Our Rating: 8.5/10
Lydie & Suelle tells the tale of twin sisters who want their atelier to be distinguished as the finest in the region. The twins find it difficult to stay afloat after their mom passes away early in the story.
Then there’s the kingdom’s new push to promote its several ateliers as a means of boosting tourism. Expanding the atelier’s rating entitles the twins to more funds and availability to new customers, so they eagerly register.
Sophie’s synthesis structure receives yet another enhancement, rendering it the finest in the trilogy.
Compared to the previous two titles, this one has a wider variety of places to explore. Instead of completely removing the old blocks set up on the board, the alchemy system allows you to turn the components on the board whenever you want. It also keeps the colored parts that aren’t completely covered by new blocks.
The combat maintains the defense theme introduced in Firis but lessens the team size (from four to three) in exchange for the addition of partner characters, a system introduced in previous titles in the series, such as Escha & Logy. As a result, certain actions may prompt allies in a supportive role to use follow-up skills.
Recipe Ideas scheme is also in all three games. Alchemists will discover new recipes as they engage in certain activities such as gathering, synthesis, combat, and exploration. Even if the specifications are not always clear and concise, it is possible to read them from the menu.
The Good, the Bad, and Overall Experience
Gust opted not to have open-world for Lydie & Suelle. If it was due to framerate concerns in the original Firis or the like, it’s quite disappointing.
Firis’ appeal stems from its open-world setting, but Lydie & Suelle compensates with much better settings. In contrast to Sophie and, to a smaller degree, Firis, the wilderness around the kingdom are vibrant and alive.
Colors aren’t the only aspect of the art direction. For the first time, you’ll be able to travel to locations that aren’t solely by nature. At key moments, the twins are drawn into specific artworks. With one of the canvases looking alive. It’s a valid reason to get a little more imaginative and crazy with visual style.
A storyline centered on a dark horse constructing the greatest atelier isn’t anything new for the installment. However, the twins’ fate makes it incredibly hard not to root for them. This provides a stronger empathy bond than anticipated.
Atelier Mysterious Trilogy DX is, in a broad sense, the franchise’s lowest. However, compared to the first two games in this trilogy, Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings DX presents a more structured game.