier Annie: Alchemist of Sera Island - Nintendo DS

by NIS America
Nintendo DS
Everyone 10+
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews) 70 / 100

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  • Complete 6 major quests over the course of a 3 year stay on Sera Island
  • Earn cash to re-invest in the island - build gardens, beaches, aquariums, theaters, fabulous attractions and more
  • Complete quick mini-games throughout the game for extra quests
  • Search and fight to collect ingredients to create rare items
  • Simple and fun-to-learn strategy RPG battle system

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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002KHQKUK
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,389 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Use Alchemy and Magic to Build an Incredible Island Resort! The latest incarnation of the Atelier series heads to paradise in this RPG based simulation game! You, as Annie, enter an alchemy competition, where you have to manage your very own island resort! The winner of the competition will earn the right to marry the Prince or Princess of the kingdom. Help Annie make her dream come true by going on quests, collecting, creating, and selling alchemy items, and managing your slice of heaven! Do you have what it takes to make your resort village a success and make Annie's dream come true?

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack of all trades, master of one November 8, 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I was originally drawn to Atelier Annie because of the wacky trailer -- it showed item creation, resort management, turn-based role-playing and a healthy dose of minigames on the side. It looked different from your run of the mill video game. While it doesn't fully meet my expectations, it still provides a fun and unique (albeit niche) experience, especially now that the Nintendo DS is quite a few years old and doesn't have as many innovative games being released.

So, what exactly is the main focus of the game? Well, you are a little alchemist named Annie who was forced to enter an alchemy competition to build up a resort on an island, and in the end do well enough to win the title of "meister". How do you accomplish this? By making a plethora of items, of course! Your stay on the island spans three years, and every six months a contest will be held. These contests give you a chance to show off your item creating skills, and you will be awarded a bronze, silver or gold medal and prize money depending on how well you do.

So, as you can see, the game basically revolves around item creation. But it's how you get those items that make the game fun. You will have to find gathering spots and collect a ton of materials, and while you are there you will encounter enemies. Basically, the game is part turn-based rpg. It's a simple aspect of the game, but it's still quite fun to obsess over all the details of weapons and armor and leveling up, just as with more complicated rpgs.

Aside from collecting materials and fighting monsters, your other big concern is building resort facilities, such as an aquarium, a beach or a theme park. There's really not much to running these facilities, which is somewhat of a disappointment.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry for my brunt honesty. December 19, 2009
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I have played every Atelier game that has been released stateside. Loved Atelier Iris. "Meh" on Atelier Iris 2. Liked Atelier Iris 3. You can imagine me being excited to see Atelier Annie get released, even if I wasn't too pleased at it being released on DS. I've come to accept that the DS is really the last refuge for those from another era...those who liked games back before graphics became the driving force. PSP has done a little, but they seem to have fallen off as of late. Then we have the Mana Khemia series which attempted to pick up where Atelier left off, great series though flawed. PSP version of Mana Khemia was an atrocity that I will not speak of.

Atelier Annie is essentially a fetch quest game. You're Annie, a lazy girl who dreams of finding some rich prince to pay her bills and take care of her so she doesn't have to work. Her grandfather conspires to have her banished to a remote island, where she is obligated to master alchemy in order to turn the island into a resort in a finite period of time. On its face the game sounds rock solid, and in some ways it is...but in a lot of ways it isn't. See, the spirit of Atelier Iris was really the action, with the alchemy being a secondary sidequest-type deal that was important, but not central, to beating the game. I much preferred that style of game, and expected it here. Sadly it is not to be.

Rather than go into a diatribe I'll do my usual pros and cons from my perspective. Then you can judge for yourself and make your own decision.

** What Atelier Annie Does RIGHT **

- Graphically the game looks quite good for the DS. Things don't have that spotty glaze that some other games like Kingdom Hearts 385/2 Days and Chain of Memories had which is usually indicative of oversharpening.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Original, but overly simple and tedious January 8, 2010
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Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a game about reading modestly funny, very Japanese dialogue and triggering story events by completing tedious gameplay, with the requisite of reading a guide to have any idea how to trigger story events necessary for getting all the endings. But the game is riddled with so many serious problems that it's difficult to enjoy even the story.

The primary problem is the game's over-simplicity. Almost the entire game involves reading dialogue (*lots* of dialogue), doing fetch quests (almost all of which play out identically because of the incredibly tiny game world), battling, and alchemizing. Each of these tasks is so simple they're like mini-games, and the gameplay, essentially, never changes. Battles in particular are much too frequent and so simple they can almost always be fast-forwarded (with the Y button) until you've attacked enough times to wipe out the enemy. You level up, you get new gear, and you go out into the world again to fight other creatures. This quickly becomes tedious as the battles are almost invariably incredibly simple and easy to win, except for a few bosses where you'll actually have to heal and maybe use a specific weapon to attack with.

Alchemizing involves looking up a recipe (which is much too cumbersome) picking up to three items and hitting alchemize. You have a displayed percentage for succeeding. If you succeed, you get the item. If you don't, try again. Very few of the items are actually useful to you, and you'll be alchemizing meaningless items to complete endless fetch quests. It's just not any fun, and the clunky menus don't help any.

The lack of an English dialogue option is crushing. There's so much spoken dialogue in the game, but the developers didn't bother to *translate* all of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Arrived as described as well as on time
Published 2 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 3 months ago by Brad Valinski
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Portable Entry of the Series
Annie, the lazy granddaughter of a famous alchemist, dreams of wealth and marrying one day, although her grandfather's homunculi transport her, while she's still asleep in bed, to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Atelier Annie: Alchemist of Sera Island
Great game! I've always wanted to get this game for so long :) The purchase was great! Got it on time too.
Published 5 months ago by Eunice Umayas
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN FOR ALL AGES
I'm over 40 and I had a lot of fun with this game. I just wish there had been more variation in the graphics and choices possible. Read more
Published 18 months ago by kimberly yvette willingham
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Fun
It took some time to get use to, but I enjoy playing this game anytime I have free time. The story is amusing as well. Would recommend.
Published 20 months ago by Matthew Staggs
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun But Short!
Let me just start by saying that I am relatively new to the DS. I used to play mostly RPGs on the PlayStation, PS2, and now PS3, as well as on the PC. Read more
Published on November 16, 2010 by Rixatrix
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Training for Business Owner To Be
I wonder who the psychologist who said that children must be rewarded even when failing to learn as to not to have an emotional scar for life. Read more
Published on February 13, 2010 by H. Hardjono
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting game.
I like the game so far but the biggest problem is everyone is speaking in japanese! I really wish they could've dubbed it for us. But it's still a good game. ^_^
Published on January 7, 2010 by Loretta M. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and addictive
I love this game. I ended up playing it all the way through three times.

The battles are not that great, and kind of seem tacked on for no good reason. Read more
Published on January 1, 2010 by Beth
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