The perfect melding of two genres, Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World succeeds by taking the best elements of both and cutting all the fat. It’s an experience casual enough on both the management and RPG fronts that it’s the perfect game to introduce newcomers to the series. Most importantly, Nelke is in touch with the series’ heart — at every turn, this is a story about how anything can be accomplished if people are willing to work together, and as saccharine as that may sound, the heroine is so guilelessly positive that it works.
Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World is an Atelier spinoff that manages to do what similar games cannot; bring together two different genres and merge them into a unique city-building and managing experience. Mind, though, that it is not flawless; some development choices manage to spoil the fun. For the players, though, who are ready to disregard these flaws, the game promises to offer hours upon hours of fun.
If Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists accomplished one thing, it was getting me into the series at last. I don't know how fast I'm going to move on to the main series, but I've had my first glimpse into the world of Atelier and I'm interested. Town building was fun in this game, and it made me feel like a real manager of an economic enterprise. I enjoyed my time in this world, and if you have been thinking about this one, give it a shot if you can.
This title is basically a celebration of twenty years of Atelier titles, and while it may not be the strongest entry in the franchise catalog, it’s a must play for longtime fans. Judging this title strictly on its gameplay merits would simply be a good game and nothing special to write home about, but the inclusion of so many past Atelier characters make this an enjoyable game for fans.
The title boasts a complex management system, but the superficiality and above all the linearity of the plot prevent Nelke's path from capturing the player's attention and holding it for the entire duration of the affair.
I don’t feel like Nelke was the best version of itself, especially when players are reminded that this cheaply made game doesn’t exemplify what makes the Atelier series great. Nelke lacks the spark and unfortunately reminded me that perhaps my love of the series has truly come to an end.
SummaryNelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World set in the Atelier universe celebrates the series' 20th Anniversary; allowing players to experience the beloved series' characters with an exciting new town building focus. Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World puts players in the shoes of Nelke von Lestamm...