Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island
Atelier Annie: Alchemist of Sera Island is an RPG (with sim and otome elements) For the nitendo DS. You play as Annie, a lazy good for nothing boyish girl. Her grandpas had enough of her laziness and has decided to send her away to Dolphin Island, where she will compete for the mieser and maybe hand in marriage to the kings son. She does this by learning alchemy from a fairy named Pepe, and the committee member, Hans.
So Annie begins doing quests for the Committee, Making various objects using alchemy, and even gathers the materials at certain gathering spots. You can also manage different buildings as well such as hotel, theme park, market, beach, park, etc… The committee also looks at how well you managed those, plus your store so you have to be sure and fufill and take plenty of quests from them as well. If you want to raise your store level you can do quests for the Adv. Guild. (sometime to get some quick cash its easier to just turn in a few items you know you haven plent of such as ionofish, pure water, Uni, etc….)
One of the main things you get to do in Atelier Annie is fufill Jobs. These jobs usually require you to make what they request using Alchemy (sometimes you already have the item on hand, from gathering or you can find the items at the general store.) Alchemy is acomplished at your workshop, where you use your cauldron (and various other tools you can buy from the general market.) and recipes (you start off with a few basic recipes, but visit the library to buy books containing more.) You can always check what Jobs you have by pressing the x button and opening the menu.
Jobs are a great way to earn money, increase your resorts’ levels, and earning points with the people of Dolphin Island. To get Jobs is easy either visit the Adv. Guild (earns you money + raises your stores level), Taking a job from your resorts. (resorts will be explained to you in the game), and also sometimes random people come by your workshop and want you to make them something. Usually the resort jobs require no deadline, however the Adv. Guild and the ones people request do, so be sure and check those deadlines ok!
You also get Quests from the committee, also with a deadline tho usually allows you a few months to complete. Be sure to pay attention to when Hans tells you to be at your workshop, so you can get the next Quest. There are 6 total.
This game does have some battling actually but not much, and only when you visit the gather spots. When you start out in the game you get Quarry and (i think) Basin to start out with. Later on as you walk around and visit different areas, and different times throughout the game you’ll aquire more. (protip: If you overhear some guys talking about Lone Island, and you don’t see it afterwards. Check to see if you have a resort at the tail part of the dolphin, if you do, go there then exit out right away. you should be able to aquire lone island. Each time you want to visit Lone Island, you’ll have to do that.)
Gathering points, are places where you find mascots for your various resorts, gather items, and do battle. The battle system is random encounter turn base style. Also i suggest investing in some good weapons, for awhile i was loosing until i finally decided to upgrade lol! (protip: I would suggest leveling up your characters, because one of the quests from the committee later on, is to fight a boss at basin. Sadly i lost because i was lazy and didnt feel like gathering/battling much ) You also run into various characters you can ask to join your team. (or to be a clerk for your shop)
I really enjoyed this game a lot actually! It was very addicting, i liked it because i got to spend more time making things outta alchemy, and jobs and managing resorts, then battling. I love RPGs but often get bored if i have to grind my characters, or if im walking around and run into a monster every few secs. >_< So this was fun because i could do something else other then that, but i could also go to gather points and fight monsters too. The monsters arent too hard as long as you level up decently and have good weapons.
I also liked that it had a female protag and a bit of otome elements, im not sure if you can win the affection of any of the guys in the game, but i think you get different endings with them. I think i got a Hans ending not sure, he went back to the royal castle with me at the end lol.
So this is a fun game, even if i didnt win the contest at the end cuz i ran outta time >_< (the game is set for 3 yrs) I would defintly recomend this game. (if you dont have a DS, which i do, but cant find it atm you can just use an emulator [desume is good], and find the Rom [google is your friend!])
Oh, i forgot to mention! There’s also mini games. Sometimes the managers of your resorts ask you to help them out and you get to play mini games. also at very resort thers a man with an accordian, talk to him and you can play mini games to earn money and/or items.
Also, i think theres Atelier Annie games for the PSP/PS3 too, not sure so check that out if you are intersted.