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  • Summary: Assume the role of a young alchemist named Krein Kiesling. Krein will be traveling the world of Regallzine to unlock the hidden secrets of alchemy. Customize your weapons and items with help of spirits called Mana. Beautifully hand drawn 2D backgrounds combined with detailed character animation. Over 300 creatable items. Action controls allow players to run, jump, and attack like in an action game. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. 93
    One of the most enjoyable RPGs I’ve ever played. It’s got a leisurely feel and pace to it unlike anything else I’ve seen.
  2. The biggest complaint is that some of the English voices are really lacking, especially comparing them to how the Japanese voice actors sound doing the same (or similar) lines, and the entire jumping mess. Outside of that, this is a very solid title, and quite possibly a contender for 2005 RPG of the year.
  3. 85
    Characters may seem clichéd and the plot itself may feel repeated, but the game offers up a gameplay experience that is simply fantastic.
  4. A purely traditional -- some might say dated -- role-playing game that's so engrossing and charming that its lack of innovation is forgiven.
  5. As a lighthearted, beautifully drawn RPG, Atelier Iris delivers exactly as promised, a deep, non-violent, involving, at times engaging fantastical quest, which is surely more than suitable for its niche. [June 2005, p.52]
  6. Atelier Iris Eternal Mana relives the glory days of 16-bit RPGs with a fine polish to it. Although, many RPG gamers are into the genre for the story, which is Atelier Iris Eternal Mana's weakness.
  7. The game is still plagued by most amateurish of design blunders, being less than adequate in every aspect save for its "depth" (and even that is put to shame by most of the stat-based Nippon Ichi titles released in the past few years).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. SoraS.
    Jul 11, 2005
    10
    Man! This game is cool. But it is too short. And I'll like Atelier more if it has GF like Final Fantasy.^^
  2. ChewbakaSolo
    Jun 29, 2005
    10
    This game Rules!
  3. CodyE.
    Jun 30, 2005
    10
    WOO This game ROXORS.
  4. GravityPull
    Aug 6, 2005
    8
    Very good RPG but not as good as Shadow Hearts -Covenant. A little too short and very kiddy dialogue.
  5. NicholasT.
    Mar 6, 2008
    8
    Atelier Iris 6 brings us a well stitched up rpg classic that combines awesome 2d graphics, great music, good battlesystem and fun adventure. Only real shortcoming is in the jump and jump controls it could have used more tweaking. Liked Lunar? You'll enjoy atelier iris eternal mana for sure. Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2010
    7
    Atelier Iris certainly is an interesting game. A lot of it is the standard RPG fare, but the extensive item creation system really makes this game stand out from the rest. Going around to the different shops of the world, and creating dozens of new items never seems to get old. The characters (particularly some of the NPCs) make you care about them, and you might spend more time trying to advance their mini-stories than advancing the main story. As for challenge, the game is overall easy, though a few bosses might hold you up for a bit. It's worth a look for any RPG fan, though anyone else may want to do some more research before picking this one up. Expand
  7. MartR.
    Jun 30, 2005
    5
    The bright anime slideshow keeps up the pace and the moronic alchemy keeps you entertained for the major part of this ordeal, however, only a tired mind will keep going after the initial burst of energy is spent. Fighting gets pushed back, making headway for endless trading, synthesizing and chat missions. Which is a shame, because fighting is so much fun in this game. The utterly atrocious translation kills another three points off the score. Expand

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