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  • Summary: Quinn Bravesford and her squad are sent on a quest to find the Great Power — the key to save humanity. Is there hope within the desert or is it merely a mirage?
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 5 out of 7
  1. Feb 5, 2020
    70
    Arc of Alchemist is a flawed, but fun experience. The action RPG mechanics are rewarding and make tough battles even more thrilling to win, while the overall gameplay loop needs a bit more variety. Luckily, the story is interesting enough to make the repetition worth it as you find more about the world and how it has shaped everyone you encounter. It isn’t the best-looking game in the world and suffers from muddy textures, but does sound great with a top-notch soundtrack and impressive voiceover work.
  2. Feb 13, 2020
    50
    Arc of Alchemist had potential, but, ultimately, fails to deliver a compelling experience. If you like chibi characters, lots of dialogue, grinding, and mindless battle systems, you might enjoy Arc of Alchemist. Otherwise, this is a game you can easily skip.
  3. Feb 6, 2020
    30
    Arc of Alchemist is not worth your time. We’ll say it again just in case the people in the back didn’t hear: Arc of Alchemist is not worth your time. The story is barely serviceable, the gameplay is middling and uninspired at its very best, and the graphics often look like they could’ve been pulled from an early 3DS game. That would all be damning enough if it at least ran well, but Arc of Alchemist in fact runs at laughable framerates all the way through. That would be damning enough, but then the developers have the gall to ask you to pony up forty bucks (at time of writing) for this mess. The Switch library is packed to bursting with loads of fantastic RPGs that are each sure to deliver a great experience. This is definitely not one of them. Please, don’t waste your money on Arc of Alchemist.
  4. Mar 1, 2020
    30
    Arc of Alchemist does one thing right: it looks like a charm. It certainly doesn't play like one, though, and its performance is anything but enjoyable, not to mention a dull and drab plot and characters that will leave any player disenchanted with any hint of joy that its visual environment might suggest.
  5. Mar 31, 2020
    30
    Arc of Alchemist feels so very dated, it could easily be confused for an early Idea Factory title getting its remaster on Switch… without anything actually remastered. Unremarkable and uninspired, it's a quintessential mindless dungeon-crawling RPG, with no real hook to set it apart. There are a million games out there that do exactly what Arc of Alchemist does, but better in every way.
  6. Feb 3, 2020
    20
    Poor performance is bad enough, but let me put it as simply as possible - the port in this state should not have been allowed to release. It's an embarrassment and Idea Factory clearly knew what a stinker the game was with the haphazard axing of the game's originally planned English dub and NA physical releases. Arc of Alchemist is the worst game that I have ever reviewed, and I sincerely hope that Idea Factory takes the time to really consider how this game came out the way that it did. I know they can do better than this.
  7. 20
    Thanks to the choppy framerate, horrible combat, and forgettable characters and story, Arc of Alchemist fails to elicit anything more than a shrug and a sigh. Unless you're a hardcore Idea Factory and Compile Heart fan, stay far, far away from this one.
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. Dec 31, 2020
    3
    This should be developed and published around 20+ years ago. Would be a blast in age of Breath of Fire IV and stuff like that. But hardpassThis should be developed and published around 20+ years ago. Would be a blast in age of Breath of Fire IV and stuff like that. But hardpass in 2020. There are just sooo many better alternatives. Expand
  2. May 11, 2022
    2
    As a free to play mobile could be something to pass time, but if you have to pay for this, better burn your money.

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