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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 characterAssume 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
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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. Like an old shoe: you know it so well, and it's made so sturdily, that every time you slip back into it, it feels like it belongs there. It's a comfortable, deeply satisfying game, the type of game that you'll find yourself taking more from than just a fun story, despite yourself.
  4. 75
    The innovation is there, and what’s expressed is done well. But Atelier Iris suffers from some really stupid mistakes. In a genre that relies heavily on keeping gamers interested, the backtracking, silly errand missions and slow progressing story don’t help at all.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    75
    A potent concoction that should appeal to any RPG fan. [July 2005, p.112]
  6. 70
    It's a visual treat; it has extremely solid gameplay and an enjoyable story. While there's nothing new here, everything is crafted with care and the polish shines through.
  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: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  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. Nick
    Oct 23, 2005
    9
    It's a really good game becaques i like to play different kinds of RPGs.
  4. 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. 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
  5. 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 thisAtelier 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
  6. BobM.
    Mar 13, 2006
    7
    This game is fun and interesting. But the constant alchemy and side questing gets very repetitive. It leaves you almost no time for the main This game is fun and interesting. But the constant alchemy and side questing gets very repetitive. It leaves you almost no time for the main story. It's still really well put together. Expand
  7. Jan 1, 2021
    0
    Clunky game mechanics, generic & linear plotline, gamebreaking bugs, and shoddy localization. This game probably got everything that you won'tClunky game mechanics, generic & linear plotline, gamebreaking bugs, and shoddy localization. This game probably got everything that you won't like in a JRPG.

    Even this game is a disgrace to the Atelier series since the alchemy system in this game are really bad, they wanted to make things simple but ended up with a lacking & barebones one.

    The character portraits in this game also looks hideous as if the illustrator for this game finally learned how to draw by the time they make Atelier Iris 2. Overall 0/10 a total disappointment.
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