Released: June 28th, 2012
Writer: Richard K. Moe
[Rated T For: Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco]
Ayesha Altugle, runs an herbalist’s workshop with her sister Nio. After Nio disappears mysteriously, Ayesha meets an alchemist called Keithgriff Hazeldine, who reveals that she must master the art of alchemy herself in order to rescue her sister, but she has only a few years to do so, or Nio will eventually be lost forever. Ayesha sets on a journey to learn more about alchemy in order to save Nio. While on this journey she must grow as an alchemist and a person.
- Developed by: Gust
- Fourteenth installment of the Atelier Series
- Artwork done by Hidari
- A light novel based off the game was released in Japan
- Metacritic score: 70/100
- Famitsu score: 34/40
- A remastered version of the game was released on the PS Vita called “Atelier Ayesha Plus”
- One of Richard K. Moe’s personal favorites
- Ayesha Altugle is one of Richard K. Moe’s dream girls
- An immersive world!
- A memorable and wonderful journey.
- Characters are colorful and lovable.
- Scenery is very eye pleasing and alive.
- Characters actually feel like they are growing up.
- Soundtrack is very beautiful and lively.
- Fun traditional JRPG battle gameplay.
- Alchemy is very fun and creative.
- Voice acting is very good.
- No sense of direction at times.
- Character movement is awkward.
- Battle system can be annoying. (Ayesha dies, your whole party loses).
- “Days left” system make you feel a bit pressured.
Final comments: Atelier Ayesha is a very beautiful and memorable game. My journey with all the characters felt so amazing. I grew attached to the characters and felt for them. I laughed, I smiled, and I even felt sad. The world was so immersive and alive. I don’t feel this way with a lot of games. Although this game had some flaws, it still remains one of my favorite games. I was very sad when I finished it, I almost wished I didn’t finish it. Atelier Ayesha is a gem that shines brights in my heart and will always remain one of my top favorites for a long time.
You can check out the trailer down below. It’s worth it.