4 An enjoyable item synthesis gameuberxtechnic | 18/09/2011 | See all uberxtechnic's reviews (1)I have done three playthroughs of Atelier Rorona, and have enjoyed it since the start. It was not as difficult to understand nor get into as I expected. The game lays out a time scale for the player to complete the main assignments which, if not contributed to well enough, gives you a game over. However, I have found it is easy to complete each task and focus on the side-quests you can undertake with much time to spare.The Assignments have you synthesize various items in the workshop by combining items from your basket, which you then give in and are rated on. You gather items by exploring the various map areas. Other characters can request side tasks where you either give them basic gathering items or items you need to make through synthesis. There are many endings based on both performance and character friendship levels, giving the game replay value.The turn-based battle system is simple and allows you a party of 3 max members, though skills use HP rather than MP, and only Rorona is able to use the Item command. If she is KO'd it'll be up to your other party members to use healing skills (if they have any available).Overall, I like the cell-shaded anime visuals and soundtrack the game provides. The gameplay is simple and somewhat repetitive but has enough to do to keep you occupied throughout. I recommend giving the game a try, especially if you're a fan of anime style RPGs or the Atelier series.